Sunday, June 19, 2011

DIY seems to be the only way for me...

so, the film for POLITICS•ART•RELIGION•REVOLUTION or the suffering and celebration of life in america is done and the layout for the book has begun… but I'm in a mood of sorts, confused and angry and my self taught naiveté doesn't help.

film fests. why do them at all? there are so many of them… and the bigger ones seem to be slanted to established filmmakers, they also seem to be geared towards the business of money making and lack the love of expression… not that I'm against money, but really, I'm just looking to get the fucking thing shown, I feel like it keeps up with other documentaries I've seen and the message is important to me. I'm just not sure what the best move might be for my baby and I don't want to send it off on it's own to be used and abused... I want my new born to be nurtured and fruitful.

I believe what we're about to release is the future of books… a book film combo, and not like a value pack, but a book that goes with the film and vise versa… a project that was produced together, at the same time… as amy wrote, I filmed… I'd imagine if all the road trip books folks would compare our trip to while on the road were birthed in this day and age, they'd look a lot like what we'll release this november.

funny. I was unsure as I started this blog. now I'm sure… well as sure as I can be, I might flip and flop and of course, I haven't spoke with amy yet but I think we'll just hit the road in november, on the 4 year anniversary of the start of the year long road trip that made this book and film possible. yep, I think we'll hit the road. if there's interest, we'll be there.

I'm not opposed to film festivals, just not into submitting and paying for the privilege of groveling to show my/our art. if invited, we'll show our film at a film fest. hell, we'll project the thing on a garage or screen it in a bar/coffee house… we'll speak at your school, do book readings in the park, whatever it takes to share this beast of a project with those who are interested.

If you know of a venue that might be into showing a film based on project a year at the wheel ( ) or selling/distributing our book and film or showing our artwork, sculptures or photograhy or all of the above, please let me know.

we'll start showing the film and selling the book in the pacific northwest in late october and start heading down the coast towards austin texas and all stops in between. an evil and perverted trunk show of sorts.

I'm quite proud of the film I've made, that's a rare occurrence for me. I'm also quite proud of the book I've helped out with... amy carried the weight as far as the writing goes, and her stuff has never been better.

I'd love any and all advice… know a film distributor, great! get me their address so we might show up and force a screening, fuck competing with a bunch of film nerds at a overhyped film fest to pitch/beg/grovel for a chance to be exploited… I'd rather scare them into paying attention.

heheheheee… I guess we might need more than a film distributor as this is a book and film that I'm not sure I want to separate… they go together… so maybe someone in the art market or a progressive publisher of books… yep, get me their home address or contact info. thanx.


Blogger theCHSCA said...


Let me know what I can do to help.

There must be something.

Already love the book cover.


June 19, 2011 at 4:06 AM  
Anonymous Christine Clemmons said...

so you want to publish the book with a cd of the movie inserted? i know what you mean about the film festivals, but it is a good way to get some of the right people to notice. it can't hurt to send a few clips to some of the better known festivals. also, there's t.v. and i know, so hear me out. what if discovery or another liked the idea? you already have the material and if you're planning to go on the road again, well, why now? seems to be the new way to get your ideas/beliefs out there. also, you have a great title and your format is HBO worthy for sure. i know you've already thought of this stuff, but look at it again. you have the background, experience, and the material to make it work. most people who get on t.v. or win some award at the film festivals have about 5 mins of experience compared to you're 30 something years. you know what i'm saying. i'm sending you an email later. i have some ideas that i'd rather not share here. either way, i'm a fan. ;)

June 19, 2011 at 7:01 AM  
Blogger shanebugbee said...

christine, I would so love any advice help you can give. honored.
I feel that because of all of those almost 30 years of doing, I should just stick to what I do best and that's get media attention... reviews and shit like that. market the fucker, show it where ever possible and then see if there are any opportunities... we did have an offer from free speech TV, and I'm ok with t.v. showing it or using the over a thousand hours of footage we have from the last election year... so much we left on the cutting room floor we thought to do 4 additional films all 1 hr in length, all going into more depth regarding POLITICS•ART•RELIGION•REVOLUTION... but we have limited resources and I feel this election year is the timing we've been waiting for... I will excitedly await your email. hell, I'm gonna throw the only copy of the film I've let go in this package I'm sending to you... mass love to you. xo

June 19, 2011 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger shanebugbee said...

john... thank you. I'll def. take you up on the offer once I have the duck in a row and can fully explain this immense undertaking... this is for sure. thanx man.

June 19, 2011 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger shanebugbee said...

maybe the Tom "billy jack" Laughlin style of distro... all self, all hustle is the way.

June 19, 2011 at 2:21 PM  

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