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Film Independent Presents Recap: Before They Were Oscar Nominees

When the nominees of the 95th Academy Awards were announced on January 24, we took a beat to consider the list and then thought to ourselves, “Hmm… seems familiar.” Never mind the usual overlap with our own Film Independent Spirit Award nominees–we’re used to that. What caught our eye this time was just how many Oscar nominees had previously screened their work at Film Independent Presents.

Hasan Minhaj to Host the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 4

We did spot one glaring omission among Hasan’s long list of accomplishments: he had never hosted the Film Independent Spirit Awards. A pitiable oversight, it occurred to us—and Mr. Minhaj agreed. Phone calls were made, and now we’re thrilled to announce (brace yourself for all-caps!) HASAN MINHAJ IS HOSTING THE 2023 SPIRIT AWARDS.

Introducing 30 New Project Involve Fellows to Ring in 30 Years of Film Independent Artist Development

As one of Hollywood’s most highly regarded diversity and inclusion initiatives, the launch of each year’s new cohort is always an occasion for liberal overuse of the party-popper emoji. Today, the PI ranks add 30 new faces as the program—a free, nine-month program for writers, directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, animators, programmers and entertainment execs from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds—announces its Class of 2023.

Meet the Film Independent Fellows Taking Their Project to This Year’s Sundance

It’s been a month of record snowfall across Utah’s picaresque Wasatch Valley. Which, of course, means that at this very moment many of your favorite independent filmmakers and Hollywood superstars are laboring under imminent threat of a devastating ACL injury. That’s right: with the 2023 Sundance Film Festival underway and in person following two years of COVID-necessitated virtual programming, we’re just one patch of black ice and an ill-timed step off the Java Cow entryway from Anne Hathaway being airlifted to the Mountain West…

Member Lens: Why Nazanin Nematollahi Left Iran and Picked Up a Camera

Growing up in the wake of the Iranian Cultural Revolution of the early 1980s, nonfiction filmmaker and Film Independent Member Nazanin Nematollahi quickly came to realize her ambitions placed her at odds with her country’s rapidly diminishing protections for both women and artists. Having already begun to experiment with filmmaking as a university student at the time of the Green Movement, Nematollahi and her partner immigrated to the United States.

Five Tips for Directing Fast and Furious Car Chase Sequences

We thought it might be fun to have a change of pace, during this awards season, and accelerate into some high-octane automotive action! In this special guest post our friend, director and action design expert Lawrence Ribeiro and his team discuss the critical elements of assembling a dynamic, logistically feasible and—above all—safe car chase sequence. Here are five tips for filmmakers looking to put the pedal to the medal...

THE WOMAN KING - Q&A | Gina Prince-Blythewood & Collaborators

Guest moderator Janelle Riley (Senior Editor, Variety) speaks to the creative team behind the hit action epic THE WOMAN KING: director Gina Prince-Bythewood, writer Dana Stevens, editor Terilyn A. Shropshire, ACE, composer Terence Blanchard, supervising sound editor Becky Sullivan, re-recording mixer Tony Lamberti, costume designer Gersha Phillips and production designer Akin McKenzie.