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 […]

Watch: The Trailer for Crime Caper ‘Life of Crime’

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Back when I was at Tribeca, I interviewed Dan Schechter about his fun flick Supporting Characters, about an indie film editor (Alex Karpovsky, the coffee shop manager Ray on “Girls”) who’s down on his luck in both love and fortune. The movie had pluck and showed a lot of promise, and Schechter was clearly a nice, smart […]

10 Top Docs of 2013 (Including 9 From Women Filmmakers)

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Note: This essay first appeared on Seed & Spark and The Huffington Post. Director Sarah Polley in Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s STORIES WE TELL Call it cheating, but I separated out documentaries from narratives for my year-end list. This was just too fantastic a year for these films to compete with movie stars and spectacular CG. Though […]

Cinema Eye Honors Recognizes 5 Broken Cameras, Bully, Detropia and The War Room

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Note: This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post. With only two categories rewarding documentary filmmaking at the annual Academy Awards, the nonfiction film community realized it had a void to fill in recognizing the outstanding work in their field, often done behind the scenes. In late 2007, the Cinema Eye Honors were founded to […]

Amplify the Message: Social Media at Your Festival Debut

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Note: This piece first appeared on Seed & Spark and The Huffington Post. You’ve read a lot about social media best practices — after all, it’s the best way to market your film for free. Though building an audience early on might not translate to transactions just yet, you will have already established a community to talk to […]