From Breakthrough Weekend, new comedy by Sujewa Ekanayake

From Breakthrough Weekend, new comedy by Sujewa Ekanayake
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Friday, December 18, 2009

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Got my stuff from IFP

Received the 2 missing issues of Filmmaker Mag & the John Sayles DVD from IFP today.  Thanks a lot IFP!

- Sujewa

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

YouTube paid videos in the "not too distant future"

Read about it here.

Jim Jarmusch sings "Cortez the Killer"

With the help of a couple of other folks - check out the video at Spike.

Hmmm, the DIY thing runs in the family maybe...

At one time my dad built film projectors out of wood & plastic at home, as a hobby & maybe a source of secondary income too (for projecting I believe 35 MM film - maybe 16 MM film too, some projectors were mostly wood, some were mostly plastic). This was back in Sri Lanka, I think he built his last projector in the early 80's. So, some D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) activity there, film related too.

Found an interesting passage in the autobiography of a relative a few minutes ago while shelving some books; the relative is an uncle (or grand uncle, as we call him, my grandmother's brother - one of them - on my dad's side) who is a Buddhist monk named Bhante Henepola Gunaratana. He writes about the house he was born in & receiving his birth name (this was about 80+ years ago in Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, & people who join the order of Buddhist monks receive a new name); from Journey to Mindfulness: The Autobiography of Bhante G.:

"Two weeks after my birth, when it looked likely I was hearty enough to survive, my father went to visit the chief of a nearby village...There, he told the chief the name he had given his third son: Ekanayaka Mudiyanselage Ukkubanda."

And a couple of paragraphs later, this most interesting bit of info:

"My father built our house himself. It was maybe thirty by forty feet. The roof was made of straw, dried fronds from coconut trees, and scraps of tin. The walls were made of mud, reinforced with strips of bamboo. Along the front and back of the house were open verandas, with walls that were made of mud on the lower half and a wooden lattice on the upper half."

Building your own house must be the ultimate D.I.Y. project. Very interesting, my great grandfather on my dad's side built his own house (come to think of it, this is not so unusual in Sri Lanka, I heard from my mom that her grandfather also built his own house) - maybe this whole D.I.Y. thing is some kind of a family habit (probably not - I am not a big believer in inherited traits, I think most qualities that individuals have come out of their environment, their own time period/as a response to it & their own experiences, but I could be wrong). Regardless of what it all means, it's nice to get some glimpses of the past, & of interesting activities, from family members.

- Sujewa

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Why IFP or similar organizations are important to DIY filmmakers


The entire DIY filmmaking & self-distribution project is, in a way, very broadly speaking, as I see it, kind of like (symbolically speaking, see end of post) creating an elite warrior* or an elite warrior culture (like those dudes in Black Hawk Down - Deltas - able to do alone or in small groups many of the things that require a large number of regular soldiers to do but only better & with less stuff (sometimes) & under more difficult circumstances) or turning yourself into an artist/entrepreneur who can not only make an interesting/unusual/out-of-the-norm movie well but also is able to make it well using fewer people & resources & also market it well, & deliver the product to an audience member who paid for it & also balance the books at the end of the day/end up in the black. If an individual artist is going to break through the many walls (external & internal) that separate him/her from the goal of making & distributing well a feature length film, a significant amount of hard work will be required - over a long period of time, turning the individual into - ultimately - a person skilled in many things, a person able to get many filmmaking & distribution things done well.

However, just like the elite soldiers in the movies are ultimately supported by & connected to the regular army, and benefit from that relationship with a larger group engaged in the same kind of work, DIY filmmakers could (I believe) benefit from membership in & support of a well run large organization with a lot of members - specially when it comes to distribution & marketing, gathering resources & team members for new projects, & perhaps even with managing the stress that comes with leading a relatively unusual lifestyle (making movies & distributing them, on a very low budget, alone or with some help from others, working outside of Hollywood & Indiewood, etc.).

