When Michael Moore's 2002 B.O. titan "Bowling for Columbine" picked up a mention and then the Oscar for documentary in March, it seemed like a sea change was under way for nonfiction filmmakers and…
Matthew M. Ross
The North American indie acquisitions and sales sectors are experiencing a wave of subtle but significant shifts.
As the specialty theatrical market continues to struggle for bookings against studio tentpoles, the DVD market has provided some fest favorites with their best -- sometimes only -- chance of reaching…
It's summer and distribution whiz Bob Berney is at it again. Last year, he and the team at IFC Films got "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" on track toward an eventual $241 million cume.
People are up for a good scare -- at least that's what indie producers are betting on. On both coasts and abroad, a number of genre companies have emerged outside the studio system, developing pics…
For any nonprofit organization, good business means successful fund-raising. For the Independent Feature Project/L.A., the Independent Spirit Awards -- which boasts a bevy of major corporate donors…
The Turning Leaf Coastal Reserve Someone to Watch Award, one of three $20,000 grants doled out at the Spirit Awards, is the oldest coin prize at the indie kudofest.
Big-time acting talent popping up in the producing credits of studio pics is nothing new, but now more than ever indie productions are attracting these multi-hyphenate thesps.
At the beginning of 2001, the specialty film world was buzzing about how the astonishing box office success and multiple Oscars for Ang Lee's Mandarin epic "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" would…
In 1999, acclaimed musicvideo helmer Spike Jonze scored big with his debut feature "Being John Malkovich." Since then, the arthouse business has opened its arms to directors with similar pedigrees…
The 35th New York Exposition of Short Film & Video will screen this year's award winners on consecutive Thursday evenings in January. Screenings will be at the New York Public Library's Donnell Media…