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My First Movie: Doc ‘Cat Daddies’ Taps Into Community Screenings for Maximum Impact

A year ago, I found myself trying to release my first documentary feature in the middle of a global pandemic. As film festivals pivoted to virtual and in-person events were shrinking, there were times I wondered if audiences would be able to see Cat Daddies on the big screen that I painstakingly crafted it for. Cats are all over the internet; I wasn’t interested in making more cute cat content for audiences to watch on their phones. I’m making a movie-movie, shot in…

Guest Post: ‘Down With The King’ Finds Its Home in Fast Track

Applications for Film Independent’s Fast Track film financing market are still open with our June 21 extended Member deadline. We asked Fast Track success story Down with the King to share their experience with the program. This is what producer Rob Cristiano had to say. Down with the King is on Digital and SVOD beginning June 28.

Fiscal Spotlight: Escaping to (and from) America with Three Immigrant Tales

Regardless of what any individual or institution may tell you otherwise, the truest definition of “American” is “anyone who lives in America”—if they want to be, that is. Which admittedly isn’t always the case. But whatever! We’re getting into the politically correct weeds here. Point is: with significant exceptions this is largely at a land, at present, of immigrants, transients and refugees, both political and economic. And while there’s often a great deal heartbreak and struggle associated with the immigrant experience in…