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    First Person: 'Cheap Thrills' Director E.L. Katz's 12 Tips for First-Time Filmmakers

    The question of “How long did it take you to film Cheap Thrills?” often comes up in Q&As, and my answer sometimes gets a bigger gasp from the audience than from anything in the film itself. Now, to be fair, I know plenty of films that have been shot for even less, so I don’t consider this some impos...

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    First Person: How I Made 'The Face of Love' Look a Lot More Expensive Than It Cost to Make

    One the surface "The Face of Love," starring Annette Bening and Ed Harris, looks like a studio-made romance. But as writer-director Arie Posin recounts below in a first person essay, the film is anything but. Using some ingenious methods, and thanks to a great team, Posin was able to make his in...

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    Peter Wintonick's Daughter On Her Quest To Complete Her Late Father's Last Film

    This first person by Mira Burt-Wintonick details her quest to complete her late father Peter Wintonick's final film. Read more about Peter and his life's work here.

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    Playing With Guns: 'Banshee' Star Trieste Kelly Dunn on Society's Fixation With Guns and On-Screen Violence

    In the last couple years I've found myself working as an actress in two mediums – film and television -- and sending two very different messages about violence. I play the victim of a mugging in a new independent feature called "Loves Her Gun" (currently out in select theaters), a sober exploration ...

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    How to Make An Action Series On An Indie Film Budget

    Ryan Lewis, the producer and co-creator of the Crackle original thriller series "Chosen" starring Milo Ventimiglia, explains how they made a lean action drama for a digital world more used to comedy and short form.

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    'I Am Divine' Director Jeffrey Schwarz On The Legend Of His Muse

    Before the video revolution of the 1980s, it was damn near impossible for a suburban kid like myself to see the kinds of movies I read about in Danny Peary’s Cult Movies book. One of the titles Peary wrote about was "Pink Flamingos," a movie so demented, depraved and disgusting I became obsessed wit...

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    Kat Coiro Explains Why She Listened to Her Distributor and Changed 'And While We Were Here' From B&W to Color

    Anyone who caught writer-director Kat Coiro's delicate romantic drama "And While We Here" on the festival circuit will notice one big difference about the version being released in theaters this Friday (it's also available on VOD): it's in color. In her own words, Coiro opens up about why she listen...

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    In His Own Words: Sundance NEXT Winner Chad Hartigan Shares a Scene From 'This is Martin Bonner'

    Writer/director Chad Hartigan's second feature (after 2008's "Luke and Brie are on a First Date") "This is Martin Bonner" received plenty of attention at Sundance this year, where it won the Audience Award for Best of NEXT.

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    First Person: Joshua Oppenheimer On How 'The Act of Killing' Holds A Dark Mirror Up To Us All

    Joshua Oppenheimer's acclaimed debut feature "The Act of Killing" documents the mass killings of Indonesians following the CIA-funded military overthrow of the Indonesian government in 1965. A band of self-proclaimed gangsters went from selling movie tickets on the black market to suppressing commu...

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    'Absence' Director Jimmy Loweree Defends Found Footage Horror and Explains Why It's Here to Stay

    In Jimmy Loweree’s striking horror feature debut "Absence," doctors are baffled when a young expectant mother Liz (Erin Way, "Alphas"), wakes to find her nearly-to-term pregnancy disappear overnight. The police are investigating the situation as a missing child case and only her husband, Rick (Eric ...

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