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Bluprint Films Bluprint Films is an independent film production company based in Los Angeles, CA. Libby Spears • Founder and Director

02/28/2022

Little Gandhis directed by Libby Spears & produced by Nishima Chudasama, Libby Spears Official Selection Indian World Film Festival
6th Indian world Film Festival-22
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Bluprint Films

The Art of Rebellion is premiering at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on 3/03/2022!
02/26/2022
SBIFF Trailer - The Art of Rebellion

The Art of Rebellion is premiering at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on 3/03/2022!

An LA-based street artist fights an unforgiving healthcare system while she battles the symptoms of progressive multiple sclerosis, tying paintbrushes to her...

"It’s important for documentary filmmakers at this point to understand that we are the news. There’s a lot of reporting ...
06/03/2020
George Floyd Protests: Black Filmmakers Need to Tell This Story, Says Documentarian Stanley Nelson

"It’s important for documentary filmmakers at this point to understand that we are the news. There’s a lot of reporting that’s not news, or slanted. One of the things we believe strongly at our company, Firelight, is that people should tell their own stories.

We really believe this is a time when filmmakers of color can have a chance to tell their stories. It’s incumbent on white filmmakers to help them do that, to move out of the way so that they can do that.

Part of the hierarchy of race in our country is how many times white filmmakers have the access to power and money, the access to equipment. They could get out there and make a film about this that’s in some ways not entirely representative of where we are as a community. It’s really important that people tell their own stories."

The prolific filmmaker, who has captured several eras of the African American experience, shared his thoughts on the historical ramifications of this week's protests.

Thank you for posting, Iyabo Boyd!                                               Film world: please don't hire more whit...
06/02/2020
Brown Girls Doc Mafia

Thank you for posting, Iyabo Boyd!
Film world: please don't hire more white filmmakers to tell the stories of this historic (and gruesome and heartbreaking) time.

This pandemic, this protest movement, and the murders of #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTaylor and #AhmaudArbery deserve to be represented by filmmakers who, when supported, will contribute to the dismantling of our country's systems of oppression, including those in the film world.

I don't want to hear ANY excuses about not knowing any filmmakers of color to hire. DO YOUR RESEARCH. There are literally thousands of talented and experienced black and other POC filmmakers to hire.

Some places to direct your research: Brown Girls Doc Mafia, Firelight Media, A-Doc, BDC-Black Documentary Collective, Nia Tero, New Negress Film Society, BlackStar Film Festival, Youth FX, the Black TV & Film Collective, BLACK FILM SPACE, Ghetto Film School, I'm African. I'm a Woman. I Make Films., Mezcla Media Collective, Undocumented Filmmakers Collective, and more (please post any others I'm forgetting in the comments and I'll add).

And please don't reach out only when you need to hit a diversity quota or check a box. Be a true ally and build organic, mutually beneficial relationships for the betterment of your creative work and our world overall. See BGDM's faq on HOW TO BE A BETTER ALLY: https://www.browngirlsdocmafia.com/faq

For now though, please hire black, indigenous, and other POC filmmakers for this, and heck- ALL your projects going forward. Our voices hold multitudes.

Brown Girls Doc Mafia (BGDM) advocates for women and non-binary people of color in the documentary industry.

Bluprint Films stands with the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the fight against police brutality that is ravaging African...
06/01/2020

Bluprint Films stands with the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the fight against police brutality that is ravaging African-American communities.

Everyone deserves to live in a society where they feel respected and safe. We must ensure that the rights and freedoms of every person in all communities are protected. We all have a role to play in creating a more equitable future.

Libby Spears
Bluprint Films
#BLACKLIVESMATTER

06/01/2020
Firelight Media

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"It is not lost on us that today marks the 99th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, the single-worst incident of racial violence in American History. This day, and this moment, also speaks to the collective resilience of POCs for generations.

Here's a clip from BOSS: The Black Experience in Business for more on that day, and what Tulsa meant to a burgeoning black community."

It is not lost on us that today marks the 99th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre, the single-worst incident of racial violence in American History. This day, and this moment, also speaks to the collective resilience of POCs for generations.

Here's a clip from BOSS: The Black Experience in Business for more on that day, and what Tulsa meant to a burgeoning black community.

