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 […]