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contests & festivals
of independent films

selected films
collections on DVD
individual films

reference books
how-to books & videos

Contests  &  Festivals  of  Independent  Films

The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival [est. 1993]
in NYC, L.A., Las Vegas & Miami

Moviemaker Magazine 25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee Spring 2011  HaydenFilms Online Film Festival for Student & Independent Filmmakers [5.0 deadline Fall 2012]

Freedom Cinema Festival [Jan 2005 = #2] in Park City, UT
Key West [FL] Indie Fest [Easter Weekend]
Dances With Films {festival of independent films} in Santa Monica [April 2005 = #8]
California Independent Film Festival [April 2010 = #12] in Orinda, CA
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival [April 2010 = #13] in Durham, NC
Coachella Independent Film Festival in Indio, CA [May 2004 = #5]
I.F.P. Los Angeles FilmFest [June]
The Indie Gathering [Aug 2013 = #17] in Hudson, Ohio
Intl. Documentary Assn. [est. 1982] DocuWeek Festival [Aug 2007 = #11] in L.A.
Telluride [CO] Indie Fest [Sept]
Channel Islands Indie F/F & Oxnard Independent F/F in Oxnard, CA [Sept = defunct 2008?]
Bluegrass Independent Film Festival in Louisville, KY [Sept]
SoCal Independent Film Festival in Huntington Beach, CA [Sept 2005]

The West Coast Documentary & Reality Conference & PitchFest – aka WestDoc [Sept 2012 = #3?] in Culver City, California            Santa Fe [NM] Independent Film Festival [Oct 2012 = #4]

IndieMemphis [TN in Oct]
Gotham Independent Film Awards [Nov 2012 = #22]

Magic Lantern's 'Film Festivals Around The World' Page

Official Rejection documentary poster  "Official Rejection" [indep; festival circuit & DVD release 2009]
107-minute color documentary following a group of filmmakers who take their independent feature Ten 'til Noon [2006] along the film festival circuit – showing the politics, pitfalls, triumphs & comic tragedies they encounter & endure along the way, a report on the indie world and what happens when the shooting is over. (The two-disk version contains 2 hours of bonus features.) Co-produced, written & directed by and co-starring Paul Osborne; co-produced by and co-starring Scott Storm & Paul J. Alessi; co-starring Brian Osborne
Shut Up & Shoot Pictures widescreen color DVD [11/2009] 2 disks for $18.99
Shut Up & Shoot Pictures widescreen color DVD [11/2009] for $13.99
full credits at IMDb • official movie site
Magic Lantern's 'Film Festivals Around The World' Page


American Clean Skies Foundation's Energy Visions Prize {entry free, deadline in December}

Mahnattan Short's Feature Film Project [est. 2012] film competition
The Manhattan Short Film Festival [est. 1998] announced in July 2012 the creation of a commercial film competition called The Feature Film Project. The structure has the entry deadline at 31 December 2012, for feature films not more than two years old nor less than 80 minutes in length. The winning film will screen at 100 U.S. theaters in March 2013; at each screening, the audience will vote whether to rebook for a full week; box office results will determine how long each booking continues. Partners so far include MovieMaker Magazine, special event distributor Specticast and the Cobb Theatres chain

official website

YouTube's Your Film Festival [est. 1/2012] free film & video competition
YouTube announced in January 2012 the creation of a free video & film competition called 'Your Film Festival', in partnership with Emirates. Filmmakers around the world are invited to submit a 15-minute, story-driven video of any
format, style or genre between February 2 and March 31. Fifty semi-finalists will be chosen by Scott Free; those 50 will then compete for the YouTube audience vote, which will determine 10 finalists; the ten finalists will attend and screen their work at the Venice Film Festival; the top winner will also get a $500,000 YouTube original grant for their next production (with Ridley Scott's Scott Free company).

Your Film Festival official website • watch promo video [1:12] on YouTube

City of Ventura in California Water Take 1 Short Film Contest [est. 4/2012, deadline September]
The Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest is an effort to raise awareness about water, efficiency, and recycling programs, co-sponsored by
The City of Ventura in California, Limoneira agricultural cooperative [est. 1893], Patagonia sports gear [est.1972], and online distributor iThentic.
Each submission should 'address the topic of water'; maximum length five minutes, any genre; 2012 deadline was September 4th.

Louisiana Film Prize [est. 2012] free film & video competition
The Louisiana Film Prize was announced in March 2012; ninety projects met the July deadline; contestants have to actually shoot the project in the Shreveport/Bossier, Louisiana area and use Louisiana crew people - the first contest brought close to a half million dollars to the area and put more than 600 crew members to work. Twenty finalists were shown at the inaugural L.F.P. Weekend in October in Shreveport; they also received a $500 cash prize. The Top 5 films also receive distribution; Founders Circle Award winners receive a $3,000 filmmaking grant; the Grand Prize winner also receives $50,000 in cash.

