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The latest issue of FILMMAKER has just hit stands and now it's your chance to pick up the most comprehensive coverage of independent film. Here's a sneak peak at some of the things inside this issue...

25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM: Since 1998 we here at Filmmaker have dedicated our Summer issue to highlighting the people in the indie film world that will be exploring new styles of moviemaking for years to come. Though we're happy to see that some have gone on to crossover success like Hilary Swank, Ryan Gosling and Miranda July, it's not our intention to find the next breakthrough stars but the ones who have the potential to stretch the medium farther than many thought it could go. And this year is no different, as our selections range from names that have found success at the major festivals to those who have built their talents on the Web. But regardless where they created their films, they are all worthy talents you should take note of. Enjoy this year's selection.
FROZEN RIVER: Our cover story this issue highlights the gripping debut feature by Courtney Hunt, Frozen River. The Grand Prize winner at this year's Sundance, the film captures one of the most powerful performances of the year as Melissa Leo embodies, Ray, a single mother who due to her economic situation becomes an illegal immigrant smuggler. "When I sat down with Courtney Hunt (pictured left), I was impressed at how rigorous and focused her approach to her filmmaking was," says editor Scott Macaulay thinking back on his interview with the director ("Smuggler's Blues"). "She talked about the script development process and how she let the voice of her characters take over when it came time to figure out the ending of her film. Frozen River has the kind of classically structured storytelling that you don't often see in American independents these days." PLUS: Q&A with Melissa Leo.

AMERICAN TEEN: Highlighting the lives of four seniors in Warsaw, Ind. as they try to accomplish their hopes and dreams while coping with the drama of teenage life, Nanette Burstein's (On The Ropes, The Kid Stays In The Picture) Sundance hit, American Teen, captures what real high school students are doing. From text messaging to getting drunk, she films the kids lives without being judgmental and creates a story that is as funny as a 1980s John Hughes comedy but with a sincerity that's authentic. "Speaking to Nanette I came to realize that she really did become friends with these kids and I think the feeling was mutual as you can see their openness in front of the camera during some challenging moments," says managing editor Jason Guerrasio about his interview with Burstein ("Personality Crisis"). "That's only possible if both filmmaker and subject have a connection. That's what makes the film work."


PLUS: Interviews with The Duplass Brothers about their buddy horror movie Baghead, James Marsh on his mesmerizing doc Man On Wire, and Alex Holdridge's love letter to L.A. In Search of a Midnight Kiss; Anthony Kaufman learns how films are cutting back costs during a slipping economy; Lance Weiler explains how filmmakers can build a loyal fan base on the Web; Shelley H. Surpin, Esq. defines "Life Rights." And much more...


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