I really enjoyed the film festival this year. I have been attending for three years, and the festival just keeps growing and expanding. The number of events, the quality of the films and the variety just keeps getting better.
Sheri Candler interviews director Shaka King during Sundance 2013. King’s film, Newlyweeds, was included in the NEXT category for ultra low budget films and secured distribution through Phase 4 Films. King discusses the value of film labs like those from the IFP, making short films, and using Kickstarter to successfully fund the film’s…
Writer/Director Edward Burns sat down with us at the Sundance Film Festival 2013 to discuss why he loves the freedom that comes with microbudget filmmaking, the compromises that are involved when working with less money, why digital distribution interests him more than conventional theatrical, using social media (primarily Twitter) to reach his audience and why he enjoys it.
Director J.R. Hughto discusses his entry into filmmaking from being a photographer and graphic novelist starting with making short films, his new microbudget feature Diamond on Vinyl, and how he views the sacrifices filmmakers have to make in order to work within…
Director Andrew Bujalski on the red carpet for the premiere of Computer Chess at the Sundance Film Festival 2013. He is one of the leading figures of micro-budget filmmaking known as mumblecore. Bujalski used a 1969 Sony AVC-3260 tube video camera to give the film its period feel (and to show that video definitely doesn’t look like film!). Computer Chess centers around a weekend computer chess tournament in the early 1980s at the dawning of the age of personal computers and well before technology was in the palm of our hands…
The second annual StarLite Film Festival announces deadlines for film submissions.
This one-of-a-kind micro-budget film festival promotes the screening and development of feature length narrative films from across the globe that are produced, shot and completed for a total budget under $200,000. Over the course of three days, the film festival will feature 8 hand-selected films screened at the Garden Theatre in historic downtown Winter Garden.
One of the personalities I got a chance to know is just launched DarkestGoth Magazine editor, GV Pasclato. Recently, he and his team started working on a new way of using Kickstarter in the form of the mira nocta Bluegrass Goth Festival. I personally hadn’t thought of using Kickstarter for an event, but had to admit it had lots of possibilities for Independent filmmakers who might want to do their own film festival or a multi-faceted exploration of a few film series with cult followings.
I liked what their ideas were enough that I was even willing to speak on camera to some of their readers, who have a lot of similarities to our filmmaking audience, and even to agree to show the Day 419 film with a Q&A if their event is funded.
With that said, here’s a brief interview that GV was kind enough to give me about what they’re doing:
This is a call for entries for the Gen Con Indy 2012 Film Contest! The film festival focuses films that are sci-fi, fantasy, or gamer related. Last year was our biggest contest ever, and we’re looking forward to seeing the films we’ll get this year.