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Paterson trailer

Film is opening soon.

How I ended up working with puppets in space for most likely a year or more OR the start of my adventure with Matt Zoller Seitz's movie Space Rabbit

Space Rabbit storyboard panel * Sujewa Ekanayake working on budget for Space Rabbit with Stephen, one of director  Matt Zoller Seitz's puppet friends * Sujewa, Stephen the puppet, and Matt discussing the budget for Space Rabbit * Matt receiving advice from Stephen on how to budget  for the needs of the puppet cast members
Over 10 years ago a then little known film critic and filmmaker named Matt Zoller Seitz sent me his first feature "Home" to review on one of my blogs.  It was a pretty good first feature, and I kept in touch with Matt a bit over the years - easy to do thanks to Facebook and other social media.  About a year ago I ran into Matt on the subway in Brooklyn.  This was only the second time in real life that we hung out or met up - the first being back in 2007 during a film blogger meet up in NYC.  Anyway, at the subway meeting we briefly and quickly got caught up on news on our various creative projects and made vague plans to hang out in the near future…

Ingrid Veninger Interview - The Seventh Art

Ava DuVernay | '13TH' Press Conference | NYFF54

Candlestick trailer, link for movie at Indie Rights Movies

A Deeper Shade of Blue trailer, link for movie at Indie Rights Movies

Druid Peak trailer, link for movie at Indie Rights Movies

9 Full Moons trailer, link to movie at Indie Rights Movies

On Cinema: Jim Jarmusch | NYFF54

Texas Heart trailer, link to movie at Indie Rights Movies

Indie Rights launches new movie channel

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Where the 1 Million Art Film Fans Are

We are all over the world.  And there's way more than 1 million of us.  Here's where some of the art film fans are - on Twitter:

1 - Cannes Film Festival, Twitter - 274K followers -

2 - Berlinale - 38.9K followers -

3 - Sundance - 659K followers -

​4 - Filmmaker Magazine - 83.2K followers -

5 - NYFF - 15.4K followers -

6 - SF Film Society - 22.6K followers -

7 - Locarno Film Fest - 39.5K followers -

​At this point we are already at over 1 million people.  And there are hundreds more Twitter accounts out there related to art film.

Lav Diaz on Long-take Aesthetics

New website for films by Sujewa Ekanayake

PATERSON - Press Conference - Cannes 2016

CANYON - new music + video from Amir Motlagh

Cafe Society press conference Cannes 2016

Cafe Society trailer

Good film.  The aliens from Stardust Memories would like it.  Playing everywhere now.

"Suddenly surrounded by Van Nuys and LAPD cops. Guns drawn, helicopter spotlights out." - Jerry Brewington on making indie action comedy LA Willy-Nilly

A Conversation with LA Willy-Nilly writer/director Jerry Brewington
The new indie action comedy feature LA Willy-Nilly has been completed and is currently being submitted to film festivals.  Director Jerry Brewington sees screenings and VOD, DVD distribution for the movie in the near future.  The movie itself is a wild LA adventure.  And the making of the movie was also apparently an adventure of its own - sometimes a dangerous one.  We spoke with Brewington about the film and related matters.
By Sujewa Ekanayake
Jerry Brewington
Jerry Brewington (3rd from left) with part of the cast & crew of LA Willy-Nilly
Sujewa:  Jerry, what were you doing before you made LA Willy-Nilly?  And what other movies have you made or have you worked on?
Jerry: Well Sujewa, I am a English Lecturer by profession but I have been writing and making short movies for quiet awhile. My main focus is on writing but I have made a few shorts on 16MM and digital, worked as a reader and script editor, and have writt…

How Criterion Collection Brings Movies Back From the Dead

Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn’s DVD Picks from Criterion Collection's closet full of DVDs

For My Dinner With Andre fans.

Clip from The Violent Beauty of Lady Snowblood

New Argentine Cinema and Lucrecia Martel’s La Ciénaga

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The Lobster trailer, also old trailer for Breakthrough Weekend (new trailer coming soon)

The Lobster trailer


Breakthrough Weekend old trailer (new one coming soon)

BREAKTHROUGH WEEKEND - Teaser Trailer from Sujewa Ekanayake on Vimeo.

The Case Of The Three Sided Dream - Rahsaan Roland Kirk documentary on Vimeo VOD

The Case Of The Three Sided Dream from Monoduo Films on Vimeo.


