In Guerrilla Filmmaking, the great equalizer is location. A unique location can make your life easier while shooting, give you something wonderful and interesting to look at, and, if you're really cooking with gas, provide you with a unique story to tell. For Azazel Jacobs' Momma's Man, the root of the making of the film was his main location, his parent's apartment in New York where he grew up. He knew he wanted to capture this unusual place on film and then tried to figure out a story that he could set there. To be sure, Jacobs' home isn't your typical Ozzie & Harriet, and neither are his parents. Father Ken Jacobs is a renowned experimental filmmaker and mother Flo is a frequent collaborator.
1 Story, 7 Days, 17 Actors, 4 Cameras, 1 Committed Team, the result: Country Wedding. This Icelandic film was mostly improvised on location, was directed by Valdis Óskarsdóttir and produced by Elfar Aðalsteinsson, Wouter Barendrecht, Hreinn Beck, Árni Filippusson, Jim Stark, Gudrun Edda Thorhanesdottir and Davíd Óskar Ólafsson.
The film premieres in Iceland on August 28th, there’s no release date yet in the U.S. The film is being repped by Fortissimo Films.
We had the pleasure to interview Davíd Óskar Ólafsson on how was his experience working in a tight schedule with a limited budget when pretty much everybody was improvising all the time.
Last Friday I got the chance to meet the Duplass Brothers, after their success with the The Puffy Chair, my natural question was, Are you living out of this? Their answer; Actually yes dude!
Since 2005 they had been working in different projects in development with different studios and they even moved to LA, but after two years writing, pitching, attending to meetings, and actually making money, one thing was worrying them: How much time is going to pass until we do another film? So they repeat his previous formula and they created Baghead, premiered in Sundance in January of 2008 and picked up for North American distribution by Sonny Pictures Classics.
Dogme 95 used to be an avant-garde filmmaking movement. Started in 1995 by the Danish directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg with the signing of the Dogme 95 Manifesto and the Vow of Chastity. They were later joined by fellow Danish directors Kristian Levring and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, to form a group sometimes known as the Dogme 95 Collective or the Dogme Brethren. This movement was officially dissolve in 2005, although different filmmakers from all over the world keep using the vow of chastity as a principle, and keep submitting films to the website of the movement, Wes Anderon's Rushmore is Dogme Film # 180. So far there are 276 officially recognize Dogme Films.