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What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie? Cartel Land follows two modern-day vigilante groups fighting a shared enemy – the ruthless Mexican drug cartels. When I first heard about the Autodefensas movement in Michoacán, Mexico, and the American...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 01/22/15
At Film Independent, we recognize that theatrical screenings provide the ideal experience for viewing Spirit Award-nominated films. Our free, exclusive Members-only screening series in Los Angeles and New York are for voting Members of Film Independent. Today’s L.A. screening schedule: 7:00 pm - Nightcrawler 9:30 pm - Blue Ruin All films will be screened at Regal Cinemas LA Live Stadium 14...
Film Independent 01/22/15
What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie? Fear is a constant companion when filmmaking, in my experience. I’ve learned to welcome it, as a sign that I‘m pushing my own boundaries a bit, not retreating into the easiest option. The absence of that...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 01/22/15
At Film Independent, we recognize that theatrical screenings provide the ideal experience for viewing Spirit Award-nominated films. Our free, exclusive Members-only screening series in Los Angeles and New York are for voting Members of Film Independent. Today’s L.A. screening schedule: 7:00 pm - Boyhood All films will be screened at Regal Cinemas LA Live Stadium 14. No RSVP is required....
Film Independent 01/22/15
At Film Independent, we recognize that theatrical screenings provide the ideal experience for viewing Spirit Award-nominated films. Our free, exclusive Members-only screening series in Los Angeles and New York are for voting Members of Film Independent. Today’s L.A. screening schedule: 7:00 pm - The Immigrant 9:10 pm - Appropriate Behavior All films will be screened at Regal Cinemas LA Live...
Film Independent 01/22/15
At Film Independent, we recognize that theatrical screenings provide the ideal experience for viewing Spirit Award-nominated films. Our free, exclusive Members-only screening series in Los Angeles and New York are for voting Members of Film Independent. Today’s L.A. screening schedule: 7:00 pm - Test 9:15 pm - Under The Skin All films will be screened at Regal Cinemas LA Live Stadium 14. No...
Film Independent 01/22/15
At Film Independent, we recognize that theatrical screenings provide the ideal experience for viewing Spirit Award-nominated films. Our free, exclusive Members-only screening series in Los Angeles and New York are for voting Members of Film Independent. Today’s L.A. screening schedule: 7:00 pm - Big Eyes Includes a Q&A with writers Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski 9:30 pm - ...
Film Independent 01/22/15
At Film Independent, we recognize that theatrical screenings provide the ideal experience for viewing Spirit Award-nominated films. Our free, exclusive Members-only screening series in Los Angeles and New York are for voting Members of Film Independent. Today’s L.A. screening schedule: 12:00 pm - Whiplash 2:10 pm - It Felt Like Love 4:05 pm - The One I Love Includes a Q&A with writer...
Film Independent 01/22/15
At Film Independent, we recognize that theatrical screenings provide the ideal experience for viewing Spirit Award-nominated films. Our free, exclusive Members-only screening series in Los Angeles and New York are for voting Members of Film Independent. Today’s L.A. screening schedule: 12:00 pm - Virunga 2:25 pm - Force Majeure 4:50 pm - Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter 7:00 pm - Land Ho! All...
Film Independent 01/22/15
At Film Independent, we recognize that theatrical screenings provide the ideal experience for viewing Spirit Award-nominated films. Our free, exclusive Members-only screening series in Los Angeles and New York are for voting Members of Film Independent. Today’s L.A. screening schedule: 7:00 pm - Dear White People 9:35 pm - The Guest All films will be screened at Regal Cinemas LA Live...
Film Independent 01/22/15
What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie? “Racing Extinction is like The Avengers but real, but you might want to bring Kleenex.” There’s an annoying film industry “truism” that a director’s second film after a...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 01/22/15
From Lithuania and screening in Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition, The Sound of Sangaile is a film that fuses a teenage girl’s coming-of-age story with a fantasy of flight. With a protagonist obsessed with stunt planes and plenty of aerial photography, Alante Kavaite’s feature posed challenges to cinematographer Dominique Colin — whose credits include, I must...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 01/22/15
With The Duke of Burgundy, the cinephilic English director Peter Strickland has made his third — and perhaps best — film to playfully riff on genre conventions. What begins as a bloodless tale of mistress and maid blossoms into a poignant, cyclical exploration of a couple’s inability to compromise on sexual predilections. Best experienced with an uninitiated pair of eyes, The Duke of...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 01/22/15
What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie? I have learned to be fearless in my career as an independent documentary producer in China. There is almost no public funding to support independent documentaries, there are very few theatrical permits issued...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 01/22/15
In our excitement for the upcoming Film Independent Spirit Awards, we’ve reached out to all of the filmmakers nominated for Best First Feature and asked them all kinds of things about their experience as filmmakers and what it’s like to be up for the indie world’s greatest accolade. Here, writer-director Justin Simien, also nominated for Best First Screenplay for his college campus race...
Film Independent 01/22/15
What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie? Early in the development phase of this project, I was apprehensive about approaching former Black Panther Party members because the Party had so often been misportrayed by popular media. I had a great fear of...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 01/22/15
Certain to be one of the most intelligent films at Sundance, Shaka King’s Mulignans is four minutes of biting, vicious satire that ably turns the tables on its viewer. A response to the casual and not-so-casual racism of your average gangster film, King and his cohorts commiserate from the stoop of their Bed-Stuy brownstone about the influx of white people in the neighborhood, in thick...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 01/22/15
CALL FOR PAPERSReadings of the Romanian New Wave (edited anthology)Proposal Deadline: April 30, 2015When the Cannes Film Festival’s highest prize, the Palme d’Or, was awarded to 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days in 2007, this marked the most prominent success of the internationally acclaimed Romanian New Wave. A number of other films received recognition at international film festivals both in...
Category D 01/22/15
What fear — whether it’s personal, or one related to the development, financing, production or distribution of your film — did you have to confront and conquer in the making of your movie? When we first got to Florida Justice Transitions in 2010, we expected to make a film about the parallel society that we had read the sex offenders in this trailer park lived in. Very soon we met the people in...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 01/22/15
Following 2014’s Song One and 2013’s Breathe In, cinematographer John Gulesarian returns to Sundance with his third film in three years, The Overnight. Directed by Patrick Brice and starring Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling, the film is set during a long Los Angeles night, one in which a chance encounter between two families leads to what the program calls “a painfully funny take...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 01/22/15