Future of film festivals & bold new initiatives! A discussion with Melanie Addington from Oxford Film Festival in Mississippi

A discussion with Executive Director Melanie Addington from Oxford Film Festival in Oxford, Mississippi. We talk about how the film festival adjusted to Covid-19 shutdowns, bold new initiatives such as sharing revenue with filmmakers, launching a drive-in screening series, and the future of indie film and film festivals. A great discussion for anyone interested in filmmaking, film festivals, and the future of the art form.

Go here to learn about Oxford Film Festival, see their movies and panel discussions – https://www.oxfordfilmfest.com/

About Melanie Addington, from Oxford Film Festival website – “Melanie Addington – Executive Director Melanie Addington has worked with the Oxford Film Festival since 2006 in various capacities and became Executive Director in August 2015. She also directs, writes, and produces films and serves on the Mississippi Film Alliance as President. She co-founded OxFilm, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council’s program to lend equipment to Oxford filmmakers.”

This is interview #10/final interview of season 1 of interviews with film people. See the rest of the interviews here – http://nycfantastic.com/blog/

Also here – https://www.sujewa.com/video-intervie…

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New content after interviews – 2 shorts, 3 features – in 2020!

I am wrapping up my video interviews project. Interview #10 is happening on Sun 6/7. Also will be doing a final podcast ep for Season 1 of The Slowdown podcast later this month.

Now that NYC is re-opening, it’s time to make/finish some movies!

2 short films coming up – Brooklyn Fantastic, Anges The Alien – already filmed, need to edit them.

3 features coming up – The Secret Society For SLOW ROMANCE, Low Key Wizard, Yoga Lady.

Hope to have all 5 new films finished by Oct. Will post up stills, clips, and perhaps even entire movies as they get done. The goal is to get them out to film festivals first if possible – but, let’s see – this is an unusual year when it comes to film distribution.

Running a film festival during the Covid-19 crisis, the future of indie film, bringing back drive-in! – a conversation with Melanie Addington

Coming Sun 6/7 night!

About Melanie Addington, from Oxford Film Festival website

“Melanie Addington – Executive Director

Melanie Addington has worked with the Oxford Film Festival since 2006 in various capacities and became Executive Director in August 2015. She also directs, writes, and produces films and serves on the Mississippi Film Alliance as President. She co-founded OxFilm, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council’s program to lend equipment to Oxford filmmakers.”

The Amazing Sony HXR-MC88 Camcorder Test Video, Amazon Link

Here’s a test video that I did for a cinematic look using the new (2019) Sony HXR-MC88 camcorder. So far the feedback on the video has been excellent. The MC88 is basically a more affordable, non-4K/HD only version of the Sony NX80 – which is loved by many video makers. The MC88 can be a game changer for many video content creators because it is affordable, easy to use, has professional XLR sound input capability, and is a joy to use – has a 1″ sensor to help create great images. Check out the video, and there’s a link below to the camcorder on Amazon (buy through the link if buying, it will help fund this blog).

Making indie films in Texas, winning festival awards, screening in NYC and LA, teaching film at Baylor, growing as an artist – a discussion with the excellent filmmaker Chris Hansen!

I have known Chris Hansen since the early 2000s, have screened one of his movies in Maryland, and helped him screen another one of his movies in NYC a few years ago. Chris’s films have been selected for screenings at film festivals nation wide, and have received positive reviews from The New York Times, LA Weekly and other media outlets. Recently he made a feature length drama about an interracial marriage – the first time he worked with a minority actor in a lead role in one of his movies. That movie – SEVEN SHORT FILMS ABOUT (OUR) MARRIAGE – was selected to the Cinequest film festival 2020. I had a great discussion with Chris about Covid-19 days, making indie movies since the early 2000s, future plans, learning new things and growing as an artist and as a person in general.

About Chris, from his website –

Chris Hansen is an award-winning writer and director, currently with four diverse feature films under his belt. His filmography includes Blur Circle, a powerful drama about a missing child, the poignant relationship drama Where We Started, the hilarious mockumentary The Proper Care & Feeding of an American Messiah, the touching road movie Endings, and the autobiographical short film Clean Freak.

