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This guide is designed to help independent filmmakers create their films


Welcome to the Research Guide for Independent Filmmakers! This guide was originally created for the 2012 SXSW Film Festival panel entitled Dig Deep: Libraries, Archives and Filmmaking

This guide provides information and advice regarding common independent filmmaking tasks and situations.  The information in this guide was created and adapted by the following librarians and archivist.

Speaker Bios

Jo Angela OehrliAngie Oehrli is a Learning Librarian at the University of Michigan. She loves teaching people how to find information. You can contact her at





Phil Hallman is the film studies librarian at the University of Michigan. He is the head of the Donald Hall Collection, a unique collection of films, dvds and screenplays dedicated to the art of film studies, production and screen writing.  You can contact him at




Lisa HamiltonLisa Hamilton has been a Reference Librarian at the Faulk Central Library for over five years. She is an expert in retrieving information from a multitude of sources. In addition to answering reference questions, she manages the Austin Public Library social media accounts, teaches classes to the public, purchases materials for the collection, and writes online content. You can contact her at




Tim HamblinTim Hamblin is the video archivist at the Austin History Center with holdings of over thirty thousand recordings. In addition to assisting researchers looking for footage, Tim has extensive knowledge of the other collections relating to the history of Austin and Travis County. These include over a million photographs, thousands of documents, biographical and subject files, books, architectural drawings, maps, and other materials which cover Austin’s rich heritage as the capital of Texas.  You can contact him at 



Karen Downing

Karen Downing is the Foundations & Grants Librarian at the University of Michigan's University Library. She works with faculty, students and community members to identify potential funding for their research and projects. She is affiliated with The Foundation Center in New York, as one of their Cooperating Collection supervisors.  You can contact her at