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itunes, Amazon and almost Netflix

So last month I reached a personal goal in my life by getting my first feature film: Do You Like My Basement? released by Virgil Films and Entertainment and wanted to share this with you.

Here’s the trailer: https://vimeo.com/51084939

In a few words: The film is not, just a horror movie, but a dark satire about the lengths people will go to become a success in the film world!


It’s taken a while to get to this stage and has been a long journey. Back in 1987 I visited New York for the first time. During the first few weeks here I shared a conversation with Roy Scheider on 57th Street about ATNT street phones, met Mike Tyson and Don King on Columbus Avenue and watched ET with Matt Dillon after meeting him in bar. I warmed to the city because, while daunting and incredibly tough to survive in, it had an electric pulse, great heart and hosted the largest gathering of creative and smart people in the world. I knew one day I would return to pursue my dream of making a film.

So after returning, in 2009, about a year after moving into my Harlem apartment, I decided that it was time to do something about making the film. The apartment came with a cavernous brooding basement and inspired by that dank and creepy space I began devising a story while wandering around it in the middle of the long nights with a beer, a fag and a dictaphone! A story that wouldn’t need much money and that would embrace the low-fi efforts I could sustain by doing a bit of ducking and diving!

I acquired some production money and began shooting the film in March 2011.  Our budget was smaller than one of A Rod’s bar bills, but I was able to pull favors from colleagues and friends to make it stretch. I cut costs by making lunch for the crew, painting and building the sets myself, and incorporating available props into the story. I contributed to the budget by working two other jobs — at Lincoln Center and Bloomberg Business-Week — while shooting the film. We shot for fourteen afternoons in my apartment and it was one of the toughest things I have ever experienced - apart from watching Tottenham beat Arsenal!

But now the film is out and I can truly say this city is a place where you can be inspired to push yourself into seemingly useless and impossible situations, against the advice of others, to live and fulfil your dreams.  My one wish is that after all the time, sacrifice and effort I put into the film, people will take the time to see it and refer it to friends. And that it will gain some small success for the talented cast, crew and wonderful friends who helped make it all possible.

So with that hope please take the time to check it out here and if you do please leave a review:

Here are the links:

itunes link:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/do-you-like-my-basement/id766069798
Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.com/Do-You-Like-My-Basement/dp/B00H71NVUG/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1391632568&sr=1-2&keywords=do+you+like+my+basement

Here are some recent reviews:
http://comicsgrinder.com/2013/05/21/movie-review-do-you-like-my-basement/
http://dvdandblu-rayreleasereport.blogspot.com/2013/11/do-you-like-my-basement-from-virgil.html
http://www.filmthreat.com/reviews/57688/

Do You Like My Basement? Soon on Netflix!

We now have a DVD release date for our film on Netflix!

January 14, 2014 is when you will be able to rent: Do You Like My Basement? on DVD. Currently you can save the film to your DVD delivery queue here:

http://dvd.netflix.com/Search?v1=Do+You+Like+My+Basement%3F&ac_abs_posn=2&fcld=true&ac_rel_posn=2&ac_category_type=movie&raw_query=do+you+like

The Netflix instant streaming date will follow. You can also buy the DVD at BestBuy and several other outlets in the USA from January 21, 2014.

Reviews have been coming in since the date of the release was announced and here’s the most recent from Ralph Tribben:

http://dvdandblu-rayreleasereport.blogspot.com/2013/11/do-you-like-my-basement-from-virgil.html

Attached is the new UK artwork for 4Digital Media and changed title.  The USA distributor, Virgil Films & Entertainment, will also use this image for the DVD jacket but keep with the original title: Do You Like My Basement?

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New Filmmakers of New York Screening!

Do You Like My Basement? has just been selected for the New Filmmakers of New York spring program at the Anthology Film Archives. We will be screening as the feature presentation at 8.30pm on Wednesday May 29th. Please come along and show your support for the film. Tickets are only $6.00. 

