Sundance 2015: Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon Rescue Vidal/Buckley Debates from Obscurity in ‘Best of Enemies’

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Largely forgotten by history, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr. squared off in a series of crackling debates on ABC in 1968, which scored high ratings, got the country talking, and left both men forever scarred. When you read the description of Best of Enemies, which had its world premiere this week in the […]

Sundance 2015: Charles Poekel, Kentucker Audley & Hannah Gross Talk Brooklyn Indie ‘Christmas, Again’

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Charles Poekel‘s debut feature, screening this week at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, offers a melancholic slice-of-life look at a Brooklyn neighborhood holiday staple: the open-24/7 Christmas tree stand. When you live in New York City, there are certain hallmarks that signify the beginning of the holiday season, chief among them the singular smell of […]

‘Call For Help’ Features Renegade Relief Workers in Post-Earthquake Haiti

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“That’s why we do what we do.” — Global D.I.R.T., Haiti, 2010 Five years ago, the already-impoverished island country of Haiti was besieged by a terribly destructive earthquake, killing over 200,000 people and leaving the country in desperation. Basic human necessities such as food, water and shelter were immediately scarce, and even though numerous NGOs and humanitarian groups quickly […]

Social Media is Social: 7 Tips for Filmmakers

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Social media is a crucial part of crowdfunding, and if you are considering a campaign, it’s important to start creating a community well before your kickoff. In other words, if a campaign launches on a Facebook page with no fans, does it really launch? (One hand clapping? Hello?) Lay the groundwork ahead of time, and […]

Artistic Integrity vs. Real Life in ‘Swim Little Fish Swim’

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Tensions are running high in this exclusive clip from the SXSW favorite Swim Little Fish Swim, opening in NYC and premiering on VOD in the U.S. on September 19. Photo courtesy of Under the Milky Way I recently read an article in which the author debunked the idea of love as a panacea — that […]

What We Talk About When We Talk About Sharing

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10 Social Media Dos and Don’ts for Filmmakers Two weeks ago, I introduced the updated Seed&Spark Social Media Handbook 2.0  and focused on 10 Tips For Crowdfunding Filmmakers. Since then, you’ve thought carefully about which platforms to focus on. You’ve chosen consistent handles, uploaded profile pics and cover photos that reflect your key art, etc. So now what? What […]

Be a Social Media Star: 10 Tips for Filmmakers

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Social media is not rocket science, but it takes time to build a broad, dynamic, engaged community. Attracting the right audience takes patience, tenacity and a whole lot of authenticity. Photo courtesy Jason Howie, Creative Commons Community building and awareness are the key tenets of any marketing plan—and if you’re crowdfunding, that means social media […]

Celebrate #BroncoDay with ‘OJ The Musical’

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Courtesy of FilmBuff What were you doing 20 years ago this week? Well, if you were in the U.S. (and at least, let’s say, 10 years old at the time), you were probably glued to the television, watching the most infamous car chase in history. We didn’t know it then, but we were living in […]

German Slackers: Jan Ole Gerster on ‘A Coffee in Berlin’

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Niko Fischer (Tom Schilling) in A Coffee in Berlin, courtesy of Music Box Films Twenty-something ennui (aka “the slacker”) is not endemic to the United States, as evidenced by German director Jan Ole Gerster‘s debut feature, A Coffee in Berlin. The film—which swept the German Film Academy Awards—follows a day in the life of Niko […]

Petra Costa’s Intimate Film Elena Uncovers Truths About Loss, Love and Catharsis

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This post originally appeared in The Huffington Post. “She told me she felt a huge emptiness, here.” In a country obsessed with explosions and cop chases, can a lyrical film rooted in beauty and emotion find an engaged audience? Image courtesy of Busca Vida Filmes In her new film ELENA, Brazilian filmmaker Petra Costa uses visceral […]