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    Meet SnagFilms Filmmakers: Andrew Bryan, Director of Coen Brothers Inspired Short 'Statue'

    Director Andrew Bryan started making films with friends in High School, standing behind the camera to avoid documenting his self professed social awkwardness. It was in college that Bryan's appreciation for cinema really flourished, and he found he "could communicate something that couldn't be expre...

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    FIRST PERSON | Sony Pictures Classics EVP Dylan Leiner Says We Need to Put Filmmakers First

    This weekend at the Galway Fleadh's Real Deal, Business of Creativity Conference, Sony Pictures Classics Executive Vice President Dylan Leiner told the filmmakers and industry professionals convened that it's time to put filmmakers first again.

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    In His Own Words: Stephen Gyllenhaal (Dad to Maggie and Jake) Shares a Scene From 'Grassroots' Starring Jason Biggs

    Below director Stephen Gyllenhaal (yes, father to Maggie and Jake) shares a scene from his political comedy "Grassroots," starring Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore, Lauren Ambrose, Cobie Smulders and Tom Arnold. Based off the book "Zioncheck for President" by Phil Campbel, "Grassroots" tells the true s...

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    FIRST PERSON | "The Eric Andre Show" Creators Andrew Barchilon and Kitao Sakurai on Embracing Ineptitude in Their Talk Show Parody

    Andrew Barchilon and Kitao Sakurai, the cofounders of the New York-based production company Naked Faces. got their start in the world of film. Sakurai shot and Barchilon produced Ry Russo-Young's "You Wont Miss Me," after which the pair went on to make 2010 festival favorite "Aard...

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    Before Jumping on the Transmedia Bandwagon: The Four Ways to Approach Transmedia Storytelling

    The digital revolution has spurred a revolution in storytelling, and filmmakers have been exploring ways to host, extend, amplify and augment their audio-visual narratives online since the Internet became a popular communication device. Transmedia is now the buzz word; the Tribeca Film Institute ha...

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    In His Own Words: Stephen Kessler Shares a Scene From 'Paul Williams: Still Alive'

    In the documentary "Paul Williams: Still Alive," filmmaker Stephen Kessler tracks down Academy Award-winning composer (and actor) Paul Williams to find out whatever happened to his idol. The results may surprise you. The film premiered at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and opens in ...

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    FIRST PERSON | Curt Ellis on How Docs Like 'Weight of the Nation' Are Making America Healthier

    FIRST PERSON | Curt Ellis on How Docs Like 'Weight of the Nation' Are Making America Healthier

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    FIRST PERSON | Clint Eastwood Explains Why He Usually Goes for the First or Second Take

    In the new book "Film Craft: Directing," Screen International editor Mike Goodridge (who was just named CEO of Protagonist Pictures) compiled interviews with 16 of the world's biggest directors, including Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth"), Pedro Almodovar ("...

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    FIRST PERSON | Film Historian David Bordwell Releases His Authoritative History of the Digital Transition

    Film historian David Bordwell, who with his wife Kristin Thompson has written the popular intro to film textbook "Film Art" for several decades and was profiled on Indiewire several weeks ago in our Movie Lovers we Love column, has been investigating the digital transition in movie theater...

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    In His Own Words: Alex Ross Perry Shares a Scene From 'The Color Wheel'

    Alex Ross Perry shares an exclusive scene from his sophomore feature "The Color Wheel," which topped Indiewire's 2011 end-of-year poll for best undistributed film. The film got picked up by Cinema Conservancy after topping that chart and opens Friday at BAMcinematek in New York. Co-staring and co-wr...

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