Eating Up Easter surpasses its Kickstarter goal!

Exceeding its initial fundraising goal of $30,000, Eating Up Easter raised $35,182 in finishing funds through its Kickstarter campaign. A new Kartemquin film by filmmaker and Easter Island native Sergio Rapu, Eating Up Easter follows members of the native Rapanui community on Easter Island as they battle the globalizing effects of a booming tourism industry. A departure from previous films that have often sensationalized the "mysteries" of this remote Pacific island known for its moai, massive stone status, the documentary provides an intimate look at the actions of the Rapanui from a native filmmaker's perspective as they come face to face with the consequences of their rapidly developing island. Continued

Minding the Gap selected for Film Independent's 14th Annual Fast Track program

Minding the Gap has been selected to participate in Film Independent's 14th annual Fast Track program, taking place at the LA Film Festival June 19-22 in Culver City. This year the program includes 24 filmmakers representing 10 different projects. The Fast Track program consists of three days of intensive meetings with top industry financiers, agents, managers, distributors, production companies and granting organizations with the aims of creating ongoing business and creative relationships and gain exposure. Among this year's industry participants are Bunim-Murray, CAA, Color Force, Electric City Entertainment, Fox Searchlight, Imperative Entertainment and more. Continued

Lady Parts Justice in the New World Order's crowdfunding campaign ends today!

The Seed&Spark campaign for the new film by Ruth Leitman and Nicole Bernardi-Reis, Lady Parts Justice in the New World Order ends today. Contribute HERE! The feature length film follows activist/comedian Lizz Winstead (co-creator of The Daily Show) and her team of reproductive rights advocates as they navigate the vitriolic, conservative landscape on the ground and in the media during Year One of the Trump Presidency. Find out more about the Lady Parts Justice League here. Continued

Abacus earns rave reviews ahead of theatrical premiere at IFC Center in NYC

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, the latest release by director Steve James, has garnered wide acclaim in anticipation of its theatrical premiere tomorrow, May 19 at the IFC Center in New York City. Director Steve James and the Sung family will be present all opening weekend, participating in Q&A's post-screenings. Full opening weekend schedule: Friday, May 19 - 6:20PM: Showing followed by Q&A with James and the Sung family, moderated by Heidi Ewing Friday, May 19 - 8:25PM: Introduction by James and the Sung family Saturday, May 20 - 6:20PM: Showing followed by Q&A with James and the Sung family, moderated by Morgan Spurlock Saturday, May 20 - 8:25PM: Showing followed by Q&A with James and the Sung family, moderated by Ursula Liang Continued

Unbroken Glass director Dinesh Sabu wins Best Director at 2017 LAAPFF

Unbroken Glass director Dinesh Sabu won Best Director in the North American Documentary Feature Competition Awards at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The award caps off the film's fantastic festival run, and Unbroken Glass continues to play across the country at community organizations and universities. Since the film's world premiere last October, Dinesh has attended every public screening of the film and engaged in discussions surrounding mental health, trauma and grief with individuals and community groups across the country. Continued

Help the filmmakers of Eating Up Easter complete their sustainability-minded doc!

Eating Up Easter, a new Kartemquin film currently in production is raising finishing funds for the project––and needs your help! Support their Kickstarter campaign for finishing funds HERE. After four trips to the island and 5 years of working nights and weekends on the film, filmmakers Sergio Rapu and Elena Rapu are in the process of finalizing the film––an expensive process to bring the footage and sound of the film to its highest quality possible before submitting to festivals and broadcasters. Continued

Edith+Eddie wins Short Film Audience Award at Montclair!

Edith+Eddie, the tragic love story between America's oldest interracial newlyweds, won the Short Film Audience Award at the Montclair Film Festival, announced this Saturday. This year's festival featured over 150 feature and short films screened April 28-May 7. The Audience Awards are voted upon by audiences in four categories, Edith+Eddie taking home top honors in the Short Film category. The award comes on the heels of the film's announcement that it will have its European Premiere at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, screening on June 11 at 3:15PM in the Doc/Love Shorts program as a nominee for the Short Doc Award. Continued

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