Collections  on  DVD

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

Docurama Academy Awards Documentary Collection DVD box set 1  "Docurama Academy Awards Collection DVD Box Set" [2005]
New Video Group/Docurama DVD set [2/2005] 13 disks for $179.99
box set includes Oscar®-winners for Best Documentary Feature: "Best Boy" [1979]; "From Mao To Mozart: Isaac Stern In China" [1981]; "Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision" [1994]; "Murder On A Sunday Morning" aka "Un coupable Idιal" [2001]; "Scared Straight!" [1980]; and Oscar®-nominated "Children Underground"
[2001]; "Genghis Blues" [1999]; "Nadja Salerno-Sonneberg: Speaking In Strings" [1999]; "Paul Taylor: Dancemaker" [1998]; "Regret To Inform" [1998]; "Sound and Fury" [2000]; "The Weather Underground"
[2002]; plus "Best Man" [1997], the sequel to "Best Boy"
Experimental Cinema of The 1920s & 1930s  "Avant Garde: Experimental Cinema of The 1920s & 1930s" [2005]
from the Raymond Rohauer [d. 1987] collection

Kino Video 6-hour DVD set [8/2005] 2 disks for $24.99
includes works by Marcel Duchamp [1887-1968], Germaine Dulac, Viking Eggeling, Sergei Eisenstein [1898-1948], Jean Epstein {2 shorts}, Robert Florey [1900-79], Joris Ivens, Dimitri Kirsanoff {2 shorts}, Fernand Leger, Erne Metzmer, Jean Painleve, Man Ray [1890-1976] {3 shorts}, Hans Richter [1888-1976], Ralph Steiner [1899-1986] {"H2O" 1929 short}, Paul Strand, Slavko Vorkapich, James Sibley Watson, Mel-ville Webber [1871-1947], Herman G. Weinberg & Orson Welles [1915-85] {"The Hearts of Age" 1934 short}

Unseen Cinema DVD box set  "Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant Garde Film, 1894-1941" Box Set [2005]
by Anthology Film Archives

Image Ent. b&w DVD set [10/2005] 7 disks for $79.99
no listing on IMDb; official movie site

companion book: 8½x5¾ pb [6/2001] out of print/used

Docurama Film Festival I DVD box set  "Docurama Film Festival I" Box Set [2006]
Docurama color DVD set [6/2006] 10 disks for $206.99
box set includes "Aging Out" [2004]; Oscar winner "Broken Rainbow" [1985]; "Cheeks" [2003]; "Doing Time: Life Inside The Big House" [1980]; "The Fire Next Time" [2005]; Full Frame Documentary Shorts Collection: Vol. 4; "Good Morning Yokohama"; "Good Times" [2002]; "In The Shadow of Eden"; Oscar nominated "Legacy" [2000]; "Miles Above"; "Omar & Pete" [2005]; "The Police Tapes" [1977]; Oscar-nominated short "Sister Rose's Passion" [2004]; "Small Town Secrets" [2005]; and "The Wobblies" [1979]
Docurama Academy Awards Documentary Collection DVD box set 2  "Docurama Academy Awards Collection DVD Box Set - Volume 2" [2006]
New Video Group/DocuramaDVD set [7/2006] 12 disks for $179.99
box set includes Oscar®-winners for Best Documentary Feature: "Broken Rainbow" [1985]; "I Am A Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School" [1993]; "In The Shadow of The Stars" [1991]; "Marjoe" [1972] starring Marjoe Gortner; "Sister Rose's Passion" [2004]; "Thoth" [2002]; "Who Are The DeBolts? (And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?)" [1977]; and Oscar®-nominated "A Time For Burning"
[1967]; "Balseros" [2002]; "Colors Straight Up" [1997]; "Doing Time: Life Inside The Big House" [1991]; "Legacy" [2000]; and "Unfinished Business: The Japanese-American Internment Cases" [1986]
Docurama Film Festival II DVD box set  "Docurama Film Festival II" Box Set [2006]
Docurama color DVD set [9/2006] 10 disks for $206.99
box set includes "Con Man" [2003]; "The Education of Shelby Knox" [2005]; "Farmingville" [2004]; "The Lady In Question Is Charles Busch" [2005]; "Original Cast Album: Company" [1970] directed by D.A. Pennebaker; "Parallel Lines" [2004]; "Passin' It On" [1993]; "Power Trip" [2003]; "The Shvitz" [1993]; and "Waging A Living" [2005]
Docurama Film Festival III DVD box set  "Docurama Film Festival III" Box Set [2007]
Docurama color DVD set [3/2007] 10 disks for $206.99
box set includes "Dark Circle" [1983]; "Following Sean" [2006]; "Gitmo: The New Rules of War" [2005]; "Leona's Sister Gerri" [1995]; "Music From The Inside Out" [2004]; "Naked States" [2000]; "Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story" [2000]; "Stagedoor" [2006]; "Well-Founded Fear" [2000]; and "Yellow Brick Road" [2005]
Experimental Cinema 1928-1954  "Avant-Garde 2: Experimental Cinema, 1928-1954" [2007]
Kino Video DVD [7/2007] 2 disks for $26.99
includes works by Stan Brakhage [1933-2003] {4 shorts), James Broughton [1913-99], The Cage, Jean Isidore Isou [1925-2007], Dimitri Kirsanoff [1899-1957], Paul Leni [1885-1929], Willard Maas [1906-71] (2 shorts), Gregory Markopoulos [1928-92], Marie Menken [1909-70], Jean Mitry [1907-88], Sidney Peterson [1905-2000], Joseph Vogel, James Sibley Watson [1894-1982] & Melville Webber [1871-1947]
Docurama Film Festival IV DVD box set  "Docurama Film Festival IV" Box Set [2007]
Docurama color DVD set [9/2007] 10 disks for $206.99
box set includes "Beyond The Steps: Alvin Ailey American Dance" [2006]; "Building Bombs" [1991]; "Can Mr. Smith Get To Washington Anymore?" [2006]; "The Chances of The World Changing" [2006]; "The First Year" [2001]; "I Like Killing Flies" [2004]; "The Panama Deception" [1992]; "Pictures From A Revolution" [1991]; "Plagues and Pleasures On The Salton Sea" [2004]; and "Wanderlust" [2006]
Treasures From American Film Archives IV Avant Garde DVD box set  

