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This week, New Filmmakers LA brings you the inside scoop on the moviemaking, featuring interviews with directors Dustin Shroff, John McCracken, Danny Finn, Juan Uribe and John Bevilacqua. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the Los Angeles community of entertainment [...]

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In our Spring 2014 Activism in Film issue (available to the public next Tuesday, April 22!), we asked the question: Can your movie change the world? In our cover story, Beth Portello, co-founder of Cinema Libre Studio, interviewed representatives from all the different groups that make social change possible: grant organizations, engagement strategists, producers, distributors, [...]

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I am not admitting anything.  All I will say is that any of these things could happen to you and might have happened to me. 1. Make the film that you want to make for your audience.  If your audience laughs, cries or is moved in some way and enjoys their movie-going experience, then you [...]

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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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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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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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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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This week’s edition of New Filmmakers LA is filled to the brim with juicy moviemaking wisdom. Featuring interviews with directors Solvan Naim, Carol Rhyu, Sam Cooke, David Aslan, Charlie Anderson, Noah Mucci, and Collin Blair. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the Los Angeles [...]

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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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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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“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 [...]

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

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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Out on DVD today, I Am Divine is the story of Harris Glenn Milstead, aka Divine, aka the most beautiful woman in the world. Director Jeffrey Schwarz (who previously won an Emmy for HBO documentary Vito) talks about his big-hearted subject and equally big-hearted film, which stormed 2013′s festival circuit. Heidi Honeycutt, MovieMaker Magazine (MM): [...]

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This week’s crowdfunder pick is Richard Elfman’s Forbidden Zone 2. Fantastic, revolutionary, and irreverent in every way, Elfman epitomizes underground independent filmmaking. In 1980, director Richard Elfman made one of the most hilarious and inventive independent films of all time with the absurdist comedy/fantasy Forbidden Zone. 34 years later, Elfman is raising funds to make [...]

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This week’s edition of New Filmmakers LA is jam-packed with moviemaking wisdom.  In fact, there’s so much wisdom we had to split it into two parts! In Part 2 we are featuring interviews with directors Demian Lichtenstein, Nicole Dorsey, Stev Elam and Sam Zvibleman. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works [...]

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This week’s edition of New Filmmakers LA is jam-packed with moviemaking wisdom.  In fact, there’s so much wisdom we had to split it into two parts! In Part 1 we are featuring interviews with directors Karen Glienke, Jie Yi and Pedro Castro. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works by emerging [...]

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Jonathan Glazer’s startlingly original Under the Skin, based on the novel by Dutch novelist Michael Faber, employs a guerilla shooting technique equal parts disorienting and thought-provoking. We take a look at other classics of the ‘genre.’ Under the Skin is the story of an alien seductress (an English-accented, wig-wearing Scarlett Johansson) who travels to Earth [...]

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With NAB 2014 kicking off this weekend, we asked one of the trade show’s visiting luminaries to give us a preview of his presentation. Barry Sandrew, PhD is the founder, Chief Creative Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Legend3D, the 3D conversion company behind films like Life of Pi and Hugo. While the technology is [...]

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In our new online series “Why We Like,” MovieMaker editors break down a freshly-released trailer of an upcoming film we’re excited about. Today we’re spotlighting Luc Besson’s new action-thriller, Lucy, with a new muse (Scarlett Johansson) and a hyper-tense plot involving drug trafficking, unwilling drug mules, and science-fiction-style side effects that create superhero-like powers. Why [...]

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MovieMaker #108 Preview: THE ACTIVISM IN FILM ISSUE: CAN MOVIEMAKERS SAVE THE WORLD? The Spring 2014 issue is on newsstands, and available digitally, starting April 22, 2014. Inside, MovieMaker takes on a big question: What impact does a film have, really? Whether it’s a social issue documentary advocating for meaningful action within a particular field, [...]

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This week’s crowdfunder, A Better You, is about a hypnotherapist that can cure his patients but can’t seem to get his own life in order. Brought to you by Upright Citizens Brigade co-founder Matt Walsh, and Brian Huskey (that headless guy in the door from This is the End), A Better You follows the life [...]

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The Raid 2 is a kick in the head – literally. It’s also a kick in the ribs, a smash to the gut, a punch in the face. The Raid 2 is a two-and-a-half hour live action cartoon of creative violence, a gleeful display of martial arts fighting in unusual (and confined) spaces. Picture protagonist [...]

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This week’s edition of New Filmmakers LA is jam-packed with moviemaking wisdom.  In fact, there’s so much wisdom we had to split it into two parts! In Part 2 we are featuring interviews with directors Kyle Bowe, Rory Uphold, Daniel Stine, Jesse Atlas and Leslie Neale. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the [...]

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This week’s edition of New Filmmakers LA is jam-packed with moviemaking wisdom.  In fact, there’s so much wisdom we had to split it into two parts! In Part 1 we are featuring interviews with directors Jaime Ekkens, Brett Wagner, Cynthia Lubow, Justen Lander and Bill Savage. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the [...]

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Tom Berninger turns a would-be straightforward rockumentary about his brother’s band into an extraordinarily rich, moving tale of fame, fortune and family. Director Tom Berninger had no initial conception of where his documentary on the National, Mistaken for Strangers, was going to go, beyond being a simple rock-doc, albeit one where the band isn’t a [...]

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This Wisdom Wednesday, legendary editor Thelma Schoonmaker shares the lessons she’s learned from over three decades in the cutting room. If the naysayers who threw their hands up in moral outrage at The Wolf of Wall Street‘s drugged-out excesses had remembered that such dazzling heights of debauchery had been assembled for maximum provocation by a [...]

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Little Feet, the latest project from writer-director Alexandre Rockwell, is our Crowdfunder Pick of the Week, and it has kicked off its Kickstarter campaign with suitably high spirits. The hour-long film stars Rockwell’s own children (Lana and Nico) as a pair of wide-eyed kids roaming the equally wide boulevards of Los Angeles. Shot in dreamy, [...]

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Daniel Patrick Carbone, writer-director of Hide Your Smiling Faces, explains how he brought his moody drama to life, through the eyes of two brothers in rural America. Considering how many films are made about youthful protagonists, it’s surprisingly rare when a moviemaker really gets their kid characters right. All too often, children in movies either [...]

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This week’s edition of New Filmmakers LA is jam-packed with moviemaking wisdom.  In fact, there’s so much wisdom we had to split it into two parts! In Part 2 we are featuring interviews with directors David Crabtree, Alexander Ciavijo, Conrad Lihilihi and writers Nathalie Antonia & Dixie Perkinson. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works [...]

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This week’s edition of New Filmmakers LA is jam-packed with moviemaking wisdom.  In fact, there’s so much wisdom we had to split it into two parts! In Part 1 we are featuring interviews with directors Tomer Almogar, Nadia Bedzhanova, Jesus Celaya and Jeffrey De Chausse. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works by emerging [...]

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On the eve of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind‘s 10th anniversary, I revisited an old cinematic flame, confirming my suspicion that movies, like lovers, improve with forgetting. March 18, 2014. 9 p.m. There is a feeling I’ve had my whole life, but have never been able to put into words very well: that if [...]

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This week’s crowdfunder of choice is Night of the Living Deb, a romantic zomedy (or rom-zom-com) with a female lead, written and directed by Kyle Rankin and Andy Selsor. Night of the Living Deb dons a script described on its Kickstarter page as “hilarious with great characters and cool action.” Similar to past humor-woven zombie [...]

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This week’s edition of New Filmmakers LA is jam-packed with moviemaking wisdom.  In fact, there’s so much wisdom we had to split it into two parts! In Part 1 we are featuring interviews with directors Nile Heckman and Rick Glen, Julia Tasker, and Dehanza Rodgers. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative [...]

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This week’s edition of New Filmmakers LA is jam-packed with moviemaking wisdom.  In fact, there’s so much wisdom we had to split it into two parts! In Part 1 we are featuring interviews with directors Eric Eppinger, Brennan Vance, Nunzio Fazio, and Tony D’Annunzio. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works [...]

