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Date Number One screenings coming up in NYC in December

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UPDATE 11/2 Mon, 1 PM: Screening dates are every Wed & Fri of December, except for Fri 12/25, at Aeon Logic Art Gallery in Brooklyn, doors at 6 PM, opening acts (if any) at 6:30 PM, show begins at 7 PM, $5 - more info soon.

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Several screenings of Date Number One (my most recently completed fiction feature, a comedy about several first dates) are coming up in December, in NYC, in time to promote the DVD & just because going out to see a movie - specially a real indie movie at an alternative venue & hanging out with other people who are also into it - is a lot of fun (also this will be a part of that Re-Birth of Indie Film that I've been talking about). Details about the screenings coming soon.

- Sujewa


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PUMit claims to offer internet VOD + PayPal ability & other distribution/monetizing options for filmmakers/content owners

One of my wishes for some time now has been that someone would invent a free or very affordable system/technology that would allow individual filmmakers to deliver their films over the web to customers AFTER the customers have paid for it using PayPal or some other popular, easy to use payment system.

There are already internet VOD companies that can do the work for you; but the actual work, download data, pricing, etc. is a couple of steps removed from the filmmaker at this point - or the filmmaker submits the film to a company/distribution service, they sell it over the web, & give the filmmakers a share of the revenue - that's generally how things work in internet VOD at the moment.

The kind of service/technology I want to see in existence would make the "middle person business" optional; filmmakers being able to sell their films directly to audiences, collect money, etc. - if they wish. On certain projects this may be a useful option to have (and this is also an …

Congrats on the phase 1 fundraising OpenIndie

OpenIndie raised their target $s through Kickstarter - for phase 1 of their experimental distribution project. Congrats, looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Here's the indieWIRE article about OpenIndie.




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Tonight - Jonas Mekas, Sixty Years In New York

At Anthology Film Archives.

Here's the program:

"Jonas Mekas
A LETTER TO PENNY ARCADE (2001, 15 minutes, video)
SELFPORTRAIT (1970, 20 minutes, video)
WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN (1950/2003, 15 minutes, video)
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A MAN WHO CARRIED HIS MEMORY IN HIS EYES (2000, 50 minutes, video)
Total running time: ca. 105 minutes."

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Upcoming Showings:
Friday Oct 30 8:00 PM ::

More here.


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I owned a copy of this book once

First time I got it I got it as maybe an X-mas gift from a friend in MD, & then I found another copy later, now I am pretty sure I still have a copy somewhere in my boxes, but if not, need to find another copy of this book, need to read up on some old timey* underground filmmakers.

And here's the guy who wrote it, still around.

And here's Amazon's page for An Introduction to the American Underground Film by Sheldon Renan.

Bad Lit blog has an article about the book.

Check this book out indie film artists, if you get a chance, might have some good ideas in it.


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Italian Neo-Realism at Lincoln Center

Get all the info. about the Italian Neo-Realism and the Birth of Modern Cinema screening series at Lincoln Center, NYC here. Runs 10/30 - 11/25.


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Nice quote for the next wave of indie filmmakers to think about

It is absolutely essential that we establish a culture of making & distributing films independent of Hollywood & Indiewood ambitions & support & control structures in order to keep things interesting, alive, open, & keep indie film growing as an art form, a form of entertainment, a delivery method for new & interesting ideas, an avenue for personal & community freedom & expression, also to keep indie film as an accessible small business practice open to all. Not gonna be easy to do, & the way is not clear as to how we will get to the destinations mentioned earlier, but we'll figure it out. And now, for the inspirational quote, from DC musician Guy Picciotto (Fugazi, etc.), from the 90's, from book Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital, from page 323:
" "We'll keep on putting out our own records, managing ourselves, booking ourselves, and staying supremely autonomous," said Picciotto. "We neve…

Reads like a Hollywood cop story

One thread in the Vanity Fair article on the Mumbai attacks reads like something out of a Hollywood cop movie (of the more downbeat & realistic type - more Traffic than Training Day). From the article, Where Were the Police? section:

"Speeding toward the hotel that night, Vishwas Nangre Patil, Bombay’s deputy police commissioner, tried to keep himself from erupting in rage. His command was Zone 1 of the city’s 12 police districts, a plum assignment that included the five-star hotels, South Bombay’s big corporations, and the Gateway of India. Patil knew, however, that his situation was conditional. His first language was Marathi, which set him apart from his superior, Commissioner Hasan Gafoor, who was from a landed feudal family and grew up speaking the Queen’s English."

