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How to Sell Your Movie to Netflix, According to Someone Who’s Done It

Jeremy Beasley licensed his independently made movie, Small Is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary, to Netflix in 2016 — and he says you can, too. The Australian film director made a YouTube video on his channel Armchair Explainers that outlines the basics of how to do what he did, which you can watch above. We chatted with Beasley to see what other...

Cecil Hotel and Confronting a Serial Killer Director Joe Berlinger: We’re in the Third Documentary Revolution

Joe Berlinger probably had a hand in whatever new docuseries you’re binging. He executive produced the new serial-bomber doc Murder Among the Mormons and directed both Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel, and Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, all for Netflix. His new project is the Starz docuseries Confronting a Serial Killer,...

The Cinematographer of the Greece-Set Monday Takes Us into His Sun-Kissed Camera Kit

Monday is a love-at-first-sight story that starts in the burning-hot Greek summer, takes us through crazy urban parties, and eventually leads to the cold, gray winter of Athens. All of the conditions make a big emotional reflection on the characters, and director Argyris Papadimitropoulos and I decided on a multilayered palette that could serve all...

The Real Nomadland: Doc Follows Elderly ‘CamperForce’ Living in RVs, Working for Amazon

Nomadland, the Oscar frontrunner directed by Chloé Zhao, has earned wide praise for its inclusion of real life nomads who travel the West in vans and RVs. It has also received criticism from people who wish it was tougher on Amazon, a corporate behemoth that appears prominently early in the film. The short documentary “CamperForce” shares many of the...

Make Moviemakers Money; Oscar Might-Have-Beens; Furious 9

A new incubator wants to solve the problem of filmmakers not getting paid; imagining a world where Palm Springs and The 40-Year-Old Version are Oscar contenders; how do we want to do this? Fast. All in today’s Movie News Rundown. ‘Why Aren’t Filmmakers Making Money?’: A new project called Constellation Incubator aims to solve perhaps the biggest problem...

Let’s Discuss Concrete Cowboy, With Idris Elba as a Philly Horseman

Concrete Cowboy is a coming-of-age film about teenager Cole who comes across a love for the cowboy way of life while struggling with his inner demons. It’s also the subject of our latest Low Key Podcast, which you can check out above or on Google or Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. The film follows a teenager named Cole (Caleb McLaughlin)...

White Boy: How Is Rick Wershe Jr. Doing Now?

If you’ve seen White Boy, the documentary on Rick Wershe Jr. — aka “White Boy Rick” — you may be wondering how he’s doing now. The man formerly branded as a “drug kingpin” when he was only 17 years old was finally released from prison in 2020 after spending more than 30 years behind bars for a non-violent, juvenile drug offense. We spoke to Andy Hale,...

Who Is Crystal Theobald’s Killer in Netflix’s Why Did You Kill Me?

Netflix’s latest true-crime documentary, Why Did You Kill Me, premiered Wednesday — and if you missed the answer to the question of who killed Crystal Theobald, you’ve come to the right place. (Warning: Spoilers follow). Who Was Crystal Theobald? She was a 24-year-old mother of two living in Riverside, California, when she was murdered on February...

Constellation Incubator Asks: ‘Why Aren’t Filmmakers Making Money?’

Constellation Incubator was born out of a frank conversation between filmmakers Naomi McDougall Jones and Liz Manashil about the state of independent moviemaking. Manashil has experience in the distribution realm and McDougall Jones comes from the financing arena, but they both had the same observation. “From our vantage point, we’re not seeing filmmakers...

The Water Man Trailer: David Oyelowo Sends Kids on a Daring Quest in Directorial Debut

The Water Man, the directorial debut from actor-producer David Oyelowo, takes its cues from the 1980s films of Oyelowo’s youth — stories like Stand By Me and The Goonies that took kids seriously, and sent them on serious quests. The film stars Lonnie Chavis as Gunner, a young boy who seeks out a mythical being in hopes of saving his seriously ill mother,...

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