independent-films

Reality is changing and your ideas have to change…We understood Malcolm’s hunger for new ideas, that he was a person always searching to transform himself. And I think that’s one of the most important qualities of a revolutionary: to be transforming yourself, to be expanding your humanity as events challenge you.
—  Grace Lee Boggs, Detroit-based activist and philosopher. In honor of her 100th birthday, Democracy Now! airs a 2008 interview in which she discuss her work in civil rights and Black Power, and her experiences with Malcolm X. Tune in at democracynow.org.
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The lovely people at Heartland put up some photos from last week’s Summer Rewind on their facebook page, and I’ve stolen them to show you some of my favorites here. Sam and I had a wonderful time there, and I truly am amazed by the people working at Heartland who are dedicated to bringing great independent films to Indianapolis. Thank you to all of you who came out to support our little movie–it was a wonderful last hurrah for one of my favorite pieces of story I’ve ever been able to tell, The Sound and The Shadow. I hope to be returning to Heartland many more times with many more stories in the future. <3

UnREAL

im gonna use the tiny bit of influence i have here to do a thing 

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UnREAL, airing on LIFETIME, created by  Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, and was inspired by Shapiro’s award-winning independent short film Sequin Raze. The premise in 10 words or less: Sad feminist forced to work for the Bachelor. 

Originally posted by sapplebyonline

Yes. If that doesn’t entice you enough, it has *amazing* ratings on rotten tomatoes and imdb, which can mean jack shit, but it also has received great written reviews from a whole host of critics. 

Originally posted by mattsgifs

ALRIGHTY SO, some top reasons to watch UnREAL. 

  1. semi accurate fiction is best kind - the show is loosely based on the experiences of the show’s creator (aforementioned Sarah) while she was working for the Bachelor. So while the story is fictional, they have a pretty damn good source. 
  2. womennnnn!!!!! - I love women. Women are great. Women can be smart, aggressive, loving, cruel, good intentioned, powerful, ANYTHING. And in this show, they are. It’s far from perfect; probably all the women are under a size 6, the overwhelming majority of the cast is white, and so far there’s not a lot of diversity in sexuality. Not to mention religion. That said, these women all have complex personalities, and the writing has addressed each of each lack of diversity in impressive, honest ways. Sorry I’m trying not to spoil and it’s proving difficult. 
  3. it’s fucking hilarious - It’s a dramedy with mostly drama but both the laughs and the seriousness will smack you across the face with its honesty. It’s GREAT. Ugh I wish I could tell you. I’ll let you watch it. I have fist bumped the air several times since watching the show. Best served with a glass of white wine and some guacamole with chips. 

Originally posted by rileublue

#this show 

Originally posted by bellsgriffin


tl;dr (lol never thought i’d type that) 

WATCH UNREAL. 

  1. FACT + MEAN SPARKLE = OOOOOOOOH 
  2. WOMEN. 
  3. FUCKING HILARIOUS. 
  4. it’s online and free in HD which we all love 

K thanks friends it’s been good. I just couldn’t keep that in anymore. Now I don’t have to make you watch the trailer with me. 

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INDEPENDENT BLACK FILM DIRECTED BY A BLACK WOMAN:

 "The Repass"

“Sometimes secrets hide in the light. A surreal fairy tale about a young girl in Hurricane Katrina.”

“What is The Repass?

The Repass is a darkly thrilling tale of a young girl who journeys into the mysterious world of Haitian vodou to learn the fate of her baby brother lost in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.  Entranced, she discovers secrets powerful enough to heal her family or shatter it for ever. 

A unique narrative which draws from elements of The Sixth Sense, Alice in Wonderland, and Eve’s Bayou, The Repass is a moving and lyrical story about how a young girl deals with tragedy, and finds a way to pass into her next phase of living.”

PLEASE DONATE HEREhttps://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-repass

THIS MOVIE NEEDS TO BE SEEN.

“Grandma’s Tattoo’s’: A Riveting Film About the Forgotten Women of Genocide

Khardalian is the director and producer of riveting new film called “Grandma’s Tattoos” that lifts the veil of thousands of forgotten women—survivors of the Armenian Genocide—who were forced into prostitution and tattooed to distinguish them from the locals.

“As a child I thought these were devilish signs that came from a dark world. They stirred fear in me. What were these tattoos? Who had done them, and why? But the tattoos on grandma’s hands and face were a taboo. They never spoke about it,” explains Khardalian.

“Grandma’s Tattoos” is a journey into the secrets of the family. Eventually, the secret behind Grandma Khanoum’s blue marks are revealed.

Trailer 1, Trailer 2.

Article and image via The Armenian Weekly

Not only are most people unaware that 3 million Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians were killed under Turkish rule, but also that 90,000 Armenian women and children were abducted and sold into slavery and prostitution. 90,000 women and children.

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Bleaching Black Culture

From the birth of jazz to the evolution of hip hop; the advents of urban trends to transformative advances in technology, African Americans have played an integral role in molding American culture. Unfortunately, we tend to not be the beneficiaries of our own innovation. Bleaching Black Culture examines the continuum of America’s black cultural appropriation and effects on the African American community.

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Today we celebrate our Independents Month

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999)

“I just want to apologize to Mike’s mom, Josh’s mom, and my mom. And I’m sorry to everyone. I was very naive. I am so so sorry for everything that has happened. Because in spite of what Mike says now, it is my fault. Because it was my project and I insisted. I insisted on everything. I insisted that we weren’t lost. I insisted that we keep going. I insisted that we walk south. Everything had to be my way. And this is where we’ve ended up and it’s all because of me that we’re here now - hungry, cold, and hunted. I love you mom, dad. I am so sorry. What is that? I’m scared to close my eyes, I’m scared to open them! We’re gonna die out here!”

Tomorrow actor Jared Leto (left) joins us to talk about playing a transsexual woman during the ‘80s AIDS crisis in the film Dallas Buyers Club.

Leto, on the gamble of making smaller, independent films:

Sometimes [little films] don’t work, they don’t come together, and of course they don’t have the support or they don’t find an audience. It’s a beautiful thing to work with people who are willing to risk it all and I felt that way a few times in my career and certainly felt that way on Dallas Buyers Club.

I am not nonviolent.
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Nina Simone. 

Those were the first words Nina Simone uttered to Martin Luther King Jr. “That’s ok, sister. You don’t have to be,” King responded. Democracy Now! interviews Nina Simone’s music director, Al Schackman, and Liz Garbus, maker of the new documentary, “What happened, Miss Simone?” Tune in at democracynow.org.

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Hideous

GUYS.

SO.

My short film is being made. Like, legitimately. This is the link to the indiegogo page if you want to check it out/signal boost/donate. This short film is a student piece, that was written by a woman of color (moi), directed by a man of color and will star people of color. 

The director has his own description on the page, but this is my summary of the piece:

Hideous is a psychological horror/magical realism piece.  It follows 25 year old Eli, a man with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, desperate to woo his best friend. But when he finds his solution with an old witch, Eli’s darker nature gets the best of him.”

PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE CHECK IT OUT!