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Los Angeles Film Festival 'Coffee Talks' Series to Include Shane Black, Virginia Madsen, Atticus Ross and More

Film Independent's 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, running June 13-23 in downtown L.A., has announced the lineup for its popular "Coffee Talks" series, scheduled for June 16. Four talks will take place over the course of the day, and feature talent such as writer-director Shane Black ("Iron Man 3"), actress Virginia Madsen ("Sideways"), musician Atticus Ross ( Oscar winner for "The Social Network") and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2013 3:05 PM
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Visual Artist Takashi Murakami Brings Weird Feature Film Debut 'Jellyfish Eyes' to LACMA

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 5, 2013 4:43 PM
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Film Independent Reveals Filmmakers for 2013 Documentary Lab

Film Independent has announced its chosen filmmakers for the 2013 Documentary Lab, an eight-week program designed to assist burgeoning directors currently in post-production.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 20, 2013 12:39 PM
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Live Backstage at the 2013 Indie Spirit Awards: 'Silver Linings Playbook' Dominates with Best Feature, Director and Actress; Hawkes Wins for Actor

TOH! was live backstage at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Here's a roundup of the winners and what they had to say.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 23, 2013 6:11 PM
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Film Independent Chiefs McManus and Welsh Preview Indie Spirits, Take Stock of LACMA and LAFF

Just a year ago, long-time Film Independent staffers Sean McManus and Josh Welsh took on new roles as co-presidents of Film Independent, which runs many vital programs for the West Coast independent film community, as well as the Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival. They replaced Dawn Hudson, who left FIND to become the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. I talked to the two men on the phone about where they are and where they're going--and the upcoming Indie Spirits, my favorite awards event.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 20, 2013 5:46 PM
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Film Independent Introduces New Membership Level for Filmmakers

Film Independent introduces a new Membership level exclusively for filmmakers. The goal is to give new members in any stage of production access to a community of like-minded filmmakers and enthusiasts, as well as perks to aid in the process of completing their film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 11, 2013 1:32 PM
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Film Independent Announces Eight Filmmakers and Projects for 2013 Directing Lab

Film Independent has announced the filmmakers and projects for its 12th annual Directing Lab. The lab runs February 4 through mid-April, and is an intensive program in Los Angeles designed to assist directors in developing narrative feature films, and to advance their careers in a nurturing and creative environment.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 5, 2013 12:48 PM
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Film Independent's Directors Close-Up Series To Feature Affleck, Russell, Loktev, Zeitlin, Fleischer, Sachs and Soloway

Film Independent's 12th edition of their Directors Close-Up series will feature Ben Affleck ("Argo"), David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook") and Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"), director Ruben Fleischer ("Gangster Squad"), and writer/directors Ira Sachs ("Keep the Lights On"), Julia Loktev ("The Loneliest Planet")...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 15, 2013 4:35 PM
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'Silver Linings Playbook' to Open Film Independent Forum

As part of Weinstein Co.'s ongoing push for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," currently at the top of many Oscar pundit's charts in the race for Best Picture, the edgy comedy will launch this year's Film Independent Forum to be held October 19-21 at the Directors Guild of America.
  • By Sophia Savage and Maggie Lange
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  • October 4, 2012 1:07 PM
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Indie Spirit Awards Pick 2013 Date

Film Independent announces the dates for its 28th annual Indie Spirit Awards: February 23, 2013. The show will air on IFC.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 14, 2012 2:35 PM
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