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Collaboration: The Key to Success

By K. Correia
Making Media Now starts Friday, May 6

With 2011 fully underway, a new Executive Director, and an upcoming conference, The Filmmakers Collaborative is helping filmmakers in Re-Defining Collaboration in a Fractured Media World without losing sight of the traditional and conservative values of storytelling.

The Artist and the Activist: Bess O'Brien of Kingdom County Productions

By John DeCarli
Ask Us Who We Are by Kingdom County Productions

Filmmakers Bess and Jay O'Brien truly believe that they live in "the Kingdom," and have worked hard to make films that explore stories of northeast Vermont since 1991. Their most recent documentary, Ask Us Who We Are, is currently making the rounds, showing audiences about the people behind Vermont's foster care system.

Industry News - May 2011

By Casey Stirling
A still from The Wish Makers of West Hollywood, premiering at the Boston LGBT Film Festival

Cameras are rolling this month as a feature and a web series begin production, and there are plenty of finished films to take in via festivals across New England. Read on for opportunities, industry buzz and happenings in the local industry. To submit news, email news@newenglandfilm.com.

New Englanders Hit the Screen at the IFFBoston

By B. Walter Irvine
A screenshot from "Rising Renee," one of the films of the Independent Film Festival

We get the scoop on five films from New England talent that will screen at the Independent Film Festival Boston, which starts April 27th.

Redefining Happily Ever After: Michelle Cove's Documentary Talks to Single Women

By K. Correia
A still from Michelle Cove's "Seeking Happily Ever After"

Local writer and editor turned filmmaker Michelle Cove debunks the myths of single women in her new documentary Seeking Happily Ever After: One Generation’s Struggle to Redefine the Fairytale.

Industry News - April 2011

By Casey Stirling
Check out documentary "Leh Wi Tok" on April 7th

Ring in springtime this month by checking out the world's largest student film festival at Brown University or by shooting off a submission to the Kahbang Film Festival on being "MaineStream." Read on for opportunities, industry buzz and happenings in the local industry. To submit news, email news@newenglandfilm.com.

Finding Joy in the Apocalypse

By John DeCarli
A still from "Joy and the Apocalypse"

Filmmaking duo Dan Black and Ryan Convery took a crazy idea and $7,000 and turned it into Joy and the Apocalypse, an independent movie that’s now hit both television and the big screen.

A True Community Theatre

By Casey Stirling
The Community Film Insitute of Fairfield, CT

The Community Film Institute of Fairfield, CT has been a local fixture since 1920. Beloved by its patrons, the Institute takes community involvement to a whole new level, depending on volunteers for its operation. Is there an independent cinema near you that deserves some attention? Send your suggestions to news@newenglandfilm.com.

Industry News - March 2011

By Casey Stirling
A still from "Crab Trap," showing at the MFA this month

This month New England has something for everybody in a wide range of festivals, from women's to Jewish to documentary to experimental. Read on for opportunities, industry buzz and happenings in the local industry. To submit news, email news@newenglandfilm.com.

Industry News - February 2011

By Casey Stirling
2010 Oscar Night in Providence, RI

From a romantic evening with Bogie and Bergman to a black-tie gala to celebrate the Academy Awards, there is plenty to do in New England this February. So brave the snow and cheer on the locally shot movies at the Oscars! Read on for opportunities, industry buzz and happenings in the local industry. To submit news, email news@newenglandfilm.com.

The DocYard: Documentaries & Discussion

By K. Correia
DocYard Founders Sara Archambault, Sean Flynn, Ben Fowlie: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1738989608/the-docyard-season-2

The DocYard is a bi-weekly film and discussion series aimed at constructing a viable and vibrant dialogue amongst filmmakers and the community.

Boston on the Big Screen

By John DeCarli
Boston skyline, image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/werkunz/3647923540/

With Boston taking a front seat at the Academy Awards on February 27th, it’s easy to see why more than just a tax credit has drawn filmmakers to its streets -- Boston has a film identity all its own.

Industry on the Rise: Why Connecticut is the Place to Be

By K. Correia
Connecticut Film Center facilities, photo credit: http://www.ctfilmcenter.com/connecticut-film-facilities/connecticut-facilities

The Connecticut Film Center, founded by two college buddies looking for a new outlet to express their creativity and zeal for the entertainment industry, is helping to turn the northeast into a land opportunity and prosperity.

Bladework Slashes Its Way to the Small Screen

By Warren J. Avery
Bladework Banner

Producer/Director Mike Grosse shares the swashbuckling story of his new TV show Bladework, a part sportscast, part reality program airing on NBC Universal Sports Boston.

