“Film Noir”: The Elusive Genre

“Film Noir”: The Elusive Genre

“The Maltese Falcon”

“The Maltese Falcon”

There are two terrific film-noir series taking place in New York right now, one at Film Forum, “Femmes Noir,” the other, at the Museum of Modern Art, “Lady in the Dark: Crime Films from Columbia Pictures, 1932-1957.” But only the Film Forum series uses the word “noir,” and MOMA’s avoidance of the term makes perfect sense.

Film noir is a peculiar genre. A Western is…

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Your Movie’s Been Accepted to a Festival - Now What?

Your Movie’s Been Accepted to a Festival – Now What?

By Mara Lesemann: I’ve spent the past year taking my first feature (Surviving Family – www.survivingfamily.us) to 18 film festivals in the US and Canada; we also had 2 invitation-only screenings for family and friends. While we didn’t hit the festival home run that everyone dreams of (Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, etc.), we did get into several that have made the Movie Maker Magazine list of 25…

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15 Tips On Making Your First Micro-Budget Feature

15 Tips On Making Your First Micro-Budget Feature

“As It Is In Heaven”

“As It Is In Heaven” is a feature film directed by Joshua Overbay in Kentucky around a small college film department. Shot in Scope digital video, the film is opening in New York City, Chicago, Seattle, Lexington, L.A., New Orleans and other cities in July and August. Below, Overbay writes about how, as a first-time director, he managed to make a micro-budget film and get it…

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2014 WFA Best Director/Best Actor Winner “Found” acquired for North American Distribution

2014 WFA Best Director/Best Actor Winner “Found” acquired for North American Distribution


LOS ANGELES (July 16, 2014) – XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the award-winning horror film FOUNDby first-time director Scott Schirmer. The film has played more than 40 horror film festivals across the globe where it won 15 Best Feature Film awards and multiple Best Actor awards for…

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Russia’s Obscenity Law Will Crush Independent Film

Russia’s Obscenity Law Will Crush Independent Film

New legislation is being so quickly adopted in Russia today that anyone tracking it is bound to be suffering from a case of whiplash. Hundreds of new legal initiatives have already been ratified this year alone.

Among the more frustrating and misguided laws to be adopted is the law that bans swearing in films, books and music. Although the swearing legislation technically only bans four obscene…

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Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film

Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film

  Series  25 New Faces of 2014Welcome to our 2014 25 New Faces.

Started almost on a whim back in 1998, as a way to generate content during the independent film doldrums of summer, the 25 has grown to be the feature we devote our most time and attention to. Year round we note new work by young (as in careers, not age) filmmakers that inspires us, we reach out to members of our community for suggestions, and we challenge…

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Animation Goes 3D - Free Special Event at Made In NY Media Center

Animation Goes 3D – Free Special Event at Made In NY Media Center

Free Special Event at Made In NY Media Center
Click here to Register
August 14 2015, 6:30-8:30pm

As animation, 3D modeling, and 3D printing software and technology evolves, animators and filmmakers are finding new ways to incorporate 3D printing into their work. Whether it’s custom modeling and printing characters for a stop-motion animation, creating custom merchandise for your film, or…

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The most important bit of advice for Indie Filmmakers!

The most important bit of advice for Indie Filmmakers!

As Film Festival programmers, we spend quite a lot of time looking for interesting films to invite for submission to our Festival.

The number one bit of advice we have for any Indie Filmmaker is …


We read about awesome sounding films all the time, and then start googling away. For about 25% of the films we seek, we cannot find any contact information at all – nothing on…

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'We Believe What We Can See.' Watch This Tedx Talk on the Mystery of Story

‘We Believe What We Can See.’ Watch This Tedx Talk on the Mystery of Story

unproduced-screenplaysBy , NoFilmSchool:  n the 80s, the joke was that everyone, no matter what they did during the day, had a screenplay to hawk. With Joe Eszterhas getting millions for scribbling the plot of One Night Stand on a cocktail napkin, and Shane Black writing Lethal Weapon at the age of 26, what didn’t look like hard work looked good to lots of people. Much of this can be laid at the feet of…

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Filmmakers face 10 years in prison for Sarah Jones’ death

Filmmakers face 10 years in prison for Sarah Jones’ death

sarah-jones-lawsuitBy Iain Alexander, FIlmIndustryNetwork:   The ongoing criminal investigation into ‘Midnight Rider’ has reached yet another climax, with filmmakers being formally charged for the involuntary manslaughter of Sarah Jones.

According to a report in Variety, The film’s director, Randall Miller along with the producers of ‘Midnight Rider’ have also been charged and could face a maximum 10-year prison…

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