This episode of Indie Film Weekly explores how filmmakers and film companies have confronted recent controversies headlining mainstream news—and made real change from festival programming to senate floors—before they even picked up a camera.
This past week, Robert DeNiro pulled the anti-vaccination film Vaxxed: from Cover-Up to Catastrophe from Tribeca Film Festival's lineup, and Republican Governor Nathan Deal announced that he would veto Georgia's anti-gay HB-757 bill, both after protestations from filmmakers and industry folk. We get into both of these decisions from a filmmaker point-of-view, as well as chatting about the release of the consumer-facing virtual reality headset from Oculus, new filmmaking tools, and upcoming opportunity deadlines and indie film releases that you won't want to miss while you're busy making films.
Show Links & Mentions
No Film School articles
- Exclusive: Why Filmmaker Penny Lane Stirred Up the Tribeca 'Vaxxed' Controversy
- How DP Roberto Schaefer Mixed Super16, Alexa, and C500 in 'Miles Ahead' [PODCAST]
- Make Your Audience Trip on Acid: Steps to Creating an Immersive VR Film
- Get Inspired By Stanley Kubrick's Rare 'Notes on Filmmaking'
- It's Time to Get Serious About Film Crew Safety in the Wake of the Sarah Jones Tragedy
- Sarah Jones Set Safety App Allows You to Report Issues Anonymously
- Will VR Kill Film? (Sundance 2016)
- Frame.io Adobe Premiere Pro Integration Lets You Collaborate On Your Edit in Real-Time
- Atomos Shogun Flame & Ninja Flame Are the First 7" HDR 4K Recording Monitors
Upcoming Deadlines: Grants & Opportunities
- Sarah Jacobson Film Grant - April 11 (Entries begin)
- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting - April 28
Upcoming Deadlines: Festivals
- Blow Up: Chicago International Arthouse Film Fest - March 31
- Sound Unseen - March 31
- Las Vegas Film Festival - March 31
- Leeds International Film Festival - April 1
- Ojai Film Festival - April 1
- New Orleans Film Festival - April 1
- Born To Be Blue - VOD - March 31
- Cube - Amazon Prime Instant - April 1
- Entertainment - Netflix - March 25
- 2001: A Space Odyssey, Best in Show, Boogie Nights - Netflix - April 1
- Miles Ahead - April 1
- Everybody Wants Some - April 1
"We have a voice and vision, as well. I want to give young black people hope that they can make it in this industry, not that the only hope for them is sports. I only want the chance to change the world and shed light on film’s potential."
This episode is dedicated to 21-year-old aspiring filmmaker Varnell Pritchett, aka "Pop," who was working toward directing his first feature—and changing the face of the industry for black filmmakers—when he succumbed to cancer on March 26. You can help his family with overwhelming medical bills here.
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I love indie films, but I am not a hipster! I think they are just so deep and meaningful. Great article!
March 29, 2016 at 9:34AM