Thursday, August 30, 2007

Let's put together a new indie film movement of DIY/ultra low budget filmmakers EXCEPT with films featuring minority & multi-ethnic casts & directors

Anyone who wants to join & are: 1) making movies - indie/real indie movies now, and 2) these movies feature multi-ethnic casts or at least some significant diversity, can sign up in comments, your application will be reviewed.

Eventually we will establish a membership review board. For now, leave a comment.

Minority directors are highly encouraged to sign up for this new filmmaking movement. As are "white" directors (given that they are not closed off to using minority talent in front of & behind the camera).

We will promote our movies, get fest & investor & theatrical & DVD & cable distro support & tons of press as Mumblecore has gotten; except of course our movies will reflect the ethnic diversity in America far better.

HONARARY MEMBERS of this New American Indie Film Movement:

Jon Moritsugu, Greg Pak, Gene Cajayon, James Spooner, Greg Araki, Jim Jarmusch, Jim McKay

(i am sure there are more that would qualify, suggest some names in Comments)

REGULAR MEMBERS (so far, the movement in only like 5 minutes old at the moment)

Sujewa Ekanayake (me) - founder

(and like I said earlier, if ya want to join, leave a comment w/ info. on you, your film, your approach to casting with diversity in mind)

POSSIBLE NAME FOR THE MOVEMENT:

Colorcore?

New American Indie?

The Open Films Movement?

- suggest some names in Comments

THANKS!

- Sujewa

9 comments:

The Sujewa said...

Those filmmakers who want to join, leave a URL to your blogs also. If you don't have a blog, start one right now - blogs will be essential for the success of this new movement, as it was for M-core.

- Sujewa

The Sujewa said...

Honorary member: Spike Lee

Honorary member:John Cassavetes

In order to be an honorary member, you have to have made a low budget indie film for less thanlet's say around $200,000 (to keep in mind the higher cost of entry in the 16MM dayz) featuring a minority actor in a lead role or featuring a multi-ethnic cast or you yourself have to be a member of a US ethnic minority group.

- Sujewa

The Sujewa said...

Documentary filmmakers are eligible for this new movement - same requirements - characters/subjects in your flicks will have to have ethnic diversity.
And or you yourself have to be a member of an ethnic minority group.

thanks!

- sujewa

The Sujewa said...

The Open City Film Movement?

The Shadows Film Movement?

The American School?

suggest more possible names for the movement.

thanks!

- sujewa

Anonymous said...

ha, there we go! check out our film, it stars, and was co-written/shot by a 19 year old Latino girl and executive produced by a Japanese girl, and speaking of ultra-lowbudget, it was made w/ just 45 bucks.
http://alteregocinema.com/Features/AMATUER.html

this film was co-directed by an 18 year old African-American girl.
http://alteregocinema.com/Features/BIGBOOBSBLONDEBABESBADBLOOD.html

and you can check out all our filmmakers here:
http://alteregocinema.com/FILMMAKERBIOS.html

with $20 average budgets and all this diversity, I'd say we qualify? maybe :)

Mike-B
AEC

The Sujewa said...

Also, the films should be art/indie comedy dramas, etc. No horror or exploitation, since those genres already have well established methods of publicity & distribution. That's of coure my own preference.

- Sujewa

The Sujewa said...

Also, as the current indie fest (mainstream fests, not ethnic focused fests)/indie film press/indie theaterical distribution & indie DVD distribution scene is heavily in favor of all-"white" art/indie films, the multi-ethnic art/indie film movement will most likely have to be at first a heavily D.I.Y./"underground" scene with DIY screenings & DVD sales/distribution - self-distribution being the main methods of getting the films to the audiences, and the press will have to come from our own blogs & websites & other self-promotional efforts (plus random mainstream press that we might luck out with for a film/DVD or a screening here and there) until there are a significant number of films & sales/customers for this movement at which point I am sure the mainstream indie players will take notice & will want to get in on the act.

- Sujewa

The Sujewa said...

also, re: exploitation indie films - there might be some useful production & distribution tactics that we can learn from the exploitation indie filmmaking sisters & brothers. also, there might be some weird exploitation movies that might actually be more art/indie than just pure exploitation, good things to look out for.

- Sujewa

CHRISTOPHER REVON said...

I am now in preproduction for an ultra low budget feature, so I am interested to be a part of it. You can see my photography work at www.christopherrevon.com since I am also a photographer.

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