Independent Film and Video Links

P.O.V. is public television's annual showcase for independent non-fiction films. The site also serves as a forum for discussion of the often controversial points of view expressed in the films. You can also read, see or hear interviews with the filmmakers.

Independent Film Channel
IFC schedule plus a wealth of valuable links and information for makers and lovers of independent film.
Wide selection of complete short films to watch on your computer -- short drama, comedy, animation and experimental films, though no documentaries.

Chicago Resources and Organizations

Chicago Filmmakers
They’ve been around for years, teaching classes, showing local and national films (great place to see avant-garde work, old and new) and sponsoring the Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival.

Street Level Youth Media
Excellent organization which works with Chicago youth in video and new media. Very cool site -- many pages were created by youth. Their mission statement: "Street-Level Youth Media educates Chicago's inner-city youth in media arts and emerging technologies for use in self-expression, communication and social change. Street-Level's programs build self-esteem and critical thinking skills for urban youth who have been historically neglected by policy makers and mass media. Using video production, computer art and the Internet, Street-Level's young people address community issues, access advanced communication technology and gain inclusion in our information-based society."

The Center for Communication Resources
A non profit media arts organization that provides low cost access to media technologies, instruction and screenings. Formerly, The Center for New Television.

Chicago Film Office

Video Data Bank
Since 1976, The Video Data Bank has been a leading resource in the United States for videotapes by and about contemporary artists. The VDB collections feature innovative video work made by artists from an aesthetic, political or personal point of view. Cool site. Some Quicktime clips.

National Resources and Organizations

Updated daily, this important site offers loads of information for makers and lovers of independent film. Sign up for their daily e-mail news digest.

Film Arts Foundation
Excellent independent film organization in San Francisco. Includes many useful links for indie producers everywhere.

Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers
Excellent national organization which has been a long time resource and advocate for independent media artists and activists. Publishes The Independent. Sponsers “salons” around the country. Lots of good information.

iF Magazine
A weekly on-line publication focusing on the world of independent films. Updated every Friday with news, reviews, features, opinion, pictorials, humor and anything else they decide to throw in.