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Indie Film Nation Podcast #070 for 22nd March 2007

Interview with Peter Baxter (co-founder) of Slamdance Film Festival and Will Slocombe (Director) with Ben Kolak (co-Producer) of Crime Fiction (USA) dramatic feature film Music Gotta Be Mine by Laura Clapp available on PMN My Glass Eye by Beth Thornley available on PMN Click here to listen to the show...

Stewart Copeland Cops Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award

Saturday, March 3---Stewart Copeland makes his entrance with a bang. Whether bounding onto the California Theatre stage before a packed house of 1,100 people or striding into a small room for a press conference, the founder of the newly reunited The Police radiates high energy. He flings his arms in the air, and his voice booms all the way to the last row of the balcony and back. Never has anyone been so enthusiastic about receiving a Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award. Just a 50-year-old suburban ...

Minnie Driver Receives Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award

Saturday, March 3---Minnie Driver slowly removed her sunglasses at the Cinequest press conference, and quietly said, “I don’t want to force my bloodshot eyes on you.” She had worked until 3:30 a.m. before traveling to San Jose to receive the Maverick Spirit Award at an event scheduled later in the afternoon. “I’m really happy to be here. Exhausted but happy,” stated the London-born actor.When asked if she considered herself a maverick, Driver thoughtfully replied, “I don’t lie i...

Indie Film Nation Video Podcast #02 - Interview with Johnny Barrington (Trout) @ Sundance

Introducing Sue Lawson (our new host) who interviews Johnny Barrington (writer/director) of Trout (UK) short film screened at the Sundance Film Festival - available online now and will be in competition at South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, TX (USA) Bruce Himmelblau and Mike Smith @ give us a brief of overview of the Sundance Film Festival outside the Egyptian Theatre in Main Street Click here to watch this episode and Check out the trailer for Trout here...

The Wisdom of JJ Abrams - Friday, March 2nd

"The truth is, there is no sure thing, and I would argue that when you are doing something that you do really care about, and are passionate about, the odds are overwhelmingly in your favor, it will succeed."As part of the Day of Distribution, developed by Cinequest to further understanding and discussion of new distribution technologies, film community building and enterprising new business models, the packed audience at the San Jose Repertory Theater was treated to a sparkling 90-min...

Christine Vachon Receives Cinequest Maverick Spirit Award

Friday, March 2---Christine Vachon can now add “Cinequest Maverick” to honors ranging from the Frameline Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lesbian and Gay Media in 1994, Producer of the Year from the National Board of Review in 2003 and New York MoMA retrospective honoree in 2005. Her films have garnered Independent Spirit Awards and Oscars in numerous categories. Following a rollicking interview with Jens Hussey, Cinequest Director of Public Relations,...

Indie Film Nation Podcast #069 for 21st February 2007

Interview with Donal MacIntyre (Director) of A Very British Gangster (UK) and William Lappe (Writer/Director) of Even Steven (USA)Listen to the show hereSHOW NOTES Podsafe Music Taste It by Casey Desmond @ PMN In Focus Interview with Donal MacIntyre (Director) of A Very British Gangster (UK) feature documentary that screened in the World Documentary Competition @ Sundance Film Festival Filmmaker of the Week Interview with William Lappe (Writer/Director) of Even Steven (USA) short f...

Interview With Mike Cahill, Director of KING OF CALIFORNIA

Sunday, January 21----One of the more anticipated big-name films that has its world premiere later this week is KING OF CALIFORNIA, a comedy drama about the often flinty relationship between a father and a daughter. The film stars Michael Douglas in one of the quirkiest performances of his long career, and Evan Rachel Wood, a fast rising star who made her mark a few years ago with the Sundance sleeper THIREEN (directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who is serving as a juror this year). KING OF C...

