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TIFF 2014: Safdie Bros Borrow From Life on NY Streets in "Heaven Knows What"

Josh and Benny Safdie, and actor Arielle Holmes, talk the morning after "Heaven Knows What" premieres at TIFF.


"Heaven Knows What" is based on Arielle Holmes' life while addicted to heroin.

Heroin addiction and life on the New York streets take center stage in Josh and Benny Safdie's latest, Heaven Knows What. The morning after their North American premiere at TIFF, they riff on the why and what of it all with the film's star and inspirational scribe, Arielle Holmes.

In the Q&A after the North American premiere of Josh and Benny Safdie’s Heaven Knows What at the Toronto International Film Festival, star Arielle Holmes remarked on the surreal nature of her first film experience.

TIFF 2014: The Cinema Guild is Evolving with Cinephiles On and Offline

Courtney Sheehan talks with Cinema Guild's Ryan Krivoshey about the company's newest distribution strategies.


Recent Cinema Guild acquisition "Jauja" premiered at TIFF 2014.

Sprinkle a little adamant optimism over a new digital partnership with The Flaherty Film Seminar and a heaping embrace of the educational market, and you have a few of the most recent distribution strategies that The Cinema Guild's Ryan Krivoshey discussed with The Independent's Courtney Sheehan at TIFF.

In recent years, the The Cinema Guild has cemented its position as a leading distributor of independent, foreign, and documentary films.

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.

TIFF 2014: Drafthouse’s Tim League on the State of Distribution and Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence”

At TIFF 2014, Courtney Sheehan meets up with Tim League to get his latest take on distribution.


Drafthouse picked up "The Look of Silence" at the end of August.

From his purview at TIFF 2014, Drafthouse's Tim League weighs what is and isn't apocalyptic about the future of distribution in a season of down box offices and new acquisitions such as Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence.

Forty-eight hours before Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence won the Grand Jury Prize at Venice (it’s also been awarded best film prizes from FIPRESCI and others), Tim League of Draft

Michael Apted Talks "Bending the Light" and the Move from Film to Digital

Staff writer Rebecca Reynolds gets a video interview with the famed documentary director at the 10th Traverse City Film Festival.


Michael Apted's "Bending the Light" visits Canon's lens artisans in Japan.

Michael Apted talked with Canon's factory workers and artisans in Japan, as well as the filmmakers who have used those lenses, in his latest documentary, Bending the Light. Rebecca Reynolds caught up with him (on camera!) at the Traverse City Film Festival.

At this year’s Traverse City Film Festival, Independent staff writer Rebecca Reynolds sat down with award-winning director/producer Michael Apted (The Up Series, Masters of Sex, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Nell).

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.

CIFF's Points North Adds a Fellowship for Docmakers

Maddy Kadish talks with CIFF's Points North director Sean Flynn about a new opportunity for 2014.


Sean Flynn hosts a past Points North Forum at CIFF.

This year, Camden International Film Festival's annual Points North Documentary Film Forum adds a new documentary fellowship opportunity. Five full-package fellowships will be announced in early September.

Now entering their 10th year—and with a lot to show for that decade—the growing Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) launches the Points North Fellowship.

Linklater's 12+ Year Gamble on "Boyhood" Pays Off

Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw weighs in on the unalloyed wonders (and one stubborn fault) of "Boyhood."


Linklater's "Boyhood" captures Mason ages 6-18.

With Boyhood, "Richard Linklater, already one of America’s most persistently inventive independent filmmakers, has made movie history with the longest real-time dramatic memoir," writes senior critic Kurt Brokaw. Read his mostly admiring review here.

Boyhood. Richard Linklater. 2014. USA. 164 min.

Editor’s Note: This review contains plot and character details.

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.

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