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    On The Rise 2014: 12 Directors To Watch

    After looking at musicians, cinematographers, actors, actresses and screenwriters, there was only one natural place to go with our On The Rise series: directors. After all, film is still an auteur's medium, and the director is the one who hires all of the above, stitching together the various elemen...

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    What Will the Future Look Like for Indie Filmmakers?

    As cinema moves forward, what will be the challenges or obstacles for independent filmmakers? Sundance NEXT filmmakers weigh in.

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    Should Filmmakers Think About Distribution Before They Start Shooting?

    How early should filmmakers think about the audiences of their film -- and whether they can get a distributor? Sundance NEXT filmmakers weigh in.

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    What's The Biggest Challenge of Being an Indie Filmmaker in the Digital Age?

    For filmmakers working today, it's easier than ever to have access to professional tools and harder than ever to find an audience amid so much competition. Here's what the Sundance NEXT directors have to say about the challenges of indie filmmaking in the digital age.

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    Review: John Boyega Shines in 'Imperial Dreams,' One of the Most Overlooked Gems of Sundance (Screens Aug. 9 in LA)

    It's easy to see why the film took the Best of Next Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in January, as it represents classic and heartfelt storytelling at its best.

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    Interview: Director Malik Vitthal Explains the Similarities Between War-Torn Nations and the Hood With 'Imperial Dreams'

    Writer-director Malik Vitthal spoke with Shadow And Act about casting Boyega, telling a story that honored the community of Watts, and the effect his film had on its real-life inspiration, Bobby "Yay Yay" Jones.

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    The Ones To Watch: 20 Breakout Actors, Directors & Talents From The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

    Because we're usually far too busy for the partying and snowboarding, the highlights of the Sundance Film Festival are, of course, the movies themselves. But almost as pleasurable as the films, is discovering new voices and talent, and seeing for the first time the performers and filmmakers whose ca...

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