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December 9, 2012 | By Susan King
The coming-of-age drama "Broken" won the British Independent Film Award for 2012's best British independent film Sunday evening in London. Rory Kinnear also won best supporting actor for "Broken. " "Berberian Sound Studio," a psychological thriller that takes place on an Italian horror film set in the 1970s, won best director for Peter Strickland, best actor for Toby Jones, best achievement in production and best technical achievement. Andrea Riseborough was named best actress for "Shadow Dancer" and Olivia Wilde received the BIFA for supporting actress for "Hyde Park on the Hudson.
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March 13, 2014 | By Susan King
Director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi were on a worldwide promotional tour for "Venus," the 2006 film that earned Peter O'Toole his last Oscar nomination, when the two collaborators' seemingly nonstop travel schedule hatched the concept for a new film. "We had lots of airplane flights and came up with this idea of a couple going to Paris for 48 hours as a very easy and beautiful structure," Michell said. He and Kureishi decided to take their own 48-hour trip to Paris to outline the characters and the plot.
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December 27, 2009 | By Mark Olsen
When I began this column this year with a loosely defined mission to spotlight the best in independent film, I was concerned about finding something worthy of writing about week in, week out. Happily, I found the opposite to be true, despite the unprecedented tumult and upheaval experienced by the indie sector in 2009. There is, to put it frankly, far too much happening, not too little. While the mantra of company names that have ceased functioning has become familiar, so too have the new entities (the Cinema Guild, Apparition, Oscilloscope Pictures)
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March 1, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Mark Olsen
The period drama "12 Years a Slave" swept through the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, taking five prizes including feature, director, supporting female, screenplay and cinematography. It won in all but two categories in which it was nominated. "I cannot tell you, as much as I thought the memoir and Solomon's words and work was special, I had no concept until I saw the movie for the first time," said the film's screenwriter, John Ridley, accepting the prize in that category as he referred to protagonist Solomon Northup.
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January 3, 2013 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
Independent filmmaking often acts as a farm team of sorts for Hollywood, a showcase for performers and filmmakers who go on to bigger, if not always necessarily better, things. The following is a look at some of the people - and some of the films - that made a splash in the indie waters in 2012 that are likely to have a ripple effect in Hollywood. As a writer and critic with a focus on independent cinema, it's gratifying to watch emerging talents as they make their way into the mainstream.
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January 21, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
PARK CITY, Utah -- One of the key story lines of Sundance 2013 has been the strong representation of female directors at the film festival: eight of the 16 films in the U.S. dramatic competition were made by women. That's up from just three in 2012. But a new study commissioned by the Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles and conducted by researchers at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism shows that there's still a gender gap between women and men in the realm of American independent film.
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December 8, 2009 | By Ben Fritz
In a sign of how dramatically the independent film business has changed, the Film Department on Monday filed for a public stock offering worth up to $85 million to pay debt and expand into distribution and marketing. The small film financier, which was founded in 2007 by industry veterans Mark Gill and Neil Sacker, has released only one movie while racking up $34 million in losses and more than $40 million in debt, according to its initial public offering registration. The firm raised $200 million in 2007, when capital markets were flush, with a goal of producing four to six movies per year.
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July 19, 2001 | STEVEN LINAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"We get people to scream. We get people to cry. Why can't we get them to have an orgasm?" That's easily the most provocative question put forth in "Indie Sex: Taboos," a modestly interesting documentary that can be seen tonight at 10 on cable's Independent Film Channel.
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May 18, 1999 | MARK SAYLOR
After 25 years of selling movie rights to markets around the world, Julia Palau has quietly emerged as one of the most powerful women in the independent film business. Palau, majority owner and CEO of J&M Entertainment, the London-based company she co-founded in 1978, is in the rare ranks of those movie executives who personally have the authority to green-light a slate of movies. Yet she is little known in the United States.
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May 9, 2005 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
Suppose you run a cable channel dedicated to showing art house films. You wake up one day and realize that the independent film industry isn't making that many truly independent films anymore. You notice your audience is as fervent about video as it is about film. You sense viewers are no longer satisfied with you selecting the film lineup; they want to do it themselves. If you're the Independent Film Channel, you've clearly got some identity issues.
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March 1, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Mark Olsen
The period drama "12 Years A Slave" swept through the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, taking five prizes, including feature, director, supporting female, screenplay and cinematography. It won in all but two categories in which it was nominated. "I cannot tell you, as much as I thought the memoir and Solomon's words and work was special, I had no concept until I saw the movie for the first time," said the film's screenwriter, John Ridley, accepting the prize in that category as he referred to protagonist Solomon Northup.
