Formerly: DIY Filmmaker Sujewa Blog - Werewolf Ninja Philosopher and other 2018 movies! DIY = Do-It-Yourself. DIY film = low budget indie films made and distributed by the filmmaker. This is a blog by filmmaker Sujewa Ekanayake. 2018 films - Werewolf Ninja Philosopher, Breakthrough Weekend, Brooklyn Fantastic, Agnes the Alien. Blog active since 2006. Since 4/28/18 blog is called NEW ART FILM (since 2018), see post below for more re: the new direction.
Review of Independent Ed, career autobiography by Ed Burns
Review by Sujewa Ekanayake
Ed Burns is a survivor. His story is, in part, a fairy tale story of great, unexpected highs and lucky breaks. Independent Ed tells the story of Burns making his debut movie The Brothers McMullen - which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, acting in Steven Spielberg’s epic World War II movie Saving Private Ryan, making the digital feature Newlyweds for $9000 and tales of many filmmaking and acting adventures in-between and after. While there are many moments of luck and several breakthroughs in his story, one very useful aspect of it is how Burns perseveres through repeated challenges, several failures, and much uncertainty and keeps going after the thrill of making a movie - represented by his magical 12 days of making McMullen. Independent Ed is a how-to on making one’s own luck through hard work, persistence, and surviving the low points of a filmmaking career. The book should be great reading material for fans of Burns’ work, independent filmmakers, those dreaming about becoming filmmakers or those dreaming about coming back to filmmaking. Like Burns’ best movie Sidewalks of New York, Independent Ed tells an exciting New York City story, simply and honestly, with humor, some Irish-American references, and of course great dialogue. The next big chapter of the Ed Burns filmmaking story begins soon with the release of the new Burns written and directed TNT cop show Public Morals. For more on Burns' work, visit his official website.