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The paradigm of Kickstarter success that over-worked, exhausted aspiring moviemakers cling to in their darkest moments – a beacon of hope in during the inevitable 20-day slump -  is the Veronica Mars campaign. With the film opening in theaters this weekend, actor Jason Dohring speaks to us about his part in the wild success. Created [...]

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Ryan Moore’s documentary Manny, on boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, gets an auspicious premiere on March 8, 2014 at this weekend’s SXSW. The first-time moviemaker spent years trying to get his documentary made, and finally succeeded with the help of what he calls “the invisible hand” (and a chance bathroom encounter with Mark Wahlberg). Manny is [...]

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This week’s edition of New Filmmakers LA is stuff-packed with moviemaking wisdom. In fact, it’s so packed we had to split it into two parts! In Part 2 we are featuring interviews with directors J.J. Huckin, Glenn Kiser, Mark Cummins,  Aaron Himelstein and Christiane Hitzemann. Take a look! NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works by [...]

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This week’s edition of New Filmmakers LA is stuff-packed with moviemaking wisdom. In fact, it’s so packed we had to split it into two parts! In Part 1 we are featuring interviews with directors Aaron Murtagh, Denise Davis,  Jacob Groll, Jonathan Ade, Julian Doan and Joe Wikla. Take a look! NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works [...]

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Actor-director Crispin Glover, best known for his performances in Back to the Future and Willard, as well as for directing the films What is It? and It is Fine! Everything is Fine., pens 20 highly individualistic rules for highly individualistic moviemaking. Glover can currently be seen alongside Robert De Niro, John Cusack and Rebecca Da Costa in [...]

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New Filmmakers LA is back with yet another dose of indie filmmaker interviews. Today we are featuring interviews with directors Dustin Brown, Daniel Gomez, Michael Morgenstern, William Beaton, Iria Lopez, James Connelly and Casey Geisen. Check back on Friday for more indie director wisdom. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative [...]

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This week’s edition of New Filmmakers LA is stuff-packed with moviemaking wisdom. In fact, it’s so packed we had to split it into two parts! In Part 1 we are featuring interviews with directors Deena Adar and Kai Collins, Carlos Carrasco, Dennis Brucks, Milica Zec, and Tony Glazer. Take a look! NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a [...]

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Alexander Payne’s bittersweet take on humanity’s foibles have etched their way to the center of our idea of modern America–the way we see ourselves. The past two decades have seen the writer-director go from 1996′s Citizen Ruth to 2011′s The Descendents and his latest, Nebraska, executing his brand of sorrowful comedy (or perhaps joyous tragedy) [...]

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Reality Bites, that seminal early-’90s snapshot of post-college love and ennui, turns 20 years old this week, first premiering February 18, 1994. We dug out an interview with director Ben Stiller from way back when (no joke. It was original published in MovieMaker‘s fourth issue ever, March 1994; see pictures below for proof). Here you [...]

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Paul W.S. Anderson first gained recognition in his native England when he wrote and directed Shopping, starring Jude Law, in 1994. Though the film was banned in several British cinemas and released only in an edited, direct-to-video version in the U.S., Hollywood took notice of the newcomer’s talents. Anderson became a go-to action director after adapting [...]

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He has directed music videos for Sugar Ray, Cypress Hill, Sublime and Wyclef Jean… executive produced more than a dozen popular television series, including Supernatural, The O.C., and Chuck… and is the driving force behind the Charlie’s Angels and Terminator reboots. Not sure who we’re talking about? Joseph McGinty Nichol, better known as McG, is the writer-director-producer behind some [...]

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Writer-director Jenée LaMarque’s heartfelt, clever feature debut, The Pretty One, tells the story of Laurel, a shy, sensitive young woman who has always remained in the long shadow of her confident twin sister, Audrey—that is, until an accident suddenly presents her with the chance to see what being ‘the pretty one’ is really like. With [...]

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It is no secret that successfully crowdfunding a film takes a lot of time and dedication. Sometimes it even seems impossible. But our Crowdfunder of the Week alumnus, the women’s rights documentary Equal Means Equal, earned a whooping 158% of their Kickstarter funding goals last October. Impressed, we asked campaigner (and director) Kamala Lopez to break [...]

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New Filmmakers LA is back with yet another dose of indie filmmaker interviews. Today we are featuring interviews with directors Seif Abdalla, Stefano Argenziano, Neil Christopher, and Stephon Stewart. Check back every Friday for more indie director wisdom. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around [...]

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Yesterday, the world of cinema suffered a profound and appalling loss with the death of brilliant moviemaker Philip Seymour Hoffman. To commemorate the passing of this modern screen titan, we’re revisiting two interviews with Hoffman that appeared in MovieMaker‘s pages in 2003 and 2010, along with an introductory note by Dante A. Ciampaglia (who conducted [...]

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Everyone’s Going to Die, a UK indie by British film collective Jones, has been selected as the winner of MANHATTAN SHORT’s 2014 Feature Film Project. The filmmakers have won the opportunity to screen their movie in 100 cinemas across the USA between March 6-9 with the potential reward of a full six-week release to follow. MovieMaker would like [...]

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New Filmmakers LA is back with yet another dose of indie filmmaker interviews. This week we are featuring interviews with director Alex Calleros, director Rich Ceraulo, director Brett Eichenberger, and director Max Von Vier and actor Danny De Lillo. Check back tomorrow, and every Friday for the next few months, for more indie director wisdom. NewFilmmakers [...]

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Every day for the past month MovieMaker has counted down the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2014. Here is the complete list of Top Big Cities, Top Small Cities, and Top Towns. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, is on newsstands now. Unlike previous years where locations were pitted against each [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, is on newsstands now. Unlike previous years [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, is on newsstands now. Unlike previous years [...]

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Instead of one moviemaker serving up a single course of wisdom, this Wednesday we have five experts coming together to prepare a lavish banquet of knowledge, served up by Kevin Smith, Jim Jarmusch, Anthony Minghella, John Sayles, James Mangold and Robert Duvall. Together, they cover essentials of screenwriting all the way to exhibition and promotion. [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, is on newsstands now. Unlike previous years [...]

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Our Crowdfunder Pick of the Week highlights Robbie Bryan’s new Seed&Spark-backed project, Black Hat, which pushes its strong anti-bullying message through the perhaps unexpected medium of Japanese anime. The film’s protagonist is 16-year-old highschooler, Dandi (played by Jodelle Ferland of the Twilight franchise), a socially-damaged outcast who enters a contest to turn her manga comic [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available on newsstands [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available on newsstands January [...]

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The psychological thriller Freezer hits DVD and Blu-ray today, and MovieMaker has an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip with interviews from director Mikael Salomon, stars Dylan McDermott, Peter Facinelli and Yuliya Snigir, and producer David Buelow. Salomon, Academy-Award-nominee for cinematography in The Abyss and visual effects in Backdraft, takes the helm of this mistaken identity thriller that explores the kidnapping of a New York [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available on newsstands [...]

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Gloria, Sebastián Lelio’s feature about a spirited older woman determined to get the most out of life, raises questions about how much happiness we afford older characters. “My sons aren’t comfortable with this, but I’m a sexually active being, even if I don’t have a boyfriend,” said the energetic elderly woman to her (vocally congratulatory) [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available on newsstands January [...]

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With more than 30 years at the forefront of American film, the multi-faceted, multi-talented Ethan Hawke is in a unique position to pass on the secrets of his indomitable brand of success. Hawke’s career began at age 14 when he landed his first breakthrough role as Ben Crandall in the Sci-Fi flick, Explorers, alongside then newbie, [...]

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MOFILM might be the future of advertising, shaking things up by crowdsourcing moviemaking talent on behalf of clients. This article appears in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, on newsstands January 28. How many times have you watched a lackluster big brand commercial on television with the sneaking suspicion that you could’ve done it better? If you’re an [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available on newsstands January [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available on newsstands January [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available on newsstands January [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available on newsstands January [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available on newsstands January [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available on newsstands January [...]