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February 27, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The movie financed by audiences will soon be available to audiences.  Zach Braff's “Wish I Was Here,” funded in part by more than 46,000 donors on Kickstarter, will hit theaters in Los Angeles and New York on July 18, distributor Focus Features said Thursday. It will roll out to other cities in the weeks following, The date means Focus, which acquired the movie at the Sundance Film Festival last month, will position the relationship-oriented “Wish” as a summer counter-programmer -- call it an emotional tent pole -- a la “Little Miss Sunshine,” instead of dating it for the early fall, when it would be out of the cross-hairs of the big summer movies but somewhat more dependent on reviews.
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January 16, 2014 | By John Horn and Daniel Miller
The 30th Sundance Film Festival, which begins Thursday evening and runs through Jan. 26, is not only the nation's top showcase for independent film but also one of the biggest marketplaces for movies made outside the studio system. Scores of acquisition executives from the biggest distributors of specialized cinema -- including Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures Classics -- will jostle alongside some upstart outfits, including A24 and CBS Films, for rights to release the best Sundance offerings.
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January 9, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
"A New York Heartbeat" didn't find its way to the screen as quickly as the underlying play-on-words it suggests. The independent film, which was shot on location in Pittsburgh in 2010, is a gangland tale set in 1950s New York, and began turning up at smaller film festivals last year. The long delay speaks to one of the challenges of being an indie filmmaker, notes writer-director Tjardus Greidanus, who is Dutch Canadian. Finding the time to stitch together the film was a big hurdle, and he is still looking for a distribution deal.  "For indie filmmakers, it's now a do-it-yourself world," Greidanus said.
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December 15, 2013 | By Susan King
Tom Laughlin, who came to fame as the half-Native American, half-white ex-Green Beret in the 1971 indie blockbuster "Billy Jack," died Thursday at age  82. A lot of his films are on DVD and on streaming services.  If you want to go back to his earliest films, check out "The Delinquents" (1957) -- which was directed by Robert Altman -- "South Pacific" (1958) and even "Gidget" (1959). And for those who want to revisit his best-known films, or perhaps see them for the first time, here are five: PHOTOS: Tom Laughlin, filmmaker who drew huge following for 'Billy Jack,' dies "The Born Losers": Laughlin first introduced Billy Jack in this low-budget 1967 biker film, which American International Pictures released in 1968.
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December 12, 2013 | By Randee Dawn
Awards season is a boisterous clamor for attention, full of prestige picture releases and endless marketing dollars strewn to support them - all with the goal of taking home a few statues early next year. But amid the ado there are exceptions: The low-budget, slow-burn films that refuse to go away and end up on nomination lists. Think "Precious," think "Winter's Bone," think "Beasts of the Southern Wild. " Filmmakers know those pictures run on charisma and not marketing dollars, but they also know that awards season is when they can shine.
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March 5, 1989 | MICHAEL CIEPLY, Times Staff Writer
The merger agreement between Time Inc. and Warner Communications has some film executives wondering whether a combination of the two entertainment giants would put new pressure on struggling independent film companies. Of particular concern is the prospect of joint ownership of the Warner Bros. studio and the Time-owned HBO cable network, which has been a major source of revenue for movie producers. "Now that HBO is part of Warner Bros.
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February 1, 1986 | CLARKE TAYLOR
Independent film makers were formally--and, many independents would say, finally--recognized by the Establishment here Thursday with the first presentations of a new award, the American Film Institute Award for Independent Film and Video Artists. It was presented Thursday to video artist Nam June Paik, experimental film maker Stan Brakhage and animator Sally Cruikshank.
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December 8, 2013 | By Susan King
"Metro Manila," a thriller about a poor farmer who moves his family from the rice fields of the northern Philippines to Manila in hopes of a better life, was the big winner Sunday evening in London at the Moët British Independent Film Awards, earning honors for best film, director for Sean Ellis and achievement in production. James McAvoy was named lead actor for the crime comedy "Filth," and Lindsay Duncan won lead actress for the comedy-drama "Le Week-end. " Supporting actor honors went to Ben Mendelsohn for "Starred Up," and Imogene Poots won supporting actress for "The Look of Love.
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December 4, 2013 | By John Horn
At its inception 30 years ago, the Sundance Film Festival was dedicated to low-budget films made outside the studio system, a celebration of fresh cinematic voices telling daring, imaginative stories. Back then Hollywood stars barely factored into the equation. It's this legacy that makes the lineup for this January's festival all the more startling: A-list actors will be as deep in Park City, Utah, as the mountain resort's snow. The shift is a consequence of the tilt of studio slates - where adult dramas have been routed by comic-book adaptations, sequels and remakes - and the economics of independent film financing, where having recognizable performers is often the only way to attract funding.
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