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On Chadwick Boseman + A chat w/ Filmmaker Sujewa Ekanayake: Indie Filmmaking, Underground Films & Slow Cinema, Representation Matters, & Kamala Harris

  An introduction written by podcast host Art Shrian Tiwari - "In the latest episode of #ArtApproved ! #podcast by myNewYorkeye : I talk a little about #ChadwickBoseman first, since the episode was pre-recorded. Special guest, filmmaker and my dear friend Sujewa Ekanayake joins me for a great chat about being an indie filmmaker, filmmaking life & some pro-tips, underground filmmakers and an intro to slow cinema. Then we talk about his film Werewolf Ninja Philosopher (starring me!) and his upcoming project Slow Romance movie . We also talk about the state of diversity/inclusion and Hollywood and finally, Kamala Harris . A great episode with lost of great information. Listen to it on the link below, or find it wherever you listen to podcasts. Don't forget to like/share/follow/subscribe."

Joe Swanberg Slow Cinema - new movie at nobudge.com

It's good.  Check it out here -  http://nobudge.com/main/build-the-wall Title is Build The Wall - but the wall in question does not have anything to do with the Mexican border wall political issue.  It's about a wall being built at a guy's yard - as a gift for his birthday. It's like a Slow Cinema movie - unfolds at its own pace.  Enjoyable.  Takes place in rural Vermont. NoBudge has an interview with Swanberg about going back to his minimalist filmmaking roots -  http://nobudge.com/members-main/joe-swanberg

Meet THE PRESS GANG - film critics Godfrey Cheshire, Matt Zoller Seitz, and Armond White

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On NHFFF Art Movement - Non-Hollywood Fiction Feature Films Art Movement

More NHFFF Art Movement content starting early Sept. NHFFF - a new arts movement - Non-Hollywood Fiction Feature Films :) - celebrating fiction features made and (when possible) distributed outside the Hollywood system of big budgets, stars, historical Hollywood racism, unions and guilds limitations, & other Hollywood nonsense. See a Twitter thread about it here.

New Rick Schmidt book - New Dark Ages - How A Punk Movie EMERALD CITIES Got Its Improv

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Legendary indie filmmaker and author Rick Schmidt - creator of over 25 feature films , and the great indie filmmaking book Feature Filmmaking At Used Car Prices and several other books , has a new book out. On New Dark Ages, from Amazon page - "NEW DARK AGES lets the reader participate in Rick's IMPROV decision-making process as he applies his stream-of-consciousness approach to solving moviemaking problems, where the filmmaker must battle his/her movie into existence, often with little money and little time to complete the task. Readers can learn from Rick's "open universe" approach, where he dares to proceed against all odds." More on the book here, and get the book at the link -  https://www.amazon.com/AGES-How-Movie-EMERALD-CITIES-IMPROV/dp/1715001117

HBO tries to clean up the name and work of an extremely racist author and make some money with Lovecraft Country show

  H.P. Lovecraft is one of the most racist authors of all time.  See the links below for more.  Lovecraft was in favor of lynching Black people, was against minorities and immigrants of all kinds, was in favor of police brutality, was a big fan of Hitler, and he used his fear of immigrants and minorities as source material for creating the monsters in his stories and the sense of fear in his stories. HBO comes along and picks up a book by White author Matt Ruff - and makes Lovecraft Country into a TV show - somehow getting Black talent - including Jordan Peele - to work on the show.  The first episode of the show takes great delight in torturing the Black characters in the show for much of its run time.  Similar to how an action movie claims to be anti-war but delights in the fighting and the carnage.  To me it appears to be a cynical attempt to clean up Lovecraft for a wider audience - hide his racism and at the same time celebrate and delight in his racism. After watching episode 1 o

Two Chicago film critics have a funny discussion about Werewolf Ninja Philosopher movie

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Two Chicago film critics have a funny discussion about Werewolf Ninja Philosopher movie from Sujewa Ekanayake on Vimeo . From July, 2019. Chicago film critics Ian Simmons from Kicking the Seat podcast and David Fowlie from Keeping It Reel website discuss Sujewa Ekanayake's film Werewolf Ninja Philosopher. The movie had a one week engagement at Facets Cinematheque in Chicago in July, 2019. In this entertaining 24 minute discussion Fowlie is uncertain about various aspects of Werewolf, but Simmons thinks he is the biggest fan of the movie. See more from Kicking the Seat podcast here -  kickseat.com/podcast/2019/7/12/ep425-running-commentary-the-running-man.html And see more from Keeping It Reel here -  keeping-it-reel.com/ For more on film work by Suewa Ekanayake, and Werewolf Ninja Philosopher, visit here -  sujewa.com Audio segment courtesy of Ian Simmons/Kicking the Seat. Video copyright 2020 NYC Fantastic/Sujewa Ekanayake

Amy Seimetz Breaks Down She Dies Tomorrow - The Witching Hour

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Kris Rey's Indie Catharsis: The Kicking the Seat Interview - I USED TO GO HERE

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Conversation with Lav Diaz | Locarno Film Festival

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From 2014 -

I USED TO GO HERE trailer

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A website for the film -  http://gravitasventures.com/i-used-to-go-here/

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