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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Saw "Midnight in Paris" :: Link to a story about the making of Woody Allen's first movie

Saw "Midnight in Paris" at the Angelika last night (if you're gonna watch a Woody Allen movie, doing it in Manhattan may be the best way to go - but, for this movie, Paris might be better), had a lot of fun at the show.  Best to go see the movie w/ out reading too much about it.  Highly recommended for fans of literature (at least of the big names from modern lit history) & the subject of time travel. 

Good read here about the start of Woody Allen's filmmaking career.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

"Machan" benefit screening for Kandy International Film Festival, Wed 5/26, Brooklyn

Here's the Facebook page for the event.

Basic Info (see Facebook page for more):

Time: Wednesday, May 26, 6 PM - 9 PM

Location: Rebar, 147 Front Street, Brooklyn.

Kandy International Film Festival website.

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Interview with 1970's breakthrough Sri Lankan alternative filmmaker Dharmasena Pathiraja

While doing research for another project, stumbled on this very interesting interview.  From the intro:

"He has been referred to as a "rebel with a cause," an "enfant terrible of the '70s, and is widely recognised as the pioneer of Sri Lankan cinema's "second revolution." However, from his speech and writings, one gathers Dharmasena Pathiraja is more interested in re-examining the values that underpin such popular labels than to let his work be framed by mere posturing. If Lester James Peries has been credited with the establishment of an indigenous Sinhala cinema coinciding with Sri Lanka's political, social and cultural revolution during the mid-1950s, and whose works were categorised as "art films" dissimilar to those of mainstream filmmaking, Dharmasena Pathiraja's arrival on the scene in the 1970s would redefine a socially conscious Other to Peries' gaze on "bourgeois idealism." For Pathiraja, critical engagement would be his "alternative.""

Read the rest of the interview at Kinema.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Trailer for the under $1K feature LORD BYRON

The feature length movie "Lord Byron" played at Sundance 2011, has gotten some good reviews (including a begrudgingly positive one from Mike "Hammer to Nail" Tully, who is not a fan of real indie movies/movies w/ out Hollywood/Indiewood production values or aesthetic values - but probably 'cause the flick got the Sundance stamp of approval, & also see the much better New York Times review), & some screenings, and most importantly was made for $700 - a budget that most DIY filmmakers can no doubt love.  Here's the trailer:



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Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Lokayata Series & update from NYC

Fairly restless day today, but a very good off day from day job work, got a lot of writing & organizing done for film projects.  Big news from life in NYC is the new day job is going pretty well - working for a DVD distribution company (believe it or not people still buy A LOT of DVDs in America) - still not able to make movies beyond the ultra-low budget level at best, but the job is making it possible to survive, deal with debt slowly, & get some film work done in NYC on off days - so not bad for now.

Alright, before the new film news, let's bring any new readers up to speed.  Here are the titles of the movies that I've completed so far: Fresh Coffee, Wild Diner, Capital Heartbreak & Sweetness: 17 DC Poets, Date Number One, Indie Film Blogger Road Trip.  And one more, Brooklyn Fantastic, is shot & is being edited, not yet complete.  And there are a dozen screenplays at various stages of completion at the moment.  Of the completed movies, Date Number One is available for rental from Dynamo Player, see link at top of blog.  And Indie Film Blogger Road Trip is available to view for free from Blip.TV, see link on this blog.  Brooklyn Fantastic will go out to festivals as soon as it is done, & then on DVD & VOD.  The other movies, mostly early "learning experience" movies, will be made available via some form or format in the near future (perhaps extras on VOD programs or DVDs).

But onto the next thing: The Lokayata Series.  I've planned out in great detail several movies - all ultra low/no budget, requiring no crew (maybe 1 other tech besides myself), & to be self-distributed - and all will be dealing with - in a mainstream accessible way - comedy basically - with important aspects of being alive at this moment in time & place - 2011 or so, USA, NYC.  So, I guess you can say the movies are philosophical comedies, or just comedies that deal in some significant & entertaining way with some large questions for us humans (or some persistent questions of ours, maybe mental background noise or chatter for most people) - one of which is why is the world the way it is (maybe, from one character's perspective mostly evil than good, or at least mostly dysfunctional as opposed to functional), & what, if anything, can I do about it, & if not being able to immediately make changes I want to make, how do I successfully deal with life until that time for desired change comes - stuff like that, pretty much.  Of course for each movie the questions dealt with will be very clearly defined, not vague as it may read here.  By the way the term lokayata is said to be from or refers to an ancient materialist school of philosophy from India, now largely lost, that predates Buddhism & modern Hinduism.  I also like the way the word sounds, reminds me of a word I heard in Sri Lanka as a kid - "lokaya" - or "the world".

So, that's it for coming attractions for now.  Check out Date Number One, which went live on Dynamo Player on 5/4, if you haven't yet.  I hope to deliver/make available a couple more movies - at least - next month - in June.  And then hopefully new movies on a regular basis - every couple of months.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Jay Duplass doc "Kevin" - Kickstarter project




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Friday, May 13, 2011

Midnight in Paris trailer, Movieline review

Woody Allen's new movie Midnight in Paris gets a glowing review at Movieline - check it out.

Here's the trailer for the movie:



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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

right about now, 2 years ago - interview with reid gershbein

still amazed that reid manages to make no budget features, very no budget features, w/ a no crew/tiny crew & that the movies look interesting (visually) & that they are interesting content wise - read interview that i did with him back in '09 here.

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