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Your Festival, Your Way: YouTube YourFilmFestival!

Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 by

The YouTube venture into the film festival arena, Your Film Festival, will accept submissions of short films (less than 15 minutes) from February 2, 2012 – March 31, 2012. The fifty semi-finalists will be chosen by Scott Free Productions. The contest presents a great opportunity for creative minds everywhere as the genre can be of [...]

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A First Class Doc: Support It!

Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 by

Kickstarter is a great resource for filmmakers with worthy causes to find those who, too, feel they are worthy. Generally, posting about a Kickstarter project is met with a burgeoning amount of reasons why to support it: not so here. The organic necessity of documentaries like “Second Class Citizens,” if it should be named that, [...]

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The House Shuttered, A Small Glimmer

Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 by

The forced closure of the Iranian House of Cinema, as predicted, has drawn a line in the sand between those in Iran who are for visual expression and those who are not. The House of Cinema, an organization over 20 years old which stood as the tallest pillar of support for independent film in Iran, [...]

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Fight For Change: Zenne Dancer

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2012 by

The LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender) movement has faced difficult challenges wherever it springs up, the ideals of persons in their personal lives overlapping into how they sway legislature. With the varying level of tolerance across the world a full gambit it is hard to consider where it is the worst or the best for [...]

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Sexting in Suburbia: This Weekend!

Posted on Friday, January 13th, 2012 by

Talent abounds in Worcester, MA where the intense drama Sexting in Suburbia was shot and almost completely cast. The film, directed by John Stimpson and debuting on Lifetime Network this weekend, has the community budding with the new found discovery of talent right in the backyard of this great locale. Liz Vassey (from CSI) stars [...]

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A Worldwide Indie Lens

Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 by

Every year new thoughts and experiments are performed in the world of independent filmmaking that show just how necessary it is to have a separation from big budget films which work to satisfy the one note of profit at the expense of a sonata of deep, intellectual product. Kimi Takesue, a documentary filmmaker with credits [...]

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Sundance Jury Members Announced

Posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 by

The Sundance Institute has released its list of jury members for this year’s Sundance Film Festival, running from January 19, 2012 – January 29, 2012. Here is the list, with biographies of each jury member: U.S. DOCUMENTARY JURY Fenton Bailey Fenton Bailey made his Sundance Film Festival debut in 1998 with the documentary Party Monster. [...]

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Iran’s House of Cinema Threatened

Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2012 by

Some time ago, our Marketing Manager Paige wrote a piece on the disheartening imprisonment of Iranian filmmakers simply for their use of self expression. While tragic, their sentences were not carried out and the film world felt a sense of accomplishment that justice had somehow found its way through strife. You can read the full [...]

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Top 10 Selected: Visual Effects Academy Award

Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2012 by

The Visual Effects field is narrowing for the 84th Academy Awards®, and the plight for indie sensation The Tree of Life seems daunting against the super studio charged behemoths standing against it. Still, though, the Fox Searchlight film remains one of the best films of 2011 in most critical minds and could persevere despite stiff [...]

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Movieline: Why Pay to Watch Indie Films? Let Innkeepers Director Ti West Explain

Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2011 by

Some of you may be tempted to BitTorrent the latest new releases this week (Were you one of those Fast Five pirates? Admit it, rascal!), but let indie filmmaker Ti West bend your ear with a personal plea as his latest film, the spooky ghost tale The Innkeepers, hits VOD on Friday (December 30). “It’s [...]

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