Formerly: DIY Filmmaker Sujewa Blog - Werewolf Ninja Philosopher and other 2018 movies! DIY = Do-It-Yourself. DIY film = low budget indie films made and distributed by the filmmaker. This is a blog by filmmaker Sujewa Ekanayake. 2018 films - Werewolf Ninja Philosopher, Breakthrough Weekend, Brooklyn Fantastic, Agnes the Alien. Blog active since 2006. Since 4/28/18 blog is called NEW ART FILM (since 2018), see post below for more re: the new direction.
Notes on the IFP's DIY Screening Series presentation of The Guatemalan Handshake
Before I get to the link for Brian "The Film Panel Notetaker" Geldin's notes on the event, let me reflect for a moment on the rapid "re-habilitation" of the D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) approach to self-distribution. Five years & more ago DIY distribution was a very unusual thing undertaken by underground filmmakers such as Jon Moritsugu or the mostly "ethnic" minority/non-"white" audience targeted projects such as The Debut or Sankofa. This year the Independent Feature Project is doing a special screening series highlighting self-distributed movies that are not specially targeted to underground or minority audiences (although The Guatemalan Handshake is not being self-distributed at the moment as far as I know - aside from film festival & special event screenings, but the series' upcoming presentations: Head Trauma & Four Eyed Monsters are definitely DIY distro projects), the Independent Film Channel's website recently wrote about DIY distribution, Variety.com wrote about DIY distribution & will be writing about it in the future. So what does this mean? We are seeing the not-too-slow indiewoodization of DIY filmmaking & distribution. Not a bad thing at all for myself & other current DIY filmmakers - we get more press, except eventually, maybe soon, we will hear about multi-million dollar "DIY" movies featuring Hollywood actors, distributed by the indie arms of major studios. When that happens we will just have to come up with another label for ultra-low budget, no star, self-distributed films. Anyway, that little rant aside, here is the link to Brian Geldin's notes. Enjoy. I have not seen The Guatemalan Handshake, but am looking forward to checking it out at some point. Thanks Brian for taking the notes & sharing them with us.