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Documentary Producers Alliance Fights “Credit Creep” with Proposed Industry Guidelines for Producer Credits

In the world of documentary film, where projects gestate and then are produced over the course of years, and with funding often raised in stages from a variety of different sources, the determination of producer credits can turn into something…  Read more

By Jan 16, 2019

Remembering Mark Urman, 1952 – 2019

Mark Urman, at left, with Half Nelson producers Lynette Howell, Jamie Patricof and Alex Orlovsky at Sundance

Mark Urman, the film publicist, marketer, distributor, father and husband, was one of the significant figures of the indie film boom of the 1990s and 2000s, participating directly in its rise and adapting to its shifts over the decades. His…  Read more

By Jan 16, 2019

Can Critics’s Awards and Top Ten Mentions Boost Revenues for Independent Films?

Minding the Gap

Do critics matter? Maybe. But do critics’ top ten lists matter? There’s little doubt within the industry that an Academy Award nomination (or win) can provide an extraordinary boost to a film’s profile, especially smaller independent films who need the…  Read more

By Jan 14, 2019

Steve Bannon, Michael Jackson Docs Added to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Alison Klayman (Photo Colin Jones)

Although there’s always a chance of an unannounced sneak screening, Sundance’s program is officially locked today with two last additions. The catalog blurbs are below, but suffice to say that both are high-profile docs that lean hard into topics of…  Read more

By Jan 9, 2019


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