Jonathan Caouette’s Tarnation confronts his mother’s schizophreniaOctober 1st, 2004 | Joshua Sanchez
Although development hell is the norm for most independent filmmakers, the experience of Jonathan Caouette stands apart. The thirty-two-year old Caouette spent almost twenty years making Tarnation, his first feature-length documentary, which went from being a $218.32 home video project edited on iMovie, to a $400,000 theatrical release that will open this fall.
The documentary industry arrives on a new trackOctober 1st, 2004 | Nancy Buirski
The question on everyones mind is, Will it last?
The tricky business of marketing social-cause filmsOctober 1st, 2004 | Elizabeth Angell
When Jim de Sève began working on his documentary, Tying the Knot, four years ago, it was a small, personal film. He had fallen in love with Kian Tjong and both men wanted Tjong, an Indonesian immigrant, to stay in New York. Had they been a straight couple, says de Sève, they would have married immediately and solved Tjongs Green Card problem.
The Documentary Doctor outlines three financial scenariosOctober 1st, 2004 | Fernanda Rossi
Dear Doc Doctor:
I cant wait for the time when I am able to be a full-time independent documentary filmmakerits been really difficult juggling so many balls in the air. Is there any way to make the path quicker and smoother?
Home movies are becoming a documentarian’s favorite footageOctober 1st, 2004 | Belinda Baldwin
Jonas Mekas used his camera to survive. When Mekas, the founder of the Film-Makers Co-Op, emigrated from Lithuania to New York City in 1949 after having endured the brutality of the concentration camps, he immediately began to make home movies.
The New York International Latino Film FestivalOctober 1st, 2004 | Rick Harrison
I am white and alone in a darkened room at night with over four hundred Dominicans in New York City. It is a room full of laughter. A room full of stereotypes embraced and shattered. And a room every American should experience in one way or another.
Mira Nair Announces Film Lab in UgandaOctober 1st, 2004 | David Alm
In July, acclaimed Indian-born filmmaker Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Mississippi Masala) unveiled her latest project: a film lab for aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters from East Africa and South Asia.
Contemporary rock docs take center stageOctober 1st, 2004 | Rachel Sontag and Rick Harrison
Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you dont live it, it wont come out of your horn. They teach you theres a boundary line to music. But, man, theres no boundary line to art. Charlie Parker
Will independent films influence this year’s election?October 1st, 2004 | Matt Dunne
Picture if you will, Karl Rove and Karen Hughes sitting around the offices of Bush-Cheney 2004, talking strategy and shooting the breeze. Suddenly the phone rings. Karl, a young aide says excitedly. Ive got bad news for you. The Democrats have a new weapon: independent documentary films!