Skyline Indie Film Fest

Skyline Indie Film Fest

Skyline Indie Film Fest

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What Is Indie?

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An extremely obscure festival that no one–especially no one in Hollywood–has ever heard of.

 

After many years of obscurity, indie films have captured the hearts and minds of many discerning viewers. Recognizing the increased popularity of indie film, major studios have been increasingly developing and funding “indie” branches and marketing their films as “indie”. There is no longer the clear separation between indie films and Hollywood that there once was. This fusion has led to a reasonable question: what makes a film truly indie? [Read More…]

5 Films You (may have) Missed in 2014

 5 Films You Missed (but that you absolutely need to see now) In 2014

2014 was an amazing year for independent film with certified blockbusters and game changers such as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, Joon-ho Bong’s directorial debut Snowpiercer, and Jennifer Kent’s “not a horror movie” The Bababdook making some real noise in the world of cinema. But like every year, I guarantee you there were more than a few films you missed in 2014 that are worth your time tracking down. So I’d like to take a couple of [Read More…]

The Film Festival Circuit: An Intro

Planning the next screening at Skyline Indie Film Fest

Planning the next screening at Skyline Indie Film Fest

Obviously most people who attend film festivals think they’re amazing. I mean, what’s not to love about them? You typically get to spend a long weekend (or longer) doing nothing but watching great new films, discovering new voices, interacting with filmmakers and actors during Q&A sessions.

Those in favor of film festivals…

For filmmakers, the feeling is usually mutual. They have an opportunity to have their work viewed by an enthusiastic audience, answer questions about their process, and perhaps find a distributor for their film. For many filmmakers showing and touring their work on the film festival circuit is a dream come true.

“I don’t really expect much from my life. So when I heard my films are premiering in film festival circuits I was glad of course but I thought it was lucky accident.”—Takeshi Kitano, actor, director of Outrage & The Blind Swordsman: Zatochi

The less than enthusiastic…

But then there are other filmmakers who don’t take such a sunny approach to the film festival circuit. Certain filmmakers believe that the entrance fees and travel expenses involved with the festival circuit are a waste of resources, particularly regarding larger festivals such as Toronto, SXSW, or Sundance where there are literally hundreds of films being screened and the filmmaker is fighting for the least bit of attention from both the audiences and potential distributors.

But film festivals are so much more than just finding a distributor. There are usually vast career and educational opportunities, as well as being able to network with other filmmakers, actors, potential investors, industry professionals, and fans.

2014 Skyline Film Fest filmmakers panel

2014 Skyline Film Fest filmmakers panel

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The Man Who Fell to Earth – 50 Favorite Indie Films

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So this one has been in the queue for quite a while and I simply forgot about it. Sorry Lyndee! But fear not, it has been rediscovered and will be duly served immediately!

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

When the trailer teases with “…a shocking mind stretching experience of sight. And space. And sex.” and stars the gender bending icon David Bowie there’s simply no way to not hunt down this film and give it the full undivided attention an indie film deserves.

Lyndee writes:

It’s the only [indie] film that year after year, decade after decade, remains #1 on my list. It’s just a great unexpected story that kept viewers thinking way past seeing it. The patents were fictitious but look at our CDs and digital cameras; they weren’t that far off. In 1976, it was totally out there! Throw in the spectacular cast of David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark et al. and the allure of the cut vs. uncut versions; everything was aligned for an incredible and unforgettable film.

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