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Type of site
Independent filmmaking news, progressive
Available in English
Owner Penske Media Corporation
Alexa rank Positive decrease 3,168 (January 2018)[1]
Registration Optional
Launched Newsletter: 15 July 1996; 21 years ago (1996-07-15)
Website: January 12, 1998; 20 years ago (1998-01-12)
Current status Online
Content license
All rights reserved. Use permitted with copyright notice intact.

Established in 1996, IndieWire (sometimes stylized as indieWIRE or Indiewire) is a film industry and review website. As of January 19, 2016, IndieWire is a subsidiary of Penske Media.[2] It has a staff of about 20, including publisher James Israel, and Editor-in-Chief Dana Harris.

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There is no one in the history of cinema who photographs the poetic beauty of nature quite like Andrei Tarkovsky. He made only seven feature films and yet, his impact on cinema remains one of the most substantial. Tarkovsky was born in the Soviet Union on April 4th, 1932— his mother, a literature scholar and proofreader, his father, a famous Soviet poet. Having a poet for a father obviously influenced his own work greatly. His style can be appropriately described as ‘visual poetry.’ His stylistic trademarks consist of long unbroken takes, beautiful contemplative scenes of nature, unconventional narrative structures, and surreal imagery. In 1954, he went to a film school in Moscow called the State Institute of Cinematography where he made his first short film titled The Killers— based on the short story by Earnest Hemmingway. His start in film school was very well-timed. Prior to 1953 there was much censorship in the Soviet Union because of Joseph Stalin. But after Stalin’s death in 1953, Nikita Khrushchev took over and reversed many of the censorship laws as part of his “de-Stalinization” which came to be known as the “Khrushchev Thaw.” Because of this, film students like Tarkovsky were now allowed to view films from outside of Russia including the films of Kurosawa, Bunuel, Bergman, Bresson, the Italian neorealism movement, and the French New Wave movement. These films were a big influence on him—he especially loved Bergman and Bresson. Bergman eventually returned the affection saying, “Tarkovsky for me is the greatest, the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.” In 1959, Tarkovsky teamed up with a classmate to make The Steamroller and the Violin. They wrote the screenplay together and Tarkovsky directed it. The film was his senior project and went on to win the First Prize at the New York Student Film Festival in 1961. In 1962, Tarkovsky directed his first feature film titled Ivan’s Childhood about a 12 year old orphan boy named Ivan during World War II. It was the only film he directed that he did not write the screenplay for, but he was around the same age as Ivan during the war and drew from his own experience while making the film. Every film he made was somewhat autobiographical, but none more so than The Mirror, which touches on his experiences during the war, his mother, and the absence of his father. In 1939, he fled Moscow with his mother and sister to live with his grandmother in the countryside, which is reflected in the film. The Mirror is a beautifully haunting piece of filmmaking that evokes a dreamlike atmosphere. The beauty of the natural world is a major theme in all of Tarkovsky’s work, but almost the entirety of his most famous film doesn’t take place on Earth at all—rather it takes place on a space station orbiting a planet known as Solaris. It was a considerable departure from his comfort zone being so removed from the naturalistic setting found in all of his other films and yet, Tarkovsky’s unique perspective shines through. When asked what advice he would give to young directors, he said… Tarkovsky: “It requires sacrificing of yourself.” “You should belong to it, it shouldn’t belong to you.” “Cinema uses your life, not vice versa.”



The original IndieWire newsletter launched on July 15, 1996, billing itself as "the daily news service for independent film." Following in the footsteps of various web- and AOL-based editorial ventures, IndieWire was launched as a free daily email publication in the summer of 1996 by New York and Los Angeles based filmmakers and writers Eugene Hernandez, Mark Rabinowitz, Cheri Barner, Roberto A. Quezada and Mark L. Feinsod.[3]

Initially distributed to a few hundred subscribers, the readership grew rapidly, passing 6,000 in the fall of 1997.[4]

In January 1997, IndieWire made its first appearance at the Sundance Film Festival to begin their coverage of film festivals; it offered indieWIRE: On The Scene print dailies in addition to online coverage. Printed on site, in low tech black and white style, the publication was able to scoop traditional Hollywood trade dailies Variety and The Hollywood Reporter due to the delay these latter publications had for being printed in Los Angeles.[citation needed]

The site was acquired by Snagfilms in July 2008. On January 8, 2009, IndieWire editor Eugene Hernandez announced that the site was going through a re-launch that has been "entirely re-imagined." In 2011, with the launch of a redesign, the site changed the formal spelling of its name from indieWIRE to IndieWire.

In 2012, IndieWire won the Webby Award in the Movie and Film category.[5]


IndieWire is said to cover lesser-known film events ignored from the mainstream perspective. In Wired, in 1997, Janelle Brown wrote: "Currently, IndieWire has little to no competition: trades like The Hollywood Reporter and Variety may cover independent film, but from a Hollywood perspective, hidden by a huge amount of mainstream news. As filmmaker Doug Wolens points out, IndieWire is one of the few places where filmmakers can consistently and reliably keep on top of often-ignored small film festivals, which films are opening and what other filmmakers are thinking."[4]

In 2002, Forbes magazine recognized IndieWire, along with 7 other entrants in the "Cinema Appreciation" category, as a "Best of the Web Pick,"[6] describing its best feature as "boards teeming with filmmakers" and its worst as "glacial search engine."[7]

IndieWire has been praised by Roger Ebert.[8]

Critics' Poll

The IndieWire Critic's Poll is an annual poll by IndieWire that recognizes the best in American and international films in a ranking of 10 films on 15 different categories. The winners are chosen by the votes of the critics from IndieWire.

See also


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Penske Media Acquires Indiewire". Variety. January 19, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Indiewire at 10 and Counting". July 15, 2006.  (Press release)
  4. ^ a b Brown, Janelle (December 22, 1997). "Indie Film News Service No Longer Free". Wired. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  5. ^ "Webby Awards 2012". 
  6. ^ "Forbes Best of the Web - Cinema Appreciation". Forbes. March 25, 2002. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  7. ^ "Forbes Best of the Web - IndieWire". Forbes. March 25, 2002. Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  8. ^ Ebert, Roger (June 1999). "Rule of Thumb: Best Indie Crossroads". Yahoo Internet Life - Summer Movies Guide. ZDNet. 5 (6). Archived from the original on 1999-11-13. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 

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