28 February 2007
coming soon...a series of reviews
Partly based on the dialogue that's been going on right here, and partly because it's an idea I've been toying with in relation to an article I'm going to write for Andy Horbal's zine he's planning, I'm going to start a new series of reviews (and, yes, I do plan on chipping away at the 100 films project as well) that I'm tentatively calling "the uber-indie beat" that you'll be able to read here and at Talking Moviezzz.com.
I've been trying to think of ways to make the no-budget filmmakers who, in my opinion, are an extremely important niche in the indie world, all that more viable to the larger film community. One method I've come up with is using the internets to write about them in much of the same way I'd write about the latest release from Focus Features. This serves two purposes: 1) it provides much needed exposure (even if it is only a little bit) for filmmakers who work very hard with little to no recognition, and 2) it's a critical voice by which they can get a sense of just how their film plays to someone who isn't inclined to dole out empty praise or criticize needlessly. And being a no-budget filmmakers myself, I figure shining as much light on others as possible has to have some benefits, in terms of karma.
So here's how this is going to work. Unless by some miracle I get overwhelmed, I'll write up pretty much anything, feature-length or short, I can get my hands on. Already, I've lined up one filmmaker who's sending me a DVD of shorts. Anyone else who'd like to send me a DVD (I could also watch it on YouTube, I guess, but obviously isn't the greatest medium in terms of quality), shoot me an email.
 I may have a lot of faults as a cinephile and a person, but a lack of honesty and candor is not one of them.