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Filmmakers

John Carpenter
John Cassavetes [1929-89]
Alex Gibney
Robert Greenwald Page
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Henry Jaglom
Jim Jarmusch
Terrence Malick Page
Michael Moore Page
Errol Morris
Godfrey Reggio
John Sayles
John Waters
          avant garde filmmaker Maya Deren [1917-61]           here on page one:

links

people, A to Z

on page two:
reference books
how-to books & videos
film festivals & contests
software

selected films
collections on DVD
individual films


"I was always an independent, even when I had partners."
— movie producer Samuel Goldwyn

"In feature films, the director is God; in documentary films, God is the director."
Alfred Hitchcock

Art House & International Films at Amazon: on DVD • on VHS
Documentary Films category at Amazon: on DVD • on VHS



L i n k s
Independent Filmmaker's Forum [last update 1999?]
IndieFilms: network of independent filmmakers
IndieWire: online community [est. 1996]
Reel Roundtable [est. 1998] in New York City
Indie Film Page
Amateur Movie Makers Association [1953-2009]
Albuquerque [NM] Independent Film Cooperative
Screen Actors Guild 'Indie' Program [est. 1997]
The Documentary Channel
Women Make Movies independent distribution
Chicken & Egg Pictures [est. 7/2005] helps feminist & female filmmakers - based in NYC & SFO
International Documentary Assn. [est. 1982]
Independent Filmmakers Alliance
New Film Makers - New York City [est. 1998]
New Film Makers - Los Angeles [est. 2007]
GoFilmFest Independent Film & Film Festival ezine

Keep Indie Visible project: Don't let indpendent theaters go dark!
official website • crowd funding at IndieGoGo

IndieFilmMaker          Indie Producer [est. 2002] networking site shut down January 2012, is now back online?

Kickstarter - a new way to fund & follow creativity [est. 2009]          indie film incubator platform IndieGoGo [2008]          Australia's pOZible Party, Ltd. - innovative crowdfunding platform [est. 5/2010]

Shooting People [est. 1998] social networking site for independent filmmakers          Boulevard Movies - for hard-to-find horror movies, cult classics, sci-fi, exploitation & arthouse films          Scenios [est. 5/2010] cloud platform for managing your video project (free level & two for-fee levels)          Slated - The exclusive film investment marketplace [est. 2/2012]

Film Independent's Spirit Awards [est. 1984] formerly I.F.P. West & Findie Award [Feb 2009 = #35]
Film Independent formerly I.F.P. West [est. 1984, renamed 2005]

Independent Film Project: the homepage for the independent film community   Independent Film Project [est. 1979]
Los Angeles FilmFest [June 2009 = #25]
Independent Film Week {formerly I.F.P. Market} [Sept 2009 = #31]
East Coast Gotham Independent Film Awards [Nov 2009 = #19]

Independent Film Channel        Independent Film Channel [est. 1994]
I.F.C. rant Magazine {subscription}
I.F.C. Review quarterly {subscription}
IFC Films (independent distribution)

Independent Film & Television Alliance [est. 1980]       The Documentary Filmmakers Group [est. 2001]: the U.K.'s national documentary organisation       The D-Word [est. 1996]: the worldwide community of documentary film professionals

The Cinema Guild of New York City, distributor of documentary, foreign & independent films

independent film section at Internet Movie Database

FilmMaker Magazine [est. 1992]   subscription
4 issues/year for $18.00
via Amazon

BigStar.TV: global headquarters for independent film

MovieMaker Magazine [est. 1993]: 1-year subscription {6 issues} for $18.00 at the magazine website

Student Filmmakers website [est. 2004]

New Filmmakers showcase [est. 1998] of New York City      New Filmmakers of Los Angeles showcase [est. ?]



F I L M - M A K E R S  { A to Z }

Darren Aronofsky
IMDb listing • Wikipedia


Charles Band
Charles and his brother Richard have made over 250 schlock feature films, mostly in the horror genre.
browse Charles Band on DVD • official website • IMDb listing • Wikipedia


Joe Berlinger
IMDb listing • Wikipedia

Crude, The Real Price of Oil documentary film by Joe Berlinger  "Crude: The Real Price of Oil" [First Run Features Sept 2009]
Thirty thousand native residents of the despoiled Amazon rainforest in Ecuador are suing Chevron for $27 billion in reparations, while still living in the heavily-polluted environment.
Co-produced & directed by Joe Berlinger; won awards at Dallas, Big Sky, Nashville & Thessalonika film festivals
First Run Features color DVD [2/2010] for $20.99
full credits at IMDb • official movie site • movie entry at Wikipedia


documentary filmmaker  Les Blank
official website • IMDb listing • Wikipedia


Stan Brakhage  [1933-2003]
IMDb listing • Wikipedia

FC's Stan Brakhage fansite

By Brakhage anthology  
"By Brakhage" Criterion Collection Anthology [2003]
26 films & extras on 2 disks
Criterion DVD [6/2003] for $34.99
Brakhage by Shedden  "Brakhage" [Bravo tv movie 1998]
Written & directed by Jim Shedden

Zeitgeist color DVD [7/2004] for $26.09
full credits from IMDb


Charles Burnett
browse Charles Burnett on DVD • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

Killer of Sheep 2007 poster  
My Brother's Wedding movie poster directed by Charles Burnett  
"Killer of Sheep" [original 1977; re-released 2007]
Long considered a prime example of independent film-making; taught in film schools while until recently not availabale for viewing (due to music rights restrictions). A black man in South Central Los Angeles is disconnected from his wife and his son & daughter and is unable to sleep, while working long hours at the local slaughterhouse. Produced, written, directed & edited by Charles Burnett; starring Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, Angela Burnett, Eugene Cherry & Jack Drummond; won FIPRESCI Prize at Berlin International Film Festival (1981); listed on the first National Film Registry (1990)
full credits from IMDb • official movie site
New Yorker/Milestone b&w DVD [11/2007] 2 disks for $29.99
this DVD set also includes four short films by Burnett and his second feature film:
"My Brother's Wedding" [shelved 1983; released 2007]
A black man working at a dry cleaner in South Central Los Angeles agrees to be best man for his ambitious lawyer brother, whom he despises. Produced, written & directed by Charles Burnett; starring Everett Silas, Jessie Holmes, Gaye Shannon-Burnett, Ronnie Bell, Dennis Kemper & Sally Easter; full credits from IMDb