At present, in the US, IFP is one of the few large non-profit independent filmmaking organizations left for DIY filmmakers to turn to. So, even though I am a DIY filmmaker (thus very interested in a filmmaking approach that makes it possible for a single artist to make & distribute a movie - in the same way a painter is able to make a work of art & make it available to interested people without having to go through something like a movie studio), I am also very interested in there being large, well run/well managed & useful organizations for indie/DIY filmmakers - to improve their skills, get support, network/make new work friends, advance their careers, etc.
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So is IFP such an org for DIY filmmakers? Not sure, will have to see, I am still exploring it. Even if it isn't now, might it be possible to turn IFP into an org that, while doing the things that it does best now, also assists DIY filmmakers with accomplishing their goals of producing & distributing movies & building careers?

Probably.

Specially if IFP members interested in such a future/near future scenario do the required work now.

- Sujewa
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(* also, so that we are very clear on this, i am using items from the military world only as SYMBOLS to clarify certain ideas, not saying that making movies is like war or war is like making movies, because they are not, war appears to be very dangerous & deadly work, & making movies is nowhere near as difficult - but making movies is/can be very difficult work, as far as regular/non-military work goes)

Manohla Dargis interview at Jezebel

Great read, I give it 4 stars out of 4.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Explore IFP post 3 - "What IFP Does"

In an earlier post I asked myself "what exactly does IFP do?". I found one answer, in broad & inspiring terms, at the IFP site. Here's that info (from this page):

"What IFP does

IFP knows where independent film is coming from, helped it get to where it is today, and has the experience and programs to advance its future.

IFP fosters the development of 200 feature and documentary films a year through Independent Film Week™, the Independent Filmmaker Labs™ and other activities.

IFP offers education in the art, technology and business of independent filmmaking through workshops, seminars, conferences, mentorships and Filmmaker Magazine™, the premier publication in the field.

IFP builds the audience for independent films by showcasing them in collaboration with other cultural institutions and celebrating them with the Gotham Awards™, the first honors of the film awards season.

IFP champions the work and advocates the interests of a network of 10,000 members in New York City and throughout the world.

In addition, IFP conducts special programs to promote racial, ethnic, religious, ideological, gender and sexual diversity. This, after all, is what independent film is all about: expanding people's points of view by exposing them to different ones."

Sounds good/exciting. Looking forward to finding out details about each of the IFP activities mentioned. Also, at some point in the future I'd like to see a line that reads something like "assisting ultra-low budget DIY filmmakers navigate the production, self-distribution, & marketing terrains" or something like that.

But, so far, looks like IFP has done/is doing quite a bit for indie film in the US.

Also, that 10,000 members number is impressive. But, in the US, there are probably at least 50,000 people involved in indie filmmaking (or stage 1 of indie feature filmmaking - pre-FT professional, in that zone between film student & filmmaker/film artists for life, I arrived at that 50,000 number by taking the "5,000 features submitted to Sundance" figure that I often hear about in indie film media & multiplying that by 10 - it probably takes at least 10 very interested people to get an indie feature made - from script to screen, also, that 50,000 figure is probably a very conservative number, actual number of people involved in indie filmmaking in the US is probably over 100,000). So, IFP has room to grow/there are lots more people who may become interested in joining IFP if programs & services useful to them are offered & or if the org is marketed in a way that is attractive to these novice filmmakers (not sure what changes or marketing approaches would work here, but I assume I'll get some ideas as I explore IFP further).

One thing that an org like IFP could offer is a press list. Contact info to all the NYC (& maybe beyond - maybe nation wide & world wide) publications/media that covers indie film screenings & related events (DVD releases, VOD offerings, interesting stories about indie filmmakers, etc.) - could be very useful for self-distributing filmmakers. Maybe IFP already offers something like this, will have to see.

- Sujewa

Women Make Movies is looking for a full time Marketing Manager

Read about the job opening at Women Make Movies.

I learned about this opportunity at IFP site's Job Listings page.

