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Crowdfund Your Film: A Guide to Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Seed & Spark, and GoFundMe

By Josh Coleman
Seed & Spark

There seem to be no shortage of films seeking to raise money through crowdfunding--just take a look at NewEnglandFilm.com's Kickstart New England series. If you're thinking about crowdfunding your film, you'll need to plan carefully. And one of the first steps is to decide what platform to use, so here's a breakdown of four of the most popular crowdfunding sites--Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Seed & Spark, and GoFundMe.

Industry News: July 2014

By Casey Stirling
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The summer of film festivals continues with Maine International Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival, and more. Check out opportunities, industry buzz and happenings in this month's industry news. To submit news, e-mail news@newenglandfilm.com.

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.

Industry News - June 2014

By Casey Stirling
Provincetown Film Festival

Summer in New England means a busy season of film festivals. Plus, read about the industry buzz on local shoots, new releases and more. To submit news, e-mail news@newenglandfilm.com.

A Report from IFFBoston: Proof that Boston Movie Lovers are Absolute Winners

By Amy Quick Parrish
Dear White People sold out its screening at IFFBoston 2014

Writer Amy Quick Parrish provides a first-hand report from the 2014 Independent Film Festival of Boston, which was replete with premieres, sold-out screenings, and filmmaker panels. Read the full report to get filled in on the details of another great year at IFFBoston.

Tech Talk, Networking and a Host of Parties: A Report from the 2014 NAB Show

By Maud Dillingham
Blackmagic Design on the NAB Show Floor

With acres of exhibit space showcasing the latest in broadcast technology, around 90,000 attendees and a dizzying array of informational sessions, saying NAB is “overwhelming” is an understatement. Here, writer Maud Dillingham provides her first-hand report of tech developments, distribution insight and the networking (aka partying) that made up this year's annual show of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

Industry News - May 2014

By Casey Stirling
Q&A with director Richard Kane and Jill Cohen of JON IMBER'S LEFT HAND

A new slate of films planned in Rhode Island, IFFBoston wraps, and more. Check out the Industry News section each month for industry buzz, upcoming festivals and screenings, and filmmaker opportunities. To submit news, e-mail news@newenglandfilm.com.

A River Runs Through It: A Report from the DC Environmental Festival

By Gina Harris
Damnation

The theme of this year’s DC Environmental Film festival could have very easily been taken from the classic film A River Runs Through It, directed by Robert Redford starring a young Brad Pitt. Light-filled rivers and waterways wended thematically through a plethora of multiplexes, art houses and luxuriously situated museum auditoriums throughout the metropolis.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Submitting Your Screenplay Etiquette and Looking for Screenwriters

By Susan Kouguell
Pointers for good etiquette for submitting your script.

This month, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell covers pointers for the best way to submit your screenplay and answers a question. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

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.

Boston Hustle: Talking to the Talent and Crew of American Hustle

By Maud Dillingham
Boston actor, Rob DiNini hustles in his role in American Hustle, shot in and around Boston in April 2013.

Local cast and crew members of American Hustle discuss making it in the film industry.

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.

The Digital Switch: Independent Theatres' Next Big Hurdle

By K. Correia
The Brattle Theater, which made the switch to digital with help from crowd funding

Independent theatres are finding ways to adapt to the digital conversion and keep their doors open to the community.

Hollywood Production Heats Up New England This Summer

By Dave Walker
The Way Way Back, shot in MA & RI, opens July 5

Even as several states debate the future of tax incentive programs for feature film and television productions, several star-studded productions have flocked to the region this summer hoping to capture the historic looks and distinct character of New England.

The DotCommentary: Massachusetts Reels in Reality TV Productions and Feature Films

By Chuck Slavin
The cast of "Southie Rules"

Get the inside scoop with this installment of The DotCommentary from Chuck Slavin on the latest reality shows and feature films gearing up to air and shoot in Massachusetts--from Wahlburgers to Wicked Flippah to Turk, and more...

Recap: Most Popular NewEnglandFilm.com Stories of 2012

By Michele Meek
Who's Calling? was featured in one of the most popular stories of 2012: iFilmmakers: Are Smartphones the Next Step in Filmmaking

Here's a recap of NewEnglandFilm.com's 15 most popular stories from 2012 and five stories from the archives with the most views.

The DotCommentary: Election Season

By Chuck Slavin
Chuck Slavin on camera

Massachusetts is getting her close-up, people... and making it count. How can we keep business coming our way, New England?

The DotCommentary: A New Column on the Local Film Industry and Film Tax Credits

By Chuck Slavin
The Dot Commentary: A Column on NewEnglandFilm.com by Chuck Slavin

SAG-AFTRA actor and tenacious film activist Chuck Slavin introduces his new column The DotCommentary.

Short Stuff: A Selection of Potential Oscar Winners from this Year's Rhode Island International Film Festival

By Michele Meek
A still from "God and Vodka" screening at RIIFF this year.

As the only qualifying festival in New England for the Academy Awards, the Rhode Island International Film Festival serves up a selection of some of the best short films from around the world. Here's a sampling from this years fest coming August 9-14 -- you never know, you could be watching an Oscar winner...

Industry News - August 2011

By Casey Stirling
A still from Bob and the Monster, screening at this year's KahBang Festival in Maine

From Maine to Massachusetts, New England has plenty of film festivals to visit this August. Read on for opportunities, industry buzz and happenings in the local industry. To submit news, e-mail news@newenglandfilm.com.

Industry News - July 2011

By Casey Stirling
The 2011 Maine International Film Festival Poster

You don't need to choose between enjoying the summer weather and seeing a movie with outdoor screenings like Providence's Movies on the Block and Magic 106.7's Family Free Movies in Boston, all starting this month. Read on for opportunities, industry buzz and happenings in the local industry. To submit news, email news@newenglandfilm.com.

Industry News - June 2011

By Casey Stirling
A still from Margin Call, screening at the Nantucket Film Festival this June.

Rub shoulders with Darren Aronofsky and Vera Farmiga at the Provincetown International Film Festival or check out one of the many other exciting events this June. Read on for opportunities, industry buzz and happenings in the local industry. To submit 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.

Film School in New England -- What's the Draw? (Part 2)

By Maddy Kadish
School of the Museum of Fine Arts

In part two of a series, NewEnglandFilm.com writer Maddy Kadish investigates the allure of attending film school in New England.

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.

The Pitchfest, Part 2: Hone Your Pitching Skills

By Peter Bohush
Pitch like your livlihood depends on it.  It does.  (Photo by James Thornett)

Selling your script might just be an exercise in selling yourself. In a second look at pitchfests, Peter Bohush discusses tips and techniques to have your script seen, heard, and sold.

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.