EL TOPO (1970) – Part 1

Alexandro Jodorowsky as a younger man

“El Topo (The Mole)” Background: EL TOPO writer-director-star Alejandro Jodorowsky (abstracted from Wikipedia)   Prior to making “El Topo,” the now-classic cult film often described as both an “acid Western” and the first “midnight movie,” writer-director Alejandro Jodorowsky had already been extraordinarily productive in several different art forms. Many of … Continue reading

Think Ten Media Group Wraps SOLITARY Pilot

The Boys behind the camera: 1st AC Brett Roberts (right) reacts, as DP Daniel Cotroneo (center) and Director Ramon Hamilton (left) look on

Think Ten Media Group wrapped production of its SOLITARY web series pilot at the end of last week. The final day of shooting was absolutely the most intense one for both cast and crew. Although they filmed only one scene, the final slate board was 12Q: 16 different shots/angles for … Continue reading

The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking

Still from Polish brothers' NORTHFORK (2003)

Although The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking (2005) has been available for almost ten years, its worth has not diminished over the course of that period. It is valuable as the story of how the Polish brothers (its authors, along with Jonathan Sheldon) started their careers as indie filmmakers. It is also … Continue reading

SOLITARY Web Series Production: A Lighter Day

Director Ramon Hamilton interviews co-producer Five Mualimmak for SOLITARY web series

Yesterday’s shooting schedule for the SOLITARY web series at Wapato Jail, “the never-opened Multnomah County detention center in North Portland” (as described by Kelly House of The Oregonian), was a lighter one for Think Ten Media Group. This allowed shooting of some additional footage and an interview, as well as … Continue reading

SOLITARY Web Series Production: DAY 2


The SOLITARY web series, currently being filmed by Think Ten Media Group in Portland, Oregon, completed its second day of production yesterday. Producer Jen Fischer, who is on location with director and husband Ramon Hamilton, provided updates from the set to LOUD GREEN BIRD. SOLITARY Web Series Production Update: Producer … Continue reading

SOLITARY Webseries Begins Production

Think Ten Logo

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“Action!” on the SOLITARY Set Think Ten Media Group’s production of its new webseries project, SOLITARY, began on-location yesterday. Directed by Ramon Hamilton and produced by Jennifer Fischer, the series focuses on solitary confinement in America’s prison system. 80,000+ individuals in U.S. prisons currently live in complete isolation, often for years, due … Continue reading

BLUE RUIN (2013): A High Quality Grind

bloody unshaven Dwight

Jeremy Saulnier’s “Blue Ruin” is a paradigm of the type of high-quality film that can be made by an indie filmmaker. It is also an example of the extreme “grind” that is involved in making such a film. The High Quality of BLUE RUIN Saulnier funded the movie in part … Continue reading

BRICK HOUSE series by Ben Fraser – review

BRICK HOUSE webseries logo

The “Brick House” webseries, written and directed by Ben Fraser, uses musical comedy and high production value to raise awareness about the sensitive and significant problem of Internet porn addiction. Turning the theme of the Commodores’ 1977 hit, “Brick House,” on its head, it uses humor, song, and dance to … Continue reading


Filmmaker Mike Messier

“Wrestling with Sanity” (2009) is a short film trilogy that was written and directed by Mike Messier, the Rhode Island indie filmmaker whose latest film, “The Nature of the Flame,” is premiering at the Rhode Island International Film Festival on August 9 (see my review). The 2009 comedy is based … Continue reading