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    First Person: The 'Stolen' Filmmakers Explain How a Doc About Refugees Became a Controversial Film About Reported Slavery

    The 2009 documentary "Stolen" was originally slated to air on public broadcasting's WORLD Channel on February 5th as part of the Gabourey Sidibe-hosted fifth season of the "AfroPop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange" film series. But due to controversy surrounding the ...

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    Why We Need to Remember Our DIY Roots When Crowdfunding and Ask for More than Money

    When Emily Best spoke to Indiewire last month about her new crowdfunding platform, Seed&Spark, which also allows for online distribution, we were intrigued by her story of receiving support for her film "Like the Water," in unexpected packages, namely in donated services, loaned locations, and goods...

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    In Their Own Words: 'Dying To Do Letterman' Directors Attempt to Mine Laughs Out of Cancer in Tricky Scene

    In the documentary "Dying To Do Letterman," filmmakers Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina follow comedian Steve Mazan on his journey to fulfill his dream of performing stand-up comedy on "The Late Show with David Letterman," after hearing the news that he is dying of cancer. Below the pair share an ex...

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    In His Own Words: Andrew Neel Shares a Scene From His Found-Footage Satire 'King Kelly'

    Shot exclusively on iPhones, the SXSW discovery "King Kelly" delivers a "ferocious indictment of Generation Me by boiling it down to a single ditzy teen," according to Indiewire's Eric Kohn who gave Andrew Neel's satire a glowing A- at this year's festival. The film centers on Kelly (Louisa Krause),...

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    In His Own Words: Rick Alverson Shares One Of His Favorite Scenes From 'The Comedy' (VIDEO)

    There was no film more 'love-it-or-hate-it' at Sundance this year than "The Comedy" (currently playing in select theaters nationwide and available on VOD). Indiewire's Eric Kohn, for one, loves it. In his glowing review from Park City, he wrote: "There's little conventionally funny about 'The Comedy...

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    FIRST PERSON | How Lars Von Trier's User-Generated Experiment 'Gesamt' Inspired an Obstructed Texas Filmmaker (NSFW Video)

    I was in a pretty dry place creatively as an artist. I thought that “Gesamt” may be just what I needed.

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    'Gayby' Writer-Director Jonathan Lisecki Shares the Lead Up to an "Insane Acrobatic Paint-Splattered Sex" Scene From His Hilarious Debut

    Below writer-director Jonathan Lisecki shares his favorite (and raunchy) scene from his winning feature film debut "Gayby," a long form version of his award-winning short of the same name. The film follows thirty-something friends from college Matt (Wilkas) and Jenn (Harris) as they decide they want...

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    FIRST PERSON | The Director of Health-Care Doc 'The Waiting Room' Argues for the Unheard Voice in a Boisterous Political Debate

    Indiewire asked Pete Nicks to explain how a social-cause film can make a difference when it doesn't claim to have the answers.

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    In His Own Words: Danish Troublemaker Mads Brugger Shares His Favorite Scene From 'The Ambassador' (Video)

    Brügger shares one of his favorite scenes from the documentary, in which he meets with a member of parliament related to the president of the CAR.

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    Meet SnagFilms Filmmakers: Katie Carman, Director of Punk Rock Zombie Film 'Eat Me!'

    As a kid, director Katie Carman's storytelling and "wild imagination" used to get her into trouble. Through her love of filmmaking, however, she's harnessed those proclivities into a creative machine, with "Eat Me" being the most recent result. Inspired by the innovative ...

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