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While the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival continues to tout its annual lineup of Hollywood stars as a major asset, the festival is quietly being redefined as a savvier, more relevant festival this…
Founded in 1999, Independent Digital Entertainment (InDigEnt) has spent its first three years doggedly carving out a niche for low-budget digital filmmaking. Driven in part by star power, the company…
By and large, independent filmmakers are cinephiles. So why would the 24P format, situated firmly in the world of high-definition video, become the new darling of the indie world?
The 2002 Nortel Networks Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival (Jan. 10-21) is back on its feet, stronger than ever, despite the turmoil that marred last year's event and the economic impact of the…
Festivals are never just about the movies, or about the people who program them: They're a vibrant meeting place where filmmakers, critics, curators and buyers mingle.
Finding the right fest for a film is not always as simple as running down the list of most prestigious events. Festivals serve many purposes: Some offer enticing awards, others boast the best press…
What a difference a year makes. While just 12 months ago digital filmmaking was a novelty, this year everyone from Julie Delpy to the kid next door is making a digital feature.
When you ask producer Lianne Halfon what kind of projects appeal to her and partners Russell Smith and John Malkovich at their production company Mr. Mudd, she's being only partly glib when she says…
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