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Filmmaker uses ‘spy animals’ to get closer to tigers, dolphins and polar bears

“She came right up, sat down and lay down next to it and all her little cubs came running over. And within no time at all, they were lined up suckling in front of her. And I had the most incredible view I’ve ever seen of a lion.”

Director Desiree Akhavan on women, film, gender inequality

“For more strong female characters to be depicted on film, there needs to be more female directors at the helm of these films,” said Desiree Akhavan, the writer, director and star of “Appropriate Behavor” and new cast member on HBO’s “Girls.”

Submitting to film festivals? How to license footage on a budget

Independent filmmakers face plenty of challenges illustrating their creative vision and preparing films for festival submission. Not surprisingly, budget is at the top of the list.