IFP website registration is not difficult - Explore IFP Post 2

At first (assuming I had registered months ago) I tried entering my e-mail & member ID # to sign in to IFP's site, did not work. Then I read info. on joining the site & learned that joining the site is free & that once joined I could link my IFP membership to it (for updating info, printing out membership card, etc.). So, with that info on hand I joined the site (created a new password for it, etc.), & now my IFP membership account is linked to my IFP website account - all seems fine. There was a little bit of confusion (in my mind) re: the free site account & the paid membership account - but it only took me a minute or so to figure out why I could not sign in to the site.

I think, generally, the IFP website could be simplified, or the design could be improved. I like bank websites (they handle a lot of important information, but interacting with the sites - the ones I've seen - are relatively easy & simple), also I like Apple's website (Amazon's is not bad either). So - seemingly simple - not too many items on each page, and bright (maybe a white background for IFP site pages?), also secure seems to be things I dig about websites for orgs & businesses that I am a part of or that I need to use often. I'll try to keep some notes on possible improvements that can be made to IFP's site as I explore it more, & will turn the notes in to IFP at some point in the near future.

Will try to print out my membership card tomorrow.

- Sujewa

Exploring IFP: Post 1 - Independent Filmmaker Project blog

After complaining about IFP a little last night (here), I heard back from several IFP'ers (Thanks Scott, Danielle, Rupert) this morning & received lots of info. about what IFP does for their members, how to find out more & get more involved, etc. Also found out that I've been a member since April '09 & that IFP had an old mailing address for me (which explains the missing Filmmaker Mag issues & probably the missing John Sayles DVD). Anyway, since I have over 3-4 months left on my current membership, I am going to use it as much as possible & explore all that IFP has to offer to their members, & also figure out how (if necessary) IFP can be improved (I'm mostly concerned at this point about there being an org that could assist ultra-low budget filmmakers who self-distribute, also an indie filmmakers union & maybe even a credit union for indie filmmakers would not be bad ideas/nice things to have in the US - along with health insurance for indie filmmakers - maybe IFP already has some of those services - or has the potential to help bring such services into existence, maybe IFP could be a strong core around which new services that new indie filmmakers need can be built, who knows - will have to see), & perhaps more importantly how IFP can assist me with my various film projects/developing the career, etc.

So, here's my Explore IFP Project's post 1:

Did you know that there's a new blog for IFP? It's called Independent Filmmaker Project (did IFP change their name from Independent Feature Project? not sure), check it out here:
http://independentfilmmakerproject.blogspot.com/
IFP's Community Manger Danielle DiGiacomo said she started this blog.

A few interesting recent posts:

- Re: Perfection & Adrienne Shelly Foundation

- IFP Alumni Shine Among A Strong Sundance Lineup

- A Repost for Thanksgiving

Will be back throughout this week with other interesting things that I discover about IFP.

Also, if I like what I learn about IFP in the coming 3-4 months, I'll renew my membership for 2010.

- Sujewa

IFP & Shooting People holiday happy hour - Wed 12/16

This looks interesting, check out all the info at the IFP site.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Battlestar Breakup

Entre nous, I don't think I am going to renew my IFP membership in 2010 (but I would be fine with donating some $s for Filmmaker Mag blog)

UPDATE 12/14, 12:25 PM: Looks like, according to IFP, I joined as a member in April '09. I moved in June (from one part of Brooklyn to another) and IFP had my old address (all other mail has been forwarded - I think - perhaps magazines do not automatically get forwarded - will have to check into that (that could be a reason why I did not get the Filmmaker issues). But, more importantly, I am getting my John Sayles DVD! IFP said they will send me one to my new address (also I updated my address with IFP, so I should get IFP mail from now on) - most excellent.

Working on getting a membership # & card at the moment - the # is required to access some parts of the IFP site, and the card is required for events.

