April 2014

Jumpstart Your Creativity with a Short Film Challenge

Get your film made in a weekend by taking part in one of these short film competitions or challenges.


Fun from one of the most well-known film challenges, the 48 Hour Film Project.

Tired of all of the talk about making a movie? Take action today by signing up for one of more than a dozen short film challenges where you write, shoot, edit, and screen your film sometimes in 48 hours or less.

Whether you are new to filmmaking or have been at it for a while, making the commitment to produce a film can be a challenging undertaking. Coming up with an idea, writing a script, finding your subjects, coming up with the finances, and finding a good crew are just a few factors that can get in the way.

Tribeca 2014: Interactive's Audience Now Has an Audience

Senior producer Maddy Kadish reports on the cutting edge programs during Tribeca's Innovation Week.


Kenyatta Cheese delivering keynote, picture Tweeted by @triciawang.

From playing the giant piano inspired by Big to starting to fan stalk other media fans, Tribeca's cutting edge Innovation Week brought all things transmedia (and more) to the forefront of the conversation, and better yet, to the hands-on Interactive Playground. Senior producer Maddy Kadish was on the scene.

Part of the mission of Tribeca Film Festival is to “redefine the film festival experience.” Nothing does this more than the ever expanding Innovation Week at Tribeca.

Tribeca 2014: Critic's Choice

Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw offers up top picks from Tribeca's 13th annual festival.


"Virunga" made its world premiere at Tribeca.

Of Tribeca's 89 features and 60 shorts, senior critic Kurt Brokaw elaborates on his favorites. Chef, Venus in Fur and Virunga started us off and Dior and I, Helium, Today’s the Day, Love In the Time of March Madness, Human Voice, Shaking Free and The Vortex Finds a Host round off the list.

Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw digs into critic’s choices on 89 features and 60 shorts at the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from April 16-24, 2014.

Chef
(Jon Favreau. 2014. USA. 115 min.)

Cinematic Lessons From a Cold War Era

Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw revisits the reissued 1995 doc, "Red Hollywood."


One of a million stills in "Red Hollywood" a documentary of the too-little seen films that fell sway to the Red Scare.

Kurt Brokaw matches Thom Andersen and Noël Burch’s tour de force of clips in their 1995 documentary Red Hollywood with a likewise ambitious recap of those clips. Film students take note, thanks to McCarthy, you haven't seen everything yet, but this doc will help you get there. Screening at Film Society of Lincoln Center August 15-21, 2014.

Red Hollywood
(Thom Andersen, Noël Burch. 1995. USA. 119 min.)

Distributor FAQ: FilmBuff 2014

The Independent's Erin Trahan talks with FilmBuff CEO Janet Brown about the VOD boom and FilmBuff's role in it.


"Escape From Tomorrow" was a surprise hit for its filmmakers and its VOD distributor, FilmBuff.

Get a sneak peek at one of the new additions to The Independent's Guide to Film Distribution: FAQ with FilmBuff CEO Janet Brown on the who-what-why of FilmBuff's VOD-centered distribution mission.

Five years ago, FilmBuff (an affiliate of John Sloss’s Cinetic Media) set its sights on the topsy-turvy unknowns of digital distribution. And while FilmBuff has grown exponentially in that time, VOD remains its primary area of expertise.

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