NEWS & SCREENINGS
We are currently working with several film festivals to host theatrical screenings of "Wamego Strikes Back" in your area. Additional screenings will be announced soon.
Steve Balderson is available worldwide for workshops, seminars and festivals. If you are interested in booking screenings, workshops or classes, or receiving information on rates and curriculum, please send an email by writing films at dikenga dot com, or via MySpace.
“Wamego Strikes Back” is the sequel to the award-winning documentary "Wamego: Making Movies Anywhere." The first installment covered the making of the independent Kansas-made feature “Firecracker," which starred Karen Black and Mike Patton. "Firecracker" went on to win numerous awards and was named on Roger Ebert's list of 2005's best films.
Wamego Strikes Back is both a documentary on the oft ignored world of indie film distribution and a pep talk to like minded filmmakers who feel strangled in the age of the bloated Hollywood monopoly, gazillion dollar budgets, shoddy distributors and even shoddier financiers. Not a traditional Making of… starts where most Making of’s end; with the selling and promotion of the movie; a crucial process in the production of a feature whose importance is rarely discussed.
The DVD features Karen Black, Eric Sherman, Clark Balderson, Steve Balderson, Mike Patton, Amy Kelly, Pleasant Gehman, Mink Stole, with over an hour of bonus material including deleted scenes and outtakes from “Firecracker.”
“Hell, pure hell… It’s a fun ride… a fast paced and interesting doc… insight on the hard truths...”
Jeremy Knox , Film Threat
“Engaging, funny and painful... much more ‘open’ than the previous chapter.”
Adam Barnick, E-Insiders
“Another interesting subject for a documentary would be about how the film industry is elitist, disorganised and has no capacity for nurturing real talent, that it is a monolithic and archaic machine where its executives are too afraid to take risks, an industry that makes the music industry look as ruthlessly effective as Chairman Mao's Red Army. And whaddayaknow, someone made it...”
Jeremy Allen, PlayLouder
“A story rarely told (with) an overwhelming sense of ruthless honesty. This is an even more interesting, important and essential film than its predecessor.”
MJ Simpson, UK
“A must-see for any filmmaker. It's not the happiest, but it might be one of the most informative films about DIY filmmaking you'll ever see.”
Brian Harris, Independent Filmmaker's Coalition
“It's not a revenge flick slandering those who have slighted, but a mature look at creativity versus big business.”
Jim Jacka, Impose Magazine
“An entertaining sequel… You get to see things that aren't normally talked about, such as the inner-workings of dealing with distribution companies… Those who enjoyed the first film will also enjoy this. Both films are essential viewing by indie/lo-budget filmmakers.”
Robert Hubbard, Micro-Film
Kansas City ~ Special Preview for the Independent Filmmaker’s Coalition
San Antonio Underground Film Festival 2007
New York City - Tribute at Tribeca Film Center
Presented in part by the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency,