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‘After Maria’ Film Review: Devastating Doc Explores the Human Toll of a Hurricane’s Aftermath

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‘After Maria’ Film Review: Devastating Doc Explores the Human Toll of a Hurricane’s Aftermath
It’s been nearly two years since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, devastating thousands of homes, stripping families of electricity for months and killing nearly 3,000 people. While much time has passed, and the catastrophe has faded from mainstream headlines, the new documentary short “After Maria” shows that there is still much work to be done, as it highlights Puerto Rican survivors who struggle to restore their lives.

There was once a time when both Puerto Rico and Flint, Michigan — places in the United States both crippled by a lack of basic resources — were being discussed constantly in the news and on social media. People were demanding for the residents’ fundamental needs to be met. More specifically, they were urgently calling for the American government to offer additional aid when it seemed like Donald Trump and other decision-makers had turned their backs.

But in today’s 24-hour news cycle that
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Official Trailer for Netflix Doc 'After Maria' About Puerto Rican Women

"One day I will go back to my island." Netflix has debuted an official trailer for a short documentary titled After Maria, made by cinematographer / filmmaker Nadia Hallgren. The 37-minute doc film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last month, and will be available on Netflix by the end of this month. It profiles three Puerto Rican women and their families as they work to recover following the devastating Hurricane Maria. "Strong Puerto Rican women forced to flee the island have bonded like family in a Fema hotel in the Bronx. They seek stability in their new life as forces try to pull them apart." These authentic, important journalism docs are vital for society nowadays and I am glad Netflix will be releasing this soon for all to see. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Nadia Hallgren's After Maria, direct from Netflix's YouTube: In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria's
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Watch Trailer for Devastating Portrait of Life After Hurricane Maria

Three Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricane Maria struggle to rebuild their lives and return home in the trailer for the new documentary, After Maria. The 37-minute film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will arrive on Netflix May 24th.

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, countless families were told by Fema that their houses were too unsafe to live in, forcing them to relocate to transitional shelters set-up in various hotels in New York City.

The trailer for the film captures the difficulty of living in a
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Matthew Lillard and Blythe Danner Addiction Drama Wins 4th Annual SeriesFest Pilot Competition — Exclusive

Matthew Lillard and Blythe Danner Addiction Drama Wins 4th Annual SeriesFest Pilot Competition — Exclusive
SeriesFest, the international television festival dedicated to showcasing the best and boldest emerging voices in television, revealed the winners of this year’s international pilot competition at a closing reception today in Denver. Chief among the winners was “Halfway There,” which took home the prize for best independent dramatic pilot a well as the audience award. Created by Nick Morton and Rick Roesnthal, “Halfway There” stars Matthew Lillard as a sober addict running a rehabilitation facility, and Blythe Danner as his alcoholic mother whom he is forced to treat.

“The quality of content selected for this year’s International Pilot Competition was simply unmatched. We are encouraged by the diverse perspectives represented, and in awe of each and every creator who took part in our festival,” said SeriesFest co-founders Randi Kleiner and Kaily Smith-Westbrook in a statement.

Many independent projects that debuted at SeriesFest have gone on to score production deals,
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Exclusive: Chicken & Egg Announces 2018 Diversity Fellows

Nadia Hallgren is among the 2018 Diversity Fellows

Chicken & Egg Pictures has announced the five projects selected for their 2018 Diversity Fellows Initiative. Created with the aim of identifying and increasing the visibility of diverse women filmmakers working in non-fiction, the program includes a $5,000 grant and seven months of mentorship.

The 2018 Diversity Fellows are Beyza Boyacioglu, Robie Flores, Nadia Hallgren, Nailah Jefferson, and Maia von Lekow, with co-director Chris King. The participants hail from locations as varied as Eagle Pass, Texas and Istanbul, Turkey.

The projects the filmmakers are working on include “Commuted,” Jefferson’s portrait of Danielle Metz, a 52-year-old woman who was released from jail after having her life sentence overturned by President Obama, and “Omnipresence,” Hallgren’s look inside a South Bronx housing project over the course of a summer.

The Fellows will come together for a multi-day retreat in upstate New York. “This year we’ll be doing a deep dive into storytelling,
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The Best Independent TV Series at SXSW 2018 — Memo to Distributors

SXSW offered a streamlined slate of 12 Independent Episodics, making it easy for festival goers to appreciate the entire section in just two screenings. From love stories to horror shows, there was something for everyone, and each project is worth looking into if given the chance. Below, IndieWire has highlighted the best series — be it web series, pilots, or foreign entries — that still need distribution. As many eyeballs as possible deserve to see these creations, and each entry is ready to draw an audience for whatever platform is smart enough to snatch them up.

