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    Aspiring Filmmakers, Ava DuVernay Thinks You Should Lose the Desperation and Just Make Something!

    This weekend in Los Angeles at the Film Independent Forum, Ava DuVernay, the Sundance award-winning director of "Middle of Nowhere" and the upcoming MLK biopic "Selma," was one of the event's keynotes. While she warned that her speech would not be as newsworthy as that of Netflix chief Ted Sarandos...

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    Are Theater Owners Going to 'Kill Movies'? Watch This Contentious Keynote Address From Netflix's Ted Sarandos

    Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos gave an attention-grabbing keynote address at the 2013 Film Independent Forum this weekend in which he spoke about changing business models in the film industry.

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    Ted Sarandos Attacks Studios and Theaters for Stifling Innovation in Film Independent Forum Keynote Speech (VIDEO)

    Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos delivered the Executive Keynote address at the 9th annual Film Independent Forum Saturday at the Director Guild Theatre. In the video below, he does not hesitate to target the major studios and theater chains for not seeing things the way he thinks they sho...

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    Interview: Elvis Mitchell on 'Grigris' and Cameras d'Afrique

    Camera's d'Afrique has brought some of the best films from West Africa to audiences in Los Angeles.The series curator, Elvis Mitchell, a respected film critic and radio host of KCRW's The Treatment, selected films from the region that best exemplify the continent's ancient storytelling traditions an...

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    Film Independent Adds Over 20 New Panelists To Upcoming October Forum

    The non-profit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival, otherwise known as Film Independent, announced today the addition of over 20 new panelists. These panelists include our own Editor-in-Chief Dana Harris, Ryan Coogler (writer/director, "Fr...

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    Caméras d’Afrique: The Films of West Africa


    Rarely do American audiences get to experience the cinematic diversity from the African continent; however, this October thanks to Film Independent and the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television, audiences in Los Angeles will be able to be part of a month-long series showcasing th...

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    Exclusive: Film Independent Forum Announces 2013 Keynote Speakers Ted Sarandos and Ava DuVernay

    Film Independent, the non-profit organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has announced two keynote speakers for the upcoming 2013 Film Independent Forum. Ted Sarandos, Chief Executive Officer of Netflix, will deliver the Executive Keynote addr...

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    Film Independent Announces 10 Fellows For Screenwriting Lab

    Film Independent, the parent organization of the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, has selected 10 screenwriting fellows for its 14th annual screenwriting lab.

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    Film Independent Announces Ten Fellows for 2013 Screenwriting Lab

    Film Independent has announced the screenwriters selected for its 14th annual Screenwriting Lab. The Lab is an intensive five-week program designed to help writers improve their craft, via the tutelage of Lab Mentors, industry professionals who serve as guests speakers and one-on-one advisors. Full ...

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    New York Times Launches First Ever Indie Online Film Festival, Curated by Film Independent (TRAILERS)

    Today, the New York Times launches its first ever Indie Online Film Festival, a free series of four films curated by the nonprofit Film Independent. The films are available to watch from September 3 to October 2.

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