Film Threat just released an interview with Kentucker Audley, one of the pioneering figures in the “No Budget” film movement on his website, NoBudgeFilms.com.
Audley’s promotions concentrate on the ultra-low budget filmmakers who will never get a shot at serious national promotion due to any number of factors. It could be the very personal or avant-garde approach to the features. Perhaps, it’s the eschewing of personal publicity, as in the case of the current featured filmmaker Frank V. Ross, who has no website, Facebook nor Twitter accounts. Most likely, though, it’s the PR machine that puts Hollywood megabuck releases and the “smaller, more serious independent” multi-million dollar films into our consciousness.
Touting his site as promoting “real independent film,” Audley writes:
NoBudge exists to give credibility to films that probably can’t make money. This is a missing link in independent cinema. The only films you hear about or take seriously are ones that can make money. This doesn’t seem right. We’re talking about art here. How can we accept being exposed only to cinema with commercial prospects?
I’m also glad that he bursts some bubbles flying above the heads of prospective young film students:
I think it’s important for young filmmakers to know it’s nearly impossible to make money in indie film, and that shouldn’t be their motivation. I had the same fantasy: that I’d make one film, and then be thrust into indie significance and financial gain, but it’s a fantasy, and I’m glad I’m over that. I’ve had other jobs this whole time. I’ve never made any money directing films. Of course, it’s possible, but there’s so many other reasons to make a film.
As more truly indie filmmakers realize that distribution online is one of the few chances they’ll ever get to have their works seen, NoBudgeFilms will become quite important. TUGM is doing its part with Brain Kitchen Theatre, an outlet for microcinema distribution and a chance to meet and discuss with filmmakers about their work.
No Budget is not just a category of independent filmmaking, it’s a movement to counteract old distribution models that are of little help to filmmakers.