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

The Super Talented Bryan Edward Hill! – On writing Zone 414 (new Guy Pearce movie), Titans TV show, comic books, indie days in NYC, and diversity in Hollywood – great convo!

I had a long and informative discussion with screenwriter and comic book writer Bryan Edward Hill about his exciting career. Bryan comes from a NYC indie film background – after film school in NYU – and he has found success in Hollywood. Bryan is the screenwriter of the upcoming Guy Pearce movie Zone 414. He also writes for the TV show Titans. And he has written comic books for Marvel and DC. In addition to filmed content talk we discussed his experience with diversity in Hollywood. Plus we talked about Bryan’s new indie filmmaking ambitions and plans. This is a great episode about filmmaking, building a career in entertainment, and keeping yourself going in a difficult world.

A Beautiful Day In Brooklyn! – 5/15/20 – walk in Brooklyn – Visual Notes NYC Covid-19 Days, + Sony MC88 camcorder cinematic look test

A Beautiful Day In Brooklyn! – 5/15/20 – Visual Notes NYC Covid-19 Days – Sony MC88 camcorder – a cinematic look test

See MUSIC section below for detailed notes on music used in the film. Music by Kevin MacLeod.

Life is slowly coming back to normal in Brooklyn as NYC continues to battle and recover from Covid-19. Here’s a 12 mins+ walk in Brooklyn for those who miss it or miss walking around in it – filmed on 5/15/20 – a beautiful Friday.

I also wanted to see if the new Sony MC88 camcorder could be used for making my upcoming fiction features. I was 99% certain that the camera would perform well, since it is closely related to the excellent Sony AX100 and the Sony NX80 camcorders – however, it is a good idea to check.

So I walked around my neighborhood – in Sunset Park, Brooklyn – and filmed some street scenes. This was done on Fri 5/15/20 – a beautiful, sunny day. Then I did some of my preferred post work on the video footage, added music and titles and finished the short movie.

Overall I was very happy with the camcorder. I need to use the higher stabilization options, and shoot manual for better aperture control the next time I shoot a film with the camcorder. With some work in post, and by carefully capturing original footage, I believe amazing things can be done with the Sony MC88.

And I am very happy with seeing people enjoying life, getting things done, while social distancing and being safe – thinking of everyone’s well being. NYC will recover and will be an excellent place to enjoy life once again.


Latin Industries by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song… License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…

* Sneaky Adventure by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song… License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…


Poppers and Prosecco by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song… License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…


Adding The Sun by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song… License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…


Energizing by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song… License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…


Zigzag by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song… License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…

Video Copyright 2020 Sujewa Ekanayake

For more info visit https://www.sujewa.com/

The theory of indie filmmaker happiness & camcorders, a cinematic look secret, THE AMAZING Sony MC88 – unboxing video!

I was fortunate to get access to, as a part of some work being done for friends, a new Sony MC88 camcorder – which was released last year – basically an HD only version of the excellent Sony NX80 or the AX100 camcorders. The MC88 has the same body and the same 1″ sensor as the other two camcorders – but at a lower price due to the MC88 being HD only, not 4K. I will be using it to film my upcoming fiction feature SLOW ROMANCE – in September hopefully. I did an unboxing video – using my ‘single take, no edits’ approach – the one I use for my Skype interviews. Check it out below. In the video I talk about why some indie filmmakers are happy with prosumer camcorders as their main creative tool, and I remind people that the secret to a great cinematic look is post work – specially excellent color grading work.

Chicago film critic and artist Ian Simmons will reveal secrets of film criticism, art, and Chicago – probably

In an upcoming interview – coming this weekend to this page!

In the meantime, check out his website here.

Ian is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association.

Philosophy! Naked People! History of Europe! – A Discussion on Jean-Luc Godard’s Excellent Experimental Movie GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE

Coming this weekend!

The Prolific & Creative Amir Motlagh! – A Discussion About His 20+ Films & Videos, Music, Other Art – & More!

We had a low key, chill, but illuminating discussion with filmmaker, actor, musician Amir Motlagh on Sunday 5/10/20. Many topics were discussed – including living in the Covid19 era, layers being removed from society, his 20 films, and music work. For all things Amir Motlagh visit his website – https://www.amirmotlagh.com/.

From his website – “Amir Motlagh has written and directed 20 titles (+ -), including the feature films THREE WORLDS, MAN, WHALE & RAINBOW SEASON (also a full length LP). He is the recipient of multiple awards (art is not about competition) and is a cross-media artist who makes music under the moniker, Mirs as singer, songwriter and record producer. He frequently collaborates with other artists. He is the founder of ANIMALS.

Partial List of Festival Screenings & Awards include – deadCenter Film Festival, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival, 24fps International Short Film Festival, CiCFF, Iranian Film Festival, DanceswithFilms, Vancouver Asian American Festival, Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival, DeepEllum Film Festilval, Silverlake Film Festival, Microcinema International Independent Exposure Series, Chicago Asian American Film Festival, Taos Shortz Film Festival, Hells Half Mile Film & Music Festival.” Read the rest of the biography here – https://www.amirmotlagh.com/biography

Check out https://www.amirmotlagh.com/ for updates on new projects.

Interview copyright 2020 NYC Fantastic blog/Sujewa Ekanayake

Coming in May & June – Ian Simmons, Bryan Edwad Hill, Art Shrian Tiwari, Melanie Addington – New Interviews!

New interviews with a film critic, a writer, an actor, and an executive director of a film festival – coming to this site during rest of May and in early June.

Dan Mirvish – On making 18 1/2 and other movies, directing Taye Diggs, Julia Stiles, starting Slamdance – and more!

A discussion with indie filmmaker Dan Mirvish – about life during Covid-19 days, and the making and distribution of his movies. Dan has directed 18 1/2, Bernard and Huey, Between Us, Omaha (the movie), Open House and other projects – more here – https://www.danmirvish.com/

From his website – “Dan Mirvish is a director, screenwriter, producer and author. He’s just finished the award-winning, critically-acclaimed feature Bernard and Huey, scripted by Oscar/Pulitzer-winner Jules Feiffer, and starring Oscar-winner Jim Rash and David Koechner which screened in over 30 film festivals on 5 continents and had a 20-city theatrical release by Freestyle Releasing/Entertainment Studios in the US, and has sold to over 49 countries.” Read more here – https://www.danmirvish.com/

And check out Dan’s excellent book The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking – https://www.danmirvish.com/Buy-the-Book

For all things Dan Mirvish, visit his website and get inspired! – https://www.danmirvish.com/

Interview copyright 2020 NYC Fantastic blog/Sujewa Ekanayake

4 Films By Sujewa

Here are 4 films by Sujewa Ekanayake. Several others are not available on VOD yet – Fresh Coffee, Wild Diner, 17 DC Poets, Brooklyn Fantastic (currently being edited), Agnes The Alien – those may become available on VOD in the future.