Breakthrough Festival - June 12-18, NYC

Breakthrough Festival - June 12-18, NYC
Breakthrough Festival - an indie film festival, NYC

BREAKTHROUGH WEEKEND Teaser Trailer

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hanging w/ Jim Jarmusch at Only Lovers premiere :: Trailer

Saw Jim Jarmusch's vampire romance comedy Only Lovers Left Alive last night at Lincoln Center, at the start of the movie's theatrical run.  Got to speak w/ Jarmusch for a minute, always a blast :)























Filmmakers Sujewa Ekanayake (L) and Jim Jarmusch (R), 4/11/14
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More info about the film & show times at Lincoln Center here.

And here's the trailer for the movie:





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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Last chance to join Team Little Fishes, help a great new film heading to Cannes & NYC!

Less than 20 hours to go on the Little Fishes Kickstarter campaign.  Go here to check out the trailer, donate, & become a part of this excellent project.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The latest on Alexia Anastasio's projects, including new film Little Fishes




First, Little Fishes Kickstarter is down to it's final week/7 days of campaigning for finishing & release funding (to get to her most important & useful stretch goal of $8K, she needs to raise about $5K-$6K more).  Go check it out now & see if you want to become a part of that excellent indie art film project.



Next, here's the latest on Alexia's projects, from a recent press release:

Filmmaker Alexia Anastasio completes work on new film Little Fishes, crowdfunds for release, participates in a film finance panel discussion, and talks about her work in new interview

Filmmaker Alexia Anastasio has completed major work on her new film Little Fishes. Little Fishes is a romantic drama about the relationship between two women. The film was inspired by the writings of D.H. Lawrence. The film will be submitted to film festivals in the coming days. Anastasio will attempt to screen the film at the Cannes Film Festival and Market in France later this year. More information about the film can be found at: www.alexiaanastasio.com/films/littlefishes.html

Alexia Anastasio is raising money for the completion expenses and release expenses for new film Little Fishes using the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Recently Anastasio completed her Kickstarter fundraising goal 1 by raising over $2,000 on the crowdfunding site. The project will be funded on April 2. Anastasio is now working towards her ultimate stretch goal of $12,000. The Little Fishes Kickstarter project can be found at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/alexiaanastasio/little-fishes-a-film-about-girls-in-love

Alexia Anastasio participated, as a speaker, in the Bloomberg BNA International Film and TV Finance Summit March 19 and 20 in Los Angeles, California. On March 19 Anastasio participated at the event's crowdfunding panel at 11:15 AM. Then, from 12 to 12:45 PM Anastasio delivered a case study presentation regarding her new film Little Fishes. More information about the event can be found here:http://www.bna.com/2014film_losangeles/

Alexia Anastasio was recently interviewed about her career, current projects, previous projects, and future plans at DIY Filmmaker blog. The interview can be read at: http://diyfilmmaker.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-woman-making-indie-movies-interview.html

For interviews or additional information about her participation in the above mentioned items, Alexia Anastasio can be contacted through:


Alexia Anastasio website: www.alexiaanastasio.com/

Alexia Anastasio is a filmmaker, actress, and artist who has starred in, co-directed and co-produced several independent films. Anastasio draws, paints, does collage work and photography. As an actress she was recently featured in feature film Supernaturalz, HBO's Bored to Death, VH1's 'If you like...' commercial and Vetiver’s 'Everyday' music video. Anastasio started working with film 14 years ago while attending SUNY Purchase. At SUNY Purchase she made many short films, some experimental narratives and documentaries, and also started her own art, music and film festival - the CAMP Festival. Anastasio edited the feature documentary Vampira: The Movie, associate produced The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels, produced and starred in the mockumentary 7 Deadly Sins: Inside the Ecomm Cult and helped promote and sell the movies at horror and comic book conventions. Anastasio’s most recently completed documentary Adventures in Plymptoons! has played world wide at over 40 film festivals including Annecy International Animation Film Festival, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, Dok Leipzig, Bend Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, Flip Animation Film Festival and more. The film is available through Hulu, Amazon, and Vimeo.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

All of the official pages, sites, blogs for Breakthrough Festival NYC - An Independent Film Festival, June 2014



I will keep a running list here.  New links will be added as they become alive.  Official festival website coming on 3/31.

- Sujewa

BREAKTHROUGH FESTIVAL LINKS

1 - Breakthrough Festival Blogger Blog - http://breakthroughfestnyc.blogspot.com/

2 - Breakthrough Festival Facebook page (for Likes)

3 - Breakthrough Festival Facebook Group page

More coming soon...

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Support this awesome NYC art film institution - Anthology Film Archives

Every city needs a place like this.  A NYC original.  A rare, excellent thing.  Check out how you can support Anthology Film Archives here.

 

- Sujewa


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Little Fishes trailer 2 - funny, NSFW, has a Midnight In Paris aspect



Little Fishes Trailer 2 from Alexia Anastasio on Vimeo.

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For more on the film, go here, check out & support the project, join this exciting cinematic journey:

Monday, March 10, 2014

Lunchbox reviewed by Kenneth Turan in LA Times

Check out the review here.  Sounds like an interesting movie.