"Treasures From American Film Archives IV: Avant Garde, 1947-1986" [2009]
Image Ent. b&w/color DVD box set [3/2009] 2 disks & book for $40.49
26 preserved experimental films on 2 DVDs, with book; selected contents include: "By Night With Torch and Spear" [1940s] by Joseph Cornell; "Film No. 3: Interwoven" [1947-49] by Harry Smith; "Bridges-Go-Round"
[1958] by Shirley Clarke; "Odds & Ends" [1959] by Jane Conger Belson Shimane; "Go! Go! Go!" [1964] by Marie Menken; "Mario Banana (No. 1)" [1964] by Andy Warhol; "Notes On The Circus" [1966] by Jonas Mekas; "I, An Actress" [1970] by George Kuchar; "The Riddle of Lumen" [1972] by Stan Brakhage; and seventeen others

Docurama Film Festival V DVD box set  "Docurama Film Festival V" Box Set [2008]
Docurama color DVD set [9/2008] 13 disks for $251.99
box set includes: Emmy-winning "A Lion In The House" [2006] from P.B.S. on 2 disks; "Arctic Son" [2006] by Andrew Walton; "Cine Manifest" [2006] by Judy Irola (plus 4 shorts); "Cinematographer Style" [2006] by Jon Fauer; "Critical Condition" [2008] from P.B.S.; "Fall From Grace" [2007] by K. Ryan Jones; "Family Name"
[1997] by Macky Alston from P.B.S.; "Liberia: An Uncivil War" [2004]; "On The Downlow" [2007] by Abigail Child; "Passing Poston" [2008] by Joe Fox & James Nubile; "Questioning Faith" [2002] by Macky Alston; and "Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place" [2008] from P.B.S.

Full Frame  Documentary  Film Festival
Selected films from past Full Frame Documentary Film Festival [est. 1998] events
in Durham, North Carolina are later released on DVD by Docurama