John Carpenter
http://www.amazon.com/John-Carpenter-Man-His-Movies/dp/B0001BKALC/


John Cassavetes  [1929-89]
"Life is a series of suicides, divorces, promises broken, children smashed, whatever."
== line from John Cassavetes movie "Love Streams" [1984]
browse John Cassavetes on DVD • browse books • IMDb listing • Wikipedia
received 3 Oscar nominations [1968-1975]; no wins

daughter Alexandra Katherine 'Xan' Cassavetes [b. 1965] /nm0144018/

Films of John Cassavetes  
"The Films of John Cassavetes: Pragmatism,
Modernism & The Movies" [1994]
by Raymond Carney

Cambridge Univ Press pb [11/2005] for $28.99

John's wife actress Gena Rowlands
John's daughter director Zoe Cassavetes
John's son Nick Cassavetes
John's mother-in-law Lady Rowlands [1904-99]


YouTube star Michelle Chmielewki


Shirley Clarke  [1919-97]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Clarke
http://www.projectshirley.com/

producer Robert Hughes won Oscar for Best Documentary Feature     Oscar-winning "Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel With The World" documentary feature by Shirley Clarke  "Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel With The World" [WGBH-TV 1963]
The acclaimed 87-year-old poet is shown at speaking engagements at Amherst and Sarah Lawrence colleges, touring an aircraft carrier, receiving an award from President Kennedy, and at home near Boston. Produced by Robert Hughes; directed by Shirley Clarke; featuring Robert Frost, John F. Kennedy & Lyndon Johnson; won Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature
available only on DVD-R via streaming license at Milestone Films (2013)
full credits at IMDb • official movie site

"Ornette: Made In America" [indep Feb 1986, restored 2/2013] /tt0089742/
http://www.projectshirley.com/ornette.html movie by Shirley Clarke [1919-97]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSxkxE56GOc


Robert Carl Cohen  makes Radical Films
IMDb listing


Gary Conklin
official website • IMDb listing


Alex Cox
browse Alex Cox on DVD • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

Alex Cox Film Anarchist book by Steven Paul Davies  
"Alex Cox: Film Anarchist" [2003]
by Steven Paul Davies

Batsford U.K. 9¾x7¼ pb [6/2003] out of print/used
True Confessions of a Radical Filmmaker autobiography by Alex Cox  "X Films: True Confessions of A Radical Filmmaker"
[2008 autobiography] by Alex Cox

Soft Skull Press 9¼x6¼ pb [9/2008] for $13.46
I.B. Tauris 9¼x6½ hardcover [6/2008] out of print/used


Sarah Demeestere
http://www.superstringcreations.com/


Maya Deren  [1917-61]
IMDb listing • Wikipedia

Maya Deren: Experimental Films  
"Maya Deren: Experimental Films" [1998]
Mystic Fire Video b&w DVD [2/2002] for $39.99
Mystic Fire Video b&w VHS [9/98] for $37.49
official movie site


Magic Lantern's
Bill  Douglas  [1934-91, U.K.] Page


designers & filmmakers Charles  &  Ray  Eames
official website • team entry at Wikipedia

Charles & Ray Eames Page at Spirit of America Bookstore


Charles H. Ferguson
browse DVDs • official website • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

No End In Sight movie poster   "No End In Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq" [Magnolia July 2007]
Examines the principal errors of U.S. policy – the use of insufficient troop levels, the looting of Baghdad, the purge of professionals from the Iraqi government, and the disbanding of the Iraqi military – that largely created the insurgency and chaos that engulf Iraq today. Co-produced, written & directed by Charles Ferguson; narrated by Campbell Scott; won Special Jury Prize at Sundance; listed #7 on TIME Top Ten Best Movies of The Year (12/2007); Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature, WGA nom for Best Documentary Screenplay
Magnolia widescreen color DVD [10/2007] for $19.99
full credits from IMDb • official movie site

won Oscar for Best Documentary Feature    Inside Job documentary film by Charles Ferguson  "Inside Job" [Sony Pictures Classics Oct 2010]
"If you're not enraged by the end of this movie, [then] you haven't been paying attention."
— Mary & Richard Corliss, in Time Magazine

A comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, thru exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists & academics. Co-produced, wriiten & directed by Charles Ferguson; narrated by Matt Damon; featuring Congressman Barney Frank, Raghuram Rajan, Nouriel Roubini, George Soros, Eliot Spitzer, Paul Volcker, many others; won Oscar & D.G.A. & WGA Awards for Best Documentary Feature, National Board of Review Award
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • credits at IMDb • official movie site

untitled Julian Assange TV movie [H.B.O. 2012? broadcast]
Announced 8/2011: TV docudrama about Julian Assange & WikiLeaks for H.B.O., to be directed
by Charles Ferguson • latest info at IMDb


filmmaker & media artist  Pιter Forgαcs of Hungary
official website • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

Hunky Blues American Dream documentary by Peter Forgacs  "Hunky Blues: The American Dream" [Hungary May 2009]
100-minute documentary on the experiences of Hungarians who emigrated to America, mostly thru Ellis Island in New York City between 1890 and 1921; in Hungarian with English subtitles
Directed by Pιter Forgαcs
Facets Video widescreen color/b&w DVD [6/2011] for $24.95
credits at IMDb
Films of Peter Forgacs book edited by Bill Nichols & Michael Renov   "Cinema's Alchemist: The Films of Pιter Forgαcs" [2011]
Edited by Bill Nichols & Michael Renov