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UPDATE 12/14, 11:32 PM: Received a list of helpful links from Danielle DiGiacomo (IFP Community Manager) - will be useful to have all those links in one place (i'll post those in comments [some require being signed in to Facebook, IFP, etc., so I just left a link to the latest IFP newsletter - an easy to follow & useful link]) - info. re: IFP programs & benefits to members. Also, I think I have too many Facebook groups, thus, the news from the IFP Facebook group may get lost underneath the pile of new daily updates. Also found some recent IFP press releases in my spam folder, made updates so that IFP e-mails will not get sent there. I think 50% - 51% of the responsibility for making good use of the IFP membership rests with me - the customer/member, so I will have to come up with some ways of organizing the amount of indie film related news I receive from various avenues (e-mails, blogs, Facebook, etc.) daily & also may have to set aside a regular time once a week or so to explore IFP events, news, benefits, etc. And Scott Macaulay e-mailed & said that Filmmaker Mag publishes 4 times a year, also got my address so that they can do all they can to make sure I get my 4 issues. So, all in all, very good thus far, quick responses from IFP to a somewhat unhappy member's post.

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Original Post:

This is only a soft criticism post (i think the proper french term for this is entre nous - between us/confidentially, etc. - correct me if i am wrong someone who knows french well), since I know - a little bit - people who work for IFP & I would like to see the organization succeed. With that disclaimer aside (this is definitely not a "destroy IFP" post):

- I am pretty sure my 1 year membership to IFP has not run out yet, but may soon (i recall paying $100 to IFP at some point w/ in the last 8 - 12 months & IFP confirming the payment), so let's review what I may have received over the last year for my $100 payment:

- I got a chance to support a useful indie film organization - so that's cool

- I did not receive the John Sayles DVD that I was supposed to get when I ordered Filmmaker Magazine at some point in the near past (i think i paid for a Filmmaker Mag subscription separately, & then paid for an IFP membership)

- I only received 1 issue of Filmmaker Mag during the past year (i think they publish 4 times a year? maybe 2 times a year? i am not sure)

- I live in NYC but I have not heard about any events or functions or whatever that I could use my IFP membership for
[12/14 clarification: now that I think about it, i have heard recently of some IFP events, however, they were not of interest to me, that's probably why i did not recall them when i wrote this post last night]

- I don't recall getting any regular e-mails from IFP re: in what ways, if any, I can use my IFP membership to interact with IFP, it's programs & services, or re: any other matters for that matter

[granted, part of this may be my fault, perhaps i need to spend more time at the ifp site & figure out what exactly is useful to me from stuff ifp has to offer their members]

(i do recall getting some press release e-mails from Michelle Byrd, however, thanks for those Ms. Byrd)

- What exactly does IFP do? I know they produce the Gotham Awards - that's cool - I know a filmmaker who has received one. And I've visited IFP's website & tried to figure out if anything that they do is useful to me (indie filmmaker, NYC based, making features for under $10K, self-distributing) but I do not recall getting excited about anything I've seen there

- Also, I did complain to IFP once about not getting Filmmaker Mag issues in the mail, then the 1 & only issue I received came, then silence for several months, so I am posting my complaints here

BUT ON THE BRIGHT SIDE

- I do read Filmmaker Magazine's blog everyday, and it's editor Scott Macaulay responds to comments I leave at the blog & also to any e-mails I send him - so that's very cool - so in my experience, the only aspect of IFP that cares about me as a customer/member/fan is Scott

EXPENSE ANALYSIS/JUSTIFICATION

- So do I really need to spend $100 in 2010 for an IFP membership? Looking at my past experience with IFP I do not think so.

HOWEVER

I would be cool with donating some $s (maybe $25?) to Filmmaker Mag blog for 2010. Since I'd like to have that blog around next year to read, get updates on filmmaking related things, etc.

ON THE OTHER HAND

$100 over 12 months/1 year is not a lot of money, I would have been totally cool with renewing my membership if I could see some benefits from that expense, but at present I cannot see much (besides feeling good about donating some $s to IFP & supporting Filmmaker Mag blog).