Full Frame Documentary Shorts, Volume 1  "Full Frame Documentary Shorts, Volume 1" DVD Box Set [2003]
Docurama color DVD [5/2003] for $22.49
contains 7 short documentary films: "Family Values" [2002] by Eva Saks; "Laughing Club of India"
[1999] by Mira Nair; "Lucy Tsak Tsak" [2000] by Andrey Paounov; "Mojave Mirage" [2003] by Derek and Kaarina Cleverley Roberto; award-winning "The Sunshine" [2000] by Phil Bertelsen; "We Got Us" [2002] by Joan Brooker-Marks; "Why Can't We Be a Family Again?" [2002] by Murray Nossel & Roger Weisberg
Full Frame Documentary Shorts, Volume 2  "Full Frame Documentary Shorts, Volume 2" DVD Box Set [2004]
Docurama color DVD [5/2004] for $22.49
contains 7 short documentary films: "Album" [2002] by Barbara Bird; "Crowfilm" [2003] by Edward P. Davee; "Have You Seen This Man?" [2003] by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck; "Iwo Jima: Memories In The Sand" [2001] by Beret E. Strong & John Tweedy; "Miss Alabama Nursing Home" [2001] by Anne Paas; "Nutria" [2003] by Ted Gesing; and "Wood Island" [2001] by Kate T. Williamson
Full Frame Documentary Shorts, Volume 3  "Full Frame Documentary Shorts, Volume 3" DVD Box Set [2005]
Docurama color DVD [4/2005] out of prodn/used
contains 6 short documentary films: "A Thousand Words" [2003] by Melba L. Williams from P.B.S.; "Foxhole" [2003] by Franko Galoso; "The Great Cheesesteak Debate" [2003] by Scott Vosbury; "Journeys" [2003] by Vinayan Kodoth; "Rosalie's Journey" [2005] by Warwick Thornton; and "Texas Hospitality" [2003] by Michael Pfaendtner
Full Frame Documentary Shorts, Volume 4  "Full Frame Documentary Shorts, Volume 4" DVD Box Set [2006]
Docurama color DVD [6/2006] for $24.49
contains 6 short documentary films: "Good Morning YOKOHAMA" [2003] by Satoshi Ono; "Good Times" [2004] by Alessandro Cassigoli & Dalia Castel; "In The Shadow of Eden" [2004] by Rachael Romero; "(Meet The) Cheeks" [2003] by Tal Sharon & Daniel Barcelowsky; "Miles Above" [2005] by Michael Welt; and "Small Town Secrets" [2005] by Katherine Leggett
Full Frame Documentary Shorts, Volume 5  "Full Frame Documentary Shorts, Volume 5" DVD Box Set [2007]
Docurama color DVD [4/2007] for $24.49
contains 6 short documentary films: "Afloat" [2006] by Erin Hudson; "The Angelmakers" [Netherlands 2005] by Astrid Bussink; "High Plains Winter" [2006] by Cindy Stillwell; "The Intimacy of Strangers"
by Eva Weber; "Send Me Somewhere Special" [2004] by Darren Hercher; and "Stand Like Still Living" [Botswana 2005] by Peter Jordan

Selected  Independent  Films
{ in chronological order }

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

"Salt of The Earth"  [March 1954]
Salt of the Earth & Hollywood Ten  A fictional, neo-realist-style tale about oppressed Hispanic-American zinc miners in New Mexico, who go on a strike led mostly by the women. The pro-labor stance and the alleged ties of many of the filmmakers caused the film to be the only officially-blacklisted movie in American history. Directed by Herbert J. Biberman [B]; script by Michael Biberman & Michael Wilson [B]; produced by Paul Jarrico [B]; starring Will Geer [B]; listed on National Film Registry in 1992  {NOTE: Blacklisted members of the cast & crew are indicated with '[B]'.}
Pioneer b&w DVD [3/99] out of prodn/used
Harbor Electronic multimedia booklet & CD-ROM [12/2000] for $29.97
"Salt of the Earth" credits from IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia

more details (synopsis, books, posters, links) on
Magic Lantern's "Salt of The Earth" 1954 Movie Page

"Goldstein"  [indep May 1965]
Awarded prize at 1964 Cannes Festival; French director Jean Renoir called it 'the best American film in 20 years'.
Co-written & co-directed Philip Kaufman & Benjamin Manaster; edited by Adolfas Mekas; starring Nelson Algren,
members of the The Second City comedy troupe, Lou Gilbert, other actors • full credits at IMDb

"Putney  Swope"  [Herald/Cinema V July 1969]
Putney Swope poster  Putney Swope movie  Outrageous is the only word for this jaw-dropper of a satire on the adver-
tising world. The main movie is black-and-white, with color commercials
that you will not believe. The bite is still fierce even after 40 years.

Written & directed by Robert Downey Sr.; starring Arnold Johnson
Rhino Video b&w/color DVD [5/2001] for $17.96
Rhino Video b&w/color VHS [2/95] for $14.95
full credits from IMDb
40"x27" gray poster available at

Oscar®-winner "Broken Rainbow" [1985]

Better Luck Tomorrow  "Better  Luck  Tomorrow"  [MTV/Paramount 2002]
The lives of a group of high school students in an upper-class California suburb start to unravel from a combination of boredom, pressure to excel, and easy money. Co-written & directed by Justin Lin; starring Parry Shen, Jason J. Tobin, Sung Kang, Roger Fan, John Cho & Karin Anna Cheung
Paramount widescreen DVD [9/2003] for $17.99
Paramount color VHS [9/2003] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb • official movie website

Charlotte Sometimes  "Charlotte  Sometimes"  [Vision Box Media May 2003]
An Asian auto mechanic longs for his next-door neighbor, whose ball-buster sister skews the relationship dynamic; very low-budget, very poetic, remindful of Bertolucci. Co-written, produced & directed by Eric Byler; co-written by Jeff Liu; starring Michael Idemoto, Jacqueline Kim, Eugenia Yuan, Kimberley-Rose Wolter
Hart Sharp color DVD [9/2003] for $21.24
Hart Sharp color VHS [9/2003] for $49.99
full credits from IMDb • official movie website

