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50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, 2014
By Alexandra Eide with Kelly Leow

Feast your eyes on MovieMaker‘s complete list of the 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2014. Despite original plan to publish the list in installments (we had already begun here and here), we’ve decided we couldn’t keep the news to ourselves any longer. We’re happy to present our much-deliberated, comprehensive list, featured in […]

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Cold in July Featured

Why We Like: Jim Mickle’s Cold in July Trailer
by Heidi Honeycutt

Jim Mickle’s new Cold in July trailer guarantees grit, guns, blood, and tears. Not necessarily in that order. Jim Mickle’s first two films Stake Land and Mulberry St were entertaining, if not very sophisticated, forays into modern horror. His 2013 follow-up We Are What We Are showed that Mickle is developing into a refined storyteller, capable […]

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The Impact Roundtable: Moviemakers On Social Action Films that Matter
Interviews by Beth Portello

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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Obvious Child

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

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

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Living Things directed by Eric Shapiro

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

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

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

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

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Forbidden Zone 2 Featured

Trailblazer Tuesday Crowdfunder of the Week: Forbidden Zone 2
by Heidi Honeycutt

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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VOD Indie Hits On Austenland, CBGB, Sunset Strip and More

Watch cutting-edge indie cinema online on without having to leave the MovieMaker community. VOD company Yekra is revolutionary, democratic and DIY: everything we believe in at MovieMaker Magazine. Their slate of VOD releases features films as vastly different and innovative as the inspiring romantic comedy Austenland and the independent horror film American Mary. We’ve selected our 12 favorite […]

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Nairobi Half Life, premiering tonight, gets Kenyan Embassy endorsement!

Washington, D.C.—This morning, the Embassy of Kenya in the U.S. announced its support for Nairobi Half Life, a Kenyan film screening today as part of the Feature Film Project. As part of The Project, presented by MANHATTAN SHORT and MovieMaker Magazine, Nairobi Half Life will screen in cinemas across the country tonight for one night […]

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Fake Independence and Reel Truth, Pt. 4: Approaching a film set with a truly open mind
by Ray Carney

Read Part 1 Read Part 2 Read Part 3 My favorite metaphor for thinking about artists is as students and teachers. (Since I’m a teacher, I admit that my occupation probably biases me.) Like students and teachers, above everything else, real artists must be humble and willing to learn. They must open themselves up and […]

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