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When Soderbergh Speaks, Indie Filmmakers Listen

May 2, 2013

The Business of Independent Film For the past few years, the business of creating independent film has faced many challenges. Outside financing has suffered from the “Great Recession” as banks stopped lending, Federal Section 181 film tax credits have evaporated,  State film Tax credit programs have imploded from scandal and debate rages about the effectiveness […]

5 #Legal Questions to Ask BEFORE Starting Your #Crowdfunding Project

April 9, 2013

Five Legal Questions To Ask BEFORE Crowd-funding You Next Film (or Creative) Project Intro I recently had the opportunity to share the stage at a Chicago VentureShot Community panel presentation on crowdfunding an independent film project. My client successfully raised enough funds to produce his film through the Crowdfunding site KickStarter.com. Due to the unpredictable […]

Indie Film, Filmmaker and Film Festival News Roundup

November 15, 2012

‘Elfquest’ Fan-Filmmakers Officially Acquire The Comic’s TV/Film Rights ComicsAlliance After years of waiting for a big studio production of ElfQuest, fans and web TV producers Stephanie Thorpe and Paula Rhodes took matters into their own hands by creating their own short film based on the indie comics perennial by Wendy and Richard Pini. Pontchartrain Film […]

Independent Film & Filmmaker News & Industry Roundup

September 20, 2012

Lesson Of Toronto: Indie Filmmakers Better Keep Budgets Low As Distribs Grow … Deadline.com Now, the major agents came home happy because they sold almost all the films they crossed the border with. But the actual deals are telling us something about the economy of independent film making. Lady Filmmakers Film Festival Coming to Beverly Hills Sept. 28-30th The Beverly Hills […]

Indie Film & Filmmaker News Roundup

August 12, 2012

Indie Focus: Objectivity turns to negativity with Craig Zobel’s ‘Compliance’ Los Angeles Times Even before Craig Zobel’s psychological thriller “Compliance” premiered this year at the Sundance Film Festival, the filmmaker knew the movie would be a button-pusher. Still, he didn’t expect the very vocal, very negative response from some. Julie Delpy goes from serious actress […]

Indie Film News Roundup

July 27, 2012

An invitation to indie filmmakers Den Of Geek If you’re an indie film maker, without any distribution deal in place, then we invite you to send in your movie if you want us to watch it. We’re having to be careful about this – we might get one, we might get hundreds. All we’ll say […]

NOVAC Provides Local Filmmakers Financing and Guidance on Making Deals

April 12, 2012

April 11, 2012 Via Chris Henson, New Orleans Indie Movie Examiner “The film industry in New Orleans, and in Louisiana in general, is booming. But it is not only the major studio productions coming to the Crescent City. Independent filmmaking has also exploded in the area. Non-profit organizations like the New Orleans Video Access Center […]

Dark Knight may occupy Wall Street

October 18, 2011

Although major motion pictures are known for carefully planning out scenes months in advance, Christopher Nolan‘s “The Dark Knight Rises,” which is scheduled to be shot in New York, may get a dose of gritty authenticity by using the protests as a backdrop or a stand-in for something that already exists in the film. See […]

Strength In Numbers: Indie Producers Band Together In New Venture

August 12, 2011

The move is good for indie filmmakers, to protect them against well-heeled financiers and distributors, which should have mobilized such an effort years ago.

“Indie” Another Way Of Saying Innovative?

December 22, 2010

What defines the “Indie” aesthetic? Some say, its an a edginess that eschews mainstream roles and requirements. Others say its a certain purity of purpose that comes from being unsigned and undiscovered. Still others have posited that the word is nothing more than its root definition: independent, original, obscure and wholly lacking dependence on mainstream […]