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WATCH: Wondrous Trailer for Artist Takashi Murakami's Weird Feature Film Debut 'Jellyfish Eyes'

Known for his ocular aesthetic and pop-art-inspired wall installations, Japanese mixed-media artist Takashi Murakami brings his feature filmmaking debut "Jellyfish Eyes" to Film Independent at LACMA on Monday, April 8th. This is the film's international premiere.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2014 3:35 PM
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Calling All Filmmakers: Film Independent's Project Involve Now Open for Submissions

Listen up, filmmakers. Film Independent's signature diversity program Project Involve is now open for submissions. The deadline is April 28. Here's what you need to apply.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 7, 2014 2:51 PM
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Film Independent Selects Documentary Lab Fellows

Among the many things that Los Angeles-based Film Independent does, besides the high-profile Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, is provide crucial support to independent filmmakers. Every year a select few get chosen to participate in their Documentary Lab.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 17, 2014 4:25 PM
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Oscar Nominees Win Big at 2014 Independent Spirit Awards (Full Winners List & Red Carpet Videos)

The independents' alternative to the Oscars, the Indie Spirit Awards, get under way in blustery Santa Monica Saturday. As usual, many of the low-budget Oscar contenders (under $20 million) will take home Indie Spirit awards. Expect "12 Years a Slave" to score Best feature, Director and supporting actress.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 1, 2014 6:36 PM
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Attention, Filmmakers: Film Independent's Fast Track Financing Market Now Open for Submissions

Director-producer teams are now invited to apply to Film Independent's Fast Track, the three-day film financing market that takes place in June during the LA Film Fest (2014 dates TBA).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 7, 2014 2:58 PM
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Alexander Payne, Julie Delpy and More Set for Film Independent Awards Season Panels

Film Independent has scheduled a special conversation with Oscar and Spirit Award nominated director Alexander Payne (“Nebraska”) on February 27 at the Directors Close-Up Series. Also recently added to the February 19 panel "Writing and Directing" are writer-actress and Spirit nominated Julie Delpy (“Before Midnight”), Spirit nominated Bob Nelson (“Nebraska”) and scribe John August (“Frankenweenie,” “Big Fish”).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 29, 2014 12:54 PM
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Film Independent's Documentary Lab Now Accepting Submissions

Film Independent's Documentary Lab is now accepting submissions to its seven-week program running in Los Angeles in March and April. Documentary directors currently in post-production on their feature length films are encouraged to apply.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 22, 2013 11:45 AM
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Ted Sarandos Attacks Studios and Theaters for Stifling Innovation in Film Independent Forum Keynote Speech (VIDEO)

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos delivered the Executive Keynote address at the 9th annual Film Independent Forum Saturday at the Director Guild Theatre. In the video below, he does not hesitate to target the major studios and theater chains for not seeing things the way he thinks they should.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 27, 2013 1:30 PM
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Film Independent Announces Ten Fellows for 2013 Screenwriting Lab

Film Independent has announced the screenwriters selected for its 14th annual Screenwriting Lab. The Lab is an intensive five-week program designed to help writers improve their craft, via the tutelage of Lab Mentors, industry professionals who serve as guests speakers and one-on-one advisors. Full list of newly selected fellows below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 5, 2013 2:42 PM
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New York Times Launches First Ever Indie Online Film Festival, Curated by Film Independent (TRAILERS)

Today, the New York Times launches its first ever Indie Online Film Festival, a free series of four films curated by the nonprofit Film Independent. The films are available to watch from September 3 to October 2.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 3, 2013 3:15 PM
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