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Paul Walker’s Tragic Death Underscores Filmmakers’ Need for Key Man Insurance

December 13, 2013

News of Paul Walker’s death was tragic and unsettling. As an avid car enthusiast, I am a big fan of the “Fast” franchise of adrenaline pumping car chase movies. I’m sure I join his many fans in mourning our loss. Which got me thinking about whether the installment of the film franchise in which he […]

Upcoming Entertainment Law Seminar

May 24, 2013

Chicago’s leading Entertainment Law firm, Leavens, Strand, Glover & Adler, is pleased to announce its inaugural Entertainment Law Seminar: What In-House Lawyers Must Know About Exploiting Creative Content

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 […]

Chicago Tribune Sponsors Panel Discussion About Creative Professionals

March 13, 2013

What does it mean to be a creative professional in Chicago? That is the topic for discussions during the Chicago Tribune’s Trib Nation event Chicago Forward: The Future of the Arts in Chicago being held tonight, March 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM. In the Chase Auditorium at 10 South Dearborn. The event proposes to discuss […]

YouTube Content ID – A Must for Every Indie Filmmaker or Musician

February 20, 2013

Are you getting the most out of your online marketing efforts? Last year, Google announced a change to its search rankings algorithm, lowering results for known pirate sites. Critics asked why the company would not do the same for Youtube, since that site is widely viewed as a repository for pirated films and music. Read […]

Indie Film & Filmmaking Roundup

December 15, 2012

IndieFilmLaw’s Curated List of People, News & Events For Independent Film and Filmmaking “Blood on the Bayou” made by Abbeville filmmaker, features Abbeville actors The Kaplan Herald “It’s been one heck of ride!” said Abbeville filmmaker Russell Hebert. It took him a year and a half long to make this Independent Film “Blood on the […]

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 […]

Casting Decisions Are Entitled to First Amendment Protections

October 16, 2012

A federal district court in Tennessee has determined that cast decisions are protected by the First Amendment against claims of racial discrimination under Sec. 1981. This was a case of first impression. Reality television is so popular with both audiences and participants that prospective contestants are suing to get on TV. Recently, two such men […]

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 […]