Read More:The Indie TV Dream: Here Are the Ambitions and Realities Facing Sundance’s First Full TV Section

So if any of these sound as good as some of the shows you’re currently watching (if not better), then make it known: Take to Twitter. Poke your favorite network or streaming service. Tell them to pay attention — they’ll thank you later.
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SXSW 2018 Winners List: ‘Thunder Road’ and ‘People’s Republic of Desire’ Claim Top Jury and Special Awards

SXSW 2018 Winners List: ‘Thunder Road’ and ‘People’s Republic of Desire’ Claim Top Jury and Special Awards
Juried prizes were presented tonight at the 25th annual Swsw Film Festival. Jim Gaffigan, in Austin to represent the Miranda Bailey-directed ensemble comedy “You Can Choose Your Family,” presided as host. The venue was the Paramount Theatre, a 103-year-old landmark just blocks from the Texas Capitol.

SXSW will continue screening films through Saturday, when most of the festival’s audience awards recipients will be announced. The exception is for the headlining films, such as “A Quiet Place,” “Blockers,” and “Ready Player One” — those verdicts follows on March 19.

This year’s line-up comprised 256 total features and shorts, culled from 8,183 submissions. Best narrative feature “Thunder Road” was adapted from the namesake, one-take short that won a Grand Jury award at Sundance in 2016.

Lena Dunham’s “Tiny Furniture” (2010) and Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Short Term 12” (2013) are among the best-known past jury victors at SXSW. IndieWire’s Dana Harris helped choose the Louis BlackLone Star” honoree,
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Laverne Cox Makes the Political Personal in Transgender Bathroom Documentary ‘Gavin Grimm Vs.’ — Watch

All Gavin Grimm wanted — like so many kids, teenagers, and people just like him — was to use the restroom in peace. When he came out as transgender to his public school in Gloucester, Virginia, the school allowed him to use the boys’ bathroom for seven weeks. His fellow students took no issue with it; it was only after a few parents found out that the school amended their decision, offering him his own unisex bathroom in a converted broom closet.

In 2015, the Aclu filed a sex discrimination suit on Grimm’s behalf against the Gloucester County Public Schools. In October 2016, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Grimm’s case, but reversed course in Feburary 2017, once the Department of Justice withdrew Obama-era Title IX protections based on gender identity.

Read More:Hollywood Reacts to Trump’s Transgender Military Ban: The ‘Cruelest’ and ‘Pettiest’ President

“Gavin Grimm Vs.” sheds light on Grimm’s story in his own words,
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Girl Talk Live: Female Cinematographers on How They Made Their Sundance Films — Watch

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IndieWire’s Kate Erbland is taking her Girl Talk to Park City to sit down with three female cinematographers behind some of the most visually interesting films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Joining the conversation are DPs Catherine Goldschmidt (“Abstract: The Art of Design and White Riot: London”), Nadia Hallgren (“Motherland”) and Quyen Tran (“Deidra & Laney Rob a Train and The Little Hours”).

Topics that will be covered are breaking into the business, how the the industry is changing for women and how each cinematographer developed her own unique style and put it to work in their Sundance films.

Click here to stream the live discussion at 3:30pm Et (1:30 Mountain Time).

Editor’s Note: This event is part of the Indiewire and Canon U.S.A. partnership at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, where we celebrate cinematography at the Canon Creative Studio on Main Street.
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“A Traditionally Vérité Film but with a Contemporary Cinematic Lens”: Dp Nadia Hallgren on Motherland

Nadia Hallgren’s career in documentary film began as a camera operator on Fahrenheit 9/11, still the highest grossing doc in America. In the 13 years since she has served as a camera operator on such films as Searching for Sugarman and as a Dp on Citizen Koch and last year’s Trapped. Her latest feature as Dp, Motherland, is a vérité portrait inside a maternity ward in the Philippines. The film, directed by Ramona Diaz, will premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Below, Hallgren talks about the emotional bond she formed with the women in the film, shooting in the summer heat of the […]
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IndieWire Partners with Chase and Canon For Sundance Filmmaker Panels

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IndieWire Partners with Chase and Canon For Sundance Filmmaker Panels
The stars of Sundance are joining IndieWire for a series of intimate discussions during the next few days in Park City. IndieWire partnered with Chase Sapphire to host conversations at Chase Sapphire on Main, located at 573 Main Street, and with Canon to host panel discussions at the Canon Creative Studio at 592 Main Street.

