DIY Filmmakers

Verbicide Magazine, Issue 19, Spring 2007
Featured Article

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This article was originally published in the Spring 2007 issue of Verbicide Magazine. The article, written by Alan Lastufka, featured interviews with indie filmmakers Joe Biel (Microcosm Publishing), Michael W. Dean (DIY or Die), Kaetlin Perna (The Year of the Kaet), and James Spooner (Afro-Punk).


It’s always been about creative control. You choose your tools: a typewriter and photocopier, keyboard and Blogger account, or your parents’ video camera.

Independent film production and exhibition date back to the invention of the movie camera. As early as 1895, producers of the new gadgets set off on DIY tours wanting to share their passion for the new”moving picture” medium by tabling at events and showing their work in temporary storefront spaces. Since then, film has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry with trappings well beyond the average punk kid’s means.

But like zinesters — who turned to saddle staplers and photocopiers when they felt their interests and stories underrepresented by major publishers — filmmakers are returning to the roots of film, reasserting their control over a medium by fueling their projects and productions on excitement rather than on investors and the hopes of major box-office returns.

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