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Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Sanna Lenken

Two years ago Sanna Lenken took part in the Berlinale with the remarkable short Eating Lunch in which she also explored the topic of young people with eating disorders. My Skinny Sister (Min Lilla Syster) marks her first feature-length drama and was awarded the Crystal Bear for the Best Film in the Generation Kplus Competition of Berlinale 2015…. Read more »


Peruvians on the hill top in Seeds of Time, screening in March at the Salem Film Fest. Photo by Henrik Edelbo.

DIY Film Fest Case Study – Salem Film Fest

The Independent kicks off a new series to aid would-be curators and filmmakers (seasoned and new) in their hunt for the best of indie film community gatherings. First up: Salem Film Fest, an all-documentary festival, growing in audience numbers and prestige, held in Salem, MA each March.


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Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Jonathon Narducci

Jonathon Narducci tries to blow up perfect ideas of love in his documentary, Love Me, about men and women whose matches are made the old-fashioned way, by mail order. Dana Knight asks how he reached his conclusions about how and when love succeeds.


Mélanie Laurent's second film as director, Breathe, plays this year's Rendez-vous With French Cinema.

Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2015 – Critic’s Choice

Rendez-vous with French Cinema returns to New York for its 20th year with 22 North American premieres. Senior critic, Kurt Brokaw, sees the slate and divides his favorites into Youth and Crime. With Martin Scorsese as one of this year’s co-chairs, Brokaw insists that indeed, crime does pay.


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Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Mary Dore

Dana Knight and Mary Dore talk about the origins of women’s liberation and Dore’s documentary about the era, She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, nearly two decades in the making.