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    Nicolas Winding Refn Opens Up About His Failures: 'I've come to realize I'm probably not the world's greatest filmmaker'

    This year has been a contentious one for Nicolas Winding Refn. Two years after his previous film, "Drive," was a sensation at Cannes, and garnered him a director's prize, his latest film, "Only God Forgives," had a much rockier reception on the TK. This might be why the Danish director was especiall...

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    How I Won Canon's Project Imaginat10n Contest: Ronnie Allman Looked to Others for Inspiration

    As inspiration, first-time filmmaker Ronnie Allman looked to others to help fuel his thoughts after becoming fixated on a haunting photo called "Fires Be Damned!" [Melissa Wollenberg, Highlands Ranch, CO] of a suburban boy outfitted with a gas mask.

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    Take $50 Off a Master Class with Producers Christine Vachon and Killer Films at Stony Brook Manhattan

    On February 1, 2014, Indiewire will be co-sponsoring a Master Class at Stony Brook Manhattan with Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler of Killer Films.

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    Shooting Guerilla Style (At Your Own Risk): The 8 Tips You Need to Know

    L.A.-based filmmaker Noam Kroll is currently working on his second feature. He keeps a production blog at his website NoamKroll.com. Check out Kroll's blog here, and his production company post-production house Creative Rebellion here.

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    Besides Transcendental Meditation, What Does One Learn with the David Lynch MA in Film?

    Want to get David Lynch's feedback on your filmmaking? Want to get advice from him on how meditation can help you become a better filmmaking? The Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, is hosting its first class of the David Lynch MA in Film and also offers two in-person Q&A ses...

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    Here's Where to Watch Spike Lee's Essential Films for Filmmakers Online

    Here's a list of Spike Lee's best films for aspiring filmmakers that are currently available to stream for free or with a subscription.

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    Attention Filmmakers: Amazon Studios Wants To Turn Your Short Into a Feature. Here's How.

    Ever dreamed of making your short film into a feature length project or series? Well, starting today, Amazon Studios will accept your shorts (or "concept videos," as they're calling them) in the hope of finding a compelling idea for a feature film or episodic series that they will produce. They've b...

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    The ABC's of Film School: 4 Questions to Ask and Why Student Films Often Suck

    Canadian writer/director Charles Wilkinson ("Peace Out," "The Highlander") is following up the first edition of his "The Working Film Director" with an updated second edition. The book is targeted towards just-beginning filmmakers, and covers everything having to do with what working as a filmmaker...

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    You Don't Have to Go to Film School to Make It: A List of Film Schools 2013 Sundance Directors Attended

    When Indiewire corresponded with over 60 filmmakers for our Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers series, we got responses from various directors of films in the U.S. and World Dramatic and Documentary Competitions as well as NEXT and the Park City at Midnight section.  One of the questions we pose...

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