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Technology Trends: Talamas staff members talk about what’s trending in digital production equipment

By Casey Stirling
The Arri Amira digital cinema camera

Every year, digital production technology improves, and 2014 has been no exception. NewEnglandFilm.com spoke with some of the staff at Talamas to find out what’s new in production technology and what’s coming next.

Documenting Life and Music: Filmmaker Matt Day's talks about his short film on The Books's Nick Zammuto

By Chelsea Smith
a still from "Shape of Things to Come"

With a 5D and some gear from Vermont Community Access Media, filmmaker Matt Day created the documentary gem Shape of Things to Come, which invites viewers into the life and music of music producer and front man of The Books, Nick Zammuto. Day discusses the process of making the film and how it changed his career, and readers can still watch this Jury Prize award-winner for Best Documentary online through the 2014 Online New England Film Festival.

'Leave No Trace': An Interview with Documentarian Cozette Russell

By Catherine Stewart
A still from "Sea Horse"

Fellow female film professionals discuss work, life, and more in this new series, Females in Film. For this installment, NewEnglandFilm.com writer Catherine Stewart talks to Cozette Russell about capturing the relationship between people and the land they live on.

Kickstart New England: The Orson Welles Complex

By Casey Stirling
1974 exterior of the Orson Welles Complex

A devastating fire in 1986 left the film landmark, the Orson Welles Complex in Cambridge, Mass shuttered, but its mark on film history had already been made. Now filmmaker Garen Daly is working on a film to chronicle the history of the theatre. Read more about it in this month's Kickstart New England series. To be considered for the series, email editor@newenglandfilm.com.

Author Anita Diamant Brings Back "Hester Street"

By Christine Galeone
Hester Street

Bestselling author Anita Diamant will present the classic film Hester Street at the Boston Jewish Film Festival. In an interview, she discusses why she chose the film for the festival’s Favorite Films from the Famous series.

Industry News: November 2014

By Casey Stirling
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Recent award winners, upcoming festivals, and recent shoots. Find out about more happenings, opportunities and industry buzz in our monthly industry news. Report news to news@newenglandfilm.com.

Talking with Actress, Director and Writer Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness

By Josh Coleman
Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness

As an actress, writer and director, Marie-Emmanuelle Hartness has immersed herself in all aspects of filmmaking, even bridging both documentary and narrative projects. Her most recent short film After Ella screened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and won the First Prize Directorial Discovery Award at The Rhode Island International Film Festival this summer. Her third film Writer's Block won the Berlinale Canon Competition at the Berlin Film Festival and is being produced by Canon.

An Interview with Documentarian Michaela O’Brien

By Catherine Stewart
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Fellow female filmmakers discuss work, life, and more in this new series, Females in Film. For this installment, NewEnglandFilm.com writer Catherine Stewart talks to Michaela O’Brien about sharing real stories with the world and her film Far from C3, which is currently screening as part of the Online New England Film Festival,

An Interview with Filmmaker Guy Benoit about "Guitar #1711"

By NewEnglandFilm.com
Still from "Guitar #1711"

Music and film have long been paired (even during the silent film era). But Rhode Island filmmaker Guy Benoit finds a new way of examining music through film with his short documentary Guitar #1711, which follows Rhode Island based, custom guitar maker Otto D'Ambrosio through a year long process of building one guitar. You can also watch the film online as part of the 2014 Online New England Film Festival.

Interview with Filmmaker Xavery Robin of "The Art of Being Hurt"

By NewEnglandFilm.com
Xavery Robin

Filmmaker Xavery Robin takes a unique view of relationship stress in her short film The Art of Being Hurt, now screening as part of the 2014 Online New England Film Festival. Here, Robin discusses how she got her start in filmmaking, her inspiration for her films and her future projects.

Interview with Filmmaker Michael Fisher about "Attic"

By NewEnglandFilm.com
Michael Fisher

Filmmaker Michael Fisher presents a vision of crime in his understated and gripping psychological drama Attic, now screening as part of the 2014 Online New England Film Festival. Here, he talks about his inspiration for the film, the festival audience's reaction to the film, and his future work.

