When Billy Bob Thornton burst onto the scene in 1996 with his acting/writing/directing debut Sling Blade, he left an indelible mark on Hollywood. He also left an indelible mark at LMU as part of The Hollywood Masters series with Stephen Galloway. Thornton talked about his difficult childhood, his odd jobs – from roadie to working […]
Held in Los Angeles from March to April, Film Independent’s Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program designed to help filmmakers who are currently in post-production on their feature-length documentary films. Through a series of meetings and workshops, Documentary Lab fulfills its twofold focus: provide creative feedback and story notes to the selected filmmakers; and help filmmakers strategize the completion, distribution, and marketing of their film.
Additionally, the program serves to advance the careers of the Lab Fellows by introducing them to film professionals who can advise them on both the craft and business of documentary filmmaking. Lab Fellows have several guest-speaker sessions with established documentary filmmakers – directors, producers, and editors – and other industry professionals.
Categories: Feature-length documentaries currently in post-production
Deadline: December 1, 2014
This Narrow Ledge–a performance of spoken word by Screenwriting Professor Marilyn Beker, premiered at the Fountain Theater in Hollywood on November 3. The collection of deeply personal yet issue-driven pieces were performed by a troop of six gifted actresses and covered an impressive array of topics–among them the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, shock therapy, plastic surgery and the worth and politics of women’s work. Though all the pieces are intense, many of them are also downright funny. Visiting Screenwriting Professor David Clawson said the filled-to-overflowing theater “pulsed with pathos and humor.” Subsequent performances are planned.