Skyline Indie Film Fest

Skyline Indie Film Fest

Skyline Indie Film Fest

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Year: 2015

Skyline IndieCast Episode 7: Nick Kovacic at Digital Cave Media

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Welcome to Episode 7 with Nick Kovacic at Digital Cave media in Baltimore, MD.  Subscribe to this podcast on Stitcher or iTunes. Please like, share and comment so we can get more people to talk about indie films and indie filmmakers. It’s important and you want to do important things, right?

As the interview moves ahead you can’t help but notice how sincere and how genuinely Nick is.  A filmmaker who loves where he lives and works and is a big proponent of Baltimore and all the city has to offer.  We talk about 48 hour film competitions, finding distribution, fleshing out ideas through making shorts and lots more.

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Skyline IndieCast Episode 6: Christopher Feltner



Welcome to Episode 6 of Skyline IndieCast. Subscribe to this podcast on Stitcher or iTunes. Please like, share and comment so we can get more people to talk about indie films and indie filmmakers. It’s important and you want to do important things, right?

Skyline IndieCast episode 6 is Christopher Feltner, musician, performance artist, and filmmaker.  Get the schedule of his performance projects at and get ready to experience something like you’ve never seen or heard before!

Christopher S. Feltner (b. 1978) is an experimentalist based out of Strasburg, VA. Over the past six years, he has performed solo under the Kingdom of Sharks moniker before taking a more performance-based approach under his birth name. Under the SEVEN1878 banner, Feltner has released work by his projects, and many others, in addition to currating shows, and running the SEVEN1878 Music Blog featuring interviews and reviews of experimental-based artists.

Starting in 2013, Feltner has expanded into filmwork (with a series of short films), and writing (Seen But Not Heard e-book).

For free downloads of specific SEVEN1878 works, click here.


Skyline IndieCast Episode 5: Mirandum Pictures

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Welcome to Episode 5 of Skyline IndieCast. Subscribe to this podcast on Stitcher or iTunes. Please like, share and comment so we can get more people to talk about indie films and indie filmmakers. It’s important and you want to do important things, right?

Today I’m at Mirandum Pictures with Mike Powell and Colin Mason. Actually it was in December 2014 and Mike and Colin have just given me a private screening of “OUTBREAK” one of seven short horror films they have created and will be screening later that same evening. You can hear the excitement of the office in the background as everyone is prepping for the screening. The conversation begins as the credits for Outbreak roll.

Skyline IndieCast Episode 4: Micah Troublefield

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This episode you get to listen in on a phone call between indie filmmaker Micah Troublefield and myself.  Having a beer and talking about “The Gospel of Hip Bones”, his short film, making films and going to festivals.  And he teaches me what a beer bottle shop is!

Check out Micah and the gang at Strawhouse Pictures’ reel, force him to use Twitter at @micahtfield, which he uses extensively (not really), and turns out he’s “google-able”, too.  And you can watch “Twenty One Questions” for free on Vimeo!


Skyline IndieCast Episode 3: SPROUT with Maris and Evelyn

This episode of Skyline IndieCast we get up bright and early on a Sunday to talk with Maris Lidaka and Evelyn Lorena about all kinds of things like industrial farming, southern accents, the difficulty presented by time zones, and a really great short film call SPROUT, a 2015 Official Selection of Skyline this year.  SPROUT screens in our opening night shorts block!

Follow Maris and Evelyn on Twitter; @marislidaka and @evelyn_lorena

Vote for SPROUT for the 2015 PBS Shorts Showcase, to watch is to vote!  Help them get to 1,000 views!

Indie Film Snobbery Part Deux: A Different View

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Some say that French is the official language of snobs. I may or may not be included included in this group.

The wonderful thing about the “geek rising” that is happening right now in this country is that the movement is bringing along with it an acceptance from the wider population.

I was a closeted geek all through my childhood, afraid to buy comics or play board games, or you know, read a book. I had “tough guy” things to do and so spent my time playing war, building forts, riding dirt bikes, chasing girls (and being terrified of them) and the like. And I had a blast, make no mistake. My childhood antics with my friends set the bar to nigh unreachable on the fun-o-meter and I am grateful for those times spent with those friends. Now, as an adult, I am embracing my geekier side a bit and I feel like there are friends I didn’t make, either never having never met them or meeting and disregarding them as nerds. Books and plays I was too “cool” to read or audition for and now leave me without a way to contribute to conversations I now find myself in these days. But I’m catching up, slowly.

An amazing aspect to the rise of nerd culture is the pure venom and competition within the various sects of geek. The irony of it all is that now that “nerds” have become mainstream, it’s other nerds doing the bullying.


Snobs in their traditional garb, looking for someone with less film knowledge to sacrifice to their patron director.

The “race for face”, as I call it, is a continual contest to prove who knows the most–who has the most fervent devotion–about what may well be an insanely esoteric and completely theoretical subject. Matters of trivia become points of conflict. Minor opinions become matters of unending, feirce and rage-fueled combat.

Any fan is expected to become a critic in the world of snobbery. This “criticism” generally is expressed by expounding at length on plot holes and side plots only hinted at by the creators of the work. Think I’m overstating the severity? Have a blog? Then I dare you to ask which “Doctor” is better. Are you a masochist with a penchant for getting flamed to Hell? Declare which incarnation of Doctor Who is best.

The first insult that will be lobbed towards one who dares state an opinion about any form of media: “You aren’t a real fan!” What is a real fan? Someone who is exactly as devoted to the fandom as they are. Devoted any less? You are a casual fan, and probably a “sheep”. Devoted any more? You are a fanatic socially inept basement-dweller.

It may seem that there is no way to win, but that’s not the case. There is no shortage of snobbery in the realm of independent film. Film snobs are annoying, but their existence is due to the increasing popularity of independent film. More people are enjoying indie film than ever before, and that’s a great thing.

Snobs are just an unfortunate side-effect of increasing popularity.

Indie Film Snobs

There is a notion that the passion and devotion of cinephiles involves exclusionism. In the same way that die-hard comic book fans or sci-fi geeks (term used endearingly!) are groups unto themselves, who test and screen civilians who dare to attempt to join their ranks, there is a growing disposition among the Independent Film audience which has been viewed as elitism. [Read More…]

Skyline IndieCast Episode 2: Rob Montague

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I get to talk a bit with Rob Montague, musician and filmmaker of the life on the road documentary LONG WAY TO THE TOP.  This is a fun and interesting film about bands on the road, life behind the scenes, and the grind and search for balance between your dreams and quote/unquote, real life.

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Director Spotlight: Jeff Nichols

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In the past 15 years, independent film has become enamored with exploring the personalities and culture of rural America. From David Gordon Green’s poetic, violent meditations such as George Washington and Undertow-to-Debra Granik and her unflinching portrait of addiction Down to the Bone and adaption of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone, indie filmmakers have been exploring the rich canvas of the American South and turning its slowly disappearing culture into some of the most engaging and innovative filmmaking currently being produced. And Jeff Nichols is perhaps one of the most aesthetically accomplished filmmakers to emerge from this gritty territory. [Read More…]