Read the rest of the article at Vanity Fair.


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My Dinner With Melancholy - two interesting movies out on DVD now!

So we've got Medicine for Melancholy & My Dinner With Andre out on DVD, check out the trailers below, & buy the DVDs wherever you buy new DVDs (Amazon is a good place):






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Brooklyn Filmmaker Meet Up 10/29

Organized by the Brooklyn Arts Council, get more info here.


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New CD - The Amazing Oscar Micheaux

Get info. on the new CD The Amazing Oscar Micheaux - about the pioneering American independent filmmaker - by the band Stace England & The Salt Kings here. And go here for the band's MySpace page. Check out tracks & buy music through both sites.


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The Re-Birth of Indie Film - coming soon to an alternative venue & a mail box near you

Independent cinema (in the US) did not have to go through 10-20 years of natural development - from grass roots artists & small businesses driven scenes to those same entities forming larger companies - which was the case with independent music - because in 1984 a very unusual, otherwise underground film called Stranger Than Paradise broke through to the mainstream with the assistance of the existing film distribution & publicity infrastructure (including film festivals & critics) and that success story became the foundation for what eventually became indiewood - Hollywood financed & distributed movies with elements of underground/alternative movies. A little over two decades later, indiewood, and what most people know as the independent filmmaking business in America, has collapsed/is collapsing/has come to a screeching halt. So, a re-birth of the independent filmmaking business/practice is needed, also it needs to be pointed in a direction other than Hollywood, with…

Precious trailer & NYT article about the director

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California Stars

Zone out now to images of planets & the pretty but somewhat sad muzik:






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Invention of Lying trailer

Flick looks funny:




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How banks create money out of thin air

Very interesting, & possibly useful, article - check it out. From the article:

"The process a bank uses to create money demonstrates that money is not a commodity in limited supply, where there is only so much to go around. Money is not equivalent to currency. Money is created in money-making transactions, which means there is no potential limit to money."

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Looks like we're off indieWIRE's blogs page...Excellent

Now I can be even more lazy about blogging than I've been recently, and perhaps, this will free up a tiny bit of more time for actual movie making & distribution. But you never know with indieWIRE, I wouldn't be surprised to wake up tomorrow & see this blog listed on their blogs list again, with feed available - or not. Either way, all good.

But if the blog is completely off of there, that would be good 'cause I can once again blog about less important things (w/ many of iW's blogs mostly covering Hollywood & Indiewood biz deals, it was weird to post about unknown DIY films, self distribution stuff, & Life of Sujewa stuff there, also humanitarian activism & global development related stuff - this blog was an odd fit there - too indie perhaps :). Anyway, we'll see what's what soon. And, like I said above, either way, all good.

- Sujewa


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On IFC & other indie distribution options

Filmmaker Ryan Gielen has an interesting & possibly useful post on distribution through IFC vs. other distribution avenues currently available to indie filmmakers, check it out here.


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Mid-August Lunch trailer

Here's a UK trailer for an Italian comedy called Mid-August Lunch:




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On making the feature Natural Victims (in two weeks)

The Two Week Film Project rolls on, with one of the latest 2 Wk Films being Natural Victims, real all about it here.

My own 2 Wk Film Unlimited Dreamtime will be available to view this fall (so basically my 2 week project will end up being more like a 10 week project, due to the break between ending production & most of the post-production work on it in early September & starting distribution on it hopefully later this month - sounds about right/the usual for me/but still far shorter than 6/8 months - 4 years - the amount of time most of my other films have taken to go from idea to premiere). Will post the link on this blog when that film is on the web.

For more on other 2 Wk Films, go here.


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