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Stephanie Allain Named LAFF Director!

Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2012 by

Stephanie Allain, known most notably for her role as producer to Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan, will be taking the helm as director of the LA Film Festival. She succeeds Rebecca Yeldham, who voluntarily left her position for personal reasons. Stephanie will be working closely with Festival Managing Director Gloria Campbell and Festival [...]

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Academy Awards To Have Online Voting in 2013

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 by

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has entered into an agreement with Everyone Counts Inc. to exclusively develop an electronic voting system for the 85th Academy Awards®, to be held in 2013. Everyone Counts will work with PwC, the Academy’s accounting firm of record, whose role in tabulating Academy members’ votes will remain [...]

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Ed Burns Reflects on Indie Film

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 by

Edward Burns has been in the independent spotlight for the greater part of two months now with his uncanny timing of still being young enough to take advantage of new filmmaking innovation while having enough experience to provide retrospectives that help round out how the industry is taking shape in the 21st century. Newlyweds, a [...]

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Help box[ur]shorts Film Festival

Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 by

Box Your Shorts Film Festival (where they LITERALLY box your shorts) needs help to make sure that the festival gets off without a hitch. They have a head start but only 37 days to raise their target $5000 to cover the expenses involved with their awards night. No contribution is too small, and the festival [...]

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Homegrown Indie: Beast of the East

Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 by

In the world that is our indieverse there is always room to stop and appreciate when home grown film initiatives press on into the future. New York City is overwrought with production companies using its space as a basis to make their films relatable, but seldom do you see other portions of the city utilized [...]

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Oscar Nominees Announced!

Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 by

Respect the film that is indie, so saith this year’s Oscar nominations! From The Artist to A Separation, If A Tree Falls to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, indies are hiding in plain sight and it’s working to perfection. Here is the full list of nominees as released by The Envelope. If you were wondering what [...]

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SXSW Panel Announced!

Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 by

The South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and Music Convention is less than two months away! The festival is charging ahead with its release of its all-star panel list, featuring familiar faces across several industries. Here is the released list, which is sure to have at least one face for every interest group: Renowned chef [...]

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Paranormal Activity’s Peli on Resourceful Filmmaking

Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2012 by

Oren Peli, director of Paranormal Activity which played at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival, sits down with Slamdance to discuss resourcefulness in filmmaking. Paranormal Activity takes the cake for low risk, high reward films with a budget of $11,000 that yielded a following and payout of over $500 million. Surely, if anyone has the insight [...]

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Lucas Retires: Smaller Films on the Way

Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2012 by

According to an interview with George Lucas by the New York Times, the venerated and often scrutinized director and head of Lucas Film has decided that his latest film will be his last blockbuster. “I’m retiring,” Lucas said. “I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.” Red Tails [...]

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A Thriving Industry: Sundance, Festivals, and Independent Film

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 by

After seeing an interesting article by Reuters who sat down with John Cooper, director/chief programmer of the Sundance Film Festival, a few things crossed my mind when considering how the phenomenon of Sundance as well as other festivals projects onto the many tones of the film industry. When asked how he felt the relationship between [...]

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