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Interview with Legendary Documentary-Maker Ken Burns

By Benjamin Craig, posted 17 September 2010

Ken Burns is one of America's leading documentary filmmakers. With career spanning over 30 years, his work includes seminal documentaries "The Civil War" (1990), "Baseball" (1994), "Jazz" (2001), "The War" (2007), and "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" (2009). Ken has won seven Emmy Awards, and received two Oscar nominations.

New HD Art Channel Looking For Experimental Films

By Benjamin Craig, posted 16 September 2010

Ikono Menasa, the new 24/7 HDTV art channel on Arabsat, is looking for new experimental videos to be broadcasted via Satellite. Arabsat reaches more than 16.5 Million households in northern Africa, the Middle East and parts of Europe. If you would like to participate, please send a link of your video work to info@ikono.tv The submission deadline is the 15th of each month, starting in September 2010.

IFP Filmmaker Conference: The Future of Film

By Jamie Paszko, posted 6 September 2010

The President of HBO Documentary Films, Sheila Nevins, and founder of Cinetic Media, John Sloss, will headline the Filmmaker Conference at the 32nd Annual Independent Film Week, Sept. 19-23 in New York. The event is presented by IFP, the nation's oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers.

The San Francisco Film Festival Lives Up to Its Reputation

By Michelle Medlock, posted 3 September 2010

Every Spring, San Francisco comes alive with fabulous films and the talented, creative minds who make the movies that touch hearts all over the world. The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) is the longest-running film festival in the United States, attracting more than 80,000 people each year. In fact, approximately 6,000 films have been featured at the SFIFF since it began in 1957. And, it's no wonder that filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike enjoy coming to San Francisco each year because the city has much to offer. From Pier 39 to Fisherman's Wharf to Ghirardelli Square-San Francisco is simply stunning.

Really Interesting Interview with Producer Gary Kurtz (Star Wars, Dark Crystal..)

By Benjamin Craig, posted 1 September 2010

Interviewed back in 2002, Gary Kurtz, the producer of films including Star Wars, American Graffiti, and The Dark Crystal provides a fascinating read on the role of the producer, film school, and the evolution of the current Hollywood model. It's a little long, but worth it.

Experience Boston's Fabulous Film Festival

By Michelle Medlock, posted 31 August 2010

Boston, with all of its rich history and culture, is the perfect backdrop for filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike, which is why the Boston Film Festival (BFF) has survived and thrived for more than 25 years. Every September, the city becomes a place for artistic, creative lovers of story, and people flock from all over the world for this special time in this special city. From Boston's historic landmarks to its charming cafes, it's a wonderful place to experience fabulous films.

Is Your Script Ready?

By C.J. Perry, posted 25 August 2010

As you're thinking about getting ready to try and sell your script, you should be asking yourself, is it really ready? The business of screenwriting is hard enough without jumping into the market unprepared. Besides the actual writing, which is a sometimes torturous process in itself, there is everything else that goes into getting your finished work into the hands of a script reader, then possibly an agent or producer.

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