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Originally appearing in issue 56 of MovieMaker in 2004 as told to David Konow, legendary cinematographer William Fraker’s insight was gleaned from a long and fruitful career. Fraker passed away in May 2010, but his work on such films as Bullitt and Rosemary’s Baby still shines brightly within the canon of American film. After honing his skills in the [...]

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We’ve been trying to figure out how silly it would be to feature this viral marketing campaign for Devil’s Due as our Trailblazer Tuesday post of the week – and decided it was perfectly legitimate. For 20th Century Fox’s upcoming release of the Matt Bettinelli-Olpin/Tyler Gillet-directed horror flick Devil’s Due, the studio employed the creatives [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available on newsstands January [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available on newsstands January [...]

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2014 has been upon us for 10 whole days now. With the benefit of such distance, we at MovieMaker think it’s time to take a look back at the year that was, with our 10 favorite articles from 2013! 2013 was a big year for MovieMaker - the magazine’s 20th, in fact, since current publisher and [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available on newsstands January [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available on newsstands January [...]

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It’s the very first Wisdom Wednesday of the year here at MovieMaker, and we’re sharing seven Golden Rules of director-producer-cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld. For nearly a decade before his directorial debut, The Addams Family, Barry Sonnenfeld was earning his stripes as a director of hard-core pornography (once making nine features in nine days!), and then made the unusual [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available on [...]

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It’s MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available on [...]

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Welcome to MovieMaker’s 2014 edition of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker! We’re counting down through our Top 10 Big Cities, Top 5 Small Cities, and Top 5 Towns—releasing one location a day for the entire month of January. The full list, published in MovieMaker‘s Winter 2014 issue, will be available [...]

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MovieMaker spoke to Melissa Leo, one of 2013′s hardest-working actresses (she turned in performances in six of the year’s releases, including Oblivion and Prisoners), earlier this month at the blustery Whistler Film Festival. Melissa Leo is currently in Vancouver working on a new FOX TV series, Wayward Pines, but she managed to make a brief [...]

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is upon us! And to celebrate, we’ve got a fantastic interview with none other than Andy Serkis, Gollum himself, who has portrayed some of the most emotional, dramatic and powerful roles in the last decade – while hardly ever showing his face onscreen. Serkis has been delving more and [...]

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Academy Award nominee Lucy Walker’s latest documentary, The Crash Reel, tells the story of Kevin Pearce, the Vermont snowboarder poised on the cusp of Olympic glory until a horrifying accident left him with a traumatic brain injury. Walker talks to us about how she captured both gloriously big and affectingly small moments, and making “strange, [...]

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In honor of this weekend’s release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, part of the franchise that has arguably done more to make motion capture a household term than any other, we’re looking into how motion and performance capture technology could be less out of reach than you’d think for a non-blockbuster. This article [...]

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Shana Betz’s debut feature Free Ride, starring Anna Paquin, Drea de Matteo and Cam Gigandet, and produced by Paquin and husband Stephen Moyer amongst others, opens in select theaters January 10, 2014, and we’ve got an exclusive scene to whet your appetite. Paquin stars as Christina, a young mother of two daughters (the older, MJ, [...]

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Italian actor-director Sergio Castellitto’s new romantic drama Twice Born, an adaptation of the bestselling novel Venuto nel Mondo by author Margaret Mazzantini, opens today in select U.S. cities courtesy of Entertainment One. Starring Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch, the film is set in Sarajevo and Italy, spanning the years between the Bosnian War and the [...]

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If you’re looking for movie wisdom, make sure to watch these interviews of emerging directors right in the City of Angels. This week NewFilmmakers LA is back with interviews with Shadows Of Liberty director  Jean-Philippe Tremblay and “Dog Ghost” director Calvin Robertson. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works [...]

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White Reindeer, Zach Clark’s mordant, hilarious, surreal, brooding, hopeful paean to Christmas, opens this Friday in limited release, and to ring in that joyful date, the director penned us a summary of how he made the film – in verse. We could keep going about the film – what it’s about, who’s in it, how [...]

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As anyone who has ever seen their own work projected up on a big screen will attest, there’s nothing like having your movie playing in a theater. Of course, as everyone else will attest, opportunities to get your movie into that theater are few and far between – and getting scarcer every day as content [...]

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On the occasion of the U.S. release of Philomena, starring the ever-formidable Judi Dench as its classically-named heroine, MovieMaker writer Jeff Meyers attempts to pry open the equally venerable director Stephen Frears. I went in blind, so to speak. As is my habit, I tend to avoid reading previous interviews with a subject so that [...]

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No fighting, kids. It’s MovieMaker‘s holiday giveaway, and there’s enough to go around. Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull is universally acclaimed as one of the greatest motion pictures of all time, and now, just in time for the holidays, renowned cult artist Midnight Marauder is partnering with MovieMaker to offer his gorgeous, limited-edition, original poster of [...]

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Every year in our Fall issue, MovieMaker releases a list of 25 companies we’ve deemed especially ‘indie-friendly.’ Take a look at 2013′s names! The word “independence” connotes solitude and individualism: a lone wolf charting its own iconoclastic path through a barren wilderness. But in our view at MovieMaker, being “independent” is the opposite of lonely [...]

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New Filmmakers LA is back with yet another dose of indie filmmaker interviews. This week we are featuring interviews with “Great Western” director Tanya Goldberg and “Kate” director Phillip Clark Davis. Check back next week for more indie interviews! NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works by emerging filmmakers [...]

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MovieMaker founder Tim Rhys honors legendary screenwriting guru Syd Field, who passed away on Sunday. Syd Field always seemed younger than his years, which is maybe one reason I was so shocked to learn of his passing early Monday morning. Another reason is that he was something of a deity to the generations of screenwriters [...]

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Hal Hartley, American independent impresario, is bringing Ned Rifle, the third film in his award-winning Grim family trilogy (Henry Fool, 1998 and Fay Grim, 2007), to life via a Kickstarter campaign that’s already made close to $150,000. Henry Fool and Fay Grim are unabashedly weird little tragicomedies, darkly absurd poems that delighted some and frustrated [...]

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MovieMaker‘s editor’s weekend pick is The Book Thief, directed by Brian Percival. Based on Markus Zusak’s beloved New York Times best-selling novel by the same name, the film details the story of a young girl who changes the lives of everyone around her as she is sent to live with foster parents in Germany during World War II. Florian Ballhaus, [...]

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This week our golden rules of moviemaking come from none other than BAFTA award-winning director Mike Newell, director of Great Expectations, as he imparts some of the wisdom he has learned after a five-decade long career in the entertainment industry. Ever since his start as a television director in the ’60s and ’70s, Mike Newell has [...]

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Running from Crazy, the latest film from Academy-Award-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple, explores the psychological legacy of one of the most iconic families in a nation of iconic families – the Hemingways. Taking for its subject the actress Mariel Hemingway, Ernest’s famous granddaughter, the film charts her difficult journey towards accepting an inheritance of both charismatic [...]

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Stop and think for a while – which working American director do you suppose would give the sagest, most no-nonsense advice to aspiring moviemakers? If you guessed the man who made such films as The Brother From Another Planet, Passion Fish and Lone Star, you’d be right. John Sayles is our guest lecturer of the [...]

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New Filmmakers LA is back with yet another dose of indie filmmaker interviews. This week we are featuring interviews with Super Zeroes director Potsy Poncirol and Leos Love director Alan Weischede. Check back next week for more indie interviews! NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, [...]

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The New York Film Critics Series is launching a brand new in-theater series featuring previews of major films screened simultaneously in cities across America. The series kicks off tomorrow, November 5, with Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, with live appearances by Bruce Dern, June Squibb and Will Forte, and moderated by Peter Travers. See below for the [...]

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A Perfect Man, starring Liev Schreiber and Jeanne Tripplehorn, premieres in theaters today, November 1, 2013. IFC Films is distributing the independent feature film, directed by Kees Van Oostrum, ASC. Van Oostrum is a cinematographer by trade, but initiated the project and took his first turn at the helm. He brought a broad base of  [...]