Contributors include scholars from University of California, Berkeley; Budapest University; University of Southern California; Hamilton College in New York; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of Paris; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Wesleyan University; University of Pennsylvania; University of Leiden, Netherlands; and Stockholm University
Kindle Edition from Univ MN Press [11/2011] for $15.13
Univ MN Press 10x7 pb [11/2011] for $27.50
Univ MN Press 10x7 hardcover [11/2011] for $82.50


photographer & filmmaker Robert Frank [b. 1924]
"Although he has made 27 films, the work is largely a well-kept secret."
browse books at Amazon • Artcyclopedia • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

The Americans book, photographs by Robert Frank, introduction by Jack Kerouac  "The Americans" [1958]
Photographs by Robert Frank; Introduction by Jack Kerouac

considered to be Robert Frank's masterpiece
Scalo Verlag 9½x8½ pb [9/93] out of print/used
Random House/Pantheon 9¾x9 pb [1/86] out of print/used
Steidl Verlag 8½x7½ hardcover [8/2005] out of print/used
Scalo Verlag 8¾x9½ hardcover [5/98] out of print/used

"Frank Films" book [] by Robert Frank
http://www.amazon.com/Frank-Films-Film-Video-Robert/dp/3865218156/

"Robert Frank: The Complete Film Works"
Robert Frank Complete Film Works on DVD   publisher's official author page
Volume 1: Steidl Verlag DVD [10/2008] 3 disks - out of prodn/used
contents unspecified
Volume 2: Steidl Verlag DVD [10/2008] out of prodn/used
fancy film can in a slipcase contains 3 films: "Conversations In Vermont" [26 min; 1969], "Life-Raft Earth" [37 min; 1969], and "OK End Here" [32 min; 1963]
Volume 3: Steidl Verlag DVD [10/2008] 3 disks - out of prodn/used
fancy film cans in a slipcase contain 3 films: "Keep Busy" feature [75 min; 1975], "About Me: A Musical" [29 min; 1971], and "S-8 Stones Footage from Exile On Main Street" [1972]
NOTE: Volumes 4 & 5 & 6 were announced but are not produced (8/2013)
Volume 4: Steidl Verlag DVD [DUE Feb 2012] 3 disks for $112.49
fancy film cans in a slipcase contain 3 films: "Life Dances On ..." [30 min; 1980], "Energy and How To Get It" [30 min; 1981 spoof], and "Home Improvements" [29 min; 1985]
Volume 5: Steidl Verlag DVD [DUE Feb 2012] 3 disks for $112.49
fancy film cans in a slipcase contain 2 films: "This Song For Jack" [26 min; 1983] documentary of a conference honoring Jack Kerouac that was held at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado; and "Hunter" [37 min; 1989]
Volume 6: Steidl Verlag DVD [DUE Feb 2012] 3 disks for $112.49
fancy film cans in a slipcase contain 3 films: "C'est vrai (It's Real)" [60 min; 1990], "Candy Mountain"
[91 min; 1987], and "Run/New Order" video [4 min; 1989]


won shared News & Documentary Emmy Award for "Taxi To The Dark Side" docufilm [2007]  won shared Oscar for "Taxi To The Dark Side" docufilm [2007]    Alex Gibney
browse DVDs • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

Alex Gibney’s New York-based production firm Jigsaw Productions

http://www.amazon.com/David-Halberstams-Fifties-Edward-Herrmann/dp/0767004132/ [1997]
http://www.amazon.com/Enron-Smartest-Guys-Room-Blu-ray/dp/B000GFRII6/ [2006]
http://www.amazon.com/Enron-Smartest-Guys-Room/dp/B000C3L2IO/ [2006]
won shared Oscar & shared Emmy for "Taxi To The Dark Side" docufilm [2007] /tt0854678/
http://www.amazon.com/Gonzo-Life-Work-Hunter-Thompson/dp/B001EDFSIQ/ [2008]
http://www.amazon.com/Casino-Jack-United-States-Money/dp/B003L20IGU/ [2010]
"Freakonomics" [2010] /tt1152822/

"Client 9: The Rise & Fall of Eliot Spitzer" [Magnolia Pictures Nov 2010]
http://www.client9themovie.com/ /tt1638362/

Magic Trip / Kool Place road movie docu   "Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search For A Kool Place"
[A&E / Magnolia Aug 2011]

Described as 'archival cinema veritι', a documentary film made from Ken Kesey & Neal Cassady's mostly-silent footage of their 1964 road trips (and acid trips) in The Magic Bus 'Further', with Sixties-era commentary. Co-written & directed by Alex Gibney & Alison Ellwood; featuzing Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, Wavy Gravy, The Grateful Dead Band {then The Warlocks}, and the Merry Pranksters
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDb • official movie site


Brent Green
official website • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

"Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then" stop-motion feature [2010] /tt1660362/



Magic Lantern's
Robert Greenwald Page

browse Robert Greenwald on DVD

Robert Greenwald's blogsite
Robert Greenwald's Brave New Films

Brave New Conversations [est. 9/2010]
participants include Jackson Browne, Janeane Garofalo, Amy Goodman, Congressman Alan Grayson,
Thom Hartmann, Tom Hayden, Oliver Stone & Marianne Williamson


