Watch: BK Live Indie Film Pains discussion
August 1st, 2014
“Indie Film Pains” was the topic of discussion for the first Bushwick Film Festival’s Indie Film Talk at Brooklyn Independent Media yesterday. We had the honor of speaking with filmmakers Takeshi Fukunaga (Out of My Hand), Kiandra Parks (Black Girl In Paris), Nicholas Santos (Worlds We Created) and Lacey Dorn (Frontera) about some of the indie film pains that they have encountered and how they overcame them.
Kiandra Parks shared her experience shooting Black Girl In Paris with award winning cinematographer Shlomo Godder (Una Noche, Lottery Boy) and the importance of having a good producer that knows about releases and legal shot clearance. When Black Girl In Paris was picked up by HBO she had to go back and edit out shots of the Moulin Rouge that hadn’t been cleared in the original cut. Also, she learned that the lights on the Eiffel Tower are trademarked making it necessary to backtrack and pay the licensing fee!
Nicholas Santos’ production team, Bullmoose Pictures, shoots and edits most of his films and the films of the other participants. This is their way of sidestepping the biggest indie film pain: funding! Their film A Good Fish is now in post-production.
Lacey Dorn is currently in post for her new feature documentary Metamorphosis: Junior Year which she co-directed with actor, director and producer James Franco. She explained that all processes of filmmaking (post, production, distribution) are equally difficult. Having James Franco involved with this new documentary has definitely lightened the load.
Takeshi Fukunaga is currently fundraising for his film Out of My Hands. It follows a struggling Liberian rubber plantation worker, Cisco, who risks everything to discover a new life as a Yellow Cab driver in New York City. The first 70 percent of the film was shot in Liberia and is complete. They now need to raise money for the final 30 percent of filming to shoot in New York. Takeshi explained that today’s indie filmmakers have to learn how to wear many different hats and that can be difficult. Knowing how to fundraise is one of those hats. But he is so passionate about this film and the universal story behind it, that it is clear that he’ll push through. Please visit his kick-starter page to help!
The show will air this summer as part of Brooklyn Independent Media Indie Film Bloc.
UPDATE: Takeshi Fukanag’s, Out of My Hands was picked up by Ava DuVernay’s distribution company, Array.
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Written by Kweighbaye Kotee