Charles Champlin on an icon of independent film
John Cassavetes was a fiercely independent spirit, conveying passion, defiance and anger with a violent energy concealed just beneath the surface — if it was concealed at all.
Are there war stories to be told from the digital filmmaking battlefield? Undoubtedly. But you won't hear too many of them rolling out of the mouths of most directors and cinematographers who have collaborated in the still-infant medium.
Chris Columbus & Directing Harry Potter
is one of the most successful series of books in recent memory. Taking those tales from printed word to motion picture screen was a formidable undertaking for director Chris Columbus.
Acquiring distribution is not the last step on the path to getting an independent film into theaters. The act of distribution itself is a make-or-break process that encompasses everything from how a picture will open to the film's trailers, posters and ad campaigns.
At a DGA seminar, the fastest growing editing system, Apple's Final Cut Pro, was explained, for those interested in learning about making the change from Avid to a cheaper, and, in some cases, more flexible system.
Welcome to Our World
Watching New Yorkers come together as a community over the last year has been an inspiring sight, but Watching them stand by each other over the last decade has been equally inspiring for those in the independent film world.
Under the Influence
The recent DGA IDC "Under the Influence" screening of Drive, He Said was a rare opportunity to spend some time with an undisputed icon, Jack Nicholson.
Independent Film Distribution Panel/Seminar
The DGA hosted a panel discussion on film distribution sponsored by the IDC, West entitled "Distribute That!" a follow up to last year's "Distribute This!"
A Personal Portrait of a Public Artist
A Q&A with Julie Taymor moderated by actor/director Griffin Dunne followed a screening of Frida at the DGA Theatre in New York.