So, that's my little complaint about the IFP membership/my "recliner of rage" :) post (see below for a "Recliner of Rage" segment), back to regular sunny & upbeat programming soon.

- Sujewa

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The real story behind Invictus

According to this inspiring video:

Paramount wants to make some under-$100K movies

Read all about it at Filmmaker Magazine blog.

Dear Mr. Woods,...

Dear Mr. Woods (so that this letter will be slightly less weird, since we are both around the same age - within 10 years I think - I'll just call you Tiger from this point on, hope that's OK),

You've got both a personal & media problem at the moment, but, you probably should not quit golf, in fact, it is probably a good idea to get back into the game as soon as possible. Since your infidelity issue is probably not directly related to your work/golf, there is no good reason to let your work & the game suffer because of the other problem.

About the whole cheating on your wife thing: serious problem, but ultimately a matter to be resolved between you & your wife & kids. And beyond that, to be resolved by/within yourself, since ultimately you are the only one who can make radical changes to your behavior (and as shown by your mastery of a very difficult sport, I am sure you are more than capable of getting unwanted habits under control - after much work).

In fact, instead of giving up golf or taking a long break from it, you might want to take a break from sex, re-evaluate your relationship with it, and perhaps find healthier alternatives to cheating if you decide to go ahead with being a married man (of course in this current marriage that may not be entirely up to you). The other alternative is to become single, have as many girlfriends as you want (and of course honor your commitments & obligations to your current - perhaps soon to be X wife & the children).

Back to this whole issue of golf & sex/infidelity. The two do not have much in common. You've got a problem managing your private life, but you are an excellent golfer - so, while you work on repairing the damage in your private life, it may be helpful to continue with what you are very good at - golf.

That's just my take on it. Good luck with everything, don't beat yourself up too much about past mistakes - as humans everyone is vulnerable - as long as you fully own/accept your past mistakes & attempt to live better in the future, I am sure you & others will be able to forgive you.

I think that's about it Tiger. Get back to golfing, simplify your personal life/work on any past/recent mistakes, apologize & make amends to everyone that you feel is owed that, and take good care of yourself & your family - don't worry, do those things & things should work out well for you. You'll be back on top of your game & living a simple & happy life soon, if you do the required work.

- Sujewa

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

New film blog

Started a new film blog - for all kinds of interesting movies from around the world (not just DIY or ultra-indie, broadening the horizons a bit), check it out.

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

WHALE update

Click on the pic for an update on Amir Motlagh's film Whale.

I very much like the craftsmanship on that movie - shot well, scored well, edited well - and done mostly by a one person crew (Motlagh himself), I'd like my next movie - fiction feature (Brooklyn Fantastic) - to be that well made - tech wise.
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Remaining Date Number One December screenings cancelled

Due to low attendance for the first week of screenings (2 screenings last week) & the large amount of time that would be required to do additional publicity work to increase the attendance level, I've decided to cancel the remaining 6 December screenings of DNO at Aeon Logic.

On the bright side, DNO DVDs will be available this month. So, anyone who wants to check out DNO will be able to do so on DVD.

Thanks!

- Sujewa



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Monday, December 07, 2009

4 features/DVDs in 6 months: Date Number One, Unlimited Dreamtime, Indie Film Blogger Road Trip, Brooklyn Fantastic

Date Number One screenings are happening this month in Brooklyn & the DVD will be out this month. After that, I will make the film I shot & edited (mostly) as a 2 Week Film Project - Unlimited Dreamtime - available on DVD (January 2010). That same month will see Indie Film Blogger Road Trip - my '09 feature doc about blogging - on DVD. Following that, Brooklyn Fantastic will be completed & made available on DVD on or by May 2010 (still need to shoot 1/2 of that film & edit it). Those are the release plans for the next six months; December 2009 - May 2010.



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Brooklyn Fantastic blog updated

Check out latest post here.

