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Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business (2020)

Clapboard Jungle (original title)
Following five years in the life and career of an independent filmmaker, supported by dozens of interviews, posing one question: how does an indie filmmaker survive in the current film business?


Justin McConnell
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Credited cast:
Chris Alexander ... Self
Dave Alexander Dave Alexander ... Self
Chad Archibald ... Self
Charles Band ... Self
Yazid Benfeghoul Yazid Benfeghoul ... Self
Justin Benson ... Self
Zack Bernbaum ... Self
Michael Biehn ... Self
Jennifer Blanc-Biehn ... Self (as Jennifer Blanc)
Uwe Boll ... Self
Dre Boulet Dre Boulet ... Self
Todd Brown ... Self
Bryan Brucks Bryan Brucks ... Self
Heather Buckley ... Self
Jonny Bunning Jonny Bunning ... Self


Navigating the current film business is more difficult than ever before. Rapidly-changing technology, and a greatly over-crowded marketplace have lead to an industry in which anyone can make a film now, but few can make a living. CLAPBOARD JUNGLE is a documentary intended to serve as a survival guide for the modern independent filmmaker. Featuring interviews with dozens of directors, producers, writers, actors, distributors, festival programmers, publicity persons and much more, while following one filmmaker's personal journey, this is a film created to help people stay afloat in a risky business. Written by Unstable Ground

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Finding the clapboard in the indie film jungle.
11 April 2021 | by morrison-dylan-fanSee all my reviews

When looking at the excellent line-up for the 2021 Grimmfest film festival this was the title that stood out to me out of the otherwise unknown movies,due to being aware about Arrow soon bringing it out on a packed with bonus interviews disc,this led to me grabbing a clapboard and going into the jungle.

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Covering five years of him trying to get his independent film projects off the ground, film maker Justin McConnell captures in this doc every painful moment it takes to get the greenlight for production, from investors parting ways at the last minute due to not having a big name film maker attached, to attending showcases with 100's of other film makers, in the hope of enticing one producer to support their film.

Focusing on indie film making in Horror, McConnell gathers a fantastic group of film makers,actors and producers to discuss the difficulties of getting indie Horror productions rolling, from one of the last ever interviews George Romero did, to Guillermo del Toro on bringing his most personal movies to the big screen.

Making shorts in between the features, McConnell displays a warm enthusiasm in making the most of every penny that goes into the making of a short,as he finds a clapboard in the jungle.

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19 January 2021 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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