- Sujewa

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A Woman Making Indie Movies - An Interview With Alexia Anastasio

By Sujewa Ekanayake

While gender should not be an issue when it comes to making movies, unfortunately, at this point in time, women have a relatively more difficult time launching and sustaining their filmmaking careers (see here, here, here, also here).  No doubt this situation will be corrected in the future and most likely that will happen with the help of the next wave of female filmmakers - as they figure out what works for each of them, what doesn't, and how to improve the overall situation. Alexia Anastasio is a female independent filmmaker who has made several films and is nearing completion on her new film Little Fishes. I spoke with her recently about her past projects, the current project, and future challenges.
Sujewa - Alexia, thanks for taking the time out for this interview. Let's jump in to the subject that I mentioned at top, why do you think, at this point in time, it appears to be more difficult for female independent or Hollywood filmmakers to launch and sustain their filmmaking careers? And what are some future solutions that you see on the horizon?
Alexia - Thank you Sujewa.  Pretty ridiculous right that we even have to have a conversation about it being difficult to be a women making movies?  I actually think it is finally becoming an option when it was so hard being a filmmaker that past 100 years because it was so expensive.  Now women can raise a reasonable amount and do it themselves. I think the future is the audience choosing more of what they want to see and experience. I think that there will be less movie theaters in the future and more ways to connect movies to games and to each other in the movie watching experience. 
Sujewa - How did you get started with filmmaking? Why did you decide to do it? 
Alexia - I got started in filmmaking through my love of acting. When I was 11 years old I knew I wanted to be an actress and when I was 16 I had an amazing teacher that introduced me to making a short film with a small team in two high school afternoons. That teacher was Louise Millmann and I will always be grateful because it was then that I knew that I wanted an art and family type experience from the process. You can see that film on my YouTube channel it was a remake of A Girl and her Trust and I played the girl. From then I went on to SUNY Purchase where I was in the first class on the New Media major. I was able to take film history, Video Art, Creating Digital Video, Photography and Computer Graphics classes and I use all the skills I learned there in my chosen career as a filmmaker. 
Sujewa - What were some of the major obstacles that you had to overcome on your earliest projects? Production and distribution wise?
Alexia - The biggest obstacle was stress related. When I was fundraising for Adventures in Plymptoons! and I didn't know if I was going to make it. I was breaking plates. Thankfully I learned Transcendental Meditation and that helped me through the crowdfunding process and also with staying focused while finishing the film. The film is now available on Hulu, Amazon and Vimeo On Demand.  
Sujewa - Can you talk a bit more about your most recently completed project - Adventures In Plymptoons! - how did you get started on that project?
Alexia - That project started with me watching Bill Plympton's master class at my home town movie theater the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY.  I was looking for a subject for my first feature documentary so it was all about timing.  I asked Bill if he would like a documentary on him, he told me to submit a proposal and he accepted and we were off to the races. Two and half years later I had a feature film that became 'Adventures in Plymptoons!'
Sujewa - What was the distribution process like on Adventures In Plymptoons!? Were you happy with how many people were able to see it in festivals and are you happy with the current availability of that film?
Alexia -  The distribution process included the 40 plus film festivals that played the movie and I am happy with the availability of the film online but I really would like more people to see it around the world and be inspired that they can become full time artists like Bill Plympton. 
Sujewa - What is your current film Little Fishes about?
Alexia - Little Fishes is a film about girls in love inspired by the poetry of D.H. Lawrence.  I am very excited about it.  


Sujewa - How can interested people become a part of your Little Fishes production & distribution journey?
Alexia - It is best that people watch the trailer and read about the film on the Kickstarter page. That is where they can get original art by me, perks and be a part of the process including getting updates for the film. Our goal is to bring the film to the Cannes Marche du Film in May and use Tugg.com to tour the film throughout the world with films like this with the Mumblecore Film Festival. 


Sujewa - What, if any, other projects do you plan on pursuing after Little Fishes?
Alexia - I am also finishing up a documentary about girls with natural red hair called Ginger Girls: The Secret Lives of Redheads. That project is a feature documentary, photo book and art show and my goal is to have a gathering and premiere in Las Vegas this fall. 
Sujewa - What helpful advice do you have for new filmmakers - both male and female - and for filmmakers who are considering becoming active again after a long break?
Alexia - Get connected to everybody in your life. Throw a party, have people come and celebrate your decision to be a part of the film community again. It is important to know that you can do it and that there are many ways that you can do it with others.
Sujewa - Any other thoughts that you would like to share with the world?

          Alexia - Thank you universe for allowing me to make films that I love for the past 14 years. 
          I am so grateful that I can teach     others to do the same. If anybody has any more questions I                         can be easily reached through my website: http://www.alexiaanastasio.com/.

Thanks Alexia!
- Sujewa


Friday, February 28, 2014

Breakthrough Weekend will screen June 12-18 at Anthology Film Archives in NYC - early notice

By end of March we will have final posters, promo art, final trailers, final clips, and we will be launching an epic marketing campaign to spread the word about the June 12-18/one week long run of Breakthrough Weekend at Anthology Film Archives in NYC.  Also film festival news coming by the end of March.  In the meantime, enjoy the early notice promo image below :) -


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Knife Fight Over Mumblecore/Wizard Attack - A Scene from BREAKTHROUGH WEEKEND

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BREAKTHROUGH WEEKEND Teaser Trailer on Vimeo

Breakthrough Weekend teaser trailer on YouTube

DATE NUMBER ONE - entire film on Vimeo

Indie Film Blogger Road Trip - Episode 1: Visiting Obenson & Harris in Brooklyn

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