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Online New England Film Festival Spotlights

By Alli Rock
2010 Online New England Film Festival film line-up.

During the 2nd Online New England Film Festival from September 1-October 15, 2010, NewEnglandFilm.com presents a new interview each week with a local filmmaker featured in the festival.

Country Music Pioneers: Beth Harrington on her latest documentary

By Sam Hays
Janette and Joe Carter

Boston native Beth Harrington explores the impact of country music pioneers The Carters and the Cashes in her new documentary, The Winding Stream, playing at the Woods Hole Film Festival on July 26th.

NewEnglandFilm.com to Nominate Stowe Story Labs Fellow

By NewEnglandFilm.com
Stowe Story Labs

NewEnglandFilm.com has partnered with Stowe Story Labs to nominate a slate of applicants for a fellowship to the 2014 Story Labs. The Second Annual Stowe Story Labs will be held in Stowe, Vermont at the Helen Day Arts Center on September 13, 14 and 15, 2014. The Labs are a three-day intensive retreat bringing emerging writers, filmmakers and creative producers together in the heart of Vermont to work with industry professionals. The Labs give participants the chance to work on their stories, learn from industry experts and build relationships in this collaborative art.

Kickstart New England: Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project and In Crystal Skin

By Casey Stirling
Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project

In this ongoing series, NewEnglandFilm.com highlights new local film projects looking for funding. This month, check out Massachusetts filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain's Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project and Massachusetts filmmaker Michaela O’Brien's documentary In Crystal Skin. To feature your film in this series, e-mail editor@newenglandfilm.com.

Chasing the Past: Writer/Director Jonathan Salemi on Inspiration, Production and Distribution

By Sarah Blood
On the set of Chasing the Past

Director and producer of several films, writer/director Jonathan Salemi takes us through his process making i>Chasing the Past, which debuted at the Boston International Film Festival and won the Best Cinematography award at the festival.

Talking with Kat Candler, Writer/Director of Hellion, Recently Picked Up By Sundance Selects

By Amy Quick Parrish
Kat Candler on the set of Hellion

Writer/director Kat Candler of Hellion, a feature staring Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis, offers advice on making short and feature films, planning for distribution and how to "always be a student.” Hellion, which screened at Sundance and has been picked up for distribution by Sundance Selects, screened at this recent 2014 IFFBoston.

One Day in Boston: A 24-Hour Filming Event

By Ted Ryan
One Day in Boston

NewEnglandFilm.com’s Ted Ryan interviews Cecily Tyler, co-founder and producer of One Day in Boston, an online event taking place on Saturday, April 26th, where they invite Bostonians to shoot video about the future of Boston.

Shooting Sci-Fi: MassArt Student Filmmaker Nick Sabia's "Valrosa Beach"

By Casey Stirling
Screen shot from Nick Sabia's film Valrosa Beach.

NewEnglandFilm.com writer, Casey Stirling, talks with Nick Sabia, a student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, about shooting his senior sci-fi thesis film in New England.

Casting Local Talent: CP Casting and Local Actors on Infinitely Polar Bear

By Sarah Blood
The family in Maya Forbes' Infinitely Polar Bear.

Infinitely Polar Bear, which played at Sundance Film Festival in 2014, was cast in Boston and shot in New England. NewEnglandFilm.com's Sarah Blood talks with Boston casting director, Carolyn Pickman, and some actors from the film about their work.

Filming Matty Christian: A Documentary Filmmaker Finds Inspiration with Found Footage

By Michele Meek
Raising Matty Christian

It all started when Rhode Island filmmaker Christian de Rezendes got a call from his colleague Paul Plotkin. Paul had been hired by a client to transfer old VHS home movies to DVD—an ordinary task—but as it turned out, this was no ordinary client...

Creating a Trailer Before You Even Have a Film

By Michael Cormier
Erik Bloomquist, director of the trailer for Founders Day.

Don't have the money to make your film? Consider making just the trailer to attract interest -- that's what independent filmmaker Erik Bloomquist has done.

Paying Homage to Korean War Veterans in Documentary

By Sarah Blood

Filmmaker Conor Timmis pays homage to his late grandfather and others who fought in the Korean War, from 1950 to 1953, in his documentary Finnigan's War.

Documenting the Creative Process: An Interview with Tim Cawley

By Ted Ryan
"From Nothing, Something" director Tim Cawley at the Cleveland Intentional Film Festival.  Photo credit: CIFF/Janet Macoska.

Filmmaker and Creative Director at Mullen Advertising, Tim Cawley, talks with NewEnglandFilm.com's questions about his 2012 film, From Nothing, Something a documentary about the creative process.

Why Web Series are Becoming the New Wild West

By Amy Quick Parrish
A still from Into Dust, a web series from Amy Quick Parrish.

Web series producer, Amy Quick Parish writes about how web series have quickly become a new outlet for indie-filmmakers. She also describes her experiences producing her series Into Dust and how filmmakers are making up the rules as they go.

