Interview with Ariel Nasr, the producer of “Buzkashi Boys”

Q– “Buzkashi Boys” was produced by the Afghan Film Project. Tell us more about this organization. Ariel Nasr– Afghan Film Project is a non-profit NGO that was created by me, Sam French and Leslei Knott. We met in 2005 and decided to provide training sessions for young Afghan filmmakers. After months of searching for funding […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Remembering Indie Oscar wins in 2012!

With the 85th Academy Awards this Sunday, ÉCU decides to take a look back at the indie films which rocked the Oscars last year. Independent films accounted for twelve of the wins – and as ÉCU film festival is so chuffed to be part of the indie film world, we think it’s worth celebrating these […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Indies at the Oscars – Kathryn Bigelow and Zero Dark Thirty

Women don’t have it easy in the male dominated world of filmmakers. American film director, producer and screenwriter Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman whose film Zero Dar Thirty was nominated for this year’s Oscars in Best Picture. She has already made it once. Bigelow is the first woman in the history of the Academy […]

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ÉCU’s Guide to Indie Film Scene in…Mexico

“In Mexico everybody makes movies for all the right reasons, none of which are to get rich.”– Alfonso Cuarón There are definitely three things to say about Mexican cinema: it is very popular, it has influence over cinemas of the world and it is in general independent. In Mexican independent films you can see the […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Indies at the Oscars – David O. Russell and Silver Linings Playbook

It’s the start of February, and as the Oscars are just around the corner now ÉCU takes a look at another great indie film which has received an impressive eight Academy Award nominations: David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook (2012). Russell is an American film director, producer and screenwriter, and directed and wrote the screenplay […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Indies at the Oscars – Wes Anderson and Moonrise Kingdom

At ÉCU we’re really excited about the large number of indie film nominations this awards season! To continue in this vein we’re spotlighting a prominent figure in the independent film world, the American director, screenwriter, actor and producer Wes Anderson. He is the director and co-screenwriter (with Roman Coppola) of Moonrise Kingdom (2012), the quirky […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Indies at the Oscars – Michael Haneke and Amour

With the awards season fast approaching, there is a buzz around the independent film world because of the high possibility that indie films will really clean up at the Oscars. So many excellent indie films are lined up to potentially claim prestigious Oscar awards this spring and ÉCU is very excited about the prospect of […]

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