Independent America Media
company official website

Two-Lane Search for Mom & Pop documentary film  "The Two-Lane Search For Mom & Pop" [Canada/Id Commns Nov 2005]
The married filmmakers traveled 13,000 miles across America in search of the current status of the 'mom and pop' grocery store. Executive produced by Tom Powers (Open Door Prodns); co-produced & directed by Hanson Hosein; co-produced & narrated by Heather Hughes
CustomFlix color DVD [12/2006] for $22.99
credits at IMDb • official movie site
Rising from Ruins documentary film  "Rising From Ruins" [indep 2009]
Sequel to & extension of "The Two-Lane Search For Mom & Pop" [2005]: reports on the local 'mom & pop' businesses who sustained the neighborhoods of New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina, while corporations did (less than) nothing. Executive produced by Tom Powers (Open Door Prodns); written & directed by Hanson Hosein; narrated by Heather Hughes
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
credits at IMDb • official movie site


Henry Jaglom
browse Henry Jaglom on DVD • IMDb listing • Wikipedia


Jim Jarmusch
browse Jim Jarmusch on DVD • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

JH's Jim Jarmusch fansite

French movie poster for Mystery Train 1989 movie by Jim Jarmusch   "Mystery Train" [Orion Pictures Nov 1989]
Three stories: A Japanese couple obsessed with 1950s America travel by train to Memphis; an Italian widow transporting her husband's body by plane is stuck overnight in Memphis; three Memphis lowlifes head for cover after a botched liquor store robbery – all converging on the same rundown Memphis hotel. Written & directed by Jim Jarmusch; original music by John Lurie; starring Masatoshi Nagase, Youki Kudoh, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Nicoletta Braschi, Elizabeth Bracco), Stephen Jones, Joe Strummer, Rick Aviles, Steve Buscemi & Tom Waits
M.G.M. Home Video widescreen color DVD [3/2000] out of prodn/used
M.G.M. Home Video color VHS [3/2000] out of prodn/used
Milan Records soundtrack CD [8/94] 16 tracks for $11.98
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia


surrealist  Alejandro 'Jodo' Jodorowsky [b. 1929]
browse books • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

official Jodorowsky website {in Spanish; requires Flash}

Alejandro Jodorowsky DVD box set  "The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky" [2007]
Starz / Anchor Bay color DVD set 5/2007] 5 disks for $33.49
includes "Fando y Lis" [1967]; "El Topo" [1970] starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, his son Brontis Jodorowsky & Alfonso Arau; and "The Holy Mountain" [1973] starring Alejandro Jodorowsky & Horαcio Salinas
Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky  "Anarchy and Alchemy: The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky" [2007]
by Ben Cobb

Creation Books 8¼x8 pb [8/2007] for $13.57
Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky  "The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky: The Creator of
El Topo" [2008] by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Park Street Press pb [7/2008] for $12.89
"La Cravate" [1957]
"Fando y Lis" [1967]
"El Topo" [1970]
"The Holy Mountain" [1973]
"Tusk" [1978]
"Santa Sangre" [1989]
"The Rainbow Thief" [1990]
"The Jodorowsky Constellation" [1994]
"King Shot" [shelved 2009]

"The Dance of Reality" biopic [Europe 2013, USA May 2014]  4/2014
Jodorowsky's biopic 'The Dance of Reality' (Spanish poster)  Filmed in Chile; a version of Jodorowsky's childhood. Produced, written & directed by and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky, based on his autobiography; also starring Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits, Bastian Bodenhφfer, Andres Cox, Adan Jodorowsky & Axel/Cristobal Jodorowsky
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb
official movie site • movie entry at Wikipedia
ABKCO Music & Records soundtrack CD [DUE May 2014] - price unknown
Dance of Reality Psychomagical Autobiography by Alejandro Jodorowsky  "The Dance of Reality: A Psychomagical Autobiography" [2005]
by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Park Street Press pb [DUE June 2014] for $19.60  5/2014
Spanish edition bestseller: Siruela 8½x5½ pb [2006] for $25.20
Spanish edition bestseller: Debolsillo 7½x4¾ pb [5/2005] out of print/used

"Jodorowsky's Dune" [Sony Pictures Classics March 2014]
Jodorowsky's Dune documentary  90-minute docufilm about Jodorowsky's 1975-77 preparation to make a feature film of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel "Dune", to star 12-year-old son Brontis, Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine & Salvador Dali, with music by Pink Floyd – alas, the film was never made. Co-produced & directed by Frank Pavich; featuring Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, artist H.R. Giger, artist Jean 'Moebius' Giraud, Chris Foss, son Brontis Jodorowsky, Richard Stanley, Devin Faraci, Drew McWeeny, Gary Kurtz, Nicolas Winding Refn; won 2 awards at Austin Fantastic Fest & 2 awards at Sitges Catalonian Intl. F/F
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDb • official movie site • movie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailer [2:02] at YouTube

"Abel Cain, or The Sons of El Topo" [in production?]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abel_Cain


Michael Kang
official weblog • IMDb listing • Wikipedia


Barbara Kopple
official website Cabin Creek Films • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

Oscar-winner "Harlan County U.S.A." [1976]
"The Making of Harlan County USA" [2006]

Oscar-winner "American Dream" [1990]
http://www.amazon.com/American-Dream-Jesse-Jackson/dp/B0000DZTKP/


George & Mike Kuchar
George Kuchar: IMDb listing [1956-2008] • Wikipedia
Michael John 'Mike' Kuchar: IMDb listing [1956-2009] • Wikipedia

"George & Mike Kuchar: Reflections From A Cinematic Cesspool"
[Zanja Press Dangerous Concepts, 1997] ISBN 0915906341

official website of collaborator Marie Losier

"I, An Actress" [1970] by George Kuchar

"It Came From Kuchar" docu [2009] by Jennifer M. Kroot /tt1303745/


filmmaker Sara Lamm
P.B.S. 'Makers Profiles' short videos of Sara Lamm
http://www.magicsoapbox.com/doc/ + http://www.drbronner.com/
http://www.birthstorymovie.com/


