Tag Archives: Compliance

Today’s Lesson: Everything’s Been Done Before



(The video from SouthParkStudios.com wouldn’t embed, so here’s the link to it: http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/153489/2-month-old-mayonnaise)

So, this post is coming together much later than I’d wanted, and is going to be much shorter than I’d planned, for one simple reason: the two previous posts I’d started writing were already done here on Indies Unchained.

First, I’ve recently started reading Fahrenheit 451 for the first time (hey, it was never on our reading list high school), and I wanted to tie the unsettling future of a world gone so PC that books and all thought-provoking media were destroyed into the need for shocking films like the just-released Compliance. But then I found out there had already been a post about the startling film based on the real abuse of a McDonald’s employee because of a phone call by someone posing as a police officer. Continue reading

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Unchained Resources: Cinereach Grants


Do you have a great idea for a feature film, but you’re only in the development stage? Then you should really look into Cinereach’s grant and awards program. Their website states:

Cinereach is a not-for-profit film production company and foundation that champions vital stories, artfully told. Created and led by young philanthropists, entrepreneurs and filmmakers, Cinereach empowers fiction and nonfiction filmmakers from all over the world through Grants & Awards, The Reach Film Fellowship, an internal Productions department, and through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and other organizations. Since 2006, Cinereach has disbursed close to $5 million in grant funds to more than 100 projects at the intersection of engaging storytelling, visual artistry and vital subject matter.

That sounds like my kind of production company. It’s one of the rare non-profit’s I’ve seen willing to help films in the early stages of it’s develop (it also funds films in production and post production). Cinereach produced Beasts of the Southern Wild and helped fund six other films that were at Sundance this year, including: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Compliance, I Am Not A Hipster, Keep the Lights On, and The Queen of Versailles. After the jump is a lot more information about the grants. The deadline is September 4th, so get cracking! Continue reading

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Small Film, Big Results


I can’t believe it’s the 4th of July already. Where is summer going so fast? Alas, on this day of independence, fireworks, amazing shopping sales, I still have to go into my 9-5. Fortunately, as alway in a crunch, Twitter delivered the inspiration for today’s post.

The week’s trailer watch across the web included a little festival film called COMPLIANCE. Finally hitting theaters on August 17th (I feel a limited release coming, but who knows), I glad this film is getting a public audience outside the fest circuit. I got the chance to see the film twice when I volunteered as a projectionist at SXSW in March. I don’t recall anyone walking out because of the intense subject matter, but man is this a gut wrenching piece of cinema.
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