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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…