Katherine Brodsky meets up with cast and crew of "A Single Shot" on set in Vancouver.April 24th, 2013 | Katherine Brodsky
You've been working on your movie for how long? Take heart, A Single Shot clocks in around 15 years, probably longer if you factor in how long Matthew F. Jones worked on the novel he later adapted. Katherine Brodsky talks with star Sam Rockwell, the director, producer and others while on set in Vancouver.
As indie filmmakers know, making a film is a long process that requires a passion that burns deeper than the holes is your pocket. There's a certain dedication that goes into bringing a story alive that is borderline obsessive compulsive. But without that commitment, most films will never make it onto celluloid, let alone into movie theatres.
Distributors Cinema Guild and Drafthouse explain the appeal of two unconventional docs, "Leviathan" and "Act of Killing."April 22nd, 2013 | Courtney Sheehan
Not easily summarized or described, docs Leviathan and Act of Killing have been praised--and picked up for theatrical distribution--because of their beyond-the-norm approach to cinematic storytelling.
What do documentaries about the commercial fishing industry and a 1960s Indonesian genocide have in common?
Steven Abrams explains new film apps in language you can actually understand plus his favorite films from SXSW 2013.March 20th, 2013 | Steven Abrams
Tugg.com, Seed&Spark, The Smalls, Online Film App. You've heard of, maybe, but how exactly will you use? Steven Abrams has a knack for plain tech talk in his summary of "next tech" according to SXSW. Plus, his favorite films and another great performance by Quvenzhané Wallis.
For many, what makes SXSW unique is the way the festival is a collision of technology, music, and film. For nine days, the sometimes disparate worlds of techies, filmmakers, and musicians warily rub elbows and in some cases combine into a potent stew of innovation and creativity.
Steven Abrams anticipates a few changes at this year's SXSW Film Festival.March 7th, 2013 | Steven Abrams
In anticipation of the SXSW Film Festival, which runs March 8th to March 16th, in Austin, Texas, Steven Abrams scours the schedule to decide what to see, what to skip, what deserves a mention in his preview. More reporting from the ground on the way!
In the next few days, the eyes of much of the film world will be on Austin, Texas. Specifically, filmmakers, fans, producers, first-time directors, distributors, actors, industry insiders and film fest newbies will be focusing their attention on the more than 250 films screening at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.
Experimental filmmaker and artist Minhae Shim shares her unique POV on the evolving terminology for an area of film that leans toward indecipherable.February 28th, 2013 | Minhae Shim
Underground may no longer exist but the world of experimental film is teeming with new species everyday. If it takes one to know one, then The Independent has artist/filmmaker Minhae Shim here to share how she uses the terms experimental, avant-garde, and more.
As a medium, film is unique because it captures life in a way that cannot be captured through other forms of art, like painting or photography. Film is able to represent time, its duration, and motion, which brings it the closest to capturing life itself. Even the most conventional, mainstream film or video is able to accomplish this captivating feat.
The Film Festival Academy and Film Festival Research Network are two examples of how scholars and festival professionals are sharing knowledge and tools.February 24th, 2013 | Courtney Sheehan
According to Film Festival Academy co-founder Tomas Prasek, "I have seen so much useless competition in areas where collaboration would have benefited both parties...everybody says, ‘How do other festivals deal with that?’ and that's exactly what people should be asking through some kind of platform." He recently told The Independent's Courtney Sheehan why professionals could benefit from playing on the same team.
As international film festival circuits become increasingly visible online, scholarly interest in festivals as objects of study, particularly outside the US, continues to grow. At the same time, festival professionals are realizing the potential in forming collaborative partnerships through membership networks.
Erin Trahan met several striking on- and off-screen characters at her first Sundance.February 4th, 2013 | Erin Trahan
Maybe you're drawn to character-driven stories, maybe you're just drawn to characters as The Independent's Erin Trahan was on her first trip to Sundance. Here's a sketch of her mostly but not exclusively human encounters.
Park City, UTAH—When you go to Sundance for the first time, after having written about it from afar for years, there’s an unavoidable collision of what you imagine or want the festival to be and what it is.
Senior producer Maddy Kadish took in Sundance's "next of the next" films and transmedia installations.February 1st, 2013 | Maddy Kadish
From data visualization to augmented realities, Sundance's New Frontier program served up technology in both virtual and real spaces. Senior producer Maddy Kadish, and dozens before and after her, left fingerprints all over the interactive exhibits.
Science fiction, postmodern theory, and zombie-apocalypse survival tips blossom in Sundance Shorts.January 25th, 2013 | Neil Kendricks
Sci-fi, technology, and the apocalypse rule supreme in the array of short format programs at Sundance 2013. Neil Kendricks teases out the program's terrain—from emotionally detached to resonant. Jesse Atlas' Record/ Play and Jon Hurst's When Zombies Come were among his favorites.
PARK CITY, Utah – You don’t have to secure movie stars and high-production values to shine at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. What matters most are compelling stories anchored by believable and engaging protagonists who simultaneously hook emotions and intellectual curiosity.
LJ Kessels reports on music documentaries, how they come about, and the added emphasis on events at IDFA 2012.December 12th, 2012 | LJ Kessels
Focusing on this year’s music documentary programming, LJ Kessels observes the accidental nature of finding one’s subject and the attention a filmmaker needs to have to bring about the story. This year she found a common theme among music docs: redeeming forgotten artists.
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) celebrated its 25th edition with an unforgettable program.