Making of a PSA: Interview with Writer/Director Aubrey Smyth

Above: Writer/Director Aubrey Smyth (center) works with the young actors on the set of Little Leading Ladies. Photo courtesy of Gingersnap This is the first installment of a five-part series co-presented by New York Women in Film & Television and Adorama Rentals.  Intro: When fellow NYWIFT member Aubrey Smyth shared her idea to create a PSA inspired by […]

Highlights & Top Film Picks From TIFF 2014

TIFF is well under way with lots of celebrity press coverage, insightful panel discussions and, of course,  amazing talent. One of the top highlights I’ve seen in these initial few days is this first installment of their “Talent to Watch” series with Mattieu Denis (Corbo), Andrea Dorffman (Heartbeat), Jeffrey St. Jules (Bang Bang Baby), Jacob Tierney (Preggoland): New Directions For […]

Advice for Indie Filmmakers From Christopher Nolan

Over the past year or so I’ve interviewed several indie filmmakers just starting out.  I’ve asked each of them what advice they’d give their fellow filmmakers and received many great pieces of advice.  Now it’s time to hear from one of the greats who started out, like many of us, “braving the cold and personally […]

Tribeca Film Festival Focus: “5 to 7″

This is one of many pieces by photographer and writer Leslie Hassler about some of the finer films, filmmakers and talent in this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. 5 to 7 is the kind of romantic comedy that Hollywood has all but forgotten how to make: witty yet wise, both sophisticated and instantly accessible, and above […]

ARCommunity #FF: Alessandro “Panda” Lopes, Creator – City of Hope, web series

It’s #FollowFriday and this week’s #FeaturedFilmmaker is Alessandro “Panda” Lopes, creator of a web series called City of Hope.  The series is a fictional depiction of a true story taken from the points of view of the four main characters who have been thrown into the dark world of the human trafficking trade.  The story […]

#TBT: Groundhog Day (Ramis/1993)

"Groundhog Day is a film that finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is." - Roger Ebert

The Buzz at Sundance is “A Cinematic Answer to the Year of the Race-Themed Film”

If you haven’t heard the biggest buzz from Sundance this year, allow me to introduce you to an amazing film I can’t wait to get my hands on:  Dear White People. In a sense, Dear White People is a sort of cinematic answer to everything that was 2013. Yes, 2013, the year of so-called “race-themed” films. The […]

Make Your Movie: Screenwriting – The First Draft

It all starts with the script. Whether you are a director, producer, gaffer or cinematographer, we all know that the start of any collaborative effort starts with the all important script.  Changes will always be made and though (unfortunate as it may be) the script is never the end all say all to a film, […]

ARCommunity #FF: Alfred Padilla Writer/Director of “Best Man in the Dark”

I had the pleasure to meet with the director and one of the producers of a feature film that is currently in production in Brooklyn.  Puerto Rican born Alfred Padilla has been working in the film industry for the last 20 years since he moved to the US.  He has directed various shorts such as […]

Make Your Movie: Development – What Producers Should Look For in a Script

As filmmakers we’re always looking for our next big project.  Whether you are a Producer, Director, Independent, Professional or Student; thinking about what we’ll be working on next is just as important as our current goal.  However, short of writing a screenplay yourself, it’s just as hard finding a great project as it is getting it […]