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MovieMaker highlights the good and bad reviews of six films out in theatres this week. Beat the winter doldrums and read what’s worth watching in theaters near you. 1. Diana (Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel)  Thumbs up: “Dismiss it as “A Lifetime Original Movie” if you like, but there’s something quietly compelling in this portrait of the [...]

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“This is Halloween, everybody make a scene/ Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright/ It’s our town, everybody scream/ In this town of Halloween” Happy Halloween Moviemakers! Our Halloween Retro-SPOOK-tive is ending on a high note, digging up an article on the “Master of Horror” himself, Wes Craven. This article appeared in MovieMaker‘s Spring 2011 [...]

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“Every day I was crying,” says director Felix Van Groeningen about his experience in production on The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium’s official Best Foreign Language Film entry for this year’s Academy Awards. We believe him: All MovieMaker editors had the same lacrimose experience watching the film. Talk about a sucker punch. This is a film [...]

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“Trick or Treat? Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat!” MovieMaker is preparing for Halloween by digging into our goodie bag of articles with this exclusive interview with Drew Goddard, director of Cabin in the Woods. This article originally appeared in MovieMaker‘s Spring 2012 issue. After languishing in limbo for more than two years due to [...]

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Mr. Nobody, the inventive, original third feature of Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael, opens in U.S. theaters this Friday after being picked up by Magnolia – though the film was made way back in 2009 and was already something of a European cult sensation in 2010. In fact, the film picked up a Golden Osella [...]

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South African director, writer and producer Gavin Hood shares his 31 Golden Rules of MovieMaking – riding the comet trail that is his latest movie, the intergalactic adventure Ender’s Game, opening in theaters this Friday. Hood has illustrious independent roots: After acting in his own debut feature, 1999′s A Reasonable Man, he found mainstream success [...]

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MovieMaker‘s Crowdfunder Pick of the Week spotlights painter-come-indie filmmaker Patrick Chapman’s second feature, ToY, which follows the entanglement of the lives of two women under the flickering lights of Las Vegas. Patrick Chapman’s first feature, Phin, which was favorably received on the festival circuit, also followed the struggles of a young artist (no surprise—Chapman has [...]

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Halloween is right around the corner and to celebrate, MovieMaker is going to be posting spook-tacular articles from our archives about some of our favorite horror films and directors. Starting with Room 237, a documentary that explores the symbolism and conspiracy theories behind Kubrick’s The Shining, in honor of Stephen King’s  new novel Doctor Sleep - the sequel to [...]

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To see or not to see? Here’s a handy little cheat sheet of five of the week’s new releases, with a positive review and a negative review for each – because it’s always good to keep up with the literature. 1. The Counselor (Director: Ridley Scott) Thumbs up: “The Counselor achieves the almost unheard-of daily double [...]

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MovieMaker’s pick of this week’s new releases is Abdellatif Kechiche‘s much-talked about three-hour epic, Blue is the Warmest Color (or, in French, La Vie d’Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2). The film follows Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) through her relationship with the older, cooler, bluer Emma (Léa Seydoux), while making her way through high school and [...]

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MovieMaker will be showcasing interviews of emerging directors and talents based in Los Angeles every Thursday for the next two months. Gain insight from filmmakers as they discuss the magic (and the inherent challenges) behind the scenes. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around [...]

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We’re back with Part Two of our interview with director Timothy Wheeler and producer Kevin Abrams as they talk about their stunning Diana Nyad documentary, The Other Shore. Yesterday in Part One, we talked about perilous jellyfish, the benefits of being Diana Nyad’s nephew, and the difficulties of filming her failed attempts to achieve her [...]

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If you’ve never heard of Art Linson, now’s the opportunity to get familiar: We’re certain the Hollywood veteran has produced some of your favorite films and television series of all time – Fight Club, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Untouchables, Heat, Into the Wild and FX’s Sons of Anarchy among them. Interested yet? Linson served as [...]

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The We Make Movies (Better) blog returns for a new installment about another new music option for independent moviemakers, by Sapna Gandhi, Editor-in-Chief of WeMakeMovies.org. Film is obviously a visual medium. Elements from the art direction, to the specificity of camera angles, to wardrobe, amalgamate to establish tone and elicit emotion from an audience. What [...]

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We’re celebrating the opening of our latest VOD offering, The Other Shore, with a splash: a two-part interview with director Timothy Wheeler and producer Kevin Abrams. Make sure to read part two, and be sure to watch the film after you read about its journey into being (or the other way around if you’re afraid [...]

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Click Here, director Pete Chatmon’s sophomore project, is a crowdfunding campaign right up our alley: made by film lovers (evident from the get-go: the title is, of course, a wink to Kubrick fans) and fueled by that quintessentially American ethos of stopping at nothing to make your dreams a reality. The Seed&Spark-supported film follows Pete [...]

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MovieMaker brings you an exclusive interview clip with Nicolas Winding Refn, director of Only God Forgives, as he elaborates on the process of maintaining and defusing the intensity on the set of his latest film. What Refn himself described as a modern western set in the Far East, Only God Forgives places its star Ryan [...]

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Thirsty for local indies? Every Thursday for the next two months, MovieMaker will be posting interviews and clips of budding filmmakers based in Los Angeles. Enjoy the second installment of director interviews below. NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the [...]

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12 Years a Slave Week continues with MovieMaker’s Editor’s Weekend Pick, in which Kelly Leow attempts to express the poignant, brutal experience of watching Steve McQueen’s triumphant third feature. “Prayer Before Birth” I am not yet born; O hear me. Let not the bloodsucking bat or the rat or the stoat or the club-footed ghoul [...]

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It’s 12 Years a Slave week on Moviemaker.com! To celebrate both the release of one of 2013’s best films, and its upcoming appearance on the cover of our Fall issue, we’re doing a slightly different take on our usual wisdom. MovieMaker took the chance to collect advice from the team behind 12 Years a Slave, [...]

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Trailblazing comes in all forms and four-walling is no exception. This week MovieMaker is taking an in-depth look at this innovative film distribution technique – with 10 tips for successfully four-walling your film. This article is featured in MovieMaker‘s 2014 Guide to Making Movies, on stands now. When researching the gamut of distribution strategies, it can be tough [...]

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Plush hits On Demand and DVD today, and MovieMaker‘s got an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip featuring actress Emily Browning and director Catherine Hardwicke. Browning, of Sucker Punch and Sleeping Beauty fame, steps into the shoes of a rock star whose love affair with a bandmate takes a turn for the frightening in this erotic thriller. While [...]

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Buy local. Every Thursday for the next two months, we’re going to be posting two interviews with some homegrown talent courtesy of New Filmmakers LA – short and sweet clips of wholesome indie goodness. Here’s the first installment! NewFilmmakers LA (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization designed to showcase the innovative works by emerging filmmakers from [...]

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Preparing for Takeoff is a one-stop master class on pre-production by seasoned moviemaker Arthur Vincie—300 pages of no-nonsense practical advice on everything from maximizing locations to planning auditions to motivating crew (hint: Don’t forget to feed them). All your worst fears are true: Doing your homework really is the most important thing in life. As [...]

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On this gloomy October day in Los Angeles, we only thought it fitting to share the very Irish, very mordant conversation of Terry McMahon, a moviemaker-actor whose debut feature Charlie Casanova made an indie flurry back in 2011. McMahon is currently wrapping up work on Patrick’s Day, slated for a March 2014 release. A nominee [...]

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Already in the moviemaking industry for more than two decades, Robert Rodriguez knows the business and he knows it well. His 1996 memoir-come-how-to, Rebel Without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player, is a bona-fide classic of independent moviemaking: a step-by-step explanation of how he made his first feature [...]

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For this week’s Crowdfunder Pick, MovieMaker spotlights Equal Means Equal, a documentary by award-winning documentarian and feminist, Kamala Lopez, as she explores contemporary gender politics and the controversy that surrounds the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Reminiscent of the award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary Miss Representation, Lopez’s in-progress film Equal Means Equal explores the appalling inequalities women [...]