Follow the links below for more details:

http://newfilmmakers.com/

www.doyoulikemybasement.com

Do You Like My Basement? - Distribution Update

Since we signed with our producer’s rep at the beginning of December 2012, we have had a couple of rejections and one offer from a possible distributor. Currently it’s a waiting game, which can be frustrating. But instead of getting frustrated I decided to reveal a little more about our characters, in particular Stanley, who I caught up with last week. I actually managed to persuade him to contribute to the blog and reveal a little more information about his motivation. Please take the time to explore below, It makes for more than a little curious reading. 

Stanley Farmer - 1st Blog Entry - 3/20/13:

I guess I will start out trying to explain why I made this film and telling you a little bit about my background.

My name is Stanley Farmer, I am 35-years-old and I am proud to be an Englishman living here in New York City. When I was nine years old I was sent, happily, to live with my Aunt and Uncle  (for reasons which I will not go into right now). So I moved from the quiet suburbs of Kings Lynn to Gants Hill in East London. Not the prettiest of surroundings but a veritable – Brave New World – for one who had previously led such a sheltered life.

I almost became a reclusive oddball while a child but my life changed when I was handed a VHS video camera by my Uncle Ben on the south bank of London’s Thames. I instantly developed a curious nature and eager voyeuristic tendencies. I discovered a surge of power behind the camera and a delight in how acutely it affected people’s behavior. Humans, unlike objects of nature and the environment, act rather differently in front of a camera. Their ability to transform from bashful wallflowers to confident exhibitionists inspired me to create several short films as a child, none of which I am especially proud. But within those shaky moments of amateur dramatics I found myself seduced by cinema, especially films that contained elements of fear and the unexpected.

I pursued my new-found vocation through my teens at a rather posh boarding school and developed a keen desire to become a trendsetter. I tried applying to film schools and found them reluctant to accept me and so became a rather bitter proofreader for the local newspaper. Before I knew it a nasty black streak had replaced my optimism. As a filmmaker you try and fail repeatedly but each time you fail, you lose something inside. You believe the producers, the spinners of dreams who endlessly promise until your vision and their words dissolve like an old fifties movie montage. This is filmmaking!

After a spiritual and physical awakening, I decided I would come to New York armed with the tools to pursue my dream of making the scariest horror film ever. Why horror? It’s a simple answer: Horror is a genre I have studied well, from Hammer House, Nosferatu and Rosemary’s Baby to Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity. Horror can work with no-name actors, the genre lends itself to a low budget, and scaring people is down to being smart. For years I have watched the terrible cheap gore-fests that are churned out with the same empty plots involving maniacs, mental patients, grudge holders, ghosts and reincarnation, and know I can do better.

Why New York? London burned me pretty badly.  The jaded people there shuffle around with gloomy outlooks under torpid grey skies. And as the clouds weigh on their shoulders they poison your aspirations and dreams with insecurity and fear masked as wit. Those naysayers know nothing about getting ahead!

But after several years of trying and failing to gain investment in New York, and working as a bad waiter, I gave up…trying to get investment that is. I mean, who is going to give a first-time director $500K to shoot his movie? So I decided to say : “Fuck it!” I’ll do it myself. I have my own camera, some lights and a microphone. I already have the concept and an apartment in mind that I can use for the location. This was my time to show everyone what raw talent and bitter frustration can produce!  After months of thinking about a concept so dark and unnerving it made me question my sanity, I retreated into myself and put pen to paper, reveling in the depression and poverty that fueled my passion for success. I was determined to write a film that captured fear and produced genius moments that elevated the horror genre beyond the contrived façade of Hollywood.

A meditation on fear…real fear with real people!

http://www.doyoulikemybasement.com

Here is the final edition of our poster for Do You Like My Basement? Photography by Jackie Cernaglia, Graphics by Camilla Slotfeldt and Art Direction by me - Roger Sewhcomar 

Here is the final edition of our poster for Do You Like My Basement? Photography by Jackie Cernaglia, Graphics by Camilla Slotfeldt and Art Direction by me - Roger Sewhcomar