Indie Film Nation Podcast #068 for 16th January 2007

Interview with Matthew Saville (writer/director) of Noise (AUS) World Dramatic Competition @ Sundance 07 plus preview of the Sundance Film Festival with Bruce Himmelblau Click here to listen to the show Industry News Sundance Film Festival announces short films to be available on iTunes plus podcasting of panels and events @ iTunes Independent Film Channel (IFC) changes content and will screen series programs  New Line Cinema brawl with Peter Jackson is paying filmmakers $0.10 p...

Indie Film Nation Podcast #067 for 9th January 2007

Interview with Philip Hodgetts (AUS)(Film Editor) from Intelligent Assistant (USA) plus Kimball Carr (Writer/Director) and Ethan Marten (Producer) of Samaritan (USA) award winning short film Click here to listen to show Industry News Johnny Depp maybe Freddie Mercury in biopic on Queen Val Kilmer wants to make a sequel to Real Genuis Paramount and New Line considering remaking Friday the 13th (Please someone stop all this madness!) Apple has a fantastic article and video on David Fincher's Zo...

Indie Film Nation Podcast #066 for 23nd December 2006

Interviews with Matt Farnsworth (star/writer/director) and Daine Foster (star/producer) of Iowa (USA) award winning feature film plus Daniel Casey (writer/director) of The Death of Michael Smith (USA) feature film to premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival 07 ...

Indie Film Nation #065 for 12th December 2006

Interviews with Matteo Ribaudo (USA) (director) of In the Name of My Father and plus Filmmaker of the week is Garath Crook (UK) of Graphic Quarter Click here to listen to the show Show Notes Industry News watch John Carpenter's Halloween on MySpace InDigEnt ceasing operations Tribeca Film Festival joins forces with ESPN for special sports program in the next year's festival Wesley Snipes gets arrested Richard (Donnie Darko) Kelly has finally finished Southland Tales for...

Indie Film Nation Podcast #064 for 29th November 2006

Interviews with Alec Morgan (Writer/Director) Hunt Angels (AUS) and DB Sweeney (Actor/Writer/Director) of Dirt Nap (USA) Industry News Sundance Institute unveils the competition program for the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Walmart joins the movie download business Ghost House Pictures for 30 Days webisodes Slamdance announces finalist for Guerilla Gamemaker Competition Movie Memorabilia Auctions on ebay @ darkworld71 Event Wrap Stockholm International Film Festival ...

Interview With Alan Berliner---Part Two

Wednesday, November 29----Alan Berliner, the American documentarian who is the Special Guest of the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA), will be giving a Master Class on his approach to filmmaking today. In honor of Berliner's presence in Amsterdam, here is part two of an Interview conducted last week by Online Festival Dailies Editor Sandy Mandelberger with the man himself. Sandy Mandelberger (SM): In your newest film WIDE AWAKE, which is screening at IDFA, you deal very...

Michael Apted Speaks

Tuesday, November 28---Director Michael Apted swung into Amsterdam for a brief junket, mainly to introduce the screening of his latest film MARRIED IN AMERICA 2, the second entry in his ambitious series about being married in america. The film had its world premiere at IDFA on Sunday evening. Following the same methodology that he has used in his very successful 7 UP series (which has been following the same group of people every seven years since they were seven), MARRIED IN AMERICA 2 follow...

Interview with Alan Berliner---Part One

Sunday, November 26---American documentarian Alan Berliner, who is receiving a Retrospective of his films here at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (idfa), has also been invited to choose and screen his Top Ten Picks of the best documentaries ever made. That list has since expanded to 11 titles, and in the first of two interviews with Online Festival Dailies Editor Sandy Mandelberger, the director explains his choices and other inspirations in his unique career. Berliner, a ...

Indie Film Nation Podcast 63 for 20th November 2006

Industry News Weinsteins get into bed with Blockbuster Hollywood search YouTube for next big thing! Filmmaker magazine celebrate 25th anniversary of the Sundance Institute in downloadable PDF document Sundance Film Festival announces opening night film - Chicago 10 Remake of John Carpenter's The ThingIs David Lynch planning to bring back Twin Peaks or release the missing material from Fire Walk with Me? Industry Wrap IF Awards (Australia) winners Industry Preview Dubia International Film Festi...

