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

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 engageme…

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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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 av…

Jay Duplass doc "Kevin" - Kickstarter project

Midnight in Paris trailer, Movieline review

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