The Corporation movie  "The  Corporation" documentary feature [Canada Jan 2004]
Co-directed by Jennifer Abbott & Mark Achbar; co-written by Harold Crooks from Joel Bakan's book; interviewees include Noam Chomsky, Peter Drucker, Milton Freidman, Ray Anderson & Michael Moore
Zeitgeist Video color DVD [4/2005] 2 disks for $22.49
full credits from IMDb • official movie site • movie entry at Wikipedia
"The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit & Power"[2004] by Joel Bakan
Free Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [3/2004] for $17.00
Burying The Past  "Burying  The  Past:  Legacy  of  The  Mountain  Meadows  Massacre"
[Patrick Film 2004]
Produced, written & directed by Brian F. Patrick
Patrick Film Prodns color DVD [4/2009] for $25.00 via producer
full credits from IMDb • official movie website
Ghosts Never Sleep feature film from More East To Go Films  
"Ghosts Never Sleep" [indep 2004]
Co-produced by David Castenholz; co-produced, co-written & directed by Steve Freedman; starring Tony Goldwyn, Faye Dunaway, Sean Young, Shea Alexander, Joe Rose & Jason Stuart
Allumination color DVD [8/2006] for $9.98
credits at IMDb • producers website • official movie website
Squid & the Whale movie written & directed by Noah Baumbach  "The Squid and The Whale" [Samuel Goldwyn Films Oct 2005]
"One of the best independent films of the past decade." – David Denby, New Yorker Magazine film critic
When the wife of a Brooklyn teacher discovers a talent for writing, he becomes jealous and the couple splits up; the two teenage sons take sides and exhibit bizarre behaviour, while the mother starts dating her son's tennis teacher and the father has an affair with the student that his son is pursuing. Written & directed by Noah Baumbach; starring Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Owen Kline, Jesse Eisenberg, William Baldwin & Anna Paquin; nominated for Best Original Screenplay Oscar & W.G.A. Best Original Screenplay Award
Sony widescreen color DVD [3/2006] for $11.99
full credits at IMDb • movie entry at Wikipedia
shooting script: Newmarket 9¼x7 pb [9/2005] for $14.96

Heart of the Beholder poster  "Heart  of  The  Beholder"  [festival circuit 2005; DVD release 2008]
Based on the true idiocy of American religious fundamentalists committing crimes to ban movies & shut down a video store chain in St. Louis, Missouri. Harrassment and commercial cowardice made distribution difficult to arrange; the official movie website was targeted by the criminal zealots & shut down in 2008 (but is now working); further communications are based at producer River City Entertainment's website. Written, directed & co-produced by Ken Tipton; co-produced by Darlene Lieblich, Arnon Manor & Jeanette Volturno; starring Sarah Brown, Matt Letscher & Katelin Chesna
Vanguard color DVD [2/2009] for $19.95
full credits from IMDb • official movie site • movie entry at Wikipedia
Jesus Camp docu  
"Jesus  Camp"  [Loki Films Sept 2006]
A cinema verite exposure of evangelical brain-washing in the U.S. heartland
Co-produced & co-directed by Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady
Magnolia widescreen color DVD [1/2007] for $19.99
full credits from IMDb • producers' movie site
'Crab Orchard' movie aka 'So Others May Live' by Michael J. Jacobs & Ruby Handler  "Crab Orchard" aka "So Others May Live" TV movie [Oct 2008]
Family drama for television, location filming in Champaign, Illinois; the events of September 11 cause suffering in a firefighter family in New York; the wife & mother leaves with her teenage son to live with her father on a farm in the Midwest. Written & co-produced by Robin Christian; directed by Michael J. Jacobs; co-produced by Ruby Handler; starring Edward Asner, Judge Reinhold, Dylan Patton, Ruby Handler, Betsy Zajko & Robin Christian; won Directors Gold Award at International Family Film Festival
DVD was available on official website, which is now gone • full credits at IMDb
Mike Jacobs & Ruby Handler operated Rio Grande Studios [2004-2011] in Albuquerque, NM

Ink / Dark Modern Fable independent film directed by Jamin Winans  "Ink: A Dark Modern Fable"  [Double Edge Films 2009]
Father and daughter are wrenched into a dream world and seperately battle to save the other from subconscious forces exerting power over the conscious world thru nightmares and dreams. Co-produced, written & directed by Jamin Winans; starring Chris Kelly, Jessica Duffy, Quinn Hunchar & Jeremy Make
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available; full credits at IMDb • producer's movie site
Capturing Reality, Art of Documentary film by___  "Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary" [video release Oct 2009]
Funded by National Film Board of Canada; directed by Pepita Ferrari; featuring 38-world-class indepen-dent filmmakers, including Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill, Werner Herzog, Albert Maysles, Errol Morris and Jessica Yu
First Run Features widescreen color DVD [10/2009] 2 disks for $23.49
full credits at IMDb • official movie site
Blank City documentary film  "Blank City" documentary [indep April 2011]
Misguided attempt to raise obscure independent filmmakers of New York City's 'No Wave' underground film movement of the late 70s & early 80s to the equal of the artists of the French New Wave; directors covered include Charlie Ahearn, Beth B, Lizzie Borden, Jim Jarmusch, Richard Kern, Eric Mitchell & Amos Poe, while Steve Buscemi, Debbie Harry, Lydia Lunch, John Lurie, Ann Magnuson, Thurston Moore, John Waters & others comment on-camera; Directed by Celine Danhier
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDb • official movie site

