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    In the Works: Mid-80s Indie Music Rocks "Losers"

    In this week's production column, "Losers Take All" sees director Alex Steyermark revisit his musical roots with a tale that chronicles the rise of a band in the 1980s American indie rock scene. The documentary "From Baghdad to Brooklyn," meanwhile follows a gay Iraqi re...

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    Toolkit | Meet the Distributors (A Work in Progress)

    For veterans, knowing the basics about film festivals and film distributors may seem like Filmmaking 101. Yet, consistently indieWIRE's editors have heard that directors and producers must familiarize themselves with the particulars of the full array of distribution in order to maximize the potentia...

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    20 Tips for Strategizing Festivals & Distribution Today

    For an independent filmmaker, the prospects for distribution can seem daunting, if not downright depressing. Many studios have shuttered their specialty divisions, getting into the big festivals gets more difficult each year, and new media offer increasing competition for consumers' attenti...

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    In the Works: "Vamps," Decimated Village, Laughing at Cancer, Gay/Black Marriage

    In this week's in-production column, "Vamps," from "Fast Times at Ridgemont Hight" director Amy Heckerling, a group of vampires indulges in New York nightlife. Also in the works this week, a stylized story of a desecrated village, a comedic take on cancer, and documentar...

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    Tom Bernard: Empowering Filmmakers

    You can’t be dependent on somebody else to put your film into the marketplace. “Empowered filmmaker” is the mantra for today’s indies.

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    In the Works: Cutting in "Perfection," Personal/Economic Crisis, Quiet Riot, "The Next Cassavetes"

    In this week's in production column, we speak with writer/director/actress Christina Beck about her Adrienne Shelly grant-winning film "Perfection," about the difficulties of moving to image-obsessed southern California. We also take a look at a fiction feature about a man who mus...

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    In the Works: Doc-A-Month Sparrow Songs, Asexuality Movement, Volcano Life, & Sierra Leone Civil War

    This week's in production column takes a look at Sparrow Songs, a project where two filmmakers, Alex Jablonski and Michael Totten, make a short documentary each month. Also profiled are two projects from Kickstarter: Angela Tucker's documentary on the American asexuality movement and a ...

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    In the Works: Vega-Starrer "Summer Song," Flower Taxi, Depression, Domestic Violence, Martel Adapted

    This week's profile of work in production profiles 21 year-old second time filmmaker Aram Rappaport's "Summer Song," starring Alexa Vega and John Savage in a dark coming-of-age drama that finished shooting in Mass. last weekend. Also in production are a slew of films from Indi...

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    In the Works: A Conservative Playground, Plympton Profile, Vietnam Protesters, and Grammy Camp

    The phenomenon and tribulations of one of America's biggest entertainment capitals - Branson, MO - are the subject of veteran doc filmmaker AJ Schnack and True/False Film Festival's David Wilson's latest film, currently in production. Also profiled this week are projects from Kickst...

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    indieWIRE in the Palm of Your Hand - Check Out iW Mobile

    You asked for it, and now indieWIRE is optimized for handheld devices!

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