Congratulations to Jackie Olive on the nomination of her powerful documentary Always in Season for the 2019 IDA Document...
10/29/2019
IDA Documentary Awards: ‘Leaving Neverland’, ‘American Factory’, ‘Apollo 11’ & ‘For Sama’ Among Contenders

Congratulations to Jackie Olive on the nomination of her powerful documentary Always in Season for the 2019 IDA Documentary Awards Best Writing Award

Find tickets for the film: https://www.alwaysinseasonfilm.com/

The nominees for the 2019 International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards have been unveiled, with several of this year’s most high-profile docs in the frame. Scroll down for full list of nomine…

It's here! Check out all of our projects on the brand new Bluprint Films website. bluprintfilms.com
03/18/2019

It's here! Check out all of our projects on the brand new Bluprint Films website. bluprintfilms.com

“The goal of this guide is to standardize the crediting landscape for documentary films big, small, and micro, towards c...
01/20/2019
Producers Try to Bring Sanity and Uniformity to Documentary Credits

“The goal of this guide is to standardize the crediting landscape for documentary films big, small, and micro, towards clarity and parity,” reads the proposal. “The DPA’s intention is that these crediting standards will clarify the criteria for various producer roles—serving film investors, donors, supporters, and filmmakers alike in credit discussions and negotiations—and that they will be adopted widely.”

The DPA, backed by Sundance and other major stakeholders, sets best practices guidelines to delineate the roles of funders and creatives.

Good news! Our project LIVING MUSIC won the first ever Jury Prize in the Debut Short Film Competition at the Illuminate ...
06/06/2018

Good news! Our project LIVING MUSIC won the first ever Jury Prize in the Debut Short Film Competition at the Illuminate Film Festival last week. The film is about a musician named Tyler Carson whose career is almost cut short after he loses his voice to a rare medical condition called spasmodic dysphonia. Tyler goes on a rehabilitative journey of artistic experimentation and there discovers unconventional healing to find his new musical identity.

"We convened a panel of five brave storytellers to hear about their journeys, their techniques, and how they mine their ...
05/24/2018
5 Filmmakers Reveal How Failure Can Lead to Discovery

"We convened a panel of five brave storytellers to hear about their journeys, their techniques, and how they mine their own truths in creating the stories only they can tell."

Founded by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that actively advances the work of independent storytellers in film and theatre.

"A cluster of three like-minded documentaries, all spellbound before the big-screen spectacle of 35mm and 16mm formats, ...
05/23/2018
Raiders of the Lost Archives

"A cluster of three like-minded documentaries, all spellbound before the big-screen spectacle of 35mm and 16mm formats, bids to rescue the cast-off canisters from the dumpsters of cinematic history"

If you haven’t found any good films lately, a crew of documentary filmmakers can point you in the right direction—say, to the permafrost of Northwest Canada, a shed on an old homestead in Iowa, or the basement of a newsreel cameraman’s son in Georgia. “Films beget films,” motion-picture ge...

"As journalists, society’s eminent storytellers, lose their jobs and their industry implodes, the privilege of whom actu...
05/19/2018
The global threat to free media: Four ways journalism gets BLOC'd

"As journalists, society’s eminent storytellers, lose their jobs and their industry implodes, the privilege of whom actually gets to tell the story, to articulate immanence, is up for grabs."

In terms of reporting on the news of state, it used to be that there were journalists, government spokespersons, and maybe, in between,

"The thought-provoking doc follows the heartbreaking and utterly thorny story of Jennifer Laude, much beloved by a dotin...
05/18/2018
“It’s about the Barriers to Justice that Exist when you are Poor and Up Against a Foreign Superpower”: PJ Raval on Call Her Ganda | Filmmaker Magazine

"The thought-provoking doc follows the heartbreaking and utterly thorny story of Jennifer Laude, much beloved by a doting mother, sisters, and her German fiancé."

Fresh off its Tribeca world premiere, and currently wrapping up at Hot Docs (till Sunday, May 6th), Call Her Ganda, an alumnus of Spotlight on Documentaries at IFP Week, is the latest feature from 25 New Faces of Independent Film alum PJ Raval. The thought-provoking doc follows the heartbreaking and...

"Whether it’s a poetic short or documentary, he makes films because they’re interesting to him. Inspiring."
05/17/2018
The Hard Road: Dan Sadgrove’s Globe-Trotting Philosophy for Making Great Films

"Whether it’s a poetic short or documentary, he makes films because they’re interesting to him. Inspiring."

If our conversation with Dan Sadgrove seems to rove a bit, bear with us. It’s what he does. “I don’t have a mortgage or assets. I have a suitcase of clothes and that’s about it,” he told us. The director films projects during his travels across the globe, so when our...

"Women gathered on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival to bring attention to gender inequality in the film indust...
05/16/2018
82 Women Walk Cannes Red Carpet In Protest

"Women gathered on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival to bring attention to gender inequality in the film industry."

Women gathered on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival to bring attention to gender inequality in the film industry. NPR's Lakshmi Singh speaks with one of the demonstrators Melissa Silverstein.