IndieWire in Conversation at Chase Sapphire on Main will feature “The Little Hours” filmmaker Jeff Baena, “Ingrid Goes West” filmmaker Matt Spicer, “Mudbound” filmmaker Dee Rees, “Golden Exits” filmmaker Alex Ross Perry and “Marjorie Prime” filmmaker Michael Almereyda. Members of the casts of each film will also be in attendance.

Filmmakers participating in the panels at Canon’s Creative Studio include Academy Award-nominees Matt Heineman and Rory Kennedy. Heineman’s “City of Ghosts” is playing in Sundance’s U.S. Documentary Competition section, while Kennedy’s “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” is playing in the Documentary Premieres section.
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Tribeca ‘16: Tribeca releases World Documentary slate

The 12 films selected in this year’s World Documentary competition showcase some of the most important international issues including reconciling homosexuality and religion (Memoirs of a Penitent Heart), financial crime (Betting on Zero), militarisation of the Police (Do Not Resist), and America’s broken criminal judicial system (The Return, Untouchable).

From edible insect hunters and conflicting religious beliefs to seeking out the cause of happiness, these truth-telling stories will have you enraptured by their human perspectives.

“We’re excited to share with audiences how the world of independent documentary filmmaking is thriving”.

Here are the films selected in the World Documentary Competition:

St.Vincent in Contemporary Color. Photo by: Jarred Alterman and Wyatt Garfield

Contemporary Colour

Bill Ross and Turner Ross (USA) – World Premiere

In the summer of 2015, legendary musician David Byrne staged an unprecedented event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to celebrate the art of color guard—synchronized dance involving flags,
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SXSW 2011 – Announcing Midnight Features & Shorts

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SXSW Film Festival Announces Midnight Features & Shorts

Austin, TX – Today the SXSW Film Festival revealed their Midnight Features & Shorts program.

The Midnighters section of SXSW is known for premiering the work future stars of the horror genre. Filmmakers Eli Roth, and Ti West, are a few notable directors who have had their films screened during the Midnight Features.

”Our midnight programs are the bloody, beating heart of SXSW,” said SXSW Film Conference & Festival Producer Janet Pierson. “Since the beginning, midnight films have been an essential ingredient to what makes SXSW so exciting and fun, and this year’s selections are no exception.”

Out of over 3000 short films submitted, only 150 were chosen, and will screen as part of twelve overall shorts programs.

“After months of reviewing a record number of submissions, we’re tremendously happy to share the final program,” said Shorts Programmers Claudette Godfrey and Stephanie Noone, “The short films
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SXSW Reveals 2011 Midnighters, Shorts

Following the unveiling of the fantastic 2011 feature line-up last week, the South by Southwest Film Festival has announced the films selected to play at midnight throughout the nine-day event, as well as the complete list of short films.

Insidious, a haunted house flick from Saw director James Wan, is among the midnight program, along with Xavier Gen’s sci-fi thriller The Divide, Sundance favorite Hobo With a Shotgun, Argentinean entry Phase 7, and Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block. In previous years, the midnight and SXFantastic programs has helped launch the careers of Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and Eli Roth (Hostel).

Spike Jonze returns to the festival with another short film titled Scenes from the Suburbs, his second collaboration with (and about) the band Arcade Fire after his moving feature Where the Wild Things Are.

For those of you attending the festival, the schedule will be released on February 15 along with details about film-related panels.
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SXSW 2011: midnight features and shorts announced

Today the midnight features and short sections were announced for SXSW 2011.

This year the midnight features section has some awesome films, including Hobo With A Shotgun, James Wan’s Insidious, Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block, Xavier GensThe Divide, and Ben Wheatley’s Kill List. This years shorts include 150 films including, Spike Jonze’s Scenes from the Suburbs and a doc short from Jay Duplass.

Here's the full list of SXSW 2011 midnights and shorts:

Midnight Features

Midnighters

Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.

Films screening in Midnighters are:

Attack The Block (UK-England)

Director & Writer: Joe Cornish

A funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of alien monsters. It turns a tower block into a sci-fi playground. It’s inner city versus outer space. Cast: Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard,
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