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The Clock is Ticking: Filmmakers on Surviving Through the Pandemic

Luka Sabbat, Selena Gomez and Austin Butler in The Dead Don’t Die (Photo by Frederick Elmes, courtesy of Focus Features)

Time may be running out for independent filmmakers.  Sure, even as the pandemic has completely disrupted their entire workflows and business models, they’re a scrappy and resourceful bunch. Like restaurants pivoting to drive-thru, delivery and take-out to outlast our current…  Read more

By Oct 28, 2020

Ballard in the Rear View

Deborah Kara Unger and James Spader in Crash, courtesy of the Criterion Collection

In his autobiography, Miracles of Life, J. G. Ballard reminisces about a derelict casino he came across in his youth. The abandoned building gave him the sense that “reality itself was a stage set that could be dismantled at any…  Read more

By Oct 28, 2020

The Diagetic Prototype

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By Oct 28, 2020

Can You Finance an Independent Film During a Pandemic?

Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery in Bad Trip (courtesy of Netflix)

In the middle of the global pandemic and one of the worst economic downturns in a century, Maven Pictures’ Celine Rattray, a producer of Driveways, The Kindergarten Teacher and American Honey, had several projects interrupted. But in early April, a…  Read more

By Jul 7, 2020


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