Our newest Acquisition – Bosozoku 暴走族 Biker Gang Docu from Japan! (TRAILER)

COMING ON DVD IN MARCH 2013 From Choppertown.com – “SAYONARA SPEED TRIBES” offers a fascinating narrative and documents the decline of one of Japan’s most colorful and controversial sub-cultures. The film blends verité footage and interviews, manga-style animation, still photography and riveting footage from bike runs. An intimate portrait of Japanese outsiders living on the edge with fascinating documentation of a fading subculture some view as tradition, others as a nuisance. “Sayonara Speed Tribes”!

Buy it on DVD here.

The Movie Business in Cannes (interviews with film industry warriors)

After an absence of twelve years, I returned to Cannes this year and had a chance to sit down with various film professionals and ask their unique perspectives on Cannes and the film industry.  I was a bit trepidatious having been out of the international scene for a bit, but Sydney Levine and her partner Peter Belsito basically chided me into going.  It was more than worth it and I can’t recommend it enough to anyone engaging in any aspect of international film business or media.

Producer Zack Coffman

A couple of days into the festival it occurred to me that we had such an amazing mix of film industry leaders and innovators all in one place it might be interesting both for newer filmmakers and veterans alike to hear some thoughts from the people who really make the modern film business function.  I came up with the following list and Sydney offered to feature the interviews on her film industry blog over at Indiewire.  It’s not meant to be exhaustive, but seemed like many of the major cogs in the wheel would be represented.  (Click the links to visit the original interviews over at Indiewire!)

The Producer

The International Sales Agent

The Distributor

Public Relations

The Actor

The Film Commission

The Exhibitor

The Festival

Some of the people I spoke with you may have heard of and some not, but they have all done their time in the trenches and I hope their thoughts and opinions might help to open up more dialogue and debate on how to operate in the independent film industry.

News from One World Studios Ltd.

ONE WORLD NEWS UPDATES: INDIEWIRE – With 5 million views in 3 days, LiveSciFi is a runaway hit!

Testimonial from one of our sponsors:
“We recently provided digital material (Poptent video), product and funding for One World’s first live show (at the Sallie House in Kansas over Friday the 13th weekend) and will work on a couple of their upcoming episodes (they’ll be airing monthly). Their first episode saw over 5 million viewers over a 3-day timespan and was particularly well-received among teens (male and female) and a slightly older, female audience. You can read a bit more about it here. The One World team are great guys, and always eager to leverage partnerships as thoroughly and authentically as possible.”

Misty Otto
Public Relations Director
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~Thanks Misty! ~ ed.

Sneak Preview of Ouija Horror Film Shot Entirely on Super 8mm Draws Star Support From Ewan McGregor and Freaks ‘em Out in Santa Monica

We’ve finished our first narrative film, I AM ZOZO, a Ouija movie about a real Ouija board spirit called ZoZo.

From Seattle Office of Film + Music Newsletter: Award-winning filmmakers Scott Di Lalla and Zack Coffman are wrapping psychological horror feature I AM ZoZo this month. I Am ZoZo is based on events surrounding true Ouija board experiences gone wrong and the consistent involvement of an entity known widely on the Internet as ZoZo. Shot entirely on San Juan Island and in Seattle with local talent and crew, I Am ZoZo is the first feature film to be shot exclusively with Kodak’s new Vision 3 200T Super8mm film stock. Using two vintage Canon 1014 xls Super 8mm cameras crystal-synced for sound, Di Lalla and Coffman hope to prove that their innovative production model will allow other indie filmmakers a chance to enjoy the challenge and excitement of shooting on film. Production notes, videos, and stills at www.iamzozomovie.com.

Past press releases from OWS:

• Indie Filmmakers Keep Motoring Along With Wild New Film About Biker Movie Tour Through Europe

• Facebook for Bikers? ChoppertownNation.com Launches with a Roar

• Dickies Sponsors American Biker Movie Series of Events Across Europe

• Sneak Preview Screening of New Motorcycle Documentary Brittown Causes Near Riot in Santa Monica

• New Book of Quotes Sets Straight the Founding Fathers’ Positions on Religion, War & Peace, Liberty, Taxes & Debt, Honesty & Responsibility

• New Teaser Video for Brittown: a British Motorcycle Documentary Film Jumps to the Top of YouTube

• Choppertown: From The Vault Revs Up for November DVD Release

• Choppertown: the Sinners Original Motion Picture Soundtrack hits iTunes