Boston Indie Horror: An Interview with Filmmaker Andrea Wolanin about "M is for Mundane"

By NewEnglandFilm.com
On the set of Penta

She might have been a showgirl or a hitman, but as it turns out Andrea Wolanin is a filmmaker. Here, she talks about the tight-knit Boston indie horror community and making her film M is For Mundane (now screening at the 2014 Online New England Film Festival) and her upcoming production Penta.

Interview with Nicole Gregg, Executive Director for the New Hampshire Film Festival

By Catherine Stewart
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Fellow female film professionals discuss work, life, and more in this new series, Females in Film. For this installment, NewEnglandFilm.com writer Catherine Stewart talks to Nicole Gregg, Executive Director for the New Hampshire Film Festival about celebrating the film industry. The annual festival takes place on October 16-19, 2014.

An Interview with Filmmaker Gretl Claggett

By Catherine Stewart
Gretl Claggett

Fellow female filmmakers discuss work, life, and more in this new series, Females in Film. For this installment, NewEnglandFilm.com writer Catherine Stewart talks to Gretle Claggett about making work that breaks a silence in her first piece of work, Happy Hour, now screening at the 2014 Online New England Film Festival.

Surfing in NH? An Interview with Filmmakers Dylan Ladds and Ryan Scura about their film "New England Blood"

By NewEnglandFilm.com
New England Blood

Filmmakers Dylan Ladds and Ryan Scura found a way to combine their passions -- filmmaking and surfing -- with their short film New England Blood, which they have since turned into a feature film, The Granite Stoke. Here, they talk about making their New England Blood, which can be seen online as part of the 2014 Online New England Film Festival.

Interview with Filmmakers Dylan Ladds and Ryan Scura about their film "New England Blood" about NH surfing

By NewEnglandFilm.com

Filmmakers Dylan Ladds and Ryan Scura found a way to combine their passions -- filmmaking and surfing -- with their short film New England Blood, which they have since turned into a feature film, The Granite Stoke. Here, they talk about making their New England Blood, which can be seen online as part of the 2014 Online New England Film Festival.

Interview with Documentary Filmmaker Ashley DeLucco

By Catherine Stewart
On the set of Toby McNutt: Body of Work

Fellow female filmmakers discuss work, life, and more in this new series, Females in Film. For this installment, NewEnglandFilm.com writer Catherine Stewart talks to Ashley Delucco about taking the plunge into the world of filmmaking with Toby McNutt: Body of Work, now screening as part of the 2014 Online New England Film Festival.

Interview with Filmmaker Jeffrey Blake Palmer about his music video "Mulligan's Island"

By NewEnglandFilm.com
On the set of "Mulligan's Island"

Filmmaker Jeffrey Blake Palmer turns We Govern We's song into an imaginative music video in his short Mulligan's Island, now screening as part of the 2014 Online New England Film Festival. Here, Palmer talks to NewEnglandFilm.com about how he started making music videos, his inspiration for his film and his future projects.

An Interview with Filmmaker Kerstin Karlhuber

By Catherine Stewart
Kerstin Karlhuber on the set

As a recent graduate with a degree in theater, Kerstin Karlhuber found herself in New York City trying to make ends meet. She did her fair share of waitressing and retail jobs, but she also worked for an agency dealing with high-end nannying. It was here that she found the inspiration for her film Legacy Cleaning, which screens as part of the 2014 Online New England Film Festival.

Kickstart New England: Wander, Wonder, Wilderness

By Casey Stirling
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Boston-based Paul Turano and the filmmakers behind Wander, Wonder, Wilderness seek Kickstarter support for this ambitious interactive documentary project. Set on multiple platforms, the project will explore Boston’s green spaces, also known as 'urban wilds,' and offer audiences the chance to digitally chronicle their experiences in these natural environments.

Industry News: October 2014

By Casey Stirling
Rabbit and Deer

This month brings several horror film festivals around New England, plus check out numerous festival awards, local screenings, a screenplay reading, and more. To report news, email news@newenglandfilm.com.

Gotham City in Boston: An Interview with Tom Mariano about "Caped Crusader: The Dark Hours"

By Christine Galeone
Caped Crusader: The Dark Hours
Boston-based actor and producer Tom Mariano chats about acting, superheroes and the upcoming fan film Caped Crusader: The Dark Hours, slated to release this winter.