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At this year’s New York Film Festival, internationally renowned filmmaker Jia Zhangke showed his new film, A Touch of Sin, his first narrative feature since 24 City in 2008. While A Touch of Sin deals with many of the same themes as Jia’s other films (alienation, corruption, exploitation, people lost in the confusing capitalist evolution [...]

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This week our editor’s weekend pick is Concussion, which won a Teddy Award Jury Prize at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. After suffering from a baseball whack to her head, Abby (Robin Weigert), a rich, married, lesbian housewife realizes that she desires something more out of her picket-fenced, suburban life. Disillusioned, she moves to Manhattan [...]

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Legend has it (okay, well, actually it was the Los Angeles Times) that Joe Eszterhas once sold a script written on the back of a cocktail napkin for 4.7 million dollars. And it makes sense when one learns that once upon a time good ol’ Joe was the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood. Eszterhas made the [...]

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Our Crowdfunder of the Week is They Returned, the sixth feature film from musician/filmmaker Ivan Noel. Like Noel’s earlier work, the film is a supernatural thriller of sorts,  concerning a group of children affected by incomprehensible forces. On his Indiegogo campaign page Noel describes himself as “one of the first ‘Boutique film directors’, serving films [...]

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“Porn is another medium and it is, frankly, more popular than movies!” says Joseph Gordon-Levitt on his directorial debut Don Jon, in a recent interview with Andy Young for MovieMaker (look for it in full in our Fall issue, hitting stands this November). But what about a movie about porn: one that valiantly tries to [...]

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This week MovieMaker is mixing things up with a theater project from Seed&Spark. Instead of spotlighting a film, we’re shifting our attention to a venue – an old theater in need of a little “TLC:” Eveningstar Cinema. Although films may be the shining stars, brick-and-mortar theaters remain the hearts and souls of the movie industry. [...]

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham, Kenny Leon’s TV movie airing tomorrow night on the Hallmark Channel, takes the audience on an emotional journey some 50 years back in time. The main characters are based on a 1963 novel with the same title by Christopher Paul Curtis, documenting the real-life events that culminate with a horrific [...]

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MovieMaker’s Editor’s Weekend Pick this cool September Thursday is C. O. G., Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s adaptation of the beloved David Sedaris collection, Naked. The film, a biopic of sorts (“of sorts” in this case meaning “in that wonderfully odd, larger-than-life, hilariously acerbic David Sedaris way”), marks the first time that any of the prolific American [...]

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Two decades into his career, director Marc Forster has 10 films under his belt— 10 diverse, successful, star-studded films. The talented director started off his career with a bang in 1995, winning the Slamdance Audience Award for his $10,000 experimental film Loungers. Afterwards he continued riding a filmic high with Monster’s Ball, in which he [...]

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This week MovieMaker is delving into the world of contemporary artwork with Big Bad Art, a lively documentary about one artist’s struggle to complete the defining project of his career: a house party. That’s right, a beer keg, blasting stereo, writhing bodies-filled house party. Although such a project may appear contradictory to generally held notions [...]

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Today’s Editor’s Weekend Pick is Jamie Meltzer’s gripping documentary Informant. The story of Brandon Darby, a radical left-wing activist from Austin who turned FBI informant to the astonishment and disdain of his community, the film won Doc NYC’s Grand Jury Prize in 2012. It is a portrait of both a single man and of the [...]

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This week’s crowdfunding pick of the week is The Midnighters: an emotional crime-drama that explores an aging ex-con’s struggle to assimilate back into the real world and shed his criminal past. Director Julian Fort helms the campaign on Kickstarter along with partner Adam Carl. The Midnighters tells the story of Victor Lustig, an old man [...]

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Breaking news! MovieMaker has exclusive coverage on the latest project from iconoclastic director Charles Burnett—an Algerian epic called The Emir Abd El-Kader. Charles Burnett, who was born in Mississippi and grew up in the Watts area of Los Angeles, has long been considered one of America’s greatest moviemakers. His first film, Killer of Sheep, was made [...]

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This week’s Editor’s Weekend Pick is Shane Salerno’s documentary on the iconic, reclusive American novelist J. D. Salinger, aptly titled Salinger.   It’s hard to find anyone whose adolescent heart hasn’t been marked somehow by J. D. Salinger’s coming-of-age novel Catcher in the Rye, let alone someone who hasn’t read it. The novel, narrated unforgettably [...]

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This week’s Wisdom Wednesday brings you five short and punchy golden rules from Academy Award-winning documentarian Errol Morris. In his groundbreaking and critically acclaimed documentaries, world-renowned moviemaker 
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MovieMaker’s Crowdfunder Pick of this week is a throwback to that moment in everyone’s youthful lives when one magical adventure took them forever out of the Doldrums – the beloved Norton Juster children’s novel Phantom Tollbooth. The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations is a documentary by Hannah Jayanti about the origins of the novel, Juster’s friendship [...]

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This weekend, Jill Soloway’s hilariously poignant Afternoon Delight makes our Editor’s Pick of new releases in theaters. The film, which netted Soloway the dramatic directing award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, stars the talented, immediately recognizable-yet-criminally underused Kathryn Hahn and the always electric Juno Temple as employer and non-traditional employee, respectively. Soloway, whose impressive [...]

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This week’s Wisdom Wednesday, appearing in our upcoming 2014 Complete Guide to Making Movies special issue (on stands very soon!), reveals the tastefully sordid expertise of legendary director Brian De Palma, whose films all hinge upon the mysteries of sexual desire. When Rebecca Romijn-Stamos offers a biker-bar striptease in Femme Fatale, there’s little nudity; it’s [...]

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MovieMaker’s Trailblazer Tuesday Crowdfunder of the Week is The Dog, a fascinating documentary on John Wojtowicz, the real-life bank robber who inspired Sidney Lumet’s seminal 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon. This story behind The Dog‘s crowdfunding campaign begins as many do—with a 2 a.m. phone call. “This is the Dog calling,” declares a strange voice. [...]

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MovieMaker‘s pick of the films out in theaters this week is the award-winning, heart-pumping Short Term 12, and we’re celebrating its release with an exclusive article by writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton, appearing in our upcoming 2014 Complete Guide to Making Movies special issue. Much of the emotional strength of Short Term 12 derives from its [...]

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Today’s special Reader Spotlight puts the focus on long-time MovieMaker reader Brian Lee Brown, a small-town independent filmmaker based in Needles, CA whose compelling story had to be shared. Enough about us – we love to hear readers’ personal accounts of finding their way as moviemakers. After all, that’s what keeps us doing what we’re [...]

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MovieMaker’s Trailblazer Tuesday Crowdfunder of the Week is Be Natural, a revelatory documentary on Alice Guy-Blaché, the woman who filmed one of the first narrative films in 1896 (some say before Georges Méliès) before history forgot her. Be Natural, so named after the verbal direction Guy-Blaché gave her actors, is by far the largest, most [...]

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MovieMaker’s Editor’s Weekend Pick is Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, written and directed by the multi-talented David Lowery, also starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints tells the tale of Bob Muldoon (Affleck), a Texas outlaw who escapes from prison and immediately heads out to reunite with his wife, Ruth (Mara), and the [...]

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“In the town of Osijiek, Croatia, Eduardo Flores, a correspondent for the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia and a follower of the Catholic sect Opus Dei, called his colleagues to his own press conference. At the event, he announced that he could no longer be merely a spectator in the war that pitted Catholic Croatians again [...]

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Massachusetts-born director Julie Taymor is daringly uncompromising in her vivid, larger-than-life cinematic visions, and urges other moviemakers to be the same in this Wednesday’s Words of Wisdom. The young Taymor started her career on the Awaji Island, Japan, studying pre-Bunraku puppetry to learn more about experimental theater. The versatile artist has since found success both [...]

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We’ve all seen those stately biopics (usually with Oscar aspirations), in which renowned actors portray real-life historical figures (Patton, Queen Elizabeth, Gandhi, etc). They are often interesting as history, sometimes less so as fully-realized movies. But a fascinating sub-genre exists when a real historical figure interacts with a fictional character. What happens when a make-believe [...]

