Fourth of July – Celebrating Independent American Filmmakers

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all film makers are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creativity with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty of Expression and the Pursuit of a Reasonable Net Income ; that whenever any Form of Distribution becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute Snoovies, laying its foundation on such principles and organising its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Exposure and Happiness.

It was on the Fourth of July two years ago that the seeds of a new independent entity, called Snoovies, were sown. Lovingly nurtured by creative enthusiasts, those seeds quickly developed shoots, that sprouted and blossomed. What started as a dream of a brighter future; a future in which independent film makers could fund and control their own visions; a future in which people of all creeds, hues and genders could be a part of those visions; has developed into the Snoovies you see today. We still have a long way to go, and that way is strewn with obstacles, but we are strong. We have Right, we have Justice and we have You, The People on our side. We shall prevail. This is our Declaration of Independence.

uk_us_flagsIn a remarkable coincidence July 4th was also when another entity called the United States of America also proclaimed their Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Did you know that at the start of the American revolutionary war most Americans weren’t actually fighting for independence? Loyal to Britain and King George III, all they wanted was to govern themselves locally, rather than be bullied to by an onerous, tax hungry parliament in which they had no representative. Thomas Jefferson himself wrote in 1775:

“Believe me, dear Sir: there is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But, by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose; and in this, I think I speak the sentiments of America.”

As a tribute to the free thinking Americans of yore, and in the spirit of continuing trans-atlantic friendship,  we’d would like to honour the Snoovies made by our Independent American brethren.

  • Stefano Formaggioour latest film, and again with top production values – the director and writer, Darren Darnborough, is actually a British immigrant but, despite the accent, he is Hollywood through and through. Aside from film making he also is an entrepreneur and works closely with Richard Branson on Rock the Kasbah – “one of the best parties I’ve ever been to” and is currently developing WeRehearse.com which helps actors find rehearsal partners to work with online.
  • The Candidate – our first American Snoovie and a film of such extraordinary quality that it propelled its director, @DavidKarlak, into the sphere of Fox and Warner. David has completed his crowdfunding for his pilot, Rise, which is now in development at Warner Brothers. And it is going to be HUGE!
  • You There – Quirky and brilliantly formatted film about online dating. We just loved this from the opening shot. Stanley Brode is New York based and multi-talented but is focusing on his first feature Maggie Black which is in post-production.
  • Blessing in Disguise – this one has a very defined indie feel with some lovely performances all round. The director, Eric Kissack, is already well known in Hollywood having edited Brüno, The Dictator and Horrible Bosses II. Currently he’s the editor for Daddy’s Home which is filming with Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell and Linda Cardellini. He’s also very funny.
  • Mentiroso – this is a sumptuous Snoovie, filmed in Texas with a gentle narrative style. Will Shipley is in pre-production on his first feature and is also building his portfolio as a Multimedia Professional.

In the great tradition of Epic TV serials – To Be Continued …

But in the meantime if you want to watch these films and read about their productions then you can download Snoovies on

appstore  &  googleplay.

 

Text by Karsten Huttenhain

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