43 Ways to Finance Your Feature Film: A Comprehensive Analysis of Film Finance by John W. Cones (Southern Illinois University Press, 1998)
Digital Filmmaking 101: An Essential Guide to Producing Low Budget Movies by Dale Newton, John Gaspard (Focal Press, 2001)
Feature Filmmaking at Used Car Prices by Rick Schmidt (Penguin Books, 2000)
Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents by Louise Levison (Focal Press, 2001)
The Filmmaker?s Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age by Steven Ascher et al. (Plume, 1999)
The IFILM Digital Video Filmmaker?s Handbook by Maxie D. Collier (Lone Eagle Publishing, 2001)
Rebel Without a Crew; or, How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player by Robert Rodriguez (Plume, 1996)
What They Don?t Teach You at Film School by Camille Landau and Tiare White (Hyperion, 2000)
The Magazine of Independent Film
Along with coverage of the independent film festival scene, this publication features interviews with independent filmmakers and tips on movie production. Subscriptions: $18/yr. (4 issues) from 501 Fifth Ave. Suite 1714, New York, NY 10017.
Independent Film & Video Monthly
The core trade magazine of the U.S. independent film industry is filled with how-to articles, product reviews, and funding opportunities for directors, producers, and cinematographers. Subscriptions are included in the annual membership dues for the Foundation for Independent Video and Film, a nonprofit group dedicated to media arts and artists: $55/yr. (10 issues) from AIVF, 304 Hudson St., 6th floor, New York, NY 10013.
Art and Business of Making Movies
Aimed at budding film professionals, this slightly more mainstream journal focuses on interviewing and profiling well-known directors. Subscriptions: $15/yr. (4 issues) from 39 Exchange St., Suite 301, Portland, ME 04101.
The Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF) offers access to a number of resources, including seminars, trade discounts, health and production insurance, and film salons in 20 cities nationwide. Members can also get information on starting salons in their own communities.
Independent Feature Project (IFP) is a nonprofit resource organization for independent filmmakers, ranging in various cities from equipment rental services and screenings to production grants and mentoring programs.
These sites include links to festivals, funding avenues, and other resources.