October 16, 2009 |
The Spirit Awards, which in recent years have used the Santa Monica beach to hand out honors for the best independent films of the year, are moving downtown. Film Independent said Thursday that next year's presentation will take place March 5 in a tent at the L.A. Live complex in downtown Los Angeles. The move is being made in recognition of the event's 25th anniversary and to facilitate a live nighttime telecast on the Independent Film Channel.
May 26, 2009 |
"New World Order," which premieres today on the Independent Film Channel, is a film about people battling with phantoms. They are volunteers in an "information war" who see as clearly, as John saw his four Apocalyptic horsemen and seven trumpeting angels, that 9/11 was an "inside job," that the military-industrial complex killed Kennedy, and that an international "power elite" is plotting to enslave us all, excepting for those it will kill outright.
May 12, 2009 |
Swedish filmmaker Jan Troell is a remarkable visualist. His latest, "Everlasting Moments," came out this spring, and like most foreign films, was briefly in a handful of local theaters. This film was meant for the big screen with its audience immersed in darkness, where the images, so beautifully framed, come to life in the darkness. Here's how I saw it: at home watching on a 35-inch Sony at 8:30 on a foggy Saturday morning that soon turned sun-soaked, reflecting off the screen.
August 1, 2007 |
There are, according to the Independent Film Channel's mostly new documentary tetralogy, "Indie Sex," people having sex in the movies, and some of them are not even pretending! (Most of them are pretending, though.) (But some of them aren't.) (I'm not talking about pornography. All those people are really having sex. Or it wouldn't be porn, would it?
August 19, 2005 |
Taking a few steps past "Henry's Film Corner" and "Film School" into original productions, the Independent Film Channel has bundled three comedy series -- a cartoon, a mockumentary and a puppet show, all related, naturally, to the movies -- into an hourlong omnibus, premiering tonight. The package has a kind of can't-be-bothered-to-go-out-on-Friday-night appeal; all of the series are amusing, and none is remarkable. One might call them lackadaisically funny.
May 9, 2005 |
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.