Independent Filmmakers

Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media Fellows Complete Workshops

Mon, 07/22/2024 - 09:13 -- Nick Dager

The Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund in Film and Media has announced that its 2023-2024 cohort of 21 fellows have completed fund-sponsored workshops and labs, including story development, film production, and screenplay writing, and are currently in production of their individual projects. This year's diverse cohort brings unique backgrounds and points of view, a hallmark of The Fund's dedication to bringing greater diversity of participation and objectivity to the film industry

Laika Acquires Brian Duffield’s Live Action Film Crumble

Wed, 07/10/2024 - 12:33 -- Nick Dager

The award-winning studio Laika is bolstering its live action slate by acquiring Crumble, an original script by Brian Duffield (Spontaneous, No One Will Save You), who will direct. Oscar winners Phil Lord and Chris Miller as well as Aditya Sood will produce through their Lord Miller banner. Duffield will also produce. Lucy Kitada and Nikki Baida from Lord Miller will serve as executive producers.

AMC, REI Co-op Studios to Screen Mountainfilm Short Films

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 10:23 -- Nick Dager

AMC Theatres, REI Co-op Studios, the outdoor specialty retailer’s in-house content division, and Mountainfilm, one of North America’s longest-running documentary film festivals, today announced an all-new content and marketing partnership that will bring a collection of festival-favorite short films to AMC locations across the country this fall.

The Outrun to Open 77th Edinburgh International Film Festival

Mon, 05/13/2024 - 09:52 -- Nick Dager

The relaunched Edinburgh International Film Festival has announced that this year’s 77th edition of the festival will open with Nora Fingscheidt's adaptation of Amy Liptrot’s best-selling memoir, The Outrun. The festival has also announced that its shorts competition will be titled The Thelma Schoonmaker Prize for Short Filmmaking Excellence with the legendary film editor in attendance.

Your Monster to Open the Lower East Side Film Festival

Mon, 04/29/2024 - 08:15 -- Nick Dager

The New York premiere of Caroline Lindy's romantic comedy, Your Monster, is set for opening night of the 14th annual Lower East Side Film Festival at Village East Cinema on Thursday, May 2. The film stars Melissa Barrera (Scream), who will be in attendance at the premiere, along with cast members Edmund Donovan (Tell Me Lies), Brian McCarthy (Paterson, The Americans), Taylor Trensch (Evil), and Kayla Foster (The Deuce, Call Jane) and crew members Caroline Lindy, Shannon Reilly, Scotty Anderson (Succession, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), and Maribeth Fox (A Quiet Place, Bottoms).

Creating a Cinema Verité Look

Mon, 04/29/2024 - 08:11 -- Nick Dager

The first feature film from writer-director Shaun Seneviratne, Ben and Suzanne: A Reunion in 4 Parts depicts the struggle between love and duty as Ben (Sathya Sridharan) steps out on a limb to rekindle his relationship with Suzanne (Anastasia Olowin), who can’t escape the calls of her work. Seeking to make a film that felt grittier than the manicured qualities typically associated with romantic comedies, Seneviratne decided to employ non-actors in every role except the leads. Complementing the decisions Seneviratne made in prep and on set with cinematographer Molly Scotti, Light Iron colorist Keith Jenson helped fine-tune the visual language in the final color grade, which took place at Light Iron New York ahead of the movie’s world premiere at the 2024 SXSW Film Festival. Here, Seneviratne and Jenson share their perspectives on their memorable collaboration.


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