It’s a soggy afternoon in Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar, and a group of young filmmakers are sheltering under umbrellas on set. The director runs through lines with the lead actor – a spotty teenager with a shy smile. Nearby, his on-screen love interest shelters in the back of a car listening to pop … More From Myanmar to China, the Cinema Industry Tests the Limits of Censorship
By Amanda Dobbins, Vulture.com: With the exception of The Heat — which earned a solid $40 million on its opening weekend, handily defeating the competition — it has not been a good summer for women in the movies. Put more plainly: With the exception of The Heat, women have barely been in the movies this … More Do They Ever Make Movies About Women? A Mathematical Analysis From 1989–2013
By Sher Khan, The Tribune Express LAHORE: As Bollywood continues to dominate the film industry in India, independent film-makers feel they need the government’s support to come at par with Bollywood, or at least survive. As a plea to save this parallel cinema, 39 independent film-makers in India, with over 29 of them being National Award … More A Plea to Save Indie Cinema in India
From The CPA Guardian / The Worker’s Weekly There’s a wealth of diverse Arabic films out there, if you know where to find them. Giedre Steikunaite unearths some gems. Planting the flag of Palestine on the moon in her 2009 short film A Space Exodus, artist and filmmaker Larissa Sansour says: “That’s one small step … More Independent Arab Cinemas: Against All Odds
Reblogged from V Renee, NoFilmSchool.com Filmmaking has gone through many great evolutionary events in its over 130 years of existence. It has seen technological advances: from Edison’s Kinetograph, (arguably) the first motion picture camera to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, from exhibiting films on a Kinetoscope, to exhibiting them on smartphones. However, one change that has … More Why Are Female Directors Having (Relative) Success in Independent Film, but Not in Hollywood?
Big Hollywood blockbusters treat women as an afterthought. Independent film is a totally different story. By Monika Bartyzel, TheWeek.com “Although for some people cinema means something superficial and glamorous, it is something else. I think it is the mirror of the world.” Jeanne Moreau — of Jules and Jim fame — said that during a … More Girls on Film: Independent film's shining, female-centric example