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50 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee 2014: Savannah Film Festival

50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2014: D through I
by Alexandra Eide with Kelly Leow

It’s finally here: MovieMaker‘s annual list of the 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, 2014 edition! We’ll be releasing the list in five alphabetical installments, a new one every Wednesday, for the next month – so keep checking back to see if your favorite festivals made it in. Or read the full article in [...]

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Beware of Images

Trailblazer Tuesday Crowdfunder of the Week: Beware of Images
by Jason Lam

In the spirit of our upcoming Spring issue’s Activism in Film theme, this week’s crowdfunder pick is the socially-conscious Beware of Images, a feature-length, fully animated documentary that warns audiences to digest media with caution. While public education strives to develop English language literacy among its students, serious attention to media literacy is neglected in [...]

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Obvious Child

Why We Like: The New Obvious Child Trailer (aka Jenny Slate Rocks)
by Heidi Honeycutt

At first glance, Gillian Robespierre’s feature-length independent comedy might seem like another “first-world-problem”/bourgeois New York City drama about the general malaise hitting affluent members of the young artistic community. However, when we delve more deeply into the first official trailer for Obvious Child, the genuine heart and sense of humor that emanates from lead actress Jenny [...]

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Living Things directed by Eric Shapiro

It’s Vegans vs. Carnivores in Living Things: an Interview with Eric Shapiro
by MM Editors

Eric Shapiro is the writer and director of Living Things: A Vegan & Meat Debate. A prolific horror writer, Shapiro translates his experience crafting scares into a tense drama about the politics of food, with Rhoda Jordan as a liberal yogini and Ben Siegel as her more conservative father-in-law. In this interview with MovieMaker Magazine, [...]

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Rick Castaneda 11 Tips For Filming in a Small Town - Featured

DIY Monday: 11 Keys to Filming in a Small Town
by Rick Castañeda

It’s often said that creating a boot-strapped, no-budget independent film is a lot like raising a child – it takes a village. But why stop there? If you’re as lucky as we were when we shot Cement Suitcase, you might be able to enlist the muscle of quite a few villages. We shot in seven [...]

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Willem Defoe in Bad Country

Burn-jobs in a Bad Country: Interview with Writer Jonathan Hirschbein
by Danielle Alberico

Writer Jonathan Hirschbein worked for years on the film Bad Country with the late director, Chris Brinker, who passed away only days before filming completed. The two met when Jonathan was freshly out of college at the ripe age of twenty-two, with little career prospects besides the odd job here or there. Chris quickly took [...]

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How They Did It: Hank and Asha Spins a Romance Where the Leads Never Met
by James E. Duff and Julia Morrison

Hank and Asha is an epistolary film about a filmmaker in New York and an admirer in Prague, who correspond solely through video messages – with actors who never met, though their characters fall in love. Director, James E. Duff, and writer, Julia Morrison, recount their experiences developing the concept and maximizing their story within the [...]

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Babar Ahmed in Mongolia AMKA AND THE THREE GOLDEN RULES

On a Wing and a Prayer: On The Making of Amka and The Three Golden Rules
by Babar Ahmed

Amka and The Three Golden Rules is the story of a Mongolian boy who learns the dangers of greed and materialism, themes that parallel the recent boom of commercialism in the country’s society. But how did Pakistani director and producer Babar Ahmed find himself telling this story in such a foreign, ancient land – which was [...]

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Social Proof in a Creative District: The Changing Face of Artistic Networking
by Morgan Greenwald with Kerry O’Conor

“Showcase. Collaborate. Create.” The three-part slogan of Creative District reflects a perfect mirror of the production process. A newly launched online networking site for film industry professionals, Creative District allows moviemakers to reach out to and communicate with each other, exchanging ideas and assistance on their projects. Like a lovechild of Kickstarter and LinkedIn, Creative District [...]

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50 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee 2014: Savannah Film Festival

50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2014: A through C
by Alexandra Eide with Kelly Leow

It’s finally here: MovieMaker‘s annual list of the 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, 2014 edition! We’ll be releasing the list in five alphabetical installments, a new one every Wednesday, for the next month – so keep checking back to see if your favorite festivals made it in. Or read the full article in [...]

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