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Check out George's Restaurant blog & sites for great food & delivery in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

I filmed a part of my new movie Breakthrough Weekend at George's.

Check out their blog here and their menu site here and their Facebook page here.  When you need good food in Sunset Park, Brooklyn (free home delivery) visit George's.

All the Links:

George’s Restaurant on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/georgesdinersunsetpark
George’s Restaurant on Tumblr - http://georgesdiner.tumblr.com/
George’s Restaurant blog - http://georgesdinersunsetpark.blogspot.com/
George’s Restaurant on Twitter - https://twitter.com/GeorgesDiner
George’s Restaurant Menu site - http://georgesmenu.com/

Examiner.com review of Breakthrough Weekend

Check out the review here - http://www.examiner.com/review/indie-film-review-breakthrough-weekend-directed-by-sujewa-ekanayake

From the review by Angelo Bell:  "Breakthrough Weekend tells the story of philosophical detective, Sal, who has a roster of clients with special needs. Sal takes on a new protege, Yevgeny, for this particular weekend and proceeds to introduce him to the crazy whacky world that has made Sal's "particular set of skills" of great value. Yevgeny has been perpetually depressed and detached from life for much of his adult life, despite writing a successful novel, and finds himself lost, confused and the perfect candidate for Sal's rare form of sociological and metaphysical motivation. As the two private dicks bond over a literally insane weekend, Yevgeny finds solace in knowing that he's not as fucked up as he thought, and Sal continues -- business as usual -- helping a slew of New York nutjobs get their lives back on track by overcoming p…

NYC film screenings, June 2014

Breakthrough Weekend review by Rick Schmidt

BREAKTHROUGH WEEKEND a film by Sujewa Ekanayake. Reviewed by Rick Schmidt
When my Feature Filmmaking at Used-Car Prices book first came out, I ended the Preface by saying, "In an age where motion pictures are being called the major new art form of the twentieth century, I think it is important that many more of these "features" are created outside the Hollywood system, by artists who have something to say with an original and personal point of view." Well, with his new feature, Breakthrough Weekend (80 minutes, Color, ©2014), writer/director Sujewa Ekanayake has done just that. Very rarely do I get to see a movie this unique, with a fresh new approach, that can't be readily compared to much else. And because it is an original, filmmaker Ekanayake having invented his own brand of storytelling and interplay of characters, it will demand more from an audience than, say, a Spiderman, X-Men or Scorsese film (sorry Martin, but your movies are 'cookie cutter,&…

Apparently Indiewire's Sam Adams hates indie film distribution

That or he has a very poor understanding that small distributors, foreign distributors, art distributors, and individual filmmakers have always carried out small/relatively low budget distribution projects - including self-distributed projects - and that this type of activity is what created the independent film movement and practice and also what sustains it, and that in NYC, it is an awesome thing that New York Times reviews every movie that plays in the city for a week or more (very useful thing for small distributors who might get a good review, also very useful for audiences in discovering new voices).  Read the sad article and ask yourself why someone who hates indie film distribution and indie films getting reviewed by the Times is writing for Indiewire (I believe that 'indie' in Indiewire stands for independent film, not certain though :) - http://blogs.indiewire.com/criticwire/memo-to-the-new-york-times-quit-reviewing-every-movie

- Sujewa

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Breakthrough Weekend review at 24/7 Cinema blog

Check out the review at 24/7 Cinema blog.


Upcoming NYC indie film events - Where We Started 6/10, Breakthrough Weekend 6/12-18, Where We Started 6/12-18, Breakthrough Festival NYC 6/12-18

It's going to be a very busy indie film screening late spring for me.

Here's info on NYC indie film screenings - a US theatrical premiere/1 week run (Breakthrough Weekend), a NYC theatrical premiere/1 week run (Where We Started), a new film festival (featuring US & NYC theatrical premieres of additional movies, Breakthrough Festival NYC) - that I am producing & also one that I am promoting (WWS 6/10).