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Friday, December 04, 2009

Unusual Place to Watch a Movie in NYC

New blog project - a list of indie film screenings at alternative venues (not movie theaters) in NYC. Check it out, submit info. on any relevant screenings that you know about.

http://alternascreeningsnyc.blogspot.com/


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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Date Number One screenings at Aeon Logic Art Gallery, NYC - December 2009

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12/8 Update: Dec 9 - 30 screenings cancelled

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DATE NUMBER ONE
a comedy about several first dates
a film by sujewa ekanayake
December 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 30Every Wed & Fri of December (except Fri 12/25)
7 PM (doors at 6, opening act at 6:30)
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Aeon Logic Art Gallery
4 Malcolm X Boulevard
(Malcolm X & Broadway, Bed-Stuy, nearest subway: Kosciuzko Street on the J line, map)Brooklyn, New York 11221
347.787.4626
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$5
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About Date Number One:
A writer,
A ninja,
A woman who is working on saving the world,
and a guy who works at a bookstore
searching for love in
DATE NUMBER ONE
http://datenumberone08.blogspot.com/
A movie by Sujewa Ekanayake

Date Number One, a comedy about several first dates, is made up of 4 different stories: Story 1 - Start Over, about a writer who tries to get back together with his ex-girlfriend, Story 2 - Just Another Ninja Searching For Love, about a ninja who goes on a blind date (ninja is played by John Stabb Schroeder from the DC punk band G.I.), Story 3 - A Romantic Dinner For 3, about a woman attempting to add a third partner to a romantic relationship, and Story 4 - The Superdelicious French Lesson, about a first date where a character learns a little bit of French in an unusual way. The movie has been discovered to be: "Witty" (GreenCine Daily), "Funny" (The Chutry Experiment), and "Sexy, Sexy, Sexy" (Hollywood Is Talking).
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Starring John Stabb Schroeder, Julia Stemper, Jennifer Blakemore, Shervin Boloorian, Dele Butler (formerly Dele Williams), Steve Lee, Kelly Ham AKA Kelly Ryan, Subodh Samudre, Jewel Greenberg
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Not Rated * 90 Minutes * yummy
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SCREENED AT: Goethe-Institut - Washington, DC (World Premiere, May 2006), Northwest Film Forum - Seattle (May 2006), Capital City Microcinema - Kensington, MD (June, October 2006 & March 2007), Sangha - Takoma Park, MD (July 2006), Pioneer Theater, New York City (August 2006), Warehouse Screening Room - Washington, DC (November 2006), The Armory - Kensinton, MD - 1 week run (July 2007), Jackie's - Silver Spring, MD (May 2008), Aeon Logic Art Gallery - Brooklyn, NY (February 2009)
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"Date Number One is quite funny...twentysomethings and occasional thirtysomethings looking for romance recall Richard Linklater's philosopher slackers and Jim Jarmusch's minimalist attention to conversation...also a subtle, thoughtful film...might be understood as the anti-Crash depiction of life in the city...depicts a comfortably multi-ethnic community...I'd happily recommend it."- Chuck Tryon, media professor & blogger,The Chutry Experiment blog http://chutry.wordherders.net/archives/005873.html
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"I found the characters and the premise sexy, sexy, sexy."- Jerry Brewington, Hollywood Is Talking blog, on Story 3 of Date Number One http://hollywoodistalking.com/Blog/508/
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"...witty...often inventive...and, even better, airy: characters are given time and space to spell out their views...views that never bear the artificial markings of a Hollywood screenwriter's compulsion to reduce them to sound-bites."- David Hudson, Editor, GreenCine Daily blog http://daily.greencine.com/archives/002353.html
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"FIVE really entertaining, fully realized romantic interludes...a shamefully rare achievement"- Tom Kipp, Seattle audience member,former film reviewer for Seattle alternative weekly The Stranger http://diyfilmmaker.blogspot.com/2006/05/interview-with-seattle-audience-member.html
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"Heartfelt...poignant...I loved it!"- Jon Moritsugu, award winning filmmaker
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"...somehow, someway, in the end, the love of the characters, the positiveness of the film, and Sujewa’s disregard for conventions wins you over. The act of making this film wins you over. There is only a positive through line in this film, and that is rare to see, especially when dealing with characters in their late to early thirties."- Amir Motlagh, director of the popular '04 Atom Films' short Still Lover & upcoming feature Whale
http://stilllover.blogspot.com/2006/10/date-number-one-review.html
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Date Number One website & blog:
http://datenumberone08.blogspot.com/
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Event Contact: Sujewa Ekanayake, 240-354-3394, wilddiner@aol.com
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Final poster design for the Date Number One shows in December





