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    Steven Beer: A Decade of Filmmaker Empowerment Coming

    For many independent filmmakers and producers, 2010 - starting with the upcoming Sundance Film Festival - figures to be a watershed year and the beginning of a Decade of Filmmaker Empowerment. After years of disenchantment with traditional all-rights distribution deals, filmmakers and producers are...

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    Eugene Hernandez: New Year, New Model

    December 21, 2009, New York, NY -- "Doing it the old way really doesn't work," according to film producer Thomas Woodrow, "So few films actually succeed that way." It's a sentiment that's been shared in countless panel discussions and private conversations in 2009. Now, with a new year and another c...

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    Eugene Hernandez: Tracking the Critics

    December 14, 2009, New York, NY -- In theaters, via VOD, online and DVD, more and more movies are available on various platforms these days, but with so many options, how do you filter to find new and classic films? Personally speaking, I mainly rely on friends and film critics.

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    James Schamus: "[The] assertions here are unequivocal, hurtful, and remarkable"

    indieWIRE received the following from James Schamus this week, in a response to a recent indieWIRE article that mentioned "Brokeback Mountain." We are publishing his comments in their entirety.

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    Eugene Hernandez: The Future of Festivals?

    December 7, 2009, New York, NY -- Film festivals are changing.

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    Jon Reiss: "It is up to us as filmmakers to embrace these new changes"

    This has been a big week for independent film, with the Spirit Award nominations, the Gotham Awards, and of course the announcement of the Sundance Film Festival lineup.

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    Eugene Hernandez: Paris, City of Cinema (or, In Bed with Agnes)

    New York, NY, November 30, 2009 -- Last week, Amsterdam. This week, Paris. A city of cinema like few others.

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    Eugene Hernandez: Frederick Wiseman = The Greatest

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands, November 23, 2009 -- This 15th weekly column begins with why I love Frederick Wiseman and concludes with why I love documentary cinema. Since seeing "La Danse" a few weeks ago at New York's Film Forum, I've been wanting to make the following statement: Frederick Wiseman i...

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    Jon Reiss: "We are in the midst of a new world order or crisis"

    This speech was delivered at the recent CPH:DOX Forum in Copenhagen. Jon Reiss will be doing a presentation today at 6 p.m. at IFC Center in Manhattan and selling his book, "Think Outside the Box Office," immediately after. The book is also available for purchase on his website.

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    Eugene Hernandez: "For the Love of Movies"

    New York, NY, November 16, 2009 -- The annual New York Film Critics Circle awards dinner on January 14, 2001 gathered the group of leading U.S. film critics at Windows on the World atop the North Tower of New York City's World Trade Center. For many reasons, it's a night that is hard to forget. In a...

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