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    Attention, Short Filmmakers: Apply To YouTube's Next Director Award

    YouTube and D&AD are launching a brand new award with the aim of discovering and showcasing the next generation of talented directors from around the world.

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    Robert De Niro Speaks Frankly About Directorial Debut 'Bronx Tale' for the Film's 20th Anniversary

    First Time Fest and the Tribeca Film Festival collaborated Monday evening to host a special screening of Robert DeNiro's crime drama "A Bronx Tale," which is celebrating its 20th year since first released. The event, held at East Village Cinema, began with a cocktail party (kudos to whomever made th...

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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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    6 Tips on How to Finish Your Micro-Budget Film

    We don't want to repeat each other's mistakes. We have to learn to admit what we've done wrong. And we have to share the lessons we've learned. We learn what to do better the next time, by fucking up famously the first time. Second films are rich terrain precisely for this reason....

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    Collaboration 101: Working With Your Partner (In Life And On Set) -- Part 3 of 3

    The last two days, Sophia Takal and Lawrence Michael Levine have been sharing how they have navigated both a personal and professional collaborative relationship. For me, my curiosity about their process was sparked when I watched Sophia's GREEN, a feature that moved, impressed, and scared me. I look forward to collaborating more fully with my wife on our movies (albeit only behind the camera), but watching Sophia's film, I knew I had a lot to still learn about the how to of the dual pursuit.I will be presenting GREEN in a little more than a week from now at my HopeForFilm screening series, and it is not a film you should miss. GREEN premi...

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    Collaboration 101: Working With Your Partner (In Life And On Set) -- Part 2 of 3

    Yesterday, in an effort to determine whether "Can A Couple Truly Collaborate Creatively (And Survive?)" we started to look at the origins of the collaborative filmmaking team of Sophia Takal and Lawrence Michael Levine -- who just so happen to be entangled romantically too. Today, they share a bit about what they went through when they embarked on their first feature, Lawrence's GABI ON THE ROOF IN JULY. They are as honest and forthcoming about their process, as they are in their filmmaking itself. As I said yesterday, "Whether you aspire to work with your significant other, or just collaborate well with your team, the back and forth and g...

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    Can A Couple Truly Collaborate Creatively (And Survive?)

    Jealousy is great fodder for creation. Our hunger for love puts stress on us even once we have found it, earned it, and secured it. Love is both incredibly deep and incredibly delicate. It is strong and it is fragile. We can make movies about love until the end of time, and not even scratch the surface.Indie & Truly Free Film are both currently awash in collaborative filmmaking teams. Some are siblings, some are friends, and at least one of them is a couple: Sophia Takal and Lawrence Michael Levine. When I saw Sophia's GREEN, I was incredibly impressed and moved. Not only does Takal tackle the subject of jealousy straight on, she does ...

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    25+ Things I Want To Know From New Filmmakers

    When I moderate a panel, I get to ask some questions that aren't the kind I often get to ask in a regular meeting. The questions are as much, and maybe perhaps more so, for the audience. Still though, I am generally trying to get at something: the how and why of creativity at this time in the world.I learned a lot from moderating the "New Faces Of Indie Film" panel at Lincoln Center on Saturday June 11, 2011. Yes, in the future when I am involved on a panel I will insist upon diversity, and yes, I will set a limit to the number of people on the panel. But I also learned from the answers folks gave. I didn't get to ask all of them, but ...

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    Guest Post: Martin Donovan "Gestation: A Case Study"

    I set a lot of goals for myself that I can't reach. I feel I have a really good understanding of many of the steps that one must take to transform good work into something better. I long lists on what can be done to help a film from being overlooked. But I am human. I can't do all I want. I come...

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    Your Second Chance: New Faces Of NYC Indie Film Video

    We had a packed house at Lincoln Center for our "New Faces Of NYC Indie Film" panel. It was a good conversation. Sure, my game show idea did not work out, but hey, when you have eleven people up on the stage with you, it means you have eleven people not talking and that's hard to keep it lively. ...

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