'The Future' independent film  "The Future" [Roadside Attractions July 2011]
"A work of subcultural criticism laying bare the cruel and utterly bourgeois heart that beats beneath so many faux-naif boho exteriors" — critic Stewart Klawans in The Nation Magazine {... so it must be a good movie, right?} Written & directed by & starring Miranda July, with Hamish Linklater, Isabella Acres & David Warshofsky
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb • official movie site

Reference  &  Reading  Material

Visionary Film / Sitney  "Visionary Film: The American Avant-Garde 1943-2000"
[orig 1974; rev 2002] by P. Adams Sitney

The standard text on American avant-garde film since the publication
of its first edition in 1974.

Oxford Univ Press pb [10/2002] for $22.00
Oxford Univ Press 9x6¼ hardcover [10/2002] out of print/used
Film As Subversive Art  "Film As A Subversive Art" [1974 bestseller]
by Amos Vogel

D.A.P. 9x6¼ pb [1/2006] out of print/many used
Littlehampton Book Services 10x7 hardcover [6/74] out of print/used
Documentary: A History  "Documentary: A History of The Non-Fiction Film"
[orig 1974, rev 1992] by Erik Barnouw

Oxford Univ Press 8x5.3 pb [1/93] for $15.44
Oxford Univ Press hardcover [8/92] out of print/used
Maverick Film-Makers in Recent American Cinema book by Geoff Andrew  "Stranger Than Paradise: Maverick Film-Makers In Recent American
Cinema" [1998] by Geoff Andrew

covers Joel & Ethan Coen, Hal Hartley, Todd Haynes, Jim Jarmusch, Spike Lee, David Lynch, John Sayles, Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino, Wayne Wang, and others
Limelight Editions 9½x6½ hardcover [8/2004] for $38.00
Prion Books Ltd. 9x6½ hardcover [4/98] for $19.61
Documentary Film Movement  "The Documentary Film Movement: An Anthology" [1998]
Edited by Ian Aitken

Edinburgh Univ Press 9¼x6 pb [9/98] for $18.00
Edinburgh Univ Press 9¾x6¼ hardcover [9/98] for $84.00
History  "A History of Experimental Film & Video" [1999]
by A.L. Rees

British Film Institute 9x6¼ pb [5/99] for $20.02
British Film Institute 9½x6.4 hardcover [5/99] for $55.00
Celluloid Mavericks  "Celluloid Mavericks: A History of American Independent Film" [1999]
by Greg Merritt

Thunder's Mouth Press 9x5¾ pb [10/99] out of print/used
American Independent Cinema  "American Independent Cinema: A Sight and Sound Reader" [2001]
Edited by Jim Hillier

British Film Institute 9x6 pb [3/2001] for $23.95
British Film Institute 9½x6¼ hardcover [3/2001] out of print/rare
Introduction to Documentary  "Introduction To Documentary" [2001]
by film scholar Bill Nichols

IN Univ Press 9x6½ pb [10/2001] for $19.95
IN Univ Press 9x6¼ hardcover [10/2001] for $42.95
Off-Hollywood Film Guide book by Tom Wiener  "The Off-Hollywood Film Guide: The Definitive Guide To Independent and Foreign Films On Video & DVD" [2002]
by Tom Wiener

over 650 films (in alphabetical order) reviewed by longtime freelance U.S. film critic
Kindle Edition from Random House [2002 edition] for $9.32
Random House Trade 9x6 pb [8/2002] out of print/used
Age of Gold  "The Age of Gold: Surrealist Cinema" [2003]
by Robert Short

Creation Books 8¼x8¼ pb [4/2003] out of print/used
Down & Dirty Pictures  "Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance & The Rise of Independent
Film" [2004] by Peter Biskind

S&S 9½x6.4 hardcover [1/2004] for $18.33

see also Magic Lantern's The Sundance Companies Page
see also Magic Lantern's Minor Studios Page / Miramax Film Section

Documentary Film Primer by Carl Rollyson  "Documentary Film: A Primer" [2004]
by Carl Rollyson

iUniverse 9x6 pb [12/2004] for $11.95
Most Typical Avant-Garde book by David E. James  "The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History & Geography of Minor Cinemas In Los Angeles" [2005]
by David E. James

Univ CA Press 10x7 pb [5/2005] for $34.95
Univ CA Press 9¾x7 hardcover [5/2005] for $65.00
American Independent Cinema  "American Independent Cinema" [2005]
by Geoff King

