October 2009

Erin Trahan Named Interim Executive Director of Independent Media Publications

Executive Director Michele Meek will remain on the organization's board.


Erin Trahan (L) and Michele Meek (R) at an event in Boston.

As of October 15th, Managing Editor Erin Trahan will be serving as the Interim Executive Director of Independent Media Productions (IMP), the nonprofit organization that oversees publication of www.independent-magazine.org. We welcome your feedback and support of The Independent as we look ahead.

As of October 15th, Managing Editor Erin Trahan will serve as the Interim Executive Director of Independent Media Productions (IMP), the nonprofit organization that oversees publication of www.independent-magazine.org.

30 Quintessential Books for Independent Filmmakers

The Independent examines the top 30 books every filmmaker should add to their library, and why.


It might be time for a bigger bookshelf. (Photo credit Zen at flickr.com)

Ever wonder what, exactly, independent filmmakers – both aspiring and established – should be reading? Look no further than The Independent's 30 Quintessential Books for Independent Filmmakers. Here, we list the top must-owns, including Independent Feature Film Production, The Filmmaker's Handbook, Sidney Lumet's Making Movies, and From Reel to Deal.

Ever wonder what, exactly, independent filmmakers – both aspiring and established – should be reading?

Capturing Controversy: A Look at Activist Filmmaking

Two veterans of the field reveal the true nature of activism in film.


An outreach nurse helps a patient in Nettie Wild's "Bevel Up."

"It’s understanding the difference between an issue, and what will really provide the elements of a film," said Nettie Wild a social documentary filmmaker and director of Bevel Up: Drugs, Users and Outreach Nursing (view the trailer here), which screened at HotDocs in 2008. Independent writer, Jericho Parms, talks to Wild as well as director Francine Cavanaugh (view the trailer for her latest film On Coal River here), co-founder of Mountain Eye Media, about the elements that make a good activist film, and the effect social media can have on society.

It’s been nearly 10 years since the streets of Seattle hosted the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference and the subsequent chaos of the police response to the massive public protest, which turned into the so-called “battle on free speech in the name of free trade.” The event marked a significant phase of the anti-globalization movement—and a milestone in the activist nature of do

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