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Happy 10th B-Day, indieWIRE — Couldn’t Have Done it Without Ya

Happy 10th B-Day, indieWIRE -- Couldn't Have Done it Without Ya

Has it really been ten years? Next thing you know, I’ll be living in the suburbs, with a kid and a dog. (To be precise, it’s only my 9th year anniversary affiliated with indieWIRE, but that sounds old enough). I came aboard the indieWIRE ship around the time that it became a “real” publication in 1997. (One of my first pieces was this interview with the directors of “Black and White and Red All Over“). My task as “features editor” was to beef up the non-news content, and I must say, as someone who never thought of himself as a journalist, without indieWIRE, I have no idea what I’d be doing today. Thanks to indieWIRE, I found a career. Happy Birthday, indieWIRE, Eugene, Brian Clark, Karol and everyone who made the machine run, however creakily, it sometimes seemed. You have made a profound impact on me, as well as thousands of filmmakers around the world.

To celebrate the decennial (and many more!), here is a sampling of some of my favorite stories, interviews and reviews over the last decade. (Anyone else, please post your own links as I’m sure there are dozens of greats that I’m missing).

An Interview with Mike Leigh (Jan 20, 1997), part I and part 2

October Loses its “Happiness” and its Autonomy: Distribution, Ratings, and Repression (Jul 21, 1998)

Smith Unveils “Dogma” and Discusses Exploration of Faith; Hundreds Protest (Oct 6, 1999)

Bingham Ray “On the Record” (Dec 17, 1999)

Donnie Darko Plays with the Time of Our Lives (Jan 21, 2001)

The Scarlet Box: Solondz Alters “Storytelling” to Secure “R” Rating (July 24, 2001)

Michael Haneke: The Bearded Prophet (Dec 4, 2001)

Indies v. MPAA Case Sparks Debate Over Piracy and The Term “Independent” (Dec 4, 2003)

Remembering DIY Queen Sarah Jacobson 1971-2004 (Feb 18, 2004)

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