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MovieMaker’s Editor’s Weekend Pick is director-writer-producer David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. Prince Avalanche, adapted from the Icelandic film Either Way (Á annan veg, 2011), follows two highway road workers (Rudd and Hirsch) who choose to spend the summer of ’88 away from the city, isolated in a burned-down forest [...]

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MovieMaker’s Trailblazer Tuesday Crowdfunder of the Week is Paperback, the sophomore effort of director Adam Bowers: “a smart, painfully real comedy/romance.” Bowers, who graduated from the University of Florida in 2007, already has impressive credentials in spite of his youth. His first film, a mumblecore-ish romantic comedy called New Low that Bowers made for $2,000, [...]

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German-born moviemaker Thor Freudenthal started his career in visual effects and animation, working on such films as Stuart Little (which was nominated for a Best Visual Effects Oscar in 2000). After directing several short films, he made his feature moviemaking debut with 2009′s kid-friendly Hotel for Dogs. His follow-up, the hugely profitable Diary of a [...]

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Much like an ocean wave, the surfing movie subgenre has seen its share of peaks and valleys. The innocuous yet charming 1959 teen comedy Gidget is often credited as bringing the surfing subculture into the mainstream. The success of the film, about a spunky teenage girl (played by Sandra Dee) desperate to become a surfer, [...]

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In Part One (of this interview, we talked to Colorado-based Tattoo Nation director Eric Schwartz about his transition from still photography to film, finding his heavily-inked subjects, and the intimate yet exclusive culture of tattoo. Today we wrap up the conversation with a Danny Trejo anecdote and a discussion of the current state of film [...]

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MovieMaker’s Editor’s Weekend Pick is Computer Chess, though we can’t resist sending a shout out to The Spectacular Now. Two is better than one, right? Andrew Bujalski’s latest feature burrows through the dustbin of broadcast video history to achieve its authentic lo-fi look. Temporarily disavowing celluloid (he shot his first three movies on 16mm), Austin-based [...]

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As part of Moviemaker.com’s hosting of Tattoo Nation (released this week on our site!) we were lucky enough to be granted an exclusive interview with the documentary’s first-time director, Eric Schwartz. In the following discussion, Schwartz covers much of the journey of his film – a behind-the-curtain look at the gritty origins of the Black [...]

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MovieMaker’s Trailblazer Tuesday Crowdfunder of the Week is Dave Boyle’s The Man from Reno, a film about a Japanese author and small town sheriff teaming up to solve a murder in San Francisco. Dave Boyle has street cred—or, perhaps we should say, film cred. His previous efforts, Surrogate Valentine and White on Rice, have premiered [...]

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Two MovieMaker editors talk about their favorite moments in Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, a shockingly unique record of Indonesian executioner Anwar Congo. Lara Colocino, Special Projects Editor: Anwar Congo is a cinephile. He excitedly notes his admiration for John Wayne, Al Pacino, and Marlon Brando, perverting their filmic personas in the process of [...]

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We don’t get that much hate mail at MovieMaker, but when we do, we like to share it!  MovieMaker staff recently received an anonymous message in our voicemail inbox from one dissatisfied subscriber. In the message, he refers to the front and back covers of our most recent Summer issue (currently on sale in the [...]

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Director, screenwriter, sometimes actor, and all-around major geek Kevin Smith has deep roots in independent moviemaking, filming his first feature, Clerks, in the convenience store he worked at for just over $25,000. The small indie film soon traveled to Cannes where it won the Filmmaker’s Trophy and was quickly snapped up by Miramax. Needless to [...]

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Our Trailblazer Tuesday Crowdfunder Pick of the Week is a documentary titled Gennadiy from Danny Yourd and Steve Hoover, the creators of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning Blood Brother. What, or, better question, who is Gennadiy? Yourd and Hoover’s Kickstarter campaign page describes their real-life protagonist, a heroic activist of almost mythic proportions: “Gennadiy (Mokhnenko) [...]

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Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy (2008) is a film in which locations and space play a pivotal role. The film centers on Wendy (Michelle Williams), a young woman who navigates unfamiliar spaces over the course of the film, after her car breaks down in Oregon. The film is based on Train Choir, an original short [...]

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Where would the world be without the paranormal investigators of cinema? Overrun with evil spirits, demons and other unpleasant creatures, that’s for sure. It’s a messy, dangerous job to do battle with the undead, but, hey, someone’s gotta do it. Coincidentally enough, two movies about paranormal investigators open this weekend. In the first, The Conjuring, [...]

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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a compelling new rock documentary about one of Memphis’ most curious pop music phenomenons. Never heard of them? Neither had I. But now that I have watched Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (and listened to the soundtrack on Spotify) I can’t get their story or music out [...]

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This week, our Wednesday Words of Wisdom come from Wim Wenders (say that three times fast). The German director is known for his poetic and emotional work, like 1984’s Palme d’Or-winning Paris, Texas and 1987’s Wings of Desire – the latter netting him Best Director at Cannes (as well as spawning the notably inferior American [...]

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Janus Film’s newly restored print brings Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960 masterpiece of Italian cinema, L’avventura, to selected theaters in black-and-white 35mm. We came into a screening of L’avventura from a summer Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, our skin emanating July heat as we walked down Fairfax Avenue. It was a relief, then, to be plunged into the [...]

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Our Trailblazer Tuesday Crowdfunder pick of this week is a project called Arms and the Man, vying for donations through a Kickstarter campaign run by Pittsburgh-based moviemaker John Jaquish. Jaquish’s previous effort, an 18 minute short entitled “The Day of the Heist,” was shot in classically gorgeous black and white 35mm (a clip is available [...]

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Tobias Lindholm is having a very good year, and his hot streak continues with tomorrow’s national release of The Hunt. Although I don’t get out to see as many films as I’d like to these days (truth is, I’d rather be in a dark theater watching a movie than almost anywhere else, so I suppose [...]

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Making over 100 short films before graduating high school and paying for his collegiate efforts by working as a part-time cyber-sex operator, Eli Roth is and has always been a man devoted to his art. And that art has since taken a variety of eclectic forms: Roth has acted, worked in stop-motion animation, created his [...]

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MovieMaker’s second Trailblazer Tuesday Crowdfunder of the Week is Anomaly, a feature film Kickstarter campaign by Dan DiFelice and Salomon Ligthelm. You can’t argue with ambition. We were impressed by the elegantly-cut teaser on Anomaly’s Kickstarter page, comprised of test, reference and archival footage: a series of beautiful images that flicker with Malick-esque impressionism. Also [...]

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Young adulthood has long represented a rich source of inspiration for moviemakers. This confusing and confused life stage offers moviemakers ample room for gross-out comedy, tender drama, tragedy and everything in between. Many classic movies have explored the theme of a young character’s coming of age, from Great Expectations to The Graduate. It is clear why moviemakers have continually panned [...]

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On the eve of Independence Day, we’ve chosen to share the moviemaking wisdom of John Waters: that beacon of independence, liberty and wholesome American goodness. An attempt to summarize Waters’ life and oeuvre into a pithy blurb would be, frankly, beyond the abilities of the most economical writer – so suffice to say that the [...]

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Are DVDs the Vinyl Records of Indie film? Factory 25 thinks so! “I pretty much grew up in a baseball card shop, but I wasn’t so sporty,” admits Brooklyn-based entrepreneur and tastemaker Matt Grady, whose über-chic boutique label Factory 25 is named after the manufacturing home of the famous 1909 Honus Wagner tobacco card—the most [...]

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In recognition of the Supreme Court’s landmark dismissal of California’s Proposition 8 and its striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act, MovieMaker’s Weekend Pick this Thursday is Laurence Anyways, which tells the story of a transgendered man and the woman who loves him. “Baroque.” “Pretentious.” “Indulgent.” “Immodest.” These are some of the adjectives being [...]