Tom Laughlin [1931-2013]
IMDb listing • Wikipedia

official 'Billy Jack' website

Complete Billy Jack Collection DVD box set  "The Complete Billy Jack Collection" DVD Box Set [2009]
includes restored versions of "Born Losers" [1967] (written by Elizabeth James); "Billy Jack" [1971]; "The Trial of Billy Jack" [1974]; "Billy Jack Goes To Washing-ton" [1977]; extras include eight commentaries; Produced, co-written & directed by and starring Tom Laughlin; co-written by & co-starring Delores Taylor
Image Ent. widescreen color DVD set [8/2009] 4 disks for $23.49
Billy Jack Ultimate Collection DVD box set  "Billy Jack 35th Anniversary Ultimate Collection" [2005]
Billy Jack Ent. widescreen color DVD set [9/2005] 5 disks - out of prodn/used
includes "Born Losers" [1967]; "Billy Jack" [1971]; "The Trial of Billy Jack" [1974]; "Billy Jack Goes To Washington" [1977]; and a bonus disk with many extras; Produced, co-written & directed by and starring Tom Laughlin; co-written by & co-starring Delores Taylor
"Born Losers" [1967]
"Billy Jack" [1971]
"The Trial of Billy Jack" [1974]
"Billy Jack Goes To Washington" [1977]

"Billy Jack & Jean" [in development]
not listed at IMDb • watch official promo [22:28] at YouTube


William Lewis
IMDb listing • official website • Wikipedia


Barbara Loden [1932-80]
married 1968-80 to writer-director Elia Kazan [1909-2003]
IMDb listing • Wikipedia

made only one feature film: "Wanda" [1970]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanda_(film)


Pare Lorentz  [1905-92]
IMDb listing • Wikipedia

I.D.A. Pare Lorentz Film Festival [Oct 2007]


Kent  MacKenzie  [1930-80]
IMDb listing

The Exiles movie poster rerelease 2008  "The Exiles" [Pathι/Milestone 1961 & 1970 & 2008]
U.S.C. student Kent MacKenzie took a non-traditional career direction and developed "The Exiles" in collabo-ration with actual residents of the once-elegant neighborhood of Bunker Hill in Downtown Los Angeles. By the late 1950s, the area had become flophouses and seedy mansions, all slated for demolition for replacement by office towers and the Los Angeles Music Center. The brilliant film never received distribution, though Native American writers & activists considered the film as one of the first works of art to portray modern off-reserva-tion life honestly, and teachers in film schools around the world independently re-discovered the lost b&w masterwork. It was not until filmmaker Thom Andersen used a few of MacKenzie's glowing night scenes in the compilation documentary "Los Angeles Plays Itself" [2003], that Hollywood realized the film's worth. Milestone Films acquired the rights from MacKenzie's two daughters, the UCLA Film Archive produced a restored print, and theatrical distribution began in 2008. Bonus features on DVD include Kent Mackenzie shorts "A Skill For Molina" [1960], "Story of A Rodeo Cowboy" [1962], and "Ivan and His Father" [1970]; documentary short "Bunker Hill: A Tale of Urban Renewal" by Greg Kimble; "White Fawn's Devotion" Native American silent short [1910], plus a DVD-ROM with the script, publicity material, Mackenzie's masters thesis, and more.
Produced, written & directed by Kent MacKenzie; re-release 'Presented by Sherman Alexie & Charles Burnett'; starring Homer Nish, Yvonne Williams & Tom Reynolds; listed on the National Film Registry (2009)
Oscilloscope/Milestone b&w DVD [11/2009] 2 disks for $27.49
full credits from IMDb • official movie site • film entry at Wikipedia


Magic Lantern's
writer-director Terrence Malick Page


Chris Marker [France; 1921-2012]
IMDb listing • Wikipedia

"Marker is unclassifiable because he is unique . . . The French Cinema has its dramatists and its poets, its technicians,
and its autobiographers, but only has one true essayist: Chris Marker." — film theorist Roy Armes (in 1988)

"The Train Rolls On" Chris Marker docu [France 1973] /tt0067874/
"A Grin Without A Cat" [] by Chris Marker


Maysles Brothers
IMDb listing for Albert Maysles [1926-2015] • IMDb listing for David Maysles [1931-87]
Maysles Brothers entry on Wikipedia

official Maysles Assocs. website
Maysles Institute non-profit [est. 2005]

Wild Blue Yonder documentary film directed by Celia Maysles  "Wild Blue Yonder" documentary [indep 2007]
Celia Maysles – daughter of David, niece of Arthur, together important pioneers of veritι documentary filmmaking – was seven years old when her father died. She uses the techniques of veritι documentary filmmaking to explore the past, to find out who her father & uncle were.
Co-produced & directed by Celia Maysles
video/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb
producer's film site {requires Apple Quicktime}
Direct Cinema of David & Albert Maysles  
"The Direct Cinema of David and Albert Maysles" [2005]
by Jonathan B. Vogels

Southern IL Univ 9¼x6 hardcover [7/2005] for $39.15


Mekas Brothers
Co-founded Film Culture Magazine in 1955

Adolfas Mekas [1925-2011]
"Hallelujah The Hills" [1963]
"Goldstein" [editor; 1964]
"The Double-Barreled Detective Story" [1965]

Jonas Mekas [b. 1922]
IMDb listing • Wikipedia
received the 1992 Mel Novikoff Award [est. 1988] from San Francisco Intl. Film Festival [est. 1954]

