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QUEUE IT UP: Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake” Episode 1 Now Free On iTunes


“A detective investigates the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant daughter of a local drug lord.” Starring Elisabeth Moss, Cohen Holloway and Holly Hunter.

Looks like we can all catch a sneak peek of Jane Campion’s new mini-series before the official March 18th broadcast premiere on Sundance Channel. Watch the first hour of the six-episode mini-series on iTunes now. The show was featured at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in a one-day only, six-hour screening that I unfortunately could not make. The trailer caught my eye and I’m intrigued by film directors crossing over to television like David Fincher (“House of Cards” on Netflix) and now Campion.
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QUEUE IT UP: “Side By Side” now on Netflix Instant

“Side by Side” investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation.

I wrote about this film last year when Tribeca Film Festival screened it as part of their lineup along with a Q&A featuring director Chris Kenneally. The event was made available on iTunes and I learned a ton, but have been impatiently waiting for a release date to experience the real thing. Well, the day has finally come. Actor-turned-producer Keanu Reeves’ latest project asks the very questions I’ve had on my mind lately about concerning the new age of digital filmmaking: “what has been gained, what is lost, and what the future might bring.” “Side by Side” is currently streaming on Netflix.

What are your thoughts on the “film vs. digital” conversation?

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Queue It Up: “Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry” now on iTunes

The award-winning documentary from Sundance, “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” is now available on iTunes and Amazon DVD pre-order (available 12/4). The film, directed by Alison Klayman, chronicles the fascinating life of Ai Weiwei, whose rise to infamy in the Chinese art community began with his proclaiming his opposition to the communist government through sculpture, photography installations, blogging and even Twitter . My review: “Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry”.

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DocuWatch: A Life Ascending

I apologize for the long hiatus. It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted. I have been keeping busy with work, scripts, and a new part time job, so I haven’t had a chance these past few weeks to sort out scheduling for keeping up with the blog. Even though I’m busy with so much work, I definitely don’t want to stop blogging about my passion for film and TV. So again, I’m sorry for slacking on Indies Unchained.

We definitely need all the help we can get, and we’re open for new writers to join our team. Check out Christina’s post on how to contribute to our blog.

I’ll be posting every Monday, but I’ll start off today with a quick post to get the ball rolling:

*Check out this remarkable documentary I recently watched. I will be promoting its iTunes release through my internship at Ptarmigan Films soon. But for now, I’ll give you guys a little tease of this great film, which has won several awards and has been featured in over thirty festivals worldwide, including the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

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Great Podcasts for Indies on the go

If you’re tired to death of hearing “Somebody I Used To Know” by Gotye or “We Are Young” by Fun, switch off the predictable radio and put these podcasts on shuffle today. You’ll learn a ton and maybe even be inspired to jumpstart your latest project this summer. The internet is a big place so I thought I’d list three of my favorite film podcasts. They’re all FREE and available through iTunes. There’s something for everybody – writing tips, technical production advice and industry-related roundtables.   Since graduating from film school last year, I’ve learned the same lesson over and over: You can’t afford to stop learning. If you have a wifi connection, a countless years worth of the best film school education is right at your fingertips. And it’s FREE. Take a listen for yourself. It’ll be better than anything on the radio this summer, I promise.

Shadow and Act

iTunes Description: “The saying goes… those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. So, do something… become dynamite and explode! Created and managed by TAMBAY A OBENSON.”

Click HERE to subscribe on iTunes.

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An Indie Triple Threat: Julie Delpy conversation on iTunes

Although the film screened last month at the Tribeca Film Festival, you can still listen to the full discussion with actress/writer/director Julie Delpy for free on iTunes HERE!

What I learned:

  • Why make a sequel to an indie film: The film compliments the themes of 2 DAYS IN PARIS. In the first film, her romantic interest, Adam Goldberg, played sort of the “American in Paris” role to her French female protagonist, Marion. Delpy talks about how she wanted to show the effect of family (Marion’s) versus a new couple, Marion and Mingus (Chris Rock) with a more adult perspective. The sequel hilariously shows the flip side of what happens when the French show up on the American turf. As Delpy comments, these are the two sides of her: “It’s French-American, but it could be any culture.” I saw the film earlier in January at Sundance. I went in completely blind on this one. In the film, Delpy and Rock play Marion and Mingus who are dating, happily raising their children from previous relationships when Delpy’s family wreak havoc on them during their 48-hour visit from France. It was definitely a wild ride and a fitting continuation of its predecessor.

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At last, PARIAH released on DVD!

PARIAH by Dee Rees (Focus Features) is finally out on DVD today! I don’t know about you but I’ve been patiently waiting to see this film since I lived in one of the cities not included in its limited release. Everything about this film represents what motivates all of us at IndiesUnchained! to keep pushing forward in the film industry.

*Cues the flashback music*

  • Remember when Meryl shouted-out PARIAH’s lead actress Adepero Oduye at the Golden Globes: (read here)
  • Or that time our Sean Temple reviewed the film back in January:  (read here)
  • Don’t forget how the production duo of writer/dir Dee Rees and producer Nekisa Cooper inspired us during Oscar’s best male director debacle: (read here)
  • Of course we were equally excited for PARIAH director of photography Bradford Young’s next project, RESTLESS CITY heading to select theaters this Friday (4/27): (read here)

If you still need convincing, check the trailer below. PARIAH is currently available at iTunes or Amazon!

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