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In the last few years, Neil Jordan, whose career spans three decades, has written and directed episodes of HBO’s The Borgias, his self-described current day job, as well as the Irish film Ondine. He will step into the world of the undead for the third time, following High Spirits (1988) and Interview with the Vampire [...]

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In celebration of the release of “Byzantium” this Friday, we’ve come up with a selection of ten films that put wonderfully unique spins on vampire mythology. It’s impossible to escape vampires these days. The Twilight movies, though officially brought to a close last year, are still insanely popular; the HBO series “True Blood,” which recently [...]

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The indie film Sidewalk Traffic is raising funds on RocketHub to fund their post-production needs. MovieMaker.com’s Trailblazer Tuesday brings together industry and fringe innovation — moviemaking at its most pioneering. Every first and third Tuesday, our editors will select an online film campaign to endorse as our official Crowdfunder of the Week: a moviemaking cause that we [...]

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Our inaugural choice for Editor’s Weekend Pick is Tobias Lindholm’s A Hijacking. MovieMaker’s Weekend Pick is a window on our editorial staff’s favorite theatrical release of the upcoming weekend. Every Thursday, we’ll plow through the dozens of new films opening on the upcoming weekend and we’ll choose one title we think is most deserving of your [...]

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Gus Van Sant is one of America’s most heralded, iconic independent auteurs.  Based in Portland, Oregon, the low-key Van Sant has written, directed, produced and/or edited a surprising number of iconic independent features, including Drugstore Cowboy, To Die For, Psycho, Elephant, Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester, Paranoid Park, Milk, and Restless. Van Sant has been [...]

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Horror movie remakes are a dime a dozen these days, with retreads of such genre classics as Poltergeist, Hellraiser and Suspiria currently in production. The latest to hit theaters is Maniac, an update of William Lustig’s grisly 1980 slasher film, about a mentally disturbed mannequin store owner (played by Elijah Wood), who develops a dangerous [...]

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MovieMaker.com’s Ongoing Call for Crowdfunding Campaign Submissions to Spotlight the Front Lines of Film. MovieMaker Magazine is looking for crowdfunding campaign submissions for our new web article series, MovieMaker’s Trailblazer Tuesday, to be launched in upcoming weeks on moviemaker.com. Every alternate Tuesday, our editors will select an online film campaign to endorse as our official [...]

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Set in the mid-1970s, the unnerving new psychological thriller Berberian Sound Studio stars Toby Jones (The Hunger Games; “The Girl”) as an introverted British sound engineer, Gilderoy, who travels to Italy to work on a gory horror movie at the post-production studio of the title. While there, Gilderoy encounters a culture clash with the Italian [...]

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Equal Writes, a screenwriting challenge founded by Duly Noted, Inc. and We Make Movies has announced the finalists for the script challenge seeking, “intelligent, courageous stories forged on the intersections of race, religion and gender with voices that shape the new discussion on diversity.” The chosen scripts cover a vast range of characters and genres. [...]

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Zack Snyder began his career directing TV commercials for such car companies as Audi, BMW and Nissan. He launched into features with the gloriously gory remake of George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. His ambitious follow-up, 300, an adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel, had critics hailing him as a technical genius. Since then Snyder [...]

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Superhero movies tend to come in just one of two flavors: Exceptional and terrible. They either work as visually breathtaking, escapist fun… or they don’t. This summer features a slew of upcoming superhero movies, including The Wolverine and Kick-Ass 2. The latest, Zack Snyder’s highly anticipated Superman reboot, Man of Steel, soars into theaters on [...]

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In the audacious new comedy-thriller Violet & Daisy, Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel star as a pair of teenage assassins (and best friends), whose latest target—a sad sack loner (played by James Gandolfini)—leads them on a soul searching, bullet-laden journey.  Co-starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Danny Trejo, the hyper-stylized yet surprisingly emotional Violet & Daisy represents [...]

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Jim Jarmusch is a major proponent of independent cinema, directing features such as Dead Man, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Coffee and Cigarettes, Broken Flowers, and The Limits of Control. His latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive, premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or. Only [...]

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CBGB Movie Coming to the Big Screen Oct 2013. If you haven’t heard of the New York City club, CBGB, you soon will. Fans of American Punk Rock music will be excited to hear that XLrator Media has just acquired the distribution rights for the CBGB movie. CBGB, which derived its name from its initial [...]

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In MovieMaker Magazine’s Summer Issue #104, look out for an interview by Timothy Rhys with Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, directors of the Sundance award-winning documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer. The documentary tells the story of three young Russian women, two of them mothers, who face seven years in prison for their satirical performance in [...]

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Steve Buscemi has acted in well over 100 films, including Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Fargo, The Wedding Singer, The Big Lebowski, and Big Fish. As for directing credits, he helmed the independent features Trees Lounge, Animal Factory, and Interview as well as several episodes of The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie, and 30 Rock. In 2006, preceding [...]

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Danny Boyle has directed hit films in a wide array of genres—from the cautionary drug saga Trainspotting to the inspirational, Oscar-winning drama Slumdog Millionaire. In 2010, Danny Boyle enumerated his 15 Golden Rules of filmmaking exclusively for MovieMaker Magazine, just as 127 Hours hit theaters. His latest film, Trance, is still trolling around in theaters.   1. A DIRECTOR MUST [...]

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Visual effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen passed away last week at the age of 92. Long before the days of CGI and motion capture, movie monsters were sculpted by hand and brought to life via stop-motion animation. One of the key innovators during this time was special effects maestro Ray Harryhausen, who created his own unique brand of [...]

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Superstars of the tennis world, Venus and Serena Williams have been winning championships for over a decade, showing remarkable longevity in a such a highly demanding sport. The new documentary Venus and Serena offers an intimate portrait of the tennis legends, as they battle a variety of challenges—including career-threatening health problems—during the 2011 tennis season. [...]

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Independent production company Leeden Media has announced that it is eschewing traditional distribution offers for its new comedy-drama Some Girl(s) (which premiered at SXSW this year), and will exclusively distribute the film worldwide. On June 28, the movie will hit theaters, as well as become available on Vimeo On Demand and on the film’s website. [...]

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 Decoding Annie Parker marks the feature film directing debut of long-time indie cinematographer Steven Bernstein, ASC, who has over 40 cinematography credits, beginning with Conspiracy in 1989. Decoding Annie Parker takes audiences on an intimate journey based on the real life experiences of two women, who live in parallel worlds. Bernstein was attracted to the story because he was [...]

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Vittoria Storaro’s ambitious new project is a collaboration with Iranian director Majid Majidi (Children of Heaven, The Song of Sparrows) on the production of Mohammad. There are short segments at the beginning and end of the film where the adult Mohammad leaves Mecca and journeys to Medina where he becomes the prophet of Islam, but [...]

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Kon-Tiki is a new, much buzzed-about film from Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg, which depicts a historic expedition across the Pacific Ocean by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl. KON-TIKI Trailer #2 HD (English subtitles) from Peter Degerfeldt on Vimeo. In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl voyaged on the vessel Kon-Tiki from South America to the Polynesian Islands. His mission: To [...]

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One of the world’s largest creative networks, video-sharing site Vimeo has just launched an exciting new product: the Brand Creative Fund. The Vimeo branded channel enables brands to develop high-quality, “brand-enabled” video content in collaboration with Vimeo’s extensive global network of innovative creators. These original videos will potentially reach Vimeo’s audience of over 100 million monthly viewers, [...]

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Actor-writer-comedian David Cross probably needs no introduction. He’s worked on two of the funniest and most influential comedy series of the past 20 years: the HBO cult fave “Mr. Show with Bob and David” (which he co-created with Bob Odenkirk), and the beloved (and newly revived) “Arrested Development,” whose 15-episode fourth season premieres on Netflix May [...]

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Our friends over at the moviemaking collective We Make Movies (you might know them from their MovieMaker blog We Make Movies (Better)) announced a couple weeks ago what we believe to be one of the coolest opportunities for scriptwriters since Project Greenlight indecorously closed up shop. Next Monday, April 15, the application window closes on [...]