"Notes On The Circus" [1966] by Jonas Mekas

Conversations with Directors anthology edited by Elsie M. Walker & David T. Johnson  "Conversations With Directors: An Anthology of Interviews From Literature/Film Quarterly" [2008] Edited by Elsie M. Walker & David T. Johnson
interviewees include: Robert Altman, Frank Capra, Renι Clair, Martha Coolidge, Wes Craven, Terence Davies & Olivia Stewart, Edward Dmytryk, Federico Fellini, William Friedkin, Richard Leacock, Richard Linklater, Baz Luhrmann, Louis Malle, Jonas Mekas, Marcel Ophόls, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Eric Rohmer, Patricia Rozema, John Schlesinger, Jean-Charles Tacchella, Marcela Fernαndez Violante, Andrej Wajda, Wayne Wang, Billy Wilder, Robert Wise & Franco Zefferelli
Scarecrow Press 9x6 pb [3/2008] for $55.00


sexploitationist  Russ Meyer  [1922-2004]
browse Russ Meyer on DVD • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

official Russ Meyer website
CAM's Russ Meyer fansite

"Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!"
original b&w feature film [indep Aug 1965]
DVD • full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

Announced 2008: color remake [for 2012? release]
being developed by Quentin Tarantino; latest info at IMDb


Warren  Miller (skiing & surfing films)
IMDb listing • Wikipedia

official Warren Miller website
Surf Shack Page at Spirit of America


won Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for "Bowling For Columbine" [2002]    Magic Lantern's
Michael Moore  Page


filmmaker-actor  Luis  Moro
Moro Films website • IMDb listing

Anne B. Real video  "Anne B. Real" [indep U.S. release Oct 2003]
Directed by Lisa France; co-written by Luis Moro, Lisa France & Antonio Macia; co-producers Lenny Bier, Josselyne Herman, Luis Moro & Lisa France; co-starring Janice Richardson, Antonio Macia & Luis Moro
Universal color DVD [11/2003] for $9.99
full credits from IMDb
Love & Suicide poster  "Love & Suicide" [indep. U.S. release May 2006]
Directed by Lisa France, written by Lisa France & Luis Moro; co-producers Luis Moro, Demian Lichtenstein & Steven C. Beer; cinematography by Demian Lichtenstein; starring Kamar De Los Reyes, Luis Moro & Daisy McCrackin
DVD available from producers
full credits at IMDb
official movie site



co-won Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for "The Fog of War" [2003]    
Errol Morris
"Morris's subject is a particular kind of American stupidity – the ability to
substitute self-justification for self-knowledge." — critic David Denby

browse Errol Morris on DVD • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

official Errol Morris website

Announced 9/2012: Three companies – History Films, Radium-TWC, and Participant Media – are banding together to bring the next
Errol Morris project to the big screen; Morris is turning his lens toward former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in
"The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld" • not yet listed at IMDb


Christopher Mόnch
IMDb listing • Wikipedia


Jesus Nebot: official website • IMDb listing

No Turning Back   "No Turning Back" [U.S. release June 2003]
Co-directed & co-written by Julia Montejo & Jesus Nebot;
starring Jesus Nebot & Chelsea Rendon
Universal color DVD [3/2004] for $24.28
full credits from IMDb • official movie website


Earl  Owensby
IMDb listing • Wikipedia

Earl Owensby Studios


Kimberly  Peirce
IMDb listing • Wikipedia

"Boys Don't Cry" [1999] Hilary Swank won Oscar
"Stop Loss" [2008]


Polish Brothers – Mark & Michael
Mark's credits at IMDb • Michael's credits at IMDb • Wikipedia



Godfrey Reggio
IMDb listing • official website • Wikipedia

Koyaanisqatsi & Powaqqatsi DVD 2-pack  "Koyaanisqatsi" [1983] / "Powaqqatsi" [1988] DVD 2-pack
Co-written & directed by Godfrey Reggio; music by Philip Glass
MGM/UA widescreen DVD [9/2002] 2 disks for $22.49

"Naqoyqatsi: Life Is War" [Miramax/Qatsi Oct 2002]
Written & directed by Godfrey Reggio; music by Philip Glass, with cellist Yo-Yo Ma
Buena Vista widescreen color DVD [10/2003] for $24.53

more details (synopses, books, posters, music, links) on
Magic Lantern's Godfrey Reggio / 'Qatsi Trilogy' Page


Vanessa Renwick
Oregon Dept. of Kick Ass Film & Video


Lionel Rogosin  [1924-2000]
browse DVDs • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

father of Michael Rogosin
father of Daniel Rogosin

On The Bowery 1957 docufilm by Lionel Rogosin  "On The Bowery" [indep March 1957; Milestone re-release 2011]
Partly-scripted docufilm showing the lives of down-and-out residents of New York City's Bowery neighborhood, over two days' time. Produced, co-written & directed by Lionel Rogosin; starring Gorman Hendricks, Frank Matthews & Ray Salyer; Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature, won BAFTA Award for Best Documentary; listed on the National Film Registry (2008)
full credits at IMDb • official movie site • movie entry at Wikipedia
Come Back, Africa 1960 documentary restored in 2012  "Come Back, Africa" [indep April 1960; Milestone re-release 2012]
Documentary about apartheid in South Africa co-produced, co-written & directed by Lionel Rogosin;
digital restoration in 2012; featuring Zacharia Mgabi & singer Miriam Makeba
full credits at IMDb • official movie site • movie entry at Wikipedia
watch 8/2011 trailer [2:22] at YouTube
Films of Lionel Rogosin, Volume 1 box set  "The Films of Lionel Rogosin, Volume I" Box Sets [2014]
Milestone widescreen color Blu-ray set [2/2012] 2 disks for $22.96
Milestone widescreen color DVD set [2/2012] 2 disks for $19.96
contains Disc One: "On The Bowery" docufilm [1957] by Lionel Rogosin; "Martin Scorsese Intro"; "The Street of Forgotten Men" silent feature film [Famous Players-Lasky 1925]; "Bowery Men's Shelter" 10-minute short [1972]; "The Perfect Team: The Making of On The Bowery" 47-minute docufilm [2009] by Rogosin’s son Michael; "A Walk Through The Bowery" [2009]; 2010 "On the Bowery" theatrical trailer; Disc Two: 70-minute "Good Times, Wonderful Times" [1966] by Lionel Rogosin - 'one of the great antiwar films of the VietNam Era'; "Out" [1957] about refugees fleeing to Austria in the aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956; "Man's Peril: The Making of Good Times, Wonderful Times" [2008] by Michael Rogosin
Films of Lionel Rogosin, Volume 2 box set  "The Films of Lionel Rogosin, Volume II" Box Sets [2014]
Milestone b&w Blu-ray set [2/2014] 2 disks for $34.99
Milestone b&w DVD set [2/2014] 2 disks for $29.99
contains Disc One: "Come Back, Africa" 86-minute feature documentary [South Africa 1959, restored 2000] with subtitles; 2-minute "A Martin Scorsese Introduction" [2000]; "An American In Sophiatown: The Making of Come Back, Africa" 64-minute feature documentary [2007] directed by Michael Rogosin & Lloyd Ross; 19-minute radio interview "Lionel Rogosin Talks About Come Back, Africa" [1978]; "Come Back, Africa" theatrical trailer [2:00]; Disc Two: 63-minute "Black Roots" [USA 1970] with subtitles; 27-minute "Bitter Sweet Stories: A Documentary On The Making of Black Roots" [?] directed by Michael Rogosin; 74-minute "Have You Seen Drum Recently?" [1989] directed by Jόrgen Schadeberg, starring Miriam Makeba


