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    Guest Post: Brendan Fletcher "An Indie Process in a Conventional System?" Part 1

    There are so many traps to avoid when making a feature. It is hard to NOT lose sight of the forest for the trees. The greatest visions get cut back due to the limits of practicality. The enormous task of world building often leaves nuance back by the gate. And how do we ever do something original in this world of Super Abundance. Some say there are only six stories to tell -- but there are 45,000 films produced globally per year.I have a particular love for ambitious film. I truly admire those who reach beyond the realm of reason. When I met Brendan Fletcher prior to him making his first feature, I knew he was such a soul. When I saw ...

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    COLLABORATOR Poster Debut

    Yesterday, COLLABORATOR's Martin Donovan shared a bit about his experience writing and directing his first feature. We thought it might be nice to share with you our first try at a poster. It's our international version, set for our world premiere in competition at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. ...

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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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    Guest Post: Bob Persons "Herzog Astrology"

    There are a lot of barriers to entry in the film business. Gender,race, and class get a lot of attention (but still not enough to facilitate significant change... yet). For many reasons, indie film is also looked at as the domain of youth. We hear all kinds of stories of Sundance whiz kids bursti...

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    Guest Post: Gavin Wiesen "Coming-Of-Age Movies Never Die!"

    One of things we love about films is how they transport us a different time and place. Perhaps nothing has such a strong hold on our memories as our first steps towards adulthood. For me that period is fully equated with my visits and eventual move to NYC. When I produced The Ice Storm it was a daily trip back to my most awkward moments. I return there when ever I enter the canon of NYC Coming-Of-Age tales; they are truly a genre on their own. For a filmmaker to walk into this community, requires great courage and knowledge, ambition and research. I was happily reassured viewing Gavin Wiesen's THE ART OF GETTING BY, for it was clear tha...

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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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    Guest Post: Kit Carson "On David Holzman"

    I moved to NYC almost three decades ago, but the coolest and most forward thinking movie then had gotten here almost a decade earlier. DAVID HOLZMAN'S DIARY is often described as America's answer to Godard -- and they are talking his early films when they say that. It's such a fun, smart, provocat...

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    Guest Post: Hal Siegel "My Film Has a Virus? WTF?”

    How do you make your film go viral? That may be one of the questions that filmmakers ask most these days. And today we have the answer for you... sort of.

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    Guest Post: Leah Warshawski on "Navigating Rejection With Grace"

    The process of getting a film made is a long climb through rejection, neglect, frustration, and even some hostility. Those that "know", tell you that it is impossible -- but still tens of thousands of films get made every year despite this knowledge of the "experts". Being a filmmaker takes incred...

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