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Third generation Trosts, siblings Jason and Sarah, combine hyphens and skills for an indie trifecta.


On location in Thailand for #wetandreckless.

You can't dump siblings and they don't blow smoke up your $#@... Rebecca Reynolds talks to siblings Jason and Sarah Trost about their collaboration on three indie projects, The FP, All Superheroes Must Die, and Wet and Reckless.

In the land of Hollywood hyphens, the Trost family shares more than titles and a familiar last name. Together, they have enough skills to staff their own projects.

Artifacts from Cinematic Heaven and Hell: The Kubrick Cult Lives at LACMA!

This singular exhibit can be seen now through June 30, 2013.


Stanley Kubrick turned Stephen King's sisters into twins. Photo courtesy LACMA.

Do you heart Kubrick? Or the fine art of movie-making? "With its numerous production-design sketches, props, and annotated screenplays on display, the show might be the greatest example of a museum exploring the crossroads where the parallel worlds of art and film merge..." That's Neil Kendricks on an exhibit he saw, loved, and writes about here. Now through June 30, 2103 at LACMA.

Cinephiles and art lovers alike who will make the trek to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to see the popular Stanley Kubrick retrospective should be prepared to have their minds blown in spectacular fashion.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Errol Webber

Errol Webber makes our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with "American Promise" and other films.


Errol Webber uses narrative shooting techniques on documentary sets. Photo by Earl Neikirk for the Bristol Herald Courier.

Errol Webber has been behind the camera on some of this year's most influential and touted documentaries, including American Promise, Remote Area Medical, and 12 O'Clock Boys. Here he explains why it's AOK to watch Gossip Girl as cinematography "homework," and how he's making time for a childhood passion...

Errol Webber caught our attention at Sundance in January 2013 when he attended as one of the cinematographers on American Promise, which won the US documentary special jury award for achievement in filmmaking.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

Sarah Gertrude Shapiro is on our 10 to Watch list for her narrative short, “Sequin Raze.”


Sarah Gertrude Shapiro is turning "Sequin Raze" into a TV series.

Senior critic Kurt Brokaw admired Sarah Gertrude Shapiro's narrative short (Sequin Raze at New Directors/New Films) so much, the rest of us wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Now, we want you to see for yourself.

A reality TV dating show might be the last place you would think to explore the societal pressures women face, much less mine the depths of genuine emotional pathos. But then, you aren't filmmaker Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, and you haven't seen her narrative short, Sequin Raze.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Jason DaSilva

Jason DaSilva is on our 10 to Watch list in 2013 for “When I Walk.”


Jason DaSilva merges animation and doc storytelling in "When I Walk."

Doc-maker, animator, app-entrepreneur... it seems that Jason DaSilva can do it all. In a revealing personal doc released at Sundance earlier this year, DaSilva shares what happens when he loses the ability to walk. Read here about what other projects he has planned for 2013.

“It was kind of like an art project”, says writer/director Jason DaSilva as he recollects the beginnings of his feature documentary, When I Walk.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: John Alan Thompson

We can't wait for John Alan Thompson to finish "Lend a Hand for Love."


Somewhere under there is filmmaker John Alan Thompson, one of our 10 to Watch in 2013.

A near death experience had staying power for experimental filmmaker John Alan Thompson. His short-in-progress, Lend a Hand for Love is one we don't want to miss.

John Alan Thompson is a man who promulgates the world of the bizarre, the supernatural, and the surreal. Moving from place to place when he was a child exposed Thompson to a variety of environments. But, it was in Texas where he directly confronted death: Thompson’s Little League baseball team had just won a game. Spirits soared. Bellies were full with pizza.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Lu Lu

Filmmaker Lu Lu makes our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with "An Early Summer."


Lu Lu is expanding "An Early Summer" (here on set) into a feature.

Remember her name: Lu Lu. We've got it right and so will you after you learn more about An Early Summer, the narrative short that Lu Lu is developing into a feature. That's why we've got an eye on her through 2013.

Lu Lu is no stranger to a language gap. Even her name is a constant source of confusion in America. “They ask me my first name. I say ‘Lu.’ Then they ask me for my last name, and I say ‘Lu.’ They think I misunderstood them.” In Chinese, the characters, while pronounced the same, are written differently. In English, though, Lu Lu’s first and last name are identical.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Tom Bean and Luke Poling

Filmmakers Tom Bean and Luke Poling make our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with their documentary "Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself."


Luke Poling and Tom Bean interview Hugh Heffner for their Plimpton doc.

Tom Bean and Luke Poling’s much-anticipated documentary about the ever-varied life of writer and journalist (among other careers), George Plimpton puts them on our 10 to Watch list for 2013. Their documentary has its theatrical premiere at the end of May. Here’s why this duo makes 10 to Watch.

There’s a short clip from The Simpsons in the new documentary Plimpton!

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Lucy Mulloy

Lucy Mulloy makes our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with "Una Noche."


Lucy Mulloy behind the camera on the set of "Una Noche."

No one expected that Lucy Mulloy's graduate thesis film would take her as far as it has. Mulloy's dedication to her craft and persistence to achieve her creative vision has served her well. Read about filmmaker Lucy Mulloy and her Tribecca 2012 winner, Una Noche. It's why we think she has something special as a filmmaker to watch out for in 2013.

Lucy Mulloy originally intended to shoot Una Noche, as a short film for her thesis project at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts graduate film program. But it became her debut feature film and landed in festival screenings in over 50 countries this past year.

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2013: Dawn Porter

Dawn Porter makes our 10 to Watch list in 2013 with her documentary "Gideon’s Army."


Brandy Alexander is one of the public defenders featured in "Gideon's Army." Photo by Dawn Porter.

Since her Sundance premiere, Dawn Porter has been turning heads and hearts with Gideon's Army, her first feature documentary about the tough but vital role of public defenders in the US justice system. Here's why The Independent has an eye on her in 2013.

The odds may be long, but it is possible to see your first film be accepted by Sundance, win a Sundance award, and be bought by HBO. All you need is talent, passion, drive, determination, discipline, great collaborators, support, luck, perspective, intelligence and a killer idea at the perfect time. Do you have all that?

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