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Where We Started
A film by Chris Hansen
NewFilmmakers New York Screening
at Anthology Film Archives
6/10, 9 PM
More info about screening here - http://www.newfilmmakers.com/
And more info about the film here - http://www.wherewestartedmovie.com/home.html

Note:  Where We Started is now playing in LA - 5/2 - 5/8 at Arena Cinema Hollywood
LA Weekly review of Where We Started here.

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Where We Started
NYC Theatrical Premiere
June 12-18, daily
For more info, go here
at Anthology Film Archives
as a part of Breakthrough Festival NYC
more info here

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Breakthrough Weekend
A film by Suj…

Hanging w/ Jim Jarmusch at Only Lovers premiere :: Trailer

Saw Jim Jarmusch's vampire romance comedy Only Lovers Left Alive last night at Lincoln Center, at the start of the movie's theatrical run.  Got to speak w/ Jarmusch for a minute, always a blast :)























Filmmakers Sujewa Ekanayake (L) and Jim Jarmusch (R), 4/11/14
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More info about the film & show times at Lincoln Center here.

And here's the trailer for the movie:





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Last chance to join Team Little Fishes, help a great new film heading to Cannes & NYC!

Less than 20 hours to go on the Little Fishes Kickstarter campaign.  Go here to check out the trailer, donate, & become a part of this excellent project.


The latest on Alexia Anastasio's projects, including new film Little Fishes

First, Little Fishes Kickstarter is down to it's final week/7 days of campaigning for finishing & release funding (to get to her most important & useful stretch goal of $8K, she needs to raise about $5K-$6K more).  Go check it out now & see if you want to become a part of that excellent indie art film project.



Next, here's the latest on Alexia's projects, from a recent press release:

Filmmaker Alexia Anastasio completes work on new film Little Fishes, crowdfunds for release, participates in a film finance panel discussion, and talks about her work in new interview
Filmmaker Alexia Anastasio has completed major work on her new film Little Fishes. Little Fishes is a romantic drama about the relationship between two women. The film was inspired by the writings of D.H. Lawrence. The film will be submitted to film festivals in the coming days. Anastasio will attempt to screen the film at the Cannes Film Festival and Market in France later this year. More information …

All of the official pages, sites, blogs for Breakthrough Festival NYC - An Independent Film Festival, June 2014

I will keep a running list here.  New links will be added as they become alive.  Official festival website coming on 3/31.

- Sujewa

BREAKTHROUGH FESTIVAL LINKS

1 - Breakthrough Festival Blogger Blog - http://breakthroughfestnyc.blogspot.com/

2 - Breakthrough Festival Facebook page (for Likes)

3 - Breakthrough Festival Facebook Group page

More coming soon...

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Support this awesome NYC art film institution - Anthology Film Archives

Every city needs a place like this.  A NYC original.  A rare, excellent thing.  Check out how you can support Anthology Film Archives here.


- Sujewa

A Woman Making Indie Movies - An Interview With Alexia Anastasio

By Sujewa Ekanayake
Filmmaker Alexia Anastasio While gender should not be an issue when it comes to making movies, unfortunately, at this point in time, women have a relatively more difficult time launching and sustaining their filmmaking careers (see here, here, here, also here).  No doubt this situation will be corrected in the future and most likely that will happen with the help of the next wave of female filmmakers - as they figure out what works for each of them, what doesn't, and how to improve the overall situation. Alexia Anastasio is a female independent filmmaker who has made several films and is nearing completion on her new film Little Fishes. I spoke with her recently about her past projects, the current project, and future challenges.Sujewa - Alexia, thanks for taking the time out for this interview. Let's jump in to the subject that I mentioned at top, why do you think, at this point in time, it appears to be more difficult for female independent or Hollywood fil…

Breakthrough Weekend will screen June 12-18 at Anthology Film Archives in NYC - early notice