"In 2010, Dolours Price agreed to speak at length about her I.R.A. career with the Bronx-based journalist Ed Moloney—on ...
05/11/2018
The Last Testament of a Former I.R.A. Terrorist

"In 2010, Dolours Price agreed to speak at length about her I.R.A. career with the Bronx-based journalist Ed Moloney—on the condition that he not release the interview until after her death."

A documentary film sheds new light on a notorious murder in Northern Ireland.

"After a recent downswing in the video market for TV-quality short-form video series, there is renewed optimism among vi...
05/10/2018
Why Netflix and Amazon are experimenting with short-form programming - Digiday

"After a recent downswing in the video market for TV-quality short-form video series, there is renewed optimism among video makers as the top streaming giants experiment with this type of content."

Netflix, Amazon and Hulu are open to "premium" short-form video, which has brought back hope to a market hit hard by past platform failures.

2017 was a big year for women in film. The most obvious victory being in the fight against harassment and sexual assault...
02/11/2018
The Wonder Women Of 2017 | Film Inquiry

2017 was a big year for women in film. The most obvious victory being in the fight against harassment and sexual assault in the industry (#Metoo and #Timesup) – top names being exposed and turn out for their abuse of woman (and men!), authority and power. Yet, there were other breakthroughs within the industry this year – an industry so riddled with gender inequality. For the first time since 1958, women ran the box office, with the top three highest-grossing films fronted by a woman – Daisy Ridley as Rey (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman (Wonder Woman) and Emma Watson as Belle (Beauty and the Beast).

We look back at the wonder women of 2017, the women directors and writers who pushed through barriers in the industry, advancing gender equality and making history.

Filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail Disney has teamed with Killer Content to launch Level Forward, a startup studio ven...
01/13/2018
Abigail Disney, Killer Content Partner to Launch Female-Led Level Forward Studio

Filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail Disney has teamed with Killer Content to launch Level Forward, a startup studio venture that aims to focus on backing projects driven by women and persons of color.

Filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail Disney has teamed with Killer Content to launch Level Forward, a startup studio venture that aims to focus on backing projects driven by women and persons of co…

“The Commission will not seek just one solution, but a comprehensive strategy to address the complex and inter-related c...
12/16/2017
Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

“The Commission will not seek just one solution, but a comprehensive strategy to address the complex and inter-related causes of the problems of parity and power,” said Kennedy. “The fact that so many industry leaders—across film, television, music, digital, unions, agencies, ATA, AMPAS, television academy and guilds—came together, in one room, to explore solutions speaks to a new era.”

Spurred by the multitude of sexual abuse scandals, top Hollywood executives have tapped Anita Hill to chair the newly formed Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace.…

"When so many women came forward to describe what Harvey had done to them, I had to confront my cowardice and humbly acc...
12/14/2017
Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too

"When so many women came forward to describe what Harvey had done to them, I had to confront my cowardice and humbly accept that my story, as important as it was to me, was nothing but a drop in an ocean of sorrow and confusion."
via Newyorktimes
http://nyti.ms/2AkdugU

He threatened to shut down “Frida” if I didn’t comply with his demands.

Great interview with #JackieOlive! Read her thoughts on the #MeToo movement:
12/13/2017
Nest Foundation

Great interview with #JackieOlive! Read her thoughts on the #MeToo movement:

Nest Talk with #JackieOlive! 🙌 3rd interview in our 6-part series!

Read her reflections on the #MeToo movement and gain her insight on what we can all do to encourage youth to change the culture of sexual violence.
#EmpowerYouth #EndSexualViolence
http://bit.ly/2zaAgK7

Watch Justin Baldoni's TedTalk on masculinity. What a beautiful and honest explanation - addressing how the toxicity of ...
12/12/2017
Why I'm done trying to be "man enough"

Watch Justin Baldoni's TedTalk on masculinity. What a beautiful and honest explanation - addressing how the toxicity of "scripts" men are given is harmful not just to women, but also to men.
via YouTube
http://bit.ly/2z4kSz2

Justin Baldoni wants to start a dialogue with men about redefining masculinity -- to figure out ways to be not just good men but good humans. In a warm, personal talk, he shares his effort to reconcile who he is with who the world tells him a man should be. And he has a challenge for men: "See if yo...

Exactly what we needed today 😊
12/08/2017
Nest Foundation

Exactly what we needed today 😊

Love these comics by Chris Grady! If you're ready for a smile today, read his positive messages touching on social justice, gender issues, xenophobia and more ❣️ via HuffPost Lunarbaboon #chrisgrady
http://bit.ly/2nKZviA

Great interview!
12/06/2017
Nest Foundation

Great interview!

2nd interview in our 6-part series! 🙌

Check out Missy Yager's thoughts on the #MeToo movement and get insight on what we can do to help change the culture of sexual violence.

Thank you, #MissyYager !
bit.ly/2iY8IlN

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