Indiana Univ Press 9x6 pb [8/2005] for $21.24
Indiana Univ Press 9½x6 hardcover [8/2005] for $75.00
Making History in Avant-Garde Film  "Shadows, Specters, Shards: Making History In Avant-Garde Film" [2005]
by Jeffrey Skoller

Univ MN Press 10x7 pb [8/2005] for $25.00
Univ MN Press 10x7 hardcover [8/2005] for $75.00
New History of Documentary Film  "A New History of Documentary Film" [2005]
by Jack C. Ellis & Betsy A. Mclane

Continuum Intl. 8¾x5¾ pb [8/2005] for $24.95
Continuum Intl. 9x6¼ hardcover [8/2005] for $60.20
Encyclopedia of Documentary Film  "Encyclopedia of The Documentary Film" 3-volume set [2005]
Edited by Ian Aitken

Routledge 11¼x9 (11½ pounds!) hardcover [10/2005] for $625.00
Rough Guide to American Independent Film  "The Rough Guide To American Independent Film" [2006]
by Jessica Winter

Rough Guides 7x6¾ pb [10/2006] for $8.54
Declarations of Independence / American Cinema book by John Berra  "Declarations of Independence: American Cinema and The Partiality of Independent Production" [2008] by John Berra
This book 'questions the autonomy of independent film, asking if it is possible for a unique filmic vision to thrive in an industry of mass production'.
Intellect Ltd. 9x6¾ pb [3/2008] for $40.00
New Chinese Documentary Film Movement book edited by Chris Berry, Lu Xinyu & Lisa Rofel  "The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement: For The Public Record"
[2010] Edited by Chris Berry, Lu Xinyu & Lisa Rofel

Hong Kong Univ Press 9x6 pb [12/2010] for $25.00
Hong Kong Univ Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [12/2010] for $50.00

How-To  Books  &  Videos

Total Film-Maker  "The Total Film-Maker" [1971]
by Jerry Lewis [1926-2017]

Warner mass pb [3/73] out of print/rare
Random House hardcover [8/71] out of print/used
Independent Feature Film Production  "Independent Feature Film Production: A Complete Guide From Concept Through Distribution" [1982] by Gregory Goodell
recommended by John Carpenter, David Lynch, Ridley Scott & others
St. Martin's Griffin 8¼x5½ pb [5/98] for $12.21
St. Martin 8¾x6¼ pb [12/82] for $18.95
St. Martin hardcover [1/82] out of print/used
Rebel Without a Crew  "Rebel Without A Crew: Or How A 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became A Hollywood Player" [1995]
by Robert Rodriguez

Plume 8x5½ pb [9/96] for $10.20
Dutton 9¼x6 hardcover [7/95] out of print/used
author's credits at IMDb
Documentary for the Small Screen by Paul Kriwaczek  "Documentary For The Small Screen" [1997]
by Paul Kriwaczek

Focal Press 9½x7¼ pb [10/97] for $67.95 (many used)
Girl Director / How-To Guide  "Girl Director: A How-To Guide For The First-Time Flat-Broke Film & Video Maker" [2000] by Andrea Richards
Ten Speed Press 9¼x9¼ pb [4/2005] for $14.00
Indie Producer's Handbook by Myrl A. Schreibman  "Indie Producer's Handbook: Creative Producing From A to Z" [2001]
by Myrl A. Schreibman, Foreword by Gilbert Cates

MovieMaker Magazine named this "the number-one book on producing"
Kindle Edition from Lone Eagle Publng [2001 edition] for $11.94
Lone Eagle Publng pb [8/2001] for $14.93
Make Your Own Damn Movie! book  "Make Your Own Damn Movie!: Secrets of A Renegade Director"
[2003] by Lloyd Kaufman, with Adam Jahnke & Trent Haaga

L.A. Weekly Books 8½x5½ pb [4/2003] for $10.17
Independent Movie Marketing Handbook  "The Complete Independent Movie Marketing Handbook: Promote, Distribute & Sell Your Film or Video" [2003]
by Mark Steven Bosko

Michael Wiese Prodns 9x6 pb [5/2003] for $26.37
Filmmaking For Dummies  "Filmmaking For Dummies" [2003]
by Bryan Michael Stoller, Foreword by Jerry Lewis [1926-2017]

Wiley & Sons 9¼x7½ pb [7/2003] for $12.99
Reel To Deal / Successful Independent Film  "From Reel To Deal: Everything You Need To Create A Successful Independent Film" [2003]
by Dov S-S Simens

Warner 9x6 pb [7/2003] for $12.21
Independent Filmmaker's Manual from I.F.P./Los Angeles  "Independent Filmmaker's Manual, Second Edition" [2004]
from I.F.P./Los Angeles, by Eden H. Wurmfeld & Nicole Shay Laloggia

