Indie Film Blogger Road Trip

DATE NUMBER ONE - entire film on Vimeo

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sunday, May 01, 2016

The Case Of The Three Sided Dream - Rahsaan Roland Kirk documentary on Vimeo VOD

The Case Of The Three Sided Dream from Monoduo Films on Vimeo.


The story of multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk; who went from blind infant, to child prodigy, to adult visionary, to political activist, and finally to paralyzed showman. A seemingly superhuman musical force who played literally until the day he died.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935-1977) was more than a blind musician who could play three horns at once, more than one of the most exciting and amazing sax players who ever lived. Beyond the ability to play multiple melodies at the same time, he was a warrior against racial injustice, fought for people with disabilities, and was a tireless campaigner for a wider appreciation of Jazz (what he termed Black Classical Music).
Packed with electrifying archival footage of Kirk and his music, intimate interviews, and inspired animated sequences; Kahan’s film is an absorbing look at the man who wouldn’t even let partial paralysis keep him from pursuing what he called “The Religion of Dreams.

New project - exploring the Vimeo VOD catalog

Vimeo VOD seems to have a lot of interesting titles.  I took a brief look this morning, titles Mira, Apls look good.  They say they have 30,000 or so movies.  So, in the coming weeks, I'll post about interesting looking movies that I see on the Vimeo VOD catalog.  Check them out here -

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

2016 Films, 1 Feature A Year Goal, & how the goals of the DIY Film Revolution are now easily achievable

This blog was started in 2006.  Back in those days the idea of making, marketing, distributing an independent feature film on an ultra low budget, outside of Hollywood/Indiewood was still a major challenge.  Those days are now over.  Now, with the proper planning and preparation, it is possible for an indie filmmaker to make & release at least one feature film a year.

The developments in crowdfunding over the last several years (Indiegogo, Kickstarter, Seed & Spark, etc), the coming into being of several ultra low budget films that have gained national & international attention (see Quiet CityLord Byron, All the Light in the Sky, 25 ultra low budget films by Rick Schmidt on Fandor, & many other examples out there) and the emergence of great self-distribution options such as Vimeo VOD makes previously difficult goals of the DIY Filmmaking Revolution (a whole lot of us attempting to master filmmaking & distribution around 2006) now achievable.  Plus the existence of a well developed Internet, marketing & finding collaborators through Facebook & other social media sites (see Ultra Ultra Ultra Low Budget Filmmakers group), & the existence of thousands of how-to videos & articles (see No Film School, YouTube filmmaking videos, etc) makes real indie filmmaking a lot easier now.

That being the case, my goal starting this year is to make & release at least 1 feature length film a year.  I am starting with Breakthrough Weekend (currently being edited) - should be released in May. Then following up with the completion & release of Brooklyn Fantastic (filmed, needs to be edited). After those two projects I hope to shoot a new film this year (latest working title is Happiness Level Infinity).

More info on the films coming as they get completed and released.

- Sujewa

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

How Senator Bernie Sanders Can Win the Democratic Nomination for President

By Sujewa Ekanayake

According to my math (see details below), based on the figures available on the linked documents - wikipedia page - dem presidential primaries 2016, ny times page - primary results - if Sanders wins the rest of the states at 55% (& Clinton gets 45% of the vote) - on average - Sanders will end up with 2053.75 pledged delegates to Clinton's 1997.25 pledged delegates. Then at the convention there's 709 super delegates that each candidate can go after to try to get the 2383 total that they need to win the nomination. So Sanders has to go to the convention with the greater number of pledged delegates to justify the super delegates coming to his side for him to get the nomination. This is no doubt only 1 of many possible paths to the nomination at this point. Regardless of the path, all of them will require a lot of work by Team Sanders & supporters. But, as we saw with Michigan last night, amazing things are possible :).

The math - 
1 - total pledged delegates available - 4051, 
2 - at present sanders has 544, clinton 762 = total - 1306 delegates, 
3 - available in upcoming contests - 2745 delegates, 
4 - 55% of that number = 1509.75 delegates, 
5 - 45% of the available # = 1235.25 delegates, 
6 - 55% or 1509.75 + current sanders's 544 = 2053.75, 
7 - 45% or 1235.25 + current clinton's 762 = 1997.25 delegates, 
8 - total needed for the nomination = 2383 pledged delegates, 
9 - unpledged/super delegates = 709, 
10 - sanders needs 329.25 super delegates to win the nomination, 11 - clinton needs 385.75 super delegates to win the nomination.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Interview with Team Metrograph

About the new indie theater in NYC.  Read at indieWire.

- S

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BREAKTHROUGH WEEKEND Teaser Trailer on Vimeo

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