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Monday, October 14, 2013

My first 2 NYC movies are coming out next year :: Separating the film work to pre-NYC & NYC

2 New Projects, Release Plans

I moved to NYC in mid-late 2008 & started work on my first NYC movie in 2009.  That was Brooklyn Fantastic.  It's an unusual movie - part documentary, part fiction.  It's partially shot (mostly shot), requires 1 more story to tie it all together, which I plan on shooting this winter.  Brooklyn Fantastic will most likely be released in a different fashion than my NYC movie #2 - Breakthrough Weekend.

Breakthrough Weekend - which I started shooting this time last year/2012, is much more of a normal movie - compared to Brooklyn Fantastic.  Breakthrough Weekend is a detective comedy.  It will go through a more regular indie film release process - festivals, theatrical screenings, DVD, VOD, etc.

Breakthrough Weekend will probably be released first.  Early-mid next year (hopefully by March-April).  Then that movie will be promoted & distributed throughout 2014.

Brooklyn Fantastic will probably play at a fest, & then have a theatrical screening, & then become available on internet VOD - all in a short period of time.  Probably right after Breakthrough Weekend is released, or before it, not certain yet.  Brooklyn Fantastic will then more or less passively benefit from all of the distribution & promotion work that I will be doing for Breakthrough Weekend throughout 2014.

Pre-NYC & in NYC

The main difference between the films I made before moving to NYC (Fresh Coffee, Wild Diner, 17 DC Poets, Date Number One, Indie Film Blogger Road Trip) and the ones that I made after moving here (Brooklyn Fantastic, Breakthrough Weekend) was that I was much more concerned about capturing excellent images & having the finished film look polished/visually high quality in the NYC movies.  As I feel that films that look & sound "too indie/punk/DIY" in their technical quality (specially visual) creates a barrier for most people when they try to connect with the story.  I personally am OK with either aesthetic, but, the better looking movies do, well, look better, & are visually more pleasing (well framed shots, good colors, good lighting, etc).  So this new approach requires additional work, additional time, and additional money.  All good, no problem, everything has a price.  So the big difference between my pre-NYC work & NYC work is that I am no longer not concerned about doing fine work (at least fine image quality, sound, and having a good narrative).  The two documentaries I made before moving to NYC - 17 DC Poets & Indie Film Blogger Road Trip - while technically fine, did not have stories/narratives - I just wanted to capture poets performing & bloggers talking about their work.  Since most people are not able to enjoy feature length documentaries without a strong narrative, I probably will not make such documentaries again.  But you never know, unusual side projects are always fun.

I have several new fiction features planned for the near future.  And all are in the more polished/fine Breakthrough Weekend style.

Soon I will have an awesome new website with great visuals & information on all 7 of my movies thus far.  I believe all of the pre-NYC ones will be remade in some fashion - all as narrative features or all as parts of narrative features - in the near future.  Either then or before, all should be available to view (including the original versions that inspired the re-makes) through the internet by the end of 2014.

Date Number One in full, & a clip from Indie Film Blogger Road Trip, & a teaser trailer for Breakthrough Weekend & a segment from Breakthrough Weekend are available to view now on Vimeo.

- Sujewa


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Epic Godard retrospective at NYFF

Get the link & see the promo video here.

- S


Other IMDb links for Mario Macaluso:

And more:

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Read about how Rick Schmidt made a 16 MM film for $15K & screened it at Sundance

The story of the movie Morgan's Cake, in 5 parts.  Part 1 is available to read now at 30 Days of Awesomeness blog

- S


Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Check out Angelo Bell's BROKEN HEARTS CLUB on Amazon Instant Video

Rented & watched Angelo Bell's drama-comedy Broken Hearts Club through Amazon last night.  BHC is a unique, well made independent film.  The story is told primarily through long conversations and dramatic confrontations at a psychiatrist's office.  Film was shot well, directed well, & acted well.  Here's what one reviewer had to say about the movie:

"The story of Broken Hearts Club sees leading criminal psychiatrist Terrence Thiebold (Jones) given a brand new set of patients, only they're not clinically insane, they're clinically heartbroken. Terrence has to adapt to not only a new style of treatment, but a variety of different love-lost personalities who each have their own stories of separation and betrayal to tell, all while trying to overcome an emotional obstacle the scale of which he has never faced before.

A heart-warming drama with splashes of comedy, Broken Hearts Club is an absolute triumph in independent film-making."

Adam Stephen Kelly, Screenjabber

You can rent the movie through Amazon.

Here's the trailer for the movie:

- S



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Monday, October 07, 2013

These Are the Early Days of THE GLORY DAYS OF INDIE FILM - indie filmmaking & distribution is now available to the vast majority of interested artists in the US :: List of some sites that make it possible

"A beginning is a very delicate time."
- Dune, the 1984 film by David Lynch
(yes, I am a fan of David Lynch's Dune,  perhaps one of the few around, not unlike the small number of sandworms during one period of time in the Dune stories :)

The promise or the goal or at least one major positive promise/goal of the American independent film movement was that one day any artist would be able to make a film (feature or short) and distribute it, outside of Hollywood, without any Hollywood interference.  Those days are now here, and have been for some time.

At this point in time any artist who can get access to a smart phone or a video camera or the right kind of still camera, & can get two actors to volunteer for the film, & can shoot & edit & upload the finished film to the web & also market the film through social media & if they so choose collect money for the film using one of several methods available - is able to practice indie filmmaking & distribution.  Thanks to improvements in digital video, editing programs, the internet, social media, & crowdfunding the current glory days of indie filmmaking are possible.

Many in the indie filmmaking world these days complain about not being able to make an x amount of money, or this or that indie film company/distributor from the 1990's or so shutting down, etc.  These are minor problems.  Also largely false problems.  Indie film is art filmmaking.  Like all other arts, and perhaps like all other businesses, financial success is not guaranteed for all or even most.  However, at this point in time, more indie films than ever are being made & distributed.  I would guess at least 10,000 indie features are being made in America these days.  Many are distributed through independent film festivals & internet VOD, & some through the more traditional distribution avenues - theatrical, DVD, etc.  And I am guessing that overall more money than ever is being made from the practice of independent filmmaking & distribution.

Here is a list of links to some sites & companies & ideas/practices that are making these indie filmmaking glory days possible.


Apple - Final Cut Pro




(and while we are here, support my IndieGoGo campaign for my new film.  thanks!)

Film Grants


Equity Crowdfunding (soon)

Self Financing

Pay Pal

Amazon Instant Video






DLSR filmmaking

Film Festivals




Filmmaker Magazine


Film Independent



Film Schools

How-To Books

Community Television

Smart Phones

Add more useful & relevant links in comments!

- S




One of the best indie filmmakers working now doesn't make films - the curious case of Louis C.K.

Louis C.K. is an art/indie filmmaking auteur, he just uses some comedy & does his filmic story telling through half hour episodes on cable. He writes, directs, & edits each show. It's great indie film. Season 3 had some great moments. -

- S



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Little Fishes IndieGoGo campaign & related links:




Indie Film Blogger Road Trip

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BREAKTHROUGH WEEKEND Teaser Trailer on Vimeo

Breakthrough Weekend teaser trailer on YouTube

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