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…
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
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).
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 …
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…
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 :) -
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…
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.
"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…
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:
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.
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.
"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.
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…
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."