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    Attention Screenwriters: Why Your Script Needs Suspense, No Matter What the Genre

    Mark Tapio Kines is the author of Screenwriting Fundamentals, an online course on Lynda.com. He has written and directed two features, and is the first filmmaker to ever use crowdfunding to finance his work. Mark can be reached at his production company's site, http://www.cassavafilms.com.

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    Have an Idea for a Doc? Producers of Oscar-Winning 'Undefeated' are Looking to Crowdsource Doc Production

    Can crowdsourcing become a viable means for producing quality documentary films? Crowdsourcing site Tongal, which usually works for brands but is now working for Oscar-winning production company Spitfire Pictures, is giving it a go.

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    Congrats to 'You Are Your Body / You Are Not Your Body,' Indiewire's Project of the Week!

    Thanks to your votes, a story about a lonely comedienne and a family with a history of violence that become involved with the possible second coming, "You Are Your Body/ You Are Not Your Body," won this weekend's Project of the week contest!

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    Project of the Day: Race and Rhythm in 'The Rhythm Project'

    Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "The Rhythm Project" Tweetable Logline:

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    The 7 Questions that The Indie Film Community Is Grappling With Now: An IFP Film Week Overview

    Spending a week at the IFP Filmmaker conference, it's clear that the indie film community has a number of questions it's trying to sort out. There's a growing frustration at how money circulates in the community, how people can develop careers as filmmakers when there's so little funding to go arou...

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    Vote for Project of the Week! Will It Be 'Generation,' 'Body,' 'EDIT' or 'Pepper'?

    The winning filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and will become a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a creative consultation from the fine folks at the Tribeca Film Institute!

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    Fact or Fiction? Neorealist Features and Hybrid Documentaries Blur the Line

    At IFP Film Week, panelists discussed the distinctions between documentary and narrative films and highlighted their own projects, which blurred the lines between the two.

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    5 Tips for Filmmakers on How to Navigate the Film Festival World: An IFP Film Week Report

    Sarasota Film Festival director Tom Hall, who has consulted with festival programmers around the world to develop Best Practices for Film Festivals, delivered succinct advice to filmmakers on Thursday during IFP Film Week.

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    The Top 8 Challenges of Crowdfunding: An IFP Film Week Perspective

    Crowdfunding has become a go-to method for indie filmmakers, but they are facing lots of obstacles. We outline the top 8 challenges in crowdfunding.

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    Why Getting on Upworthy is the New Goal for Kickstarter Campaigns

    When the project page for Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs' campaign for "Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice-Guy Blache" launched on Kickstarter, it was promising. The film was about a subject that film history nerds knew, the first major female director, and it was an idea that was intriguing ...

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