sexploitationist  Joseph W. Sarno  [1921-2010]
browse DVDs • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

"Inga" [Sweden 1971] /tt0067508/ & /B00005Y71B/
"Young Playthings" [1972] /tt0069527/
"Confessions of A Young American Housewife" [1974] /tt0069914/
"a mini-masterpiece" per critic Richard Corliss

http://www.amazon.com/Joe-Sarno-Girl-Meets-Trilogy/dp/B00080ETWM/


John Sayles
"When I was really young I didn’t know that there was such a thing as a screenwriter. I wrote stories." — John Sayles
browse John Sayles on DVD • browse books • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

official John Sayles website


performance artist & experimental filmmaker
Jack Smith
[1932-89]
IMDb listing • Wikipedia

"Flaming Creatures" featurette [1963] /tt0054880/

"Normal Love" feature film [1963]

"Silent Shadows: 56 Ludlow Street, 1962-64" in 2 volumes [1999]
http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Shadows-Cinemaroc-Island-1962-1964/dp/B00000G4T2/

"Jack Smith and The Destruction of Atlantis" docufilm [2006]

"Wait For Me At The Bottom of The Pool: The Writings of Jack Smith" [9/2008] /1852424281/


Kevin Smith
browse Kevin Smith on DVD • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

production company View Askew website


Mark Street
production company website • IMDb listing


Joshua Tickell  lives near Ojai, California
official website • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

Fryer to the Fuel Tank  "From The Fryer To The Fuel Tank: The Complete Guide To Using
Vegetable Oil As An Alternative Fuel" [1998?] by Joshua Tickell

Tickell Energy Consultants 3rd edition pb [12/2000] for $24.95
Biodiesel America  "Biodiesel America: How To Achieve Energy Security, Free America From
Middle-East Oil Dependence & Make Money Growing Fuel" [2005]
by Joshua Tickell

Tickell Energy Consultants pb [7/2005] for $34.95
'Fields of Fuel' 2008 documentary from Josh Tickell  "Fields of Fuel" documentary feature [festival circuit 2008]
America is addicted to petroleum and it is time for an intervention. Eco-evangelist filmmaker Josh Ticknell, a man with a plan and a Veggie Van, tells the story of biodiesel – made from vegetable oil, it is non-toxic, has low carbon dioxide emissions, and can ultimately replace all liquid fuels used in the United States. Tickell takes on big oil, big government, and big soy to find solutions in places few people have looked. Co-produced by Rebecca Harrell Tickell; directed by Joshua Tickell; written by Johnny O'Hara; featuring attorney William Baggett, Roger Ballentine, Richard Branson, Dr. Colin Campbell, Larry David, Laurie Lennard David, Cong. Eliot Engel [D-NY], Dr. Hermann Frassen, Larry Hagman, Woody Harrelson, Ken Hern, activist Jim Hightower, Oliver Houck, Cong. Jay Inslee [D-WA], Jack Johnson, David Kittelson, Sen. Blanche Lincoln [D-AR], Dr. Gal Luft, Bill Mack, Robert McCormick, John McElroy, Robert McFar-lane, Dr. William Moomaw, Willie Nelson, Michael Noble, Julia Roberts, Florence Robinson, Chris Sanders, Dr. Bill Shepard, singer Smudo, Swedish Minister Lena Sommestadt, James Woolsey, Neil Young & attorney Beth Zilbert
DVD/Blu-ray not available • Amazon Instant Video [2008] rental $2.99, purchase $9.99
full credits at IMDb

'Fuel' documentary promoting solutions to peak oil  "Fuel" documentary feature [Greenlight Sept 2009]
The 11-year personal journey of filmmaker & eco-evangelist Josh Tickell, focusing on inspiring viewers, by looking into our future and offering hope via a wide-range of renewable energy & bio-fuel solutions. Directed by Joshua Tickell; written by Johnny O'Hara; featuring Joshua Tickell, Sen. Barbara Boxer, Richard Branson, Larry Hagman, Woody Harrelson, Robert Kennedy Jr., Willie Nelson, Julia Roberts & Neil Young
Cinema Libre Studio widescreen color Blu-ray [1/2011] for $18.93
Cinema Libre Studio widescreen color DVD [6/2010] for $16.93
full credits at IMDb • official movie site • watch official trailer [2:04] at YouTube