By end of March we will have final posters, promo art, final trailers, final clips, and we will be launching an epic marketing campaign to spread the word about the June 12-18/one week long run of Breakthrough Weekend at Anthology Film Archives in NYC.  Also film festival news coming by the end of March.  In the meantime, enjoy the early notice promo image below :) -


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US Senators Introduce Resolution in Support of Sri Lanka's Domestic Reconciliation Process

The Embassy of Sri Lanka
Press Release 


US SENATORS INTRODUCE RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF
SRI LANKA'S DOMESTIC RECONCILIATION PROCESS

Calls on President Obama to adopt balanced & comprehensive policy towards Sri Lanka

Eleven senior Members of the United States Senate introduced a bipartisan Senate Resolution (S. Res. 364) on Thursday, Feb 27 expressing support for Sri Lanka's internal reconciliation process and the significant overall progress the Country has made since the end of the civil war--some 5 years ago.

The Senators also called on the President of the United States to develop a "comprehensive and well balanced policy towards Sri Lanka", supportive of promoting U.S. interests including respect for human rights, democracy  the rule of law as well as taking onto account the United States economic and security interests.

Senate Resolution 364 recognizes the immense suffering of the Sri Lankan people caused by the 26-year conflict, and the genuine aspiration of the go…

A good letter about stopping the unjust US & UN threats against Sri Lanka :: Petition for the White House

2/27 Update:

Petition for the White House re: not bringing counter-productive war crimes charges at this point in time - https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/safeguard-sovereignty-sri-lanka-and-not-pass-resolution-against-sri-lanka-alleged-war-crimes/VvwB6LgR

Sri Lanka needs more time to recover from a brutal 29 year long civil war. While the Sri Lankan government has done a lot for peace & reconciliation since the war ended 5 years ago, and there is a lot more to do, calls for war crimes charges by the UN & US at this point will help no one. Check it out & sign the petition if you agree.

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From the letter:

"This is a witch hunt against my people who have suffered enough with terrorism for nearly 29 years that we who live in the US do not understand.  The threat of a third resolution against Sri Lanka due to impatience, with unreal expectations of what you believe should have been accomplished in a short period of 5 years, fails to credit the work completed and curren…

some places i've screened my films

getting ready for the upcoming release of my new film breakthrough weekend.  making a list of previous screenings - for various purposes.  i've been showing/sharing my films with audiences at screening venues since 1992.  here is a quick, incomplete list of some places i've screened:

- the kennedy center, washington, dc

- cineplex odeon foundry, washington, dc

- cafe metro, washington, dc

- atlanta film festival 2009

- the pioneer theater, new york city

- anthology film archives, new york city

- northwest film forum, seattle

- visions cinema, washington, dc

i'll have a complete list available in march.

my films so far are: 1 - fresh coffee, 2 - wild diner, 3 - 17 dc poets, 4 - date number one, 5 - indie film blogger road trip, 6 - brooklyn fantastic (not yet complete), 7 - breakthrough weekend (mid-2014 release)

- sujewa

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On the set, love scenes, interviews, inspiration & a lot of other great links about new film Little Fishes

Little Fishes Crowdfunding campaign from Alexia Anastasio on Vimeo.


1 - IndieGoGo page - http://igg.me/at/little-fishes-movie/x/1133575
2 - Alexia (director) Facebook, Twitter posts page - https://www.facebook.com/alexiaanastasioactress?v=app_106171216118819
3 - Alexia (director) Facebook timeline - https://www.facebook.com/alexiaanastasioactress
4 - Alexia (director) interviews Max Cutler about Little Fishes - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uR90nmpleVM
5 - crowdfunding-sites.us page for Little Fishes campaign - http://crowdfunding-sites.us/news/campaigns/little-fishes-indiegogo-campaign/
6 - Alexia (director) on Tumblr - http://alexiaanastasio.tumblr.com
7 - Alexia on Twitter - https://twitter.com/alexiaanastasio
8 - Alexia on Instagram - http://ink361.com/app/users/230123693/photos
9 - Alexia interviews actress Vivian Kane - http://www.frequency.com/video/alexia-interviews-actress-vivian-kane/148862717/-/5-20048288
10 - Little Fishes: on the set and love scenes interview - http://www.youtube.…