Focal Press 10¾x8½ pb {book & CD-ROM} [1/2004] for $29.67
Focal Press 1st edition pb {book & CD-ROM} [7/99] for $44.95
Make Your Own Damn Movie! box set  "Make Your Own Damn Movie!" DVD box set [2005]
from Troma Entertainment

Troma color DVD [5/2005] 5 disks for $44.99
Troma color DVD [5/2005] 5 disks & book for $62.99
official movie site
Cinematic Storytelling book by Jennifer Van Sijll  "Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know" [2005] by Jennifer Van Sijll
Michael Wiese Prodns 7¾x10¾ wide-format pb [8/2005] for $15.54
Declaration of Independent Filmmaking  "The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking: An Insider's Guide To Making Movies Outside of Hollywood" [2005]
by Mark & Michael Polish & Jonathan Sheldon

Harvest 8x7 pb [10/2005] for $10.65
Planning The Low-Budget Film  "Planning The Low-Budget Film" [2006]
by Robert Latham Brown

"should be cumpulsory reading for every film student"
Chalk Hill Books pb [3/2006] for $29.95
Independent Film Distribution End Run book by Phil Hall   "Independent Film Distribution: How To Make A Successful End Run Around The Big Guys" [2006]
by Phil Hall

Michael Wiese Prodns 2nd edition 9x6½ pb [1/2011] for $16.47
Michael Wiese Prodns 8¾x6 pb [11/2006] out of print/used
Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers book by Thomas A. Crowell  "The Pocket Lawyer For Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit For Independent Producers" [2007]
by Thomas A. Crowell

Focal Press 8¾x6 pb [3/2007] for $21.05
publisher's bookpage
Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution book by Stacey Parks  "The Insider's Guide To Independent Film Distribution" [2007 bestseller]
by Stacey Parks

Focal Press 6x9 pb [5/2007] for $16.47
publisher's bookpage
Filmmaker's Handbook / Digital Age book by Steven Ascher & Edward Pincus  "The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide For The Digital Age" [orig 1984, rev 2007]
by Steven Ascher & Edward Pincus

Plume 8¾x6 pb [9/2007] for $16.50
Making Short Films, Complete Guide book by Clifford Thurlow   "Making Short Films: The Complete Guide From Script To Screen"
[orig 2005, rev 2008] by Clifford Thurlow

Berg Publrs 2nd Edition 9½x6¾ pb [4/2008] for $13.57
Berg Publrs 2nd Edition 9½x6¾ hardcover [4/2008] for $94.95
The Reel Truth book by Reed Martin  "The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn't Know You Need To Know About Making An Independent Film" [2009]
by Reed Martin

Faber & Faber 8x5½ pb [4/2009] for $16.50

author's credits at IMDb

Think Outside the Box Office book by Jon Reiss  "Think Outside The Box Office: The Ultimate Guide To Film Distribution and Marketing For The Digital Era" [2009]
by Jon Reiss

Kindle Edition from Hybrid Cinema [8/2011] for $9.99
Hybrid Cinema 9x6 pb [12/2009] for $16.47
official book site • author's faculty page at CalArts
Rebel Without A Deal book by Vincent Rocca & Kevin Smith  "Rebel Without A Crew Deal: or, How A 30-Year-Old Filmmaker With $11,000 Almost Became A Hollywood Player" [2010]
by Vincent Rocca, with Commentary by Kevin Smith

CreateSpace 9½x6¾ pb [11/2010] for $13.45
official book site
"Kisses & Caroms" [Warner/Polychrome Aug 2006]
Co-produced, co-written & directed by Vincent Rocca; starring Drew Wicks, Nikki Stanzione, Nicole Rayburn & Ryan Parks
Warner Home Video DVD [8/2006] for $6.44
full credits at IMDb • official movie site

Software  For  Filmmakers

"Check out Pixorial, it’s one of the best personal video creation and editing tools out there." FREE video editing & sharing platform

Pocket Call Sheet® mobile app [new 2010] from Snake Byte Studio

Announced 4/2013: YouTube has updated their FREE Capture 1.2 app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPad Mini that allows users
to quickly shoot, edit, and upload a video to YouTube, as well as share it across Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.

logo for Gorilla film production software from Jungle Software [est. 2002]    
logo for The Writers Store [est. 1984] based in West Los Angeles, California    
Gorilla 5.0 Film Production Software
This Amazon link provides links on the third-party vendor Writers Store [est. 1984] website.
Gorilla 5.0 [6/2012] Download Edition for $259.35
Gorilla 5.0 [6/2012] Boxed Edition for $259.35 + s/h
Gorilla 5.0 [6/2012] Academic Edition (download) for $189.00

Magic Lantern's Independent & Avant-Garde Filmmakers Pages

on page one: links • people, A to Z

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

selected films: collections on DVD • individual films

documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald Page
documentary filmmaker Michael Moore Page

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