Indie Film Nation Episode #062 for 13th November 2006

Industry News American Film Market Update Slamdance Makes A Pledge Mobile Phone Films gets legitimate Hellraiser is back from the dead Event Wrap Announce Winners Off The Shelf Competition Event Preview Stockholm Film Festival from 16th to 26th November 2006 plus Nokia Mobile Phone Film Festival Go Daddy Promotion Use Promo code Indie3 for .COM domain for only $6.95 Podsafe Music Hollywood by Bubble from California (USA) @ PMN In Focus Interview with Chris Mhim (Direc...

Interview With Rob Stewart

Sunday, November 12-----When nature photographer and master diver Rob Stewart began his project to document the beauty of sharks in their natural underwater environment, little did he realize that his innate fascination would bring him into conflict with governments and organized crime who profit from the mass killing of these endangered animals. With shark fins prized as a delicacy and shark cartilage falsely promoted as a cure-all for disease and impotence, the illegal killing of sharks arou...

Interview with Gregory von Hausch

Friday, November 10-----Gregory von Hausch is the public face of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. He founded the Festival more than two decades ago and has led it from a small regional event to an important showcase of international and independent cinema. As the Festival celebrates its 21st anniversary with the dapper and enthusiastic von Hausch still at the helm, Online Festival Dailies Editor Sandy Mandelberger sat down with Gregory von Hausch for an engaging and wide-rangi...

Question And Answer Session with Sue Kramer of GRAY MATTERS

Sunday, November 5-----Audiences hooped and hollered at last night’s screening of the romantic comedy GRAY MATTERS, the directorial debut of Sue Kramer. The film, a frothy comedy about sexual identity and embracing one’s inner beauty, was shot on location in New York City, and the city itself is one of the film’s more interesting characters. Heather Graham, of BOOGIE NIGHTS fame, stars as a perky advertising executive who lives with her brother and best friend, played by ED’s Thomas...

Question And Answer Session with Amy Talkington and Geri Jewell

Director Amy Talkington Saturday, November 4-----A lively Question and Answer session followed the screening this afternoon of the comedy THE NIGHT OF THE WHITE PANTS at the Parker Playhouse. Director Amy Talkington and actress Geri Jewell attended and answered questions from the very enthusiastic audience. THE NIGHT OF THE WHITE PAINTS is a Dallas, Texas-based comedy about one very long night in the life of a former oil tycoon, played with Southern fried charm by acclaimed English actor Tom W...

Interview With Chris Bradley of PITTSBURGH

Saturday, November 4---Following the triumphant screening of the Festival Centerpiece Film PITTSBURGH last evening at the Parker Playhouse, Online Festival Dailies Editor Sandy Mandelberger sat down with Chris Bradley, the co-director and co-cinematographer of the entertaining mockumentary, in the lounge of the official Festival hotel, the Gallery One Doubletree Suites. Bradley and his production partner Kyle LaBrache are the principals behind International Orange, a Los Angeles-based produ...

Indie Film Nation Episode #061 for 31st October 2006

Interview with Chris Gore (founder of Film Threat and author of Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide) and My Big Fat Independent Film (Producer) and Filmmaker of the week is Amy Berg (Director) of Deliver Us From Evil (feature length documentary Industry News American Film Market (Los Angelos) on 1st - 8th November YouTube Starts the Cleanese Bana Gets tough again Rent your own office on main street during Sundance @ The Eating Establishment Wrap Australian Internationa...

Indie Film Nation Podcast Episode #060 for 17th October 2006

Industry News David Lynch confirms self distribution of Inland Empire to hit cinemas soon! Survival Tips for Independent Filmmakers in New York Times Article Pakistan zombie horror film coming soon! Gamers screening @ Home Brewed Film Festival (Sydney, Australia) on 23rd October and available now @ Event Wrap Woodstock Film Festival (NYC) Winners Event PreviewLondon Film Festival commences on the 18th October to 2nd November Inside Tip Have you been using the enhanced feature...