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Join The Independent and our archiving partner, UMass Amherst Libraries, for a celebration of the launch of our new website and digitized archive. Hosted by UMass Boston Film Series, the FREE evening includes a reception, screening of Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart, and panel discussion. Open to all. Starts at 6pm.
“Why didn’t you leave?”—the most common question asked of domestic violence victims—is fueling the recent cultural conversation spurred by multiple NFL incidents, most notably, Ray Rice’s videotaped assault of his then fiancée Janay Palmer. Beverly Gooden’s subsequent Twitter campaign #whyIstayed broadened the discussion to a world-wide audience. Prior to this, however, documentary filmmaker Cynthia Hill… Read more »
Gen Carmel provides first-hand accounts from a filmmaker and programmer who tried to attend the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival, including a confrontational video between festivalgoers and plain clothes police, as well as the entire festival program.
Kurt Brokaw returns to the New York Film Festival as our senior critic for the fifth consecutive year. No film is left behind as he chooses his favorites, with reviews starting now and coming in over the next week. The festival runs September 26th through October 12th.
Maya Washington learned a ton while touring festivals with her short, White Space. Because it features a main character who’s deaf, she offered to share her top 10 suggestions for making either a film, or a festival, friendlier to the Deaf Community.
In Hong Khaou’s Lilting, available on DVD and VOD September 29th, a mother grieves for her son by getting to know her son’s partner. Khaou told The Independent his debut feature came, “from a place that’s deeply personal, especially that of grief. I lost my dad when I was 12 and the character in the film loses her son. So I had to expose myself in a certain way writing this.”
Heroin addiction and life on the New York streets take center stage in Josh and Benny Safdie’s latest, Heaven Knows What. The morning after their North American premiere at TIFF, they riff on the why and what of it all with the film’s star and inspirational scribe, Arielle Holmes.
Sprinkle a little adamant optimism over a new digital partnership with The Flaherty Film Seminar and a heaping embrace of the educational market, and you have a few of the most recent distribution strategies that The Cinema Guild’s Ryan Krivoshey discussed with The Independent’s Courtney Sheehan at TIFF.