There are independent movies and independent movies. As one writer observed, if “Inside Llewyn Davis” has the budget to take out a full-page ad in the New York Times just to reprint part of one of A.O. Scott’s tweets, maybe it’s a little too big to be included in the Independent Spirit Awards.
No such worries with the films in Madison’s new Micro-Wave Cinema Series, kicking off Sunday in Madison at the UW Cinematheque screening room, 4070 Vilas Hall. The free local series will feature “micro-budgeted” films made with more love than money. One of the ways such films save money is by self-distributing using the Internet; Micro-Wave is working with two innovative organizations, Simple Machine and No Budge, who find like-minded people around the country on social media to screen their films.
On Sunday at 7 p.m., Micro-Wave will screen two films by Simple Machine founder Zach Weintraub, “You Make Me Feel So Young” and “International Sign for Chocking.” Weintraub is coming out to the screening to talk about the films and the success Simple Machine has had embracing such an unorthodox way of getting films seen.
Coming out to see the films is a great way to learn about the latest innovations in film production and distribution and to support truly adventurous grassroots filmmaking.