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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Hope you had a warm & fuzzy Thanksgiving

If not, this might help a little:





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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Making of "Generation Kill"

Saw the HBO miniseries Generation Kill yesterday, enjoyed it (1/2 road trip movie & 1/2 war movie), here's a NY Times review & the making of video:




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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Carter at Anthology on Tue 11/24

Get all the info on the NYC indie film Carter & its screening on Tue 11/24 at Anthology Film Archives (& after party) here. A Carter trailer:


CARTER Festival Trailer from Ryan Balas on Vimeo.



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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Machan review at Sri Lankan Film Critics blog

While searching for stuff on Machan found this blog - Sri Lankan Film Critics - check it out.


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National Economy

Interesting web page - National Economy - check it out.


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Friday, November 20, 2009

Clip from My Dinner With Andre





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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Saw Machan (awesome) :: View review quote & link


Just saw the Italian/German/Sri Lankan illegal immigration & sports adventure comedy-drama Machan (not in the best possible viewing formats, and it has not been made available in the US yet, so, will post US release info when I find it) - liked the movie a lot; flick's got a lot of surprisingly funny & achingly sad moments that come out of nowhere (anyone who knows a bit about recent events in Sri Lanka will feel some pain in one unexpected scene in act 3) - altogether an excellent story of the modern times. Anyone who wonders about illegal immigration should see this movie (also, the question not discussed in the movie is why people will try anything to get out of some countries & perhaps some ways those countries can improve life for their citizens so that they won't vote with their feet - but that is another story for another movie). Anyway, check out Machan when you get a chance, here is a review quote from View, a UK site:

"The Good
Pasolini's direction gives the film a documentary-like realism that works well; he also gets extremely naturalistic performances from a terrific ensemble cast made up of non-professionals and first-time actors. De Chickera and Dias make a likeable central duo and there's strong support from Mahendra Perera as local crook Ruan, who comes up with a few last-minute solutions when everything seems lost.The script is excellent, balancing moments that are laugh-out-loud funny with poignant, moving and emotionally resonant scenes that touch on the themes of family, male pride and the men's desperate hunger for the opportunity to work and support a family.

The Great
This is, in many ways, a sort of Sri Lankan version of The Full Monty, with an unlikely group of men undertaking something they know nothing about in order to regain a sense of self-worth. As a result, there are several wonderful scenes and the final act is delightful."

Read the rest at the View.

Also, the Sri Lankan slang word "machan" would best translate to America as "dude" or "bro" - a term of friendship (usually).

I'll have to add Machan to somewhere near the top of my "favorite movies of all time" list - up there with Amelie & Mystery Train.

- Sujewa


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Found official website for Machan (but no US release plans mentioned)

Here's the site that seems to be the official website for Machan (being released in Europe & Asia, but I do not see any US release plans there yet).


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Machan might be the next Slumdog Millionaire or The Full Monty

So says reviewer Shoard in Guardian (i think the flick opens in the UK tomorrow) - read the brief review here.



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The Fabulous Picture Show discusses Machan





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Machan trailer (in German)




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Machan review link


About a new flick about a group of people from Sri Lanka who impersonated a handball team to slip into Germany illegally - sounds very interesting, looking forward to checking it out - here's the link to the Guardian review of the flick.









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