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WEREWOLF NINJA PHILOSOPHER Director Sujewa Ekanayake

Director's Profile | June 21st

Sujewa Ekanayake is a Brooklyn based D.I.Y. indie filmmaker (D.I.Y. or DIY indie filmmakers approach films as art projects, make and release them for low budgets, and take responsibility for all phases of the project - from script to distribution and publicity). Ekanayake was born in Sri Lanka, and moved to the US in his early teens. Ekanayake has been making films since 1992. He has made the following films, in the following order - Fresh Coffee (1992), Wild Diner (1999), Capital Heartbreak & Sweetness: 17 DC Poets (2001), Date Number One (2006), Indie Film Blