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Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution by Sharon Badal

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Swimming Lesson #1Testing the Waters: The Indie Landscape

What does “independent” mean?

Regardless of its context, be it politically or culturally based, the word “independent” almost automatically bestows a badge of courage upon whomever it is being ascribed to. Its connotations are positive, its attributes admirable. To be “independent” means to be beholden to no one. To be “independent” means one has the strength and fortitude to stand up against the tidal wave of tyranny, the winds of oppression. To be “independent” means you are free. In fact, the oft-used phrase “fiercely independent” furthers the nearly superhuman characteristics and emotional ability to stand firm.

So what does being an “independent” filmmaker mean?

For some it means ...

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