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10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Chiemi Karasawa

Chiemi Karasawa makes our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me" which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.


10 to Watch Chiemi Karasawa and her "hurricane" of a doc subject, Elaine Stritch.

Several years passed between when Chiemi Karasawa, one of our 10 to Watch in 2013, met and then started filming the inimitable Elaine Stritch. Karasawa thought her doc project may need "someone famous" to direct it. But Stritch had already decided Karasawa was the right woman for the job.

Acclaimed producer, CEO, and now first time director with a Tribeca premiere for her documentary, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me – that’s why Chiemi Karasawa is one of our 10 to Watch in 2013.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013

The Independent's annual selection of 10 filmmakers to keep an eye on in 2013.


We're turning up the volume on 10 Filmmakers to Watch. Photo by Gudlyf.

10 to Watch is an annual series that honors filmmakers who stand out as exceptional talents and leaders in the field of independent storytelling. This story has our complete list.

This year’s 10 to Watch represents filmmakers who we think are on to something in 2013. The Independent’s 10 to Watch list draws from narratives and documentaries, seasoned and newcomers, shorts and features, Sundance and SXSW favorites, and other parts of the film community.

Tribeca 2013: From Novel to Screen in "A Single Shot"

Katherine Brodsky meets up with cast and crew of "A Single Shot" on set in Vancouver.


William H. Macy in "A Single Shot."

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.

Tribeca 2013: Story First at TFI Interactive

TFI Interactive reminds filmmakers to let go of buzzwords and focus on storytelling.


The Imagination Room at Storyscapes, part of TFI Interactive. Photo by Maddy Kadish.

Terms like transmedia matter less than the work, assures Ingrid Kopp, director of digital initiatives for Tribeca Film Institute "Technology is a tool, like a camera. The more you view it as a tool, the less scary it becomes." Kopp curated and organized the multi-faceted TFI Interactive, held during Tribeca Film Festival.

TFI Interactive (TFII), an all day conference about technology and film, was held on April 20th in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival. Now in its second year, TFII explored interactive film, transmedia, and social media, among other topics, through brief and lively panels and presentations.

How to Talk Experimental Film: A User's Guide

Experimental filmmaker and artist Minhae Shim shares her unique POV on the evolving terminology for an area of film that leans toward indecipherable.


Minhae Shim pictured here with(in) her video installation, "Video Sassoon."

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.

Sundance 2013: Memorable Characters

Erin Trahan met several striking on- and off-screen characters at her first Sundance.


Though not part of Sundance, Salt Lake City's inversion made a lasting impression. Photo by skabat 169.

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.

Filmmakers! Don't Overlook Production Stills

Hermine Muskat talks with professionals in the field about how and why to prioritize still photography during production.


Murray Close took this image for, well, you know the film.

Filmmakers Liz Canner and David Tames, photographers Aimee Spinks and Mikki Ansin, and film journalist Erin Trahan boil down the points of why capturing still photos should be a high priority during production.

Please visit our accompanying photo album on Facebook.

Arnon Goldfinger Opens the Door to Moral Dilemmas in "The Flat"


Family archival documents play a key role in Arnon Goldfinger's THE FLAT.

Hailed as one of the most important Israeli documentaries of recent years, Arnon Goldfinger's The Flat exposes family secrets and raises moral questions which Goldfinger recently discussed with a non-fiction theory class taught by USC's Michael Renov. Reported by Wendy Dent, who premieres her family-inspired film December 25 at IDFA.

Documentary filmmaking often means opening wounds. And that means wrestling with moral dilemmas. For documentary filmmakers, those issues can be the most unsettling.

Five TIFF Filmmakers Who Play it Short

At TIFF 2012, Katherine Brodsky talks with Canadian short filmmakers about the benefits of an abbreviated form.


From "The Dancing Cop," a short by Kelvin Redfers that played at TIFF.

Shorts programs may not garner headlines, or coverage at all for that matter, but there are MANY reasons to cut it short. The Independent's Katherine Brodsky spoke to five Canadian filmmakers at Toronto International Film Festival about why short is soo sweet.

Sometimes it's difficult to see beyond the flashing bulbs, glitz, and glamour of a high-profile film festival like the Toronto International Film Festival, or TIFF. There's no shortage of star power and tent-pole films. Even the top indie features have to fight to get noticed and are the unsung heroes of festivals.

Making CONNECTIONS

Rebecca Reynolds asks the "Missed Connections" team how they pulled off their festival-favorite comedy on a shoestring budget.


The "Missed Connections" team L-R: Rudin, Stevenson, Davies, and Kissack.

On and off-screen partners Kenny Stevenson and Dorien Davies teamed up with producer Lisa Rudin and director Eric Kissack on the indie festival comedy hit Missed Connections, which makes its international debut later this month. Rebecca Reynolds inquires about casting, budgeting, and the recipe for "comedy chops."

Writer/actor Kenny Stevenson and his wife, actress Dorien Davies, joined forces with producer Lisa Rudin and director Eric Kissack to make the award-winning indie comedy, http://mi

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