Athena Film Festival Offers Opportunities for Young Female Directors

You couldn’t choose a more appropriate place than Barnard College-with its long heritage of illustrious alumnae-for a film festival dedicated to female leadership and achievement. That’s precisely what Kathryn Kolbert, director of Barnard’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies, and Melissa Silverstein founder of Women and Hollywood thought when they created the festival in 2010.
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Director Jason Priestley’s Cas & Dylan Opens the Whistler Film Festival

Jason Priestley probably doesn’t mind that he’ll always be known as Brandon Walsh from Beverly Hills, 90210. His most loyal fans probably know that he’s also been a director since those days, starting with episodes of 90210 way back in 1993. His latest project as a director is Cas & Dylan, a comedy with sentimental overtones. Set in Western Canada, where Priestley grew up, the 90-minute film was a natural choice to open the Whistler Film Festival, in Whistler, British Columbia, on December 4.
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2014 Santa Barbara Film Festival to Honor Emma Thompson

The ritzy and prestigious Santa Barbara International Film Festival recently announced that the actress Emma Thompson would be receiving the Modern Master Award during the next festival held in February 2014 at the Arlington Theatre in sunny Santa Barbara, CA.
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Why Go With Crowd Funding?

Are you having trouble getting financing for your indie film? Crowd funding could be the way to go. The concept is nothing new: In 17th-century Germany, there was a subscription system called Praenumeration, which was used to finance books. The first rock band tour to be crowd-funded was for the British group Marillion, in 1997, done entirely by their US fanbase. Then, in 2001, ArtistShare launched their “pioneering crowd-financing platform” for musical artists, thus pioneering a new era of online crowd funding. But why should you choose crowd funding as a source of financing for your film?
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Intriguing Indie Film, The Limbo Kings, is a Wrap in Tampa

In mid November 2013, Director Eric Polins wrapped up his latest Indie film in Tampa. Titled The Limbo Kings, it is destine to provide film festival audiences across America with a quirky look at the aftermath of the JFK assassination. The independent film stars such familiar faces as Michael Jay Newman, Tony Gaud, Michael Ray Davis and Jack Amos.
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Directors Focus on the Great Outdoors at International Festival of Outdoor Films

Imagine the vast natural world as your film set. For a director, that limitless horizon can be incredibly inspiring. It can be a little scary, too, especially when the film you’re shooting involves people who are testing the extremes of nature while they push themselves to the limits of their own strength and endurance.
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What Makes a Great Story?

The movies you loved most featured characters that that you want to relate to. Characters who captivate your emotions, and get you involved. The audience viewing a movie not only wants to be interested in and feel passion for the people they see on the screen, whether they like them or not. Great characters get a reaction, they can inspire and infuriate!
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Producers Run a Festival to Give Indies 15 Minutes of Fame

Ray and Migdalia Etheridge don’t expect to become big names in the film industry, but they’ve been producing what they call “micro-budget” movies for years—films that, in some cases, cost less than $2500 to make. They shoot in their garage, in their living room, in their backyard…because when you’re a producer you produce, whether you have a studio or a location budget or not.

Because they know that there are plenty of other filmmakers working on film projects with modest funds, in 2009 they launched the 15 Minutes of Fame Film Festival, a three-day event in Brevard County, Florida, that showcases short films of all genres. This year’s festival included 40 films from the United States and countries around the world.
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