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.
The Academy should add an independent category to the Oscars
Not independent as in Little Miss Sunshine independent, but real independent, produced and distributed outside of Hollywood, like: Mutual Appreciation, The Debut, Jumping Off Bridges, Robot Stories, Head Trauma, Four Eyed Monsters, etc. The Oscars already have a foreign film category - for films made outside of the US & without (i think) Hollywood involvement to any significant degree (i may be wrong on that for certain "foreign" projects, but nevertheless, there is a line that separates domestic films from foreign films - thus the separate category in the Oscars). Certain Indiewood projects like Half Nelson are recognized by the Academy/A.M.P.A.S., but it would be cool if they added a complete new category for real indie/DIY movies - movies that were made completely outside the Hollywood/Indiewood system & are distributed outside that system. Now why would they want to do that you ask? So the Oscars would be more complete in recognizing domestic (US) filmmaking and distribution. And, real indie filmmaking is a talent pool from which Hollywood can draw from for future projects. Being nominated for an Oscar would make a new-to-Hollywood-filmmaking director & his/her Hollywood project perhaps an easier sell to the public and the media. If real indie filmmaking & distribution is recognized & supported by the Oscars, then the awards show & the Academy itself will become more relevant and more reflective of the total filmmaking picture in the US. The existence of the Gotham Awards and the Spirits Awards, and specially the real independent movies that those programs sometimes recognize, shows that there is more to awards show worthy relevant American filmmaking than what Hollywood puts out. Also the thousands of real indie movies that are recognized & celebrated at the hundreds of US indie film festivals each year are an argument in favor of adding an indie category to the Oscars. Because the material certainly exists, and recognizing some of the works at the Oscar stage could be useful to the film industry. Incorporating some of that real indieness would make the Oscars, the Academy and Hollywood itself more exciting and more hopeful. Excitement and hope, along with a great new movie and a fresh voice, can equal a lot of dollars in revenue, and also a lot of dollars worth of publicity and good will.