Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Blog for Green Fig, excellent new cafe in Sunset Park, is up


A great addition to Sunset Park, Brooklyn.  Read all about it here.

- S

Photo by Sujewa Ekanayake.  Copyright 2011 Ekanayake.



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New short film "Khoobi (are you ok)"


Khoobi (are you ok) - 2011 from Amir Motlagh on Vimeo.

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This new short film by Amir Motlagh was released yesterday.  In "Khoobi (are you ok)" a character reflects on living in Iran during the Iran-Iraq war, some aspects of Iranian history, and about his attempt to make movies in America.  A well made movie that features a couple of other interesting stories - a clip from an Iranian movie - about several treasure hunters, & a statement being read by a boy who fought in the Iran-Iraq war.  There is humor throughout the movie - low key - specially enjoyed a brief casting scene where an actor persistently tries to play the lead role in a movie.  "Khoobi", though it looks & sounds like a regular/mainstream accessible movie most of the times, is probably most likely an experimental movie - I will let critics & experts in experimental cinema comment on that aspect of the movie.  So, multiple threads, multiple tones, and reflections within reflections - all shot extremely well & with great sound design & music.  Check it out if you want to see a very interesting (in a positive sense) short film.  Here is the official description of the film, from its Vimeo page:

"A young man born with an obsessive compulsive drive dreams of making a movie. His first feature length film. But obstacles lay in his path, including memories of his childhood days spent in a war torn world, that shake his soul to this day."

More here.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Diversity In Independent Film Facebook Group page & blog are up

Driven by recent events (FSLC panel discussion that overlooked minority & female indie filmmakers in NYC) & similar incidents over the years, I created a new Facebook page to help raise the profiles of minority & female independent filmmakers - Diversity In Independent Film.  Check it out, join, post relevant links, stories, & other material.  The Fb group page has a dozen or so links already.

Also, a blog for the same project has been started - see it here.  The blog will be more accessible to the world since you do not have to log into Facebook to read the content.  Should be able to develop the blog to a pretty good starting point over the next few days, & soon there will be lots of daily stories about minority & female independent filmmakers.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dear Film Center/Film Society of Lincoln Center...

Posted below is an e-mail that I sent to Film Center/Film Society of Lincoln Center re: volunteering to help organize a panel discussion featuring NYC based minority filmmakers, an idea that rose out of this post at Ted Hope's blog.

"Sujewa Ekanayake to filminfo, members, patrons, editor

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Volunteer to help organize a panel discussion re: minority indie filmmakers in NYC at Film Center

Dear Film Center/Film Society of Lincoln Center,

I am a New York City (Brooklyn) based independent filmmaker & blogger (see details below my signature) and I enjoyed watching (live on web) the New Faces of NYC Indie Film panel discussion moderated by Ted Hope (http://blogs.indiewire.com/tedhope/archives/your_second_chance_new_faces_of_nyc_indie_film_video/ ) at Film Center yesterday. Since that panel discussion, and also many other indie film panel discussions that take place in New York City, did not feature many non-"white" filmmakers, and since there are, and have been for decades, many non-"white" indie filmmakers active in New York City & rest of the US, I think it would be beneficial to many (you, the American film scene in general, the filmmakers themselves) if the Film Center hosted a panel discussion (or several) featuring new (& maybe old) minority/non-"white" filmmakers. Of course this discussion does not have to be a totally segregated event as many such panel events are - the discussion can also feature "white" filmmakers who care about the issue of diversity in indie film & have actively worked to improve the situation. I am volunteering my time & work to help organize a panel discussion at Film Center that features a significant number of non-"white" filmmakers in NYC. Thank you, & I look forward to hearing your thoughts about this event suggestion as soon as it is possible for you to do so.

Sujewa Ekanayake
Director - Brooklyn Fantastic, Indie Film Blogger Road Trip, Date Number One, Capital Heartbreak & Sweetness: 17 DC Poets, Wild Diner, Fresh Coffee
Blogger - DIY Filmmaker (http://diyfilmmaker.blogspot.com/ )
e-mail: wilddiner@gmail.com
cell: xxx-xxx-xxxx

P.S: I personally do not believe in race theory or in its most popular form at the moment in US - dividing individuals into different camps based on physical features such as skin color, etc. However, by people who do believe in race theory, I am classified as non-"white". Since contemporary US is still holding on to the ideas of races (an invention of the age of discovery - about 500 years ago), divisions created by slavery in the US, then segregation, then ideas highlighted by WWII ear Germany, even though it does not benefit us to do so, & since these beliefs so thoroughly permeate all layers (or at least most) of life in the US, even a non-believer in race theory such as myself cannot avoid dealing with the fact that most people believe in race theory, and act accordingly, often producing negative results. The area of creation & consumption of mass entertainment, under which indie film falls, is a good area as any in American life to continue to deal w/ negative effects of race theory. Thus, a panel discussion featuring non'"white" filmmakers would also make a contribution to the overall/global & national, on-going, discussion about race, race theory, etc. Which, to me, sounds like an ideal project for a significant cultural institution such as the Lincoln Center."
 
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2 problems w/ Dynamo Player

As you can see above this post I have one of my novies - Date Number One - available via Dynamo Player.  Overall I am very happy w/ Dynamo, except there are two problems that I have not been able to solve yet (after trying several times over the last month):

1 - Can't add a free preview to my program
-- the upload happens, then nothing, not sure exactly what's going on here, perhaps it's my computer (though other uploads, to other sites, work fine), may need to try to add a preview using another computer

2 - Can't add a still image for the program
-- can't click on the ADD button for an image - nothing happens

Other than that, I am glad that the Dynamo option exists for independents.  With a significant amount of publicity work, for some movies, it might be a good distribution option.  Too early to tell for certain, but, Dynamo looks promising (& hopefully I can get my two problems solved soon).

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Friday, June 03, 2011

Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrating their new film center with free events weekend of June 10 - 12

Read all about it at Film Society of Lincoln Center's site.

And here is an indieWire article on the festivities.

And here is a New York Times article about the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

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Thanks Madlab Post

The Madlab Post blog says the following about this blog while giving us the Overlord Award:

"DIY Filmmaker
For championing indie film in a way that got others such as IndieWire to start paying more attention to certain philosophies on DIY and the state of the independent film community."



Thanks!

- Sujewa

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