'Freedom' 2011 TV documentary from Josh Tickell  "Freedom: An Adventure To Uncover A Shocking Solution To America's Oil Addiction" TV documentary [Canada Aug 2011]
Film focuses on alcohol fuel; was broadcast on the SuperChannel in Canada Co-produced & co-directed by Rebecca Harrell Tickell; co-directed by Joshua Tickell; written by Johnny O'Hara; featuring Ed Begley Jr., Tracy Mork, Jason Mraz, Michelle Rodriguez & Amy Smart
Green Planet Prodns color DVD [undated] out of prodn/used
credits at IMDb • watch official trailer [1:40] at YouTube
'The Big Fix' Gulf megaspill documentary from Josh Tickell  "The Big Fix" documentary feature [LionsGate VOD release June 2012]
"The truth is deep beneath the surface" 89-minute Gulf megaspill documentary was acquired by video-on-demand distribution company GoDigital, with LionsGate handling the same-day cable release. Co-produced, co-directed & co-hosted by Joshua Tickell & Rebecca Harrell Tickell; written by Johnny O'Hara; featuring Peter Fonda (co-pro-ducer), Amy Smart, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Jeff Goodell, Chris Hedges, David Korten, Nomi Prins, Sen. Bernie Sanders
Green Planet Prodns color DVD [6/2012] for $17.10
full credits at IMDb • official movie site • movie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailer [2:15] at YouTube

'Pump' documentary from Josh Tickell about alternative fuels  "Pump: The Movie" documentary feature [Submarine Deluxe Sept 2014]
Documentary from the director of 'Fuel' and 'The Big Fix' that offers real alternatives to fossil fuels
Co-produced & directed by Joshua Tickell & Rebecca Harrell Tickell; written by Johnny O'Hara; featuring Dr. Greg Anderson, Edwin Black, John Brackett, Todd Bradshaw, Daniel Ceasar, Alex Conger, Luiz 'Lula' da Silva, John Paul DeJoria (co-producer), Michael Dunne, Rogelio Goldfarb, Peter Goldmark, L. Hendricks, Andy Hernandez, David Hoffpay, John Hofmeister, Roland Hwang, Dr. Martin Jacques, Amy Meyers Jaffee, Marcos Jank, D.E. Johnson, Kevin Kidwell, Anne Korin, Zhang Ling, Luiz Paz Lins, Amory Lovins, Wladmin Martins, Chen Meng, Elon Musk {of Tesla Motors}, Cheryl & Phil Near, Dr. Raymond Pierrehumbert, Marc J. Rauch, author Jeremy Rifkin, Tom Rolfstad, Zhang Shenhua, Tina Soares, K.C. Tran, Theophilus Walker, Faye & John & Suzy Zhang & Dr. Robert Zubrin
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDb • official movie site • movie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailer [2:14] at YouTube

"Good Fortune: The Official Biography of John Paul DeJoria" [in production, release 2016]  
subject is co-founder of Paul Mitchell Systems hair products and of Patrσn Tequila • latest info at IMDb


Melvin Van Peebles
IMDb listing • Wikipedia

Baadassssss! movie poster   "Baadassssss!" aka "How To Get The Man's Foot Outta Your Ass"
[Sony May 2004]

Mario's documentary/homage to his father's historic 1971 film that was key in birthing Independent Black Cinema. Co-written & directed by and starring Mario Van Peebles (based on the book, below)
Sony widescreen color DVD [9/2004] for $17.99
Sony color VHS [1/2005] out of prodn/used
B.B.E. soundtrack CD [6/2004] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb
official movie site {requires Flash}
movie entry at Wikipedia
Sweet Sweetback's Guerilla Filmmaking Manifesto  
"Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song: A Guerilla Filmmaking Manifesto"
[2004] by Melvin Van Peebles

Thunder's Mouth Press mass pb [8/2004] for $11.86
Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song movie  "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song"  [indep April 1971]
Written, co-produced, directed & edited by and starring Melvin Van Peebles, with Simon Chuckster, Hubert Scales, John Dullaghan & young Mario Van Peebles
Xenon color DVD [1/2003] for $17.99
Xenon color VHS [2/2002] out of prodn/used
Stax soundtrack CD [11/99] 2 disks / out of prodn/rare
11"x17" white poster from Amazon for $9.99
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
screenplay, diaries & soundtrack CD
Interlink pb [9/96] out of print/used

Melvin's son actor-director  Mario Van Peebles
browse Mario Van Peebles on DVD • IMDb listing • Wikipedia


John Waters
browse John Waters on DVD • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

Dreamland fansite

"Pink Flamingos" [1972]
"Female Trouble" [1974]
"Hairspray" [1988]
"Hairspray: The Musical" [2007]


Frederick Wiseman
DVDs of Frederick Wiseman {sloppy results} at Amazon • official website • IMDb listing • Wikipedia

Crazy Horse documentary film by Frederick Wiseman  "Crazy Horse" [France Oct 2011, Zipporah Films USA Jan 2012]
134-minute documentary by American filmmaker Frederick Wiseman about the history & venue & nude dancers of the Le Crazy Horse de Paris revue in Paris, France. Co-produced & directed by Frederick Wiseman
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDb • distributor's official movie page


musician & filmmaker Neil Young
Neil Young Page at Spirit of America Bookstore
browse music • official website • entry at Wikipedia

Movies Section on the Neil Young Page • Neil Young's credits at IMDb


won Oscar for Best Documentary Short in 1997     Jessica  Yu
IMDb listing • Wikipedia
1997 Oscar Acceptance Speech: "You know you've entered new territory
when your outfit cost more than your film."

Last Call At The Oasis docufilm by Jessica Yu  "Last Call At The Oasis" [Participant Media / A.T.O. 2011]
Illuminates the vital role that water plays in our lives, exposing the defects in the current system and depicting communities already struggling with its ill-effects. Co-produced, written & directed by Jessica Yu; featuring Jay Famiglietti, Peter H. Gleick, Tyrone Hayes, Alex Prud’homme, Robert Glennon & eco-activist Erin Brockovich-Ellis
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDb • official movie site • official trailer {Quicktime}


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