The story of multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk; who went from blind infant, to child prodigy, to adult visionary, to political activist, and finally to paralyzed showman. A seemingly superhuman musical force who played literally until the day he died. Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935-1977) was more than a blind musician who could play three horns at once, more than one of the most exciting and amazing sax players who ever lived. Beyond the ability to play multiple melodies at the same time, he was a warrior against racial injustice, fought for people with disabilities, and was a tireless campaigner for a wider appreciation of Jazz (what he termed Black Classical Music). Packed with electrifying archival footage of Kirk and his music, intimate interviews, and inspired animated sequences; Kahan’s film is an absorbing look at the man who wouldn’t even let partial paralysis keep him from pursuing what he called “The Religion…

2016 Films, 1 Feature A Year Goal, & how the goals of the DIY Film Revolution are now easily achievable

This blog was started in 2006.  Back in those days the idea of making, marketing, distributing an independent feature film on an ultra low budget, outside of Hollywood/Indiewood was still a major challenge.  Those days are now over.  Now, with the proper planning and preparation, it is possible for an indie filmmaker to make & release at least one feature film a year.

The developments in crowdfunding over the last several years (Indiegogo, Kickstarter, Seed & Spark, etc), the coming into being of several ultra low budget films that have gained national & international attention (see Quiet CityLord Byron, All the Light in the Sky, 25 ultra low budget films by Rick Schmidt on Fandor, & many other examples out there) and the emergence of great self-distribution options such as Vimeo VOD makes previously difficult goals of the DIY Filmmaking Revolution (a whole lot of us attempting to master filmmaking & distribution around 2006) now achievable.  Plus the existence o…

How Senator Bernie Sanders Can Win the Democratic Nomination for President

By Sujewa Ekanayake
According to my math (see details below), based on the figures available on the linked documents - wikipedia page - dem presidential primaries 2016, ny times page - primary results - if Sanders wins the rest of the states at 55% (& Clinton gets 45% of the vote) - on average - Sanders will end up with 2053.75 pledged delegates to Clinton's 1997.25 pledged delegates. Then at the convention there's 709 super delegates that each candidate can go after to try to get the 2383 total that they need to win the nomination. So Sanders has to go to the convention with the greater number of pledged delegates to justify the super delegates coming to his side for him to get the nomination. This is no doubt only 1 of many possible paths to the nomination at this point. Regardless of the path, all of them will require a lot of work by Team Sanders & supporters. But, as we saw with Michigan last night, amazing things are possible :).
The math -  1 - total pledged delega…

coming soon - Breakthrough Weekend, new film by Sujewa Ekanayake - on internet VOD, Feb 2016

Full Film Courage Interview with filmmaker Zoe Cassavetes

In the Shadow of Women | Trailer

Film is playing now at IFC Center.

The Revenant Q&A | Alejandro G. Iñárritu - Film Society of Lincoln Center

Bernie Sanders - The Legacy of Dr. King video

Streamed live on Jan 17, 2016 Watch this live stream of Sen. Bernie Sanders, State Sen. Nina Turner, Dr. Cornel West, and Killer Mike as they discuss Martin Luther King Jr., his legacy, and the relevance of his work today. 

FULL Democratic party presidential debate, 1/17/16

All the Light in the Sky trailer

Finally saw All the Light in the Sky.  Pretty good movie.  Slow, but good.  Here's the trailer.  The movie's on Netflix now.

About the whole #oscarssowhite part 2, 2016 thing

1 - Hollywood or the mainstream American film industry has always been racist because, well, it's the film industry of a historically racist country.  And, unlike many other industries in the US, for some reason, Hollywood has not yet been legally forced to integrate.  As such, non-white talent being
shut out of Oscars is to be expected.

2 - Instead of there being 1 Hollywood in a massive, rich, diverse country like the US, there should be multiple Hollywoods.  Sure, the old Hollywood is racist, but nothing is stopping people from organizing a new Hollywood or Hollywoods where diverse talent is used in front of & behind the camera.  All it takes is money, the desire to make & distribute movies, & the desire to create movies that reflect the country's diversity.  Make it happen interested people.

3 - Without diversity, & without true competition, the quality of work & the state of the art form suffers.  Why is most Hollywood entertainment bad?  Perhaps it ha…

the later seasons of Girls are pretty good

season 4 is funny.  season 3 is pretty good.  when Girls first came out i did not like the season 1 eps that i saw.  but the later seasons are much more interesting, funnier, sharper, better written, acted, shot, & edited.  here's season 4 trailer.  show available on hbo go:

Master of None is pretty good

funny show.  on netflix.  check it out.  here's the trailer:

Happy New Year!

Much DIY/indie film activity ahead this year :).  For now, let's celebrate the start of 2016.