Planet Takeout: Documenting Both Sides of the Takeout Window

By Dave Walker
Planet Takeout, Yum Yum restaurant

An effective coupling of bold field reporting with innovative technology, the documentary project Planet Takeout succeeds admirably in celebrating a unique, if often overlooked, cultural crossroads.

Kickstart New England: Eat Plants Love Animals and An Act of Dog

By Casey Stirling
Filmmaker Larry Holmes is using Indiegogo to launch his series “Eat Plants Love Animals.”

Every month, NewEnglandFilm.com highlights new local film projects looking for funding via crowd-sourcing. This month, we are featuring two campaigns, both documentaries supporting animals: Eat Plants Love Animals, on Indiegogo, and An Act of Dog, on Kickstarter. To feature your film in this series, e-mail editor@newenglandfilm.com.

Crowdsourcing Expands to Film Production

By Michael Cormier
Filmmaker Alfred Thomas Catalfo.

Juntobox wants to know what films you want produced.

Holiday Wish List: The Top 5 Things Filmmakers are Hoping for this Season

By K. Correia
Red One camera

For filmmakers and non-filmmakers alike, the excitement of a new ‘toy’ brings a sparkle to our eyes and puts a smile on our face. To add or comment on our list, post your comments at the bottom of the page.

Kickstart New England: Island Time

By Casey Stirling
Todd Norwood gives his appeal for his film, Island time.

Every month, NewEnglandFilm.com highlights new local film projects looking for funding via crowd-sourcing. This month, we showcase Island Time on Indiegogo. To feature your film in this series, e-mail editor@newenglandfilm.com.

Shivers from Timbres: Building Emotional Soundtracks, part 1 of 3

By Scotty Vercoe
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Examining music’s emotional effect is an essential part of developing effective soundtracks. Part 1 in our three part series about music and film covers the elusive element of emotion in music and how it can be used to best accompany visual media. Additional articles in the series will cover music spotting sessions and film scoring.

Kickstart New England: Two Indiegogo Campaigns

By Casey Stirling
Still from "Stitch" trailer

Every month, NewEnglandFilm.com highlights new local film projects looking for funding via crowd-sourcing. This month, we showcase two campaigns on Indiegogo. To feature your film in this series, e-mail editor@newenglandfilm.com.

Stowe Story Labs Retreat Empowers Filmmakers

By Maud Dillingham
2013 Stowe Story Lab Participants and Presenters gather after screening of Chris Millis’ feature film “Small Apartments"

A September workshop in Vermont trains New England filmmakers in the nuts and bolts of making films.

40 Filmmakers and Historians: The Vermont Movie

By K. Correia
Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie

While neither the largest nor the smallest of the New England states, Vermont has forged a name for itself as a leader in firsts. The first to outlaw slavery; the first to allow same-sex civil unions; etc. It is a state steeped in grassroots thinking and democracy. It is no wonder that a project such as Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie, which has brought together over 40 local filmmakers and historians, would develop out of this state.

Have Skills and Will Use Them: Patti Cassidy's Boston Play Cafe

By Donna Sorbello
A still from Patti Cassidy's Boston Play Cafe

Filmmaker Patti Cassidy has taken an unconventional path to becoming a filmmaker, but she learned all she knows from public access television. Now, she's using those skills for a new show: Boston Play Cafe.

Manakamana: An Interview from the Locarno Film Festival

By Susan Kouguell
Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, the filmmakers behind Manakamana

Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell went overseas to interview Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, the two filmmakers behind Manakamana, a film which just won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Film and Video New England

By Anna Salatto
Women in Film & Video New England

It’s not-so-distant history that women lacked the same basic rights as men, and today we like to tell ourselves how far we’ve come. But the imbalance of equality can still be seen, if not in the law then in the real world. The film industry in particular is a male-dominated pocket of society. How do women fit in now, and how can they catch up?

Hidden Gem: The House at the Edge of the Galaxy

By Dave Walker
The House at the Edge of the Galaxy screens at Woods Hole & RIIFF this month

In this sci-fi short, a young boy is visited by a travel-weary cosmonaut and awakens to the magic waiting to be discovered in an old, abandoned house.

Reliance: Man’s Best Friend, Man’s Last Chance

By Anna Salatto
Reliance, directed by Mary Healey-Jamiel

Mary Healey-Jamiel documents the critical bond between Search & Rescue first responders and their canine counterparts. This interview explores the production, the heart, and the future of the upcoming documentary feature RELIANCE.

Silver Circle: Econ Gets Animated, An Interview with Director/Animator Pascha Roberts

By K. Correia
A snapshot from Silver Circle

Director Pascha Roberts took the economic crisis of devalued currency and turned it into an animated action film. He discusses how a degree from MIT helped his drive as a filmmaker and how “the vibrant Boston Community” helped make his film, Silver Circle, a reality.

Alex Thompson: Young and Restless

By Donna Sorbello
Filmmaker Alex Thompson on set

Anyone who suggests kids who are still in college don't know what they're doing should meet filmmaker and college junior Alex Thompson, who has produced, written, and directed more films before graduating than some people ever will. And he's just getting started.