NYC Indie Film Group 1 had meeting #1 on Saturday 2/8/14 night in midtown

L-R - Eric (with daughter) from Vamp Bikers, Jane from Warhol's Cars video, Jeanine (seated) from Vamp Bikers, Sujewa from Breakthrough Weekend, Manuel from Vamp Bikers, Adrian from Sex, Love & Salsa, not pictured - James from Brooklyn Unemployed.

The filmmakers plan on working together on distributing & marketing their current projects and on making new films.

Links to the films:

Breakthrough Weekend - Facebook, website

Brooklyn Unemployed - Facebook

Sex, Love & Salsa - Facebook, website

Vamp Bikers - Facebook

More from this group soon…

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How True/False Film Festival Just Became The Coolest Indie Film Festival In America!

They are going to pay their filmmakers!  Something that many filmmakers requested from film festivals for a long time.  Way to lead on positive change there T/F.  Get all the info at this Filmmaker mag blog article.

- Sujewa

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Great interview with Haile Gerima at Shadow & Act

From mid-2013.  Still great.  From the interview:

"S&A: If not a movement, are there any specific filmmakers that you find are doing interesting work? HG: Well you know, they start and they disappear, and the reason is because they don't enter into joint relationships. Most, especially the young filmmakers, do not see strength in communal or collective existence. They just think they're going to conquer the world as individuals. There is no world like that. In cinema it's always, even in Hollywood, a collective surge.  A group of filmmakers enter and take over power. And so individual efforts do exist, which I've seen left and right, but they do not understand the collective, the communal, the importance of working together. And when you don't work together you can't emerge as a force. It becomes what some call a “lonely struggle” and individual self-destruction." Read the rest of the interview at Shadow & Act. - Sujewa ::

Coming Spring 2014 - Breakthrough Weekend

All of the following methods of raising money for your indie art film biz are fine: self-financing, using money/pay from other work, crowdfunding, investors, grants, donations, making movies for $0, using profit from your film biz to make more movies, selling merchandise related to films...

Those plus whatever other methods you can think of will work for meeting the expenses of your indie art films.  Or your indie genre film or just indie film or film/movie - if one wants to be very simple about identifying the product or work being made.

Or one can try to work for a studio, work with other producers, work for a TV network, etc to get the movie or TV show made & out.  You might not fully own your work through this route however.

The important thing is, with digital video & the web where it is, it is now possible to make & distribute movies for $0 if you had to (grab your iPhone, grab 2 volunteer actors, shoot a short, upload to Vimeo or YouTube, promote it through social media, etc).  Also, if you want to take the time to do so, you can spend a few years and raise a couple of million $s to make & release a movie w/ known actors, etc.

Making a good movie is always a challenge.  Making money from movies is always a challenge.  But, if you want to make movi…

Check out Sue Gardner's excellent blog

Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, writes at length about a lot of interesting topics at her blog.

From her post about what's wrong with non-profits - "Preface! I’ve always been irritated by people who assume nonprofitland is self-evidently suckier than forprofitland. I’m particularly irritated by people who say that nonprofits “should be more businesslike,” with businesslike as a kind of confused stand-in for “better.” That just seems dumb to me — I feel like it’s obvious that nonprofits function in a specific context including challenges unique to the sector, and that solutions aimed at increasing our effectiveness needed to be designed to respond specifically to those actual, real circumstances. That’s what this post is about: my goal is to describe a serious problem, and point to where I believe we’re beginning to see solutions emerge."

Read the full article here - http://suegardner.org/2013/10/20/whats-really-wrong-with-nonprofits-and-how-we…