| Nov 30, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Some jobs — catching fastballs, singing pop songs, dancing en pointe — are a lot easier when you're young.
Add to that list directing independent movies, where it's not the physical demands that wear out many filmmakers but the financial...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 11:14 AM
Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt ("Ratatouille," "Big Fan") will host the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, the nonprofit announced Tuesday.
Film Independent, the organization which also produces the Los Angeles Film Festival, will hold the 29th annual...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 12:15 PM
A film on the life and adventures of burlesque performer Tempest Storm — an 85-year-old dancer who passed through the orbits of Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy — won a $7,500 prize at this week's Westdoc conference for documentaries and...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 8:39 PM
Fresh off his controversial speech about disruptive plans for the movie business, Ted Sarandos and Netflix are looking to make a splash with an original film released under the Netflix banner.
The online entertainment company is in final negotiations...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 1:10 PM
How does a novice filmmaker, and a documentary filmmaker at that, get access to some of the world’s biggest rock, pop and R&B stars for his inaugural low-budget project?
That was relatively easy for Greg Camalier — he just chose a subject...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Filmmaker Josh Waller spent the better part of the last decade trying to get his crime thriller "McCanick" made. Over the years, its budget shrunk from $10 million to less than $500,000. Actors fell off the project. The film's location shifted from New...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 12:03 PM
With this year's high-profile movies "The Butler," "42" and "12 Years a Slave" prominently featuring black actors, it may seem as though the multiplex is enjoying new levels of diversity. But popular films still under-represent minority characters and...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 9:00 AM
The movie awards season got into gear Thursday morning with the nominations for the 23rd Gotham Independent Film Awards. Likely Oscar contender "12 Years a Slave" earned the most nominations with three: best film, best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 2:32 PM
Airing Monday night on HBO, "Seduced and Abandoned" is a meta-documentary in which actor Alec Baldwin and his filmmaker pal James Toback take a look at the arbitrary deal-making process behind today's movie business.
Toback and Baldwin roamed the Cannes...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 10:12 AM
Ambulante, the Mexican itinerant not-for-profit documentary film festival, founded by actors Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal and producer Pablo Cruz, is crossing the border into Southern California.
Aimed at using documentaries to "promote social...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 4:10 PM
"Escape From Tomorrow," the unauthorized independent film that was shot guerrilla-style at Disney theme parks and made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival in January, arrives in movie theaters and on video on demand on Friday. Join us for a live chat...