A look at the role of independent filmmakers in the 2008 election.November 1st, 2008 | Jericho Parms
With online distribution becoming a viable outlet for filmmakers, The Independent takes a look at how filmmakers are leveraging the growing audiences this election season to promote political films, from Michael Moore's Slacker Uprising (see trailer here) to David Zucker’s An American Carol (see trailer here), as well as strictly YouTube releases like this video by Noshpit Entertainment.
With days left until the 2008 presidential election, images are flooding airwaves and video streams, vying for position as the lasting impression conjured just moments before pulling the lever.
Three filmmakers discuss their experiences in raising money to make their films.October 28th, 2008 | Nikki Chase
There are many ways to fund a film, but how do you know what is right for you? The Independent looks at three films: the documentary, The Linguists (see the trailer), the short, student film, The Abattoir (see the trailer) and the feature, A Good Day To Be Black & Sexy (see the trailer) to see how they went from ideas on the page to festival successes.
Long before filmmakers begin production, they face the daunting task of scraping together enough money to get their film off the ground. Choosing the right method of funding relies on many factors, including the type and subject of the film, and the experience behind the cast and crew involved in the project.
A look at what the practically-looming SAG strike might mean for Independent filmmakers.October 22nd, 2008 | Jen Swanson
Guaranteed Completion Contracts (GCCs), otherwise known as waivers, prove to be a lifesaver for indie filmmakers as the SAG and AMTFG negotiations remain at a standstill. Here is a rundown of the issues at hand and how they might affect independent filmmakers.
The continued standstill between the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) to re-negotiate a new contract makes a strike look increasingly likely. The previous contract expired June 30, 2008.
A look at the independent film community in Argentina in 2008August 14th, 2008 | Kim Winternheimer
Tourists flock in hoards to experience the literature, theatre, tango, and art of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Film can now be added to the list. Yet even with increased financial support from the Argentine government, Argentine-made films, particularly the indies, are struggling to find an audience big enough to sustain the industry. Kim Winternheimer reports on the latest developments for Argentine films both home and abroad.
It’s not surprising that a country known for its artistic and cultural liveliness is garnering critical acclaim and attention for its films.
A selection of internet distribution venues -- Movieflix.com, EZTakes.com, Jaman.com, and FilmOn.comMarch 27th, 2008 | Michele Meek
If Hollywood is slow to make the leap online, independents are even more hesitant, fearing the gradual (or dramatic) shaving of their profit margins, which are low to begin with. What is the future of Internet film distribution? The Independent's Michele Meek takes a look the upstarts who are changing the way the distribution game is played, including Movieflix, EZTakes, Jaman, FilmOn, and, yes, Google Video.
Video blogs, vodcasts, YouTube -- in many ways it seems that independent filmmakers have taken the internet by force. But what about independent films picked up for distribution? In many cases, they are notably missing from the online arena. Companies like Zipporah Films, Women Make Movies and Davidson Films still stick with their tried-and-true model of
Directors Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Thunska Pansittivorakul dazzle international audiences, but find themselves less popular at homeFebruary 18th, 2008 | Denise Burrell-Stinson
The 5th Bangkok Experimental Film Festival kicks off in March at a time when the work of Thai directors such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Thunska Pansittivorakul is gaining worldwide acclaim. But even as Thai independent cinema reaches a creative pinnacle, it finds itself bumping up against serious new censorship at home. The Independent's Denise Burrell-Stinson recently travelled to Southeast Asia, and files this report. You can view a clip from Sud pralad (Tropical Malady), and trailers for Sud sanaeha (Blissfully Yours) and Sang sattawat (Syndromes and a Century), Weerasethakul's censored film, on our Watch page.
Mainstream Thai cinema is coming up on the international radar lately. In 2003, Francis Ford Coppola spearheaded the international release of Suriyothai, one of the highest grossing Thai films ever when it was first released in that country. It recalls the heroic exploits of a 16th Thai queen defending her country against Burmese invasion.
What does Sundance mean to independent film and filmmakers in 2008?January 23rd, 2008 | Erin Trahan
Sundance is growing in every which way, from the number of submissions (more than 8,000 this year) to the festival's online presence (which now includes a number of downloadable shorts). But as it gets bigger, is it getting better? That's the question that The Independent's Erin Trahan posed to upstarts looking for their big break this year, veteran filmmakers, Park City locals and more.
Sundance is growing. More submissions than ever--8,000 for 2008. More screenings. More countries of origin represented in both the feature and documentary competitions. More arms of the Sundance empire--institutes, labs, the Sundance Channel--at work. More categories to sift through than a sane film-goer can practically comprehend, let alone stand in line for.
The 48 Hour Film Project has a legion of devoted fans and a worldwide presence. Now, if the founders could just figure out a way to pay the bills without selling out.November 8th, 2007 | Nadine Heintz
Mark Ruppert and Liz Langston, the founders of the 48 Hour Film Project, have developed a legion of devoted fans who churn out shockingly clever short films in shockingly short periods of time. Having expanded from Tulsa to Tel Aviv, the question is this: Can the partners find a way to pay the bills without selling out? The clock is ticking.... Nadine Heintz reports. (The photograph at left is of the crew of Maestro Percival, a prize-winning short that came out of the 48 Hour Film Project in Baltimore.)
On a sunny Saturday afternoon in January, director David Butler and his motley film crew set up shop in a cavernous yellow brick building on Eastern Avenue in Baltimore’s Little Italy. The team, known collectively as Bargain Basement Films, started straggling in at about 7 a.m.
So Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner, and a filmmaker walk into a bar...the story behind "Making Trouble," a film about Jewish comediansNovember 1st, 2007 | Ellen Mills
Bring together a group of women for an evening to appreciate the rich legacy of Jewish humor by female comedians, and what happens? They think what they’ve seen and heard is too good not to be shared. So they decide to make a film. Then one of them volunteers to foot the bill and, before the laughter fades, the Jewish Women’s Archive and it’s director, Gail Reimer, are producing Making Trouble, and introducing audiences anew to the incredible talents of Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner, and Wendy Wasserstein.
Sarah Silverman is the controversial comedian du jour. Her capacity to shock today's audiences may be distinctly Silverman, yet her career stands on the shoulders of several comedic foremothers. Her routines echo the boldness of Fanny Brice, the sexuality of Sophie Tucker, and the brashness of Joan Rivers to name just a few.
In 1975, when a small group of energetic filmmakers convened the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers in their living rooms and makeshift offices, the word “independent” didn’t yet conjure up a world of arthouses, busy film festival circuits, and documentary filmmakers with household names.