He is also Chair of the Department of Film & Digital Media at Baylor University, teaching Directing and Screenwriting, among other courses; and what little spare time he has is spent tending to his four daughters with the help of his beautiful wife.”

Visit his website here.

Watch Chris’s film Where We Started at Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Where-We-Started-Matthew-Brumlow/dp/B00M8MNJOM/

More on his other films, where to watch them, at his website, under Films – https://www.hansenfilms.com/

June 2020 – June 2022 – A 2 year project to make and promote The Secret Society For SLOW ROMANCE to 10 million potential customers

The new plan is to spend June 2020 – June 2022 making and promoting/selling/distributing my new movie The Secret Society For SLOW ROMANCE (yes, that is the ridiculous and proper way to write out the title – SLOW ROMANCE for short 🙂 ) to 10 million potential customers. I hope to shoot the film this summer and fall in NYC, and have it ready for distribution by October 1 of this year. And the rest of the time will be spent on fundraising, setting up distribution and marketing that will reach 10 million potential customers world wide – and doing the said distribution and marketing, advertising, promo work. I have a rough idea of the cost for the project. When everything is done I will talk about all the details, and about how successful my epic indie/DIY distribution and marketing plan turned out to be. The early version of the Vimeo VOD page for the movie is here. I hope to make the film available through Amazon also – and perhaps through other VOD outlets. For the next two years SLOW ROMANCE will be the main project, with other films – shorts, side project features, old projects, also being completed and released. Exciting times ahead. The goal is worldwide fame for SLOW ROMANCE w/in 2 years :).

The Fantabulous WEREWOLF NINJA PHILOSOPHER Actor + Hollywood & Indie Screenwriter, Filmmaker Art Shrian Tiwari! – On Challenges & Victories!

The Fantabulous WEREWOLF NINJA PHILOSOPHER Actor + Hollywood & Indie Screenwriter, Filmmaker Art Shrian Tiwari! – On Challenges & Victories!

I had a great discussion with Art Shrian Tiwari – who was the lead actor in my Werewolf Ninja Philosopher movie. We discussed Art’s work as a screenwriter, acting in Werewolf, and the 2 new indie films, other projects that he is working on at the moment. Informative, in-depth talk on film creativity in the Covid-19 days, pursuing Hollywood work – challenges and victories, and generating work as an indie artist. Great interview for filmmakers, actors, and Werewolf movie fans!

Check out Werewolf Ninja Philosopher movie here (FREE during the Covid-19 crisis) – https://youtu.be/M8OwxwhzC4o

Art’s website – for info on many projects – https://www.artshrian.com/

Art on Twitter – https://twitter.com/aRTShrian

Check out one of Art’s film news sites here – http://www.mynewyorkeye.com/

Here’s Art on IMDb – https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8040813/

Check out this episode and other interviews at NYC Fantastic blog – http://nycfantastic.com/blog/

Copyright 2020 Sujewa Ekanayake/NYC Fantastic blog

On Lynn Shelton, end of early 2000s type indie film world, end of Hollywood as main filmed entertainment provider, & the current amazing web video age – Indie Film + Other Art + Positivity Vlog ep #2

See all vlog episodes on this page – https://www.sujewa.com/vlog-posts.html

More info on Lynn Shelton here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynn_Sh…

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Werewolf Ninja Philosopher on YouTube + a discussion with lead actor Art Shrian Tiwari

Discussion with Art Shrian Tiwari coming this weekend…

Ian Simmons – Birth of a Chicago film critic who has done 500+ film podcast episodes, + a discussion of Godard’s GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE

I had an entertaining conversation with Chicago based film critic Ian Simmons about how he got started with film criticism, and his previous life as an artist making fine art/drawings. Part 2 of the conversation is audio only due to tech problems (I added a still image for a few mins, plus a video shot from Brooklyn, NY – other than that it’s only audio in this part). In the second segment of this part 2 of the interview we discuss Jean-Luc Godard’s complicated, difficult for some, exhilarating for others experimental movie GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE.

Check out Ian’s 500+ film podcast episodes here – http://www.kickseat.com/

Copyright 2020 Sujewa Ekanayake/NYC Fantastic blog