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By popular demand, Nairobi Half Life—Kenya’s first official submission for the Academy Awards ® and the 2012 AFI Fest Audience Award winner—will return to cinemas across the United States after its successful screening in the Feature Film Project in March. Last month, cinema lovers in America had the opportunity to see Nairobi Half Life at [...]

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All film is in some way political—whether you like it or not. It’s good to be conscious of that as a filmmaker. When I first started writing the script for My Brother the Devil, it was just after the 7/7 tube bombings in London. The way British Arabs—and British Arab youth in particular—were being portrayed [...]

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I don’t claim to be a Sam Peckinpah expert or a film critic by any means. I am a poster designer at heart. My love for movies is the real deal: I know what I like, and I know what draws me to certain directors. Peckinpah the man, and his body of work, have always [...]

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On February 20 of this year, 75 days after launching their beta site, Seed&Spark—one of the most innovative crowdfunding platforms to launch since Kickstarter turned on its servers in 2009—announced that they had successfully raised $170,000 in cash, goods, and services to help green- light seven of the 10 film projects in their inaugural slate. [...]

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f French film in the 1950s was a convalescent in a hospice, as Godard and Truffaut claimed, the Nouvelle Vague euthanized the patient in his sick bed. Fifty years later, and 6,000 miles west, American multiplex movies are not a patient withering on an operating table, but an occupying army of investment bankers with nothing [...]

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As Josh Ralske writes in his forthcoming MovieMaker interview, “I was never really a fan of Harmony Korine’s work. I saw Kids (directed by Larry Clark) and Gummo, and parts of Julien Donkey-Boy and Trash Humpers, and I felt as though a malevolent spirit informed his oeuvre. His work made me uncomfortable, but I also [...]

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I’m an untrained actor with no formal education in moviemaking. I learned my trade by observing the work of others, reading books about actin and film, and through trial and error on sets and stages. Here’s what I’ve learned. 1. Trust your gut. Don’t guess what the audience wants. Tell the story you want to [...]

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In early 2011, my longtime friend and collaborator, director Ishai Setton, told me about a (very) low-budget feature he was trying to get off the ground called The Kitchen. I had shot his first two features, The Big Bad Swim, and 3 Days of Normal, and while those were also low-budget films, we shot them [...]

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Our friends over at the moviemaking collective We Make Movies (you might know them from their MovieMaker blog We Make Movies (Better)) have announced what we believe to be one of the coolest opportunities for scriptwriters since Project Greenlight indecorously closed up shop. On Monday, We Make Movies and Duly Noted, Inc. announced a call [...]

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Sometimes I think people mistakenly assume that if you’re a filmmaker, you’re either working in Hollywood, or you’re a DIY moviemaker making a film on a set where nobody eats, nobody sleeps, and definitely nobody gets paid. Having worked on both sides of the fence—at a production company (Participant Media), as well as doing my [...]

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Emir Kusturica, founder and director of the Kustendorf Film and Music Festival, pulled in a number of fascinating directors to talk about their work following screenings on the mountaintop. Here are a few highs and lows: Journalist kneecapping: During director Zhang Yimou’s moderated workshop, a Serbian journalist asked about Yimou’s next project. The moderator cut the [...]

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Emir Kusturica haunts every wooden crevice of his village and film festival. You often hear him before seeing him, his gravelly baritone breaking through the smoky rooms and chatter. He barks orders, jokes, and councils. He doesn’t suggest. (For those who don’t know, Kusturica, he is Serbia’s best-known director. The film that established his international [...]

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The Kustendorf Film and Music festival—which runs concurrently with another snowy, high-altitude American film festival—opened Wednesday, January 16th on a soggy night in the mountains of western Serbia. An elaborate light show played over the facade of a replica Orthodox church, followed by brief words from festival founder and director, Emir Kusturica. Then a brass [...]

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It’s natural to have high expectations when you’re looking forward to a first-time experience. We spent weeks reveling in excitement as we prepared for Sundance. The collision of anticipation and reality was an experience unlike anything we could have expected. In some ways, reality exceeded our anticipation. But overall, well… You can say we learned [...]

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Sundance is undoubtedly the mecca of independent moviemakers. Love it or hate it, come January, it’s all you hear about in LA. Which films premiered, who sold what, the next up and coming talent that was discovered. Everyone wants to show up and be part of the inner circle of filmmaking. For one week, you [...]

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by Jayce Bartok | Published January 11, 2013 Welcome to Just Crowdfund the $&*# Movie!, MovieMaker‘s new blog where indie moviemaker Jayce Bartok talks about the dos and don’ts of crowdfunding from the trenches of his own crowdfunding campaign. Have a question for Jayce about his movie,Tiny Dancer, or just crowdfunding in general? Ask away at jaycebenbartok@gmail.com. I [...]

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You can either look at January as a studio dumping ground and a wasteland, or you can see it as full of potential for the coming year. I’m not going to pretend to be able to guess what those crazy AMPAS people might like a year from now (who could possibly predict the next Les Mis?!), [...]

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It has been a long-held Hollywood given that a Best Picture Oscar nomination—and especially a Best Picture win—can do wonders for the old bottom line. Yes, studios hungrily vie to snare a Best Picture nomination for prestige and bragging rights, but also so they can benefit from the Oscar “bounce” in box office receipts. Now, [...]

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This is my first year with MovieMaker. Accordingly, when I sat down to mull over my 2012 Top 10 films list, I needed, first, to define my role as a critic and trend-arbiter. But what the hell is my role? My taste ranges from painfully esoteric miserablist epics to some mainstream blockbusters (during the last twelve [...]

Welcome to Just Crowdfund the $&*# Movie!, MovieMaker‘s blog where indie moviemaker Jayce Bartok talks about the dos and don’ts of crowdfunding from the trenches of his own crowdfunding campaign. Have a question for Jayce about his movie, Tiny Dancer, or just crowdfunding in general? Ask away at jayce@vinylfoote.com. By now, you’ve probably read about [...]

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Unlike the many American teens who first encountered the work of Edgar Allan Poe in English class, James McTeigue, director of the upcoming thriller The Raven, discovered the Gothic writer in the lyrics of 1970s punk rock. “I came to Poe in a really odd way,” admits McTeigue. “[It was] through my brothers, who were [...]

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Director Tarsem Singh is on a roll. With his international box office triumph Immortals still collecting receipts, and his newest picture, Mirror Mirror (“The Untold Adventures of Snow White”) being prepped for a March release, it’s fair to say that something is afoot in a directing career that has been “on the verge” for quite [...]

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Tarsem Singh is on a roll. With his new film Immortals—in which Theseus (Henry Cavill) is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead a war against a power-hungry king (Mickey Rourke)—soon coming out in theaters across the globe and Mirror Mirror—his highly anticipated take on the story of Snow White—making its way through post, [...]

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In 2001, Paul Rudd appeared as the unworldly American inheritor of a French mansion in The Château, directed by Grammy Award-winning music video director Jesse Peretz. Since then, Peretz has directed just one other feature—The Ex, starring Amanda Peet and Jason Bateman—while Rudd has perfected the role of the sarcastic-but-sweet man-child in films like Knocked [...]

We’re five days away from the live drawing for The Last Lullaby prizes. Anyone in the world can follow along on their own computer by going to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-feed-drawing-for-the-last-lullaby-prizes at 7 p.m. CST on Wednesday, November 18. I hope to see many of you there. It’s the first time we’ve done something like this. It should [...]

We’re five days into the online release of The Last Lullaby, and sales have been strong. But I’m always looking for other ways to spread the word. My recent efforts include posting on Facebook walls; I’m targeting affiliated groups with the most members. For instance, Sprague Grayden is in our movie and also has been [...]

Tomorrow, October 17, I’ll be releasing the first edition DVD of The Last Lullaby in Shreveport. It should be a memorable time signing DVDs and celebrating another significant milestone with some of the movie’s core group of support. That’s Saturday. Then Monday, October 19, is the online launch, when people outside of Shreveport can begin [...]