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    Project of the Day: A Magical Night after a Devastating Drought

    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.

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    Lost at Sea: The Morbid Fascinations of Fishing Doc 'Leviathan'

    Nature documentaries tend to be relegated to a fixed format that conforms to National Geographic standards, but "Leviathan" violates such expectations in remarkable ways. In this interview, the filmmakers explain their unique approach.

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    Vote for Project of the Week! Will It Be 'Silenced,' 'Rover,' 'Yabanci' or 'Flock'?

    Vote below for this week's Project of the Week.

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    Can't Wait to Make a Feature? Go Crazy on Mobile App Vine like 'TUB' Director Bobby Miller

    Bobby Miller's short "TUB" played at Sundance, SXSW, Cannes, and more -- an awesome lineup.  Like other narrative filmmakers just out of film school, Miller was excited by the success of his short film, but he was getting anxious. 

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    From Lynch and Godard to Larraín: How Film Directors Have Handled the Transition to Digital

    Disappointed about the decreasing presence of film? See how a pair of filmmakers fared in their first digital video efforts and what one recent film holds for film's historical use.

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    It Ain't Easy Being Green-Screened: One VFX Artist Speaks Out at Risk of Being Erased and Replaced

    In light of the recent attention brought to the current state of the U.S. visual effects industry and labor conditions for VFX workers, Indiewire asked VFX artist Maggie Kraisamutr to share with the world her experience as a VFX artist over the past ten years.  Her story, one alternating betwee...

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    Toward Transparent Festival Economics: $500 Screening Fees or $50,000 in Financing?

    A couple of weeks ago, Sean Farnel caused a bit of a flutter with his Indiewire article “Fair Trade for Filmmakers: Is It Time For Festivals To Share Their Revenue?." This week, "Searching for Sugar Man" took home the Oscar for Best Documentary. Where’s the connection?

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    Project of the Day: Oscar-Nominated Director Talks to the War on Terror's Whistleblowers

    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. "Silenced" Tweetable Logline:

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    Project of the Day: 'Rover' Reveals a Prophecy in a Decaying Bushwick Church

    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.

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    The 7 Types of Film Festivals You Will Meet

    While there are myriad experiences to be had at any international film festival, there are strict taxonomical guidelines -- known only to a small conclave --defining the exactly seven types of film festivals. Following is a brief account of each.

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