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Paterson trailer

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Film is opening soon.

A Better Budget: The Beginner’s Guide to Planning an Indie Budget

Check out the article at MovieMaker -  http://www.moviemaker.com/archives/mm_guide_2014/beginners-guide-budget/

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

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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 p

Ingrid Veninger Interview - The Seventh Art

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Ava DuVernay | '13TH' Press Conference | NYFF54

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Candlestick trailer, link for movie at Indie Rights Movies

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* Check out Candlestick at Indie Rights Movies -  https://indierights.vhx.tv/videos/candlestick-new-amazon-cropped

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

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* Check out the movie at Indie Rights Movies -  https://indierights.vhx.tv/videos/a-deeper-shade-of-blue

Druid Peak trailer, link for movie at Indie Rights Movies

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* Watch Druid Peak at Indie Rights Movies -  https://indierights.vhx.tv/videos/druid-peak-vhx1 - S

Atlanta episode 7

Pretty good - funny, unusual format.  Watch it at FXNOW . - S

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

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* Watch 9 Full Moons at Indie Rights Movies -  https://indierights.vhx.tv/9-full-moons

On Cinema: Jim Jarmusch | NYFF54

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Texas Heart trailer, link to movie at Indie Rights Movies

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* Watch the movie at Indie Rights Movies -  https://indierights.vhx.tv/texas-heart - S

Indie Rights launches new movie channel

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Check out the channel here  -  http://www.indierightsmovies.com/ .  Subscription to watch hundreds of great indie movies available at a low cost ($4.99/month starting), with a 3 day free trial period. Movies available on many devices, through Roku, also VHX app. Details here.

Check out NYC art/indie/foreign film screenings at Screen Slate

Visit Screen Slate - tons of info on great movies screening in NYC everyday.

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 -  https://twitter.com/festival_cannes?lang=en 2 - Berlinale - 38.9K followers -  https://twitter.com/berlinale/followers 3 - Sundance - 659K followers -  https://twitter.com/sundancefest/followers ​4 - Filmmaker Magazine - 83.2K followers -  https://twitter.com/FilmmakerMag/followers 5 - NYFF - 15.4K followers -  https://twitter.com/TheNYFF/followers 6 - SF Film Society - 22.6K followers -  https://twitter.com/SF_FilmSociety/followers 7 - Locarno Film Fest - 39.5K followers -  https://twitter.com/FilmFestLocarno ​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

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1 Million Art Film Fans Blog

Check it out here

New website for films by Sujewa Ekanayake

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Check out Wild Diner Media's new website here -  http://www.wilddinermedia.com/

PATERSON - Press Conference - Cannes 2016

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CANYON - new music + video from Amir Motlagh

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A Massive List of Fall 2016 Film Grants

A Massive List of Fall 2016 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About

Link - 'African American Buddhism – a manual for an Age of Enlightenment'

Good article, check it out here -  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/americanbuddhist/2016/02/african-american-buddhism-a-manual-for-an-age-of-enlightenment.html

Cafe Society press conference Cannes 2016

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Cafe Society trailer

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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

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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 read

How Criterion Collection Brings Movies Back From the Dead

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

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For My Dinner With Andre fans.

Clip from The Violent Beauty of Lady Snowblood

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New Argentine Cinema and Lucrecia Martel’s La Ciénaga

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Just Death - A comedy about the death penalty

Check out & support this new short film project - " When a prisoner due to be executed simply won't die, two inept bureaucrats must scramble to find another way to kill him. " -  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1292977089/just-death *

Indie Film Blogger Road Trip on Vimeo VOD

Indie Film Blogger Road Trip from Sujewa Ekanayake on Vimeo .

Date Number One on Vimeo VOD

Date Number One from Sujewa Ekanayake on Vimeo .

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Keith Broke His Leg - Class

Keith Broke His Leg / CLASS from Keith Powell on Vimeo .

Filming a scene for Only Lovers Left Alive

Léa Rinaldi - TRAVELLING AT NIGHT WITH JIM JARMUSCH from STFF on Vimeo .

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

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The Lobster trailer * Breakthrough Weekend old trailer (new one coming soon) BREAKTHROUGH WEEKEND - Teaser Trailer from Sujewa Ekanayake on Vimeo .

'Keith Broke His Leg' is funny

Check out the show 'Keith Broke His Leg'.  Here's an episode: Keith Broke His Leg / ENGAGE from Keith Powell 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 calle

New project - exploring the Vimeo VOD catalog

Vimeo VOD seems to have a lot of interesting titles.  I took a brief look this morning, titles Mira, Apls look good.  They say they have 30,000 or so movies.  So, in the coming weeks, I'll post about interesting looking movies that I see on the Vimeo VOD catalog.  Check them out here -  https://vimeo.com/ondemand

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 City ,  Lord 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 e

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 - to

Interview with Team Metrograph

About the new indie theater in NYC.  Read at i ndieWire . - S

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

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Black Sundance: 10 Films Not to Miss - Ebony article

Check out the article at Ebony . - S

Full Film Courage Interview with filmmaker Zoe Cassavetes

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In the Shadow of Women | Trailer

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Film is playing now at IFC Center .

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

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Bernie Sanders - The Legacy of Dr. King video

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* 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

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All the Light in the Sky trailer

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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 i

making malcolm x

good short video about the spike lee movie (follow link below to watch on vimeo): BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY: MAKING MALCOLM X from Gary Leva on Vimeo .

a scene from upcoming Star Wars spin-off series Kylo Ren, The Brooklyn Years

See clip here . - S

the later seasons of Girls are pretty good

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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

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

Happy New Year!

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

Interview with the stars of The Secret Society For SLOW ROMANCE - 9.7.20

Filmmaker Brandon David Wilson interview - On Covid19, Sepulveda movie, the future, growing up in LA

The Amazing Dan Mirvish! - Making indie movies, from Hollywood - an inspiring discussion