D.I.Y. takes a look at the evolving landscape of independent moviemaking
and what "do-it-yourself" means for today's independent productions.
Filmmakers that went from no-budget to low-budget to blockbusters
discuss their own beginnings, the state of the industry, and how
making a movie doesn't always mean making a living. Conversations
include Christopher Nolan, Rian Johnson, The Russo Brothers, and more!
The Young Turks, one of the most popular online news shows in the world, has amassed a YouTube network consisting of millions of subscribers and billions of views. But that wasn't always the case. MAD AS HELL documents the tumultuous, at times hilarious and altogether astonishing trajectory of Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks' main host and founder, as he traverses from unknown Public Access TV host to internet sensation by way of YouTube. When he ventures into national television by landing the 6 PM time slot on MSNBC, Cenk's uncensored brand of journalism is compromised as he becomes a thorn in the side of traditional news media; his unwavering dedication to speaking the truth puts him at the very nexus of the battle between new and old media, and makes MAD AS HELL not only entertaining, but incredibly timely as well.
DEAD DAD is a feature film created by friends. It was shot in the greater Los Angeles and San Diego areas over the course of one month. Produced entirely from the funds of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the production embodies the independent filmmaking spirit. With limited means and an abundance of passion, the cast and crew devoted their free time to complete the film and bring DEAD DAD to life.
In this offbeat dark comedy, horror, action, musical, mini-web series presented in four parts: Gary thinks his new knack for gardening might impress his girlfriend, Lilly. But when he becomes obsessed with "the plants" and his green thumb turns bloody red, Gary's relationship gets tossed into the shrubs. After a run-in with a member of the "LDS," Gary reaps more than he sowed, and his hobby turns deadly. Pies fly and elders die in this offbeat dark comedy presented in four short episodes - Pot Rot, Porn & Cigarettes, A Perfect Pan of Piping (hot) Pot Pie and The $#*!. Gary's Garden isn't your ordinary rom-com-horror-action-musical-Mormon-gardening flick. Ya dig?
THE 7SWORDS is an action/adventure independent feature film. The '7Swords', a primeval relic capable catastrophic destruction, falls into the hands of a young college girl who must now become its protector and fend off her newly sworn enemies.
Slamdance Film Festival adamantly supports self-governance amongst independents, and claims to deliver what filmmakers go to festivals for: a chance to show their work and a launching point for their careers. Slamdance has earned a reputation for premiering films by first-time writers and directors working within limited budgets.