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top_banner_indie_film-1“We believe if we can convince enough aspiring filmmakers to give up on their dreams, the industry will become solvent again, returning to a thriving and viable state.” Yes, you read that correctly. Actor/Director Kentucker Audley (who runs the NoBudge website and makes no budget indies himself) wants you to give up filmmaking and stop flooding the market with your mediocre films. Before you get out your torches and pitchforks (Audley is not being serious), let’s take a look at what’s actually going on in the independent filmmaking industry. Despite the satirical brashness of Audley’s request, there are legitimate economic concerns stemming from the influx of indie films into the market. Here’s a brief breakdown: More »

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Derek Freese Documentary FoundationDerek Freese was a budding film director who moved to Hollywood two days before passing away in 1995.  His family and friends have since created The Derek Freese Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization which grants up to $35,000 in finishing funds to “feature-length documentary films that have both a strong narrative and a connection to Greater Philadelphia.” The first-ever Derek Freese grant will be awarded this fall. Application details and more information about this young filmmaker after the jump. More »

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Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira, at age 104, is still making films. He is noted as being the only filmmaker whose career has spanned from the silent era through to the digital revolution. He’s come a long way since his directorial debut in 1931, and now as part of MUBI’s rotating repertoire of films, his 64-minute feature film from 2009, Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl, is available to stream online until April 19th. Hit the jump for more info, below: More »

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We’re back with another entertaining discussion from Reddit’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) section, this time with French music producer and director Quentin Dupieux, whose recent films Rubber (shot on the Canon 5D Mark II) and Wrong have both entertained and polarized audiences. Under his pseudonym Mr. Oizo (from the French oiseau, meaning ‘bird’), Dupieux joins us from a computer at the Drafthouse Village in Austin, TX. Read the transcript and get some DSLR advice after the jump. More »

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As artists, we know that to some extent all our creative ventures are based on what has come before. Although, much like the biological evolution, the utilization of creativity recombines and mutates what has been established, ultimately resulting in work that is uniquely yours. The same can be said about the wisdom of veteran filmmakers. It’s helpful to have a framework on how to approach the filmmaking process based on years of collective experience to build on and incorporate into your own approach to filmmaking. Here I’ve put together a list of videos from 10 well-known directors to help you do just that: More »

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Submissions for several of the Tribeca Film Institute Filmmaker Programs opened yesterday. If you’ve been following the site, our own Ryan Koo was awarded an All Access grant from Tribeca for his upcoming film Manchild. TFI programs now accepting submissions until Nov. 5 include: TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, TFI Documentary Fund, TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund, and Tribeca All Access. Got questions about the submissions process? Tune in today at 4 pm ET/1 pm PT for a live webinar on USTREAM UPDATE: the webinar is archived and available below. More »