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Matthew Modine Kickstarts 'Full Metal Jacket' Audio Diary on Working with Stanley Kubrick (Exclusive)

Matthew Modine is reaching back to the glory days of Stanley Kubrick's stark masterpiece of war from 1987, "Full Metal Jacket." With help from producing partner Adam Rakoff, Modine, now working comfortably in indie film and TV, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for "Full Metal Jacket Diary," an immersive audiobook adapted from his 2005 book of the same name.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 8, 2014 4:45 PM
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Meet Nell Shipman, 'Girl from God's Country' and Silent Film Pioneer Who Fled Hollywood for Idaho (VIDEO)

It was 1920 when Nell Shipman, a silent film starlet and screenwriter from Canada who broke into Hollywood as a teenager, packed up her 10 year-old son, director-lover and 70 abused animal actors and left Tinseltown for the Idaho wilds. Boise-based filmmaker Karen Day is now working a new documentary, "Nell Shipman: Girl from God's Country," about this intriguing tale of a woman, lost to history, who worked outside the studio system -- while making waves on the inside.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 7, 2014 5:13 PM
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How Do We Drag Indie Film into the 21st Century?

Most filmmakers do not understand the difference between “direct” and “indirect”. This gap in understanding holds many (if not most) indie filmmakers back. How can this gap be closed and indie film dragged into the 21st century?
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • March 28, 2014 3:35 PM
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Indie Filmmakers: Why Building Your Audience Is More Valuable Than Promoting Your Film

The challenge presented to each indie filmmaker is the same. How do I get my work discovered?
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • March 13, 2014 1:00 PM
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This Weekend, Drive Past 'Need for Speed' and Head for the Indies

This weekend, your best bet is to steer clear of "Need for Speed" and seek out a few indies instead. The critics have spoken, and "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul's first mainstream theatrical vehicle, based on the wildly popular video game racing franchise, has no wheels. So instead, why not catch not one, but two hunky Jake Gyllenhaals in Denis Villeneuve's moody "Enemy," director Jason Bateman's "Bad Words," the long-awaited "Veronica Mars" movie, or even some sweet old folks in "Le Week-End"? Trailers below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 12, 2014 7:55 PM
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Niche Doc On-Demand Release Targets Batman Fans (VIDEO)

Documentaries lend themselves to targeted niche marketing and, as "Detropia" proved last year, self-distribution. All you need is a subject with a defined fan base. Funded by more than 1,000 Kickstarter donors, Brett Culp's "Legends of the Knight" is a case in point. Relying on community support with each screening benefiting a local charity, the movie has been pulling in Batman fans across the country.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2014 12:15 PM
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Rotterdam Panel: Creative Co-Funding of Indie Films, from Tribeca to Kickstarter (UPDATED)

Funding and financing an independent film takes almost as much creativity as making the film, according to a panel of representatives from The Tribeca Film Fund, Kickstarter and Cinereach. Filmmakers from outside the U.S. -- especially those in Europe -- benefit from government support and co-production treaties, but Americans are on their own.
  • By Torene Svitil
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  • January 31, 2014 4:38 PM
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SXSW 2014 to Premiere Jon Favreau's 'Chef' as Fest Opener, Kickstarted 'Veronica Mars' Feature and More

South by Southwest has unveiled its 2014 opening night film: Jon Favreau’s “Chef,” set to kick off the fest on March 7, 2014.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 9, 2014 2:58 PM
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Sundance 2014 Reveals Zach Braff's Kickstarted Film 'Wish I Was Here' Now Added to Premieres Section

Sundance has added one late-breaking title to its Premieres section of the upcoming 2014 fest: Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here," which he funded partially via Kickstarter. Meanwhile, Kevin Smith's cult classic "Clerks" has been added as a From the Collection midnight screening. The 2014 Festival runs January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 18, 2013 1:58 PM
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Indie Fave Hal Hartley Launches Kickstarter for 'Ned Rifle,' Sequel to 'Henry Fool' and 'Fay Grim' (VIDEO)

Hal Hartley wants to finish a trilogy. And so he has turned to Kickstarter for his latest project "Ned Rifle," a third and final chapter to conclude the stories told in "Henry Fool" (1997) and "Fay Grim" (2006). Original cast members Parker Posey, James Urbaniak and Liam Aiken are onboard to star.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • November 5, 2013 3:43 PM
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