Independent Filmmakers

Gunpowder & Sky Acquires Little Boxes

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 10:51 -- Nick Dager

Gunpowder & Sky Distribution has acquired Rob Meyer’s Little Boxes, with a theatrical release set for April 14th. Written by Annie J. Howell, Little Boxes stars Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), Nelsan Ellis (Get On Up), Armani Jackson (The Last Witch Hunter), Oona Laurence (Broadway’s Matilda), and Janeane Garofalo. It's the summer before sixth grade, and Clark (Jackson) is the new biracial kid in a very white town.

AFI Statement on Asghar Farhadi

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 15:31 -- Nick Dager

The American Film Institute released a statement today regarding award-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who will not attend this year’s Academy Award ceremonies because of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning Iranians from entering the country. Farhadi, who received a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for A Separation, is nominated again in the same category this year.

Iraqi Filmmaker Will Not Attend Festival

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 15:18 -- Nick Dager

Hussein Hassan, the director of the award-winning Iraqi film Reseba – The Dark Wind, has withdrawn his visa application to the United States Consulate for clearance to attend the North American premiere of his film at the 34th edition of Miami Dade College's Miami Film Festival. Festival director Jaie Laplante said the Festival will proceed with the screening of Reseba – The Dark Wind as scheduled, but with a deep sense of loss and disappointment.

Rooftop Hosts Fundraiser, Honors Filmmakers

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 14:59 -- Nick Dager

Rooftop Films will host their first ever Gala on January 31 at Saint Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan to raise funds for Rooftop’s vital community programs as well as celebrate two gifted, creative and fearless artists who have made a contribution to the art of filmmaking this past year: Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson) and Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople).

AAM Supporting Sundance 2017

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:31 -- Nick Dager

Arts Alliance Media is providing theatre management system software and support to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. For the duration of the Festival, running in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah, from January 19-29, Sundance Institute will deploy AAM’s Screenwriter TMS at six Sundance Film Festival screening locations, where it will enable staff to schedule content and monitor all screens from one easy to use interface.

Rooftop Films Awards Filmmaker Grants

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:04 -- Nick Dager

Rooftop Films has awarded sixteen cash and service grants to alumni filmmakers, including The Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Garbo NYC Feature Film Grants, which were awarded to directors Robert Greene and Kirsten Johnson. Greene will receive a monetary grant of $15,000 to help finish his new film, Bisbee ‘17, and Johnson will receive a $10,000 grant to support her film, Deadpan.

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