Profiles

From Screen to Political Action, Cinema Politica is a Global Catalyst

Patrick Pearce profiles the Montreal-based organization as it celebrates a decade of documentary activism.


Ten years after founding Cinema Politica, Svetla Turnin, Ezra Winton, and their organization, are still going strong.

Cinema Politica is the world’s largest campus and community-based documentary screening network, reaching a total audience of over one million across its network each year. Engaged, questioning, eager to take action: this is the type of audience filmmakers dream of.

A mid-August Wednesday evening in a Montreal park. Four hundred people have come out for an outdoor screening of The Corporation.

Picture Motion Mobilizes Indie Film Audiences to Take Action

Ziyad Saadi takes a look at how Picture Motion works with indie films to create customized, relevant social action campaigns.


Photo courtesy of The Bully Project.

Remember how kids started sharing their bullying stories after the doc Bully came out? The NYC-based firm Picture Motion creates social impact campaign strategies to help independent films find audiences and affect social change. The documentary Rich Hill is one of their upcoming projects, set for release on August 1st.

With the digital age of cinema now pushing the boundaries of film distribution, the possibilities with which filmmakers have been presented are growing exponentially.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Stephanie Martin

Stephanie Martine is on our 10 to Watch list in 2014 with her short and feature-script-in-progress, "Wild Horses."


Stephanie Martin, director of the short, "Wild Horses."

Keep tabs on cinematographer Stephanie Martin. She had been shooting professionally for more than 14 years before she decided to direct her first film. Inspired by her own observations of the plight of wild horses in the American West, she wrote and directed a successful short, Wild Horses, and this summer she's working on the feature-length script.

It has become somewhat of a cliché: Write a script that you can shoot. The first short film from a new writer/director seems to always consist of two or three people in a single location sitting around a table yakking. It is easier on both the schedule and the budget.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Miho Yamamoto

Miho Yamamoto is on our 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014 for producing the documentary "The Exhibition."


Miho Yamamoto accepting the FRONTLINE Award for Journalism in a Documentary Film at the Salem Film Fest for "The Exhibition."

From making news to making indie films, Miho Yamamoto is on our 10 to Watch list for her work on the powerful documentary about one of Canada's most horrific crimes, The Exhibition.

In the mid-2000s Miho Yamamoto was called to the station in the middle of the night to cover breaking news in her home country of Japan. She bristled at the restrictions of corporate media yet again (“you can’t release this and you can’t talk about this,” she says) because it left the wrong impression with listeners. “I felt my hands were bound.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Darius Clark Monroe

Darius Clark Monroe is on our 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014 for his documentary "Evolution of a Criminal."


Darius Clark Monroe

Evolution of a Filmmaker: Darius Clark Monroe makes our 10 to Watch list for his documentary Evolution of a Criminal, which premiered at SXSW. Read about how Monroe's autobiographical documentary gives us his inside view on past errors and forgiveness.

Did you do anything stupid as a teenager? Anything wildly out of character that you regretted almost immediately? Something that hurt your family, friends and, most of all, yourself?

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness

Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness makes our 10 to Watch list in 2014 with her short film “After Ella."


"After Ella" star, Maria Rondeau.

With her short film After Ella, Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness turned the heads of Cannes' programming committee. In fact, she's at the notable fest this minute! Her expertise ranges from acting to directing to producing to writing and her film achievements span fact and fiction. Learn more about why she's a spectacular choice for 10 to Watch in 2014.

Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness is a renaissance woman: A writer, director, and producer, she also has acted in films—and even shot them.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: In Country team (Mike Attie, Meghan O’Hara, and Lindsay Utz)

Directors Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara and editor, Lindsay Utz, is our 10 to Watch team in 2014 for their documentary "In Country."


The "In Country" filmmakers Utz (far left), O'Hara, and Attie.

This year, the filmmaking team of 10 to Watch is co-directors Mike Attie and Meghan O’Hara, and editor Lindsay Utz for their collaborative work on In Country. Read about how their film documents veterans who participate in reenactments of the Vietnam War.

Every summer, a group of men donning full army fatigues heads into the Oregon woods as 2/5 1st Cav (R). Over the following days, they live, act, and battle as a platoon, transporting themselves into the 1950s’ darkest hours in their ardent reenactments of the Vietnam War.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Jay Bushman

Jay Bushman is on our 10 to Watch list in 2014 for his project #hamlet, now in the works.


Jay Bushman

Jay Bushman is ahead of the curve when it comes to transmedia and new techniques for filmmakers. He talks with The Independent's Maddy Kadish about The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and what's brewing for him in 2014, #hamlet and a new start-up.

Known for the web series phenomenon, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and its spin-off, Welcome to Sanditon, Jay Bushman lands on our 10 to Watch list this year.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Effie T. Brown

Producer Effie T. Brown is one of our 10 to Watch for "Dear White People" which premiered at Sundance Film Festival.


Producer Effie T. Brown.

Producer Effie T. Brown has high hopes for the satire she produced, Dear White People, as it makes the rounds on the festival circuit and preps for an October theatrical release. Check out why she's on our 10 to Watch list this year.

With 17 movies under her belt, Los Angeles-based producer Effie T.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Sharon Greytak

Sharon Greytak makes our 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014 for her film "Archaeology of a Woman."


Victoria Clark and Sally Kirkland in a scene from "Archaeology of a Woman."

The Independent's Rebecca Reynolds talks with 10 to Watch filmmaker, Sharon Greytak, about the range of her work within film and painting, including her latest project, the narrative feature Archaeology of a Woman.

From her award-winning experimental films to her groundbreaking documentary about physical disability to her three narrative features—that’s why New York City-based indie filmmaker Sharon Greytak is one of our 10 to Watch in 2014.

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