Industry News - January 2011

By Casey Stirling
Frontier Blues screens as part of the Boston Festival of Films from Iran

Ring in the New Year by heading to the Arts Advocacy Summit or to the Boston Society of Film Critics Annual Awards and Screening, as reported in the January 2011 industry news. To report news, email news@newenglandfilm.com.

Do Tax Incentives for the Film Industry Hurt or Help States?

By B. Walter Irvine
RI decided to keep its capped film tax credit -- for now.

A report rejects the states' ambitious use of tax breaks to develop the film industry, but the fine print (and everything else) is contentious.

New Mentorship Program Gives Students a Home in Media

By Bruce Dillenbeck
The production at English High School of "It's On You" music video.

Alan Michel, Executive Director of nonprofit HOME, Inc., shares some insight into a media mentorship program that HOME, Inc. is starting, which matches high school students with media professionals in a year-long mentoring relationship.

What Does a New Studio Offer Boston?

By B. Walter Irvine
Opening night at Quixote Studios, photo by Jason Bergman: http://www.smashboxstudios.com/yello/archives/25646

NOTE: Quixote Studios is now closed in Allston, but maintains studios in other locations outside of New England.

California-based Quixote Studios has come to Boston, where they hope to provide a creative atmosphere in a convenient place. How do Massachusetts studios measure up to their New York neighbors?

Industry News -- December 2010

By Casey Stirling
El Ambulante screens opening night of the Boston Latino International Film Festival

Enjoy the holiday season with free film screenings, holiday gatherings, and ski-themed festivals, as reported in the December 2010 industry news. To report news, email news@newenglandfilm.com.

Industry News - November 2010

By Casey Stirling
Left to Right:  Nia Hatspolous, producer; Richard LeMay, director; Vitaly Bokser, Director of Photography

From new studios to new fellowships to new films appearing in festivals galore, the New England Film Industry is hopping this November 2010. To report news, email news@newenglandfilm.com.

A Gastronomic Road Trip with "A Connecticut Hot Dog Tour"

By Warren J. Avery
Poster for A Connecticut Hot Dog Tour

Filmmaker and Connecticut native Mark Kotlinski talks about his documentary A Connecticut Hot Dog Tour, an epicurean odyssey filled with floating hot dog stands, celebrity cameos and fiercely guarded recipes handed down through generations.

Make What You Are: A Talk with Theodore Collatos

By K. Correia
Cinematographer Thomas Lowe & filmmaker Theodore Collatos on the set of Tom Collins.

Award-winning local filmmaker Theodore Collatos shows that hard work, perseverance, and an easy-going attitude are what it takes to get the job done.

Industry News - October 2010

By Casey Stirling
My Tale of Two Cities, including Mr. McFeely himself, at this month's Cape Ann Film Festival

Halloween happenings, phantasmagorical film festivals, and several spooky opportunities for you this month.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Working with Independent Directors

By Susan Kouguell
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This month, the Screenplay Doctor discusses finding and working with a professional who can help bring your work from page to screen. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your question answered in next month's issue.

Come for the Festival. Stay for the Laughs.

By B. Walter Irvine
The cast and directors of Festival.

Filmmakers Michael West and Brett Leigh poke fun at the hands that feed them in Festival.

Industry News - September 2010

By Casey Stirling
Catch The Secret in Their Eyes at this year's Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival.

More festivals than you can point a camera at, local vampires, workshops, and funding for your documentary in this month's industry news. To report news, email news@newenglandfilm.com.

One Cinematographer Too Many

By Trace Douglas
Sure, you might let this guy handle your camera.  What about three of these guys? (Photo by Samantha Murphy)

How many is too many? Two, it turns out.

Thy Will Be Done: A Woman's Unique Journey

By Kerry O’Donnell
Sara Herwig at church.  (From Thy Will Be Done)

Filmmaker Alice Dungan Bouvrie documents the life of Sara Herwig, a transgendered woman with aspirations to become a Presbyterian minister.

MyTV New England: It's Really Your TV

By K. Correia
A still from "The Steve Katsos Show" on MyTV New England.

MyTV New England provides local filmmakers a new model for getting their work on television.

Industry News - August 2010

By Casey Stirling
A still from "The Pond"

Local grant opportunities, Massachusetts in the movies, and where to see films this month... a report with happenings, industry buzz and opportunities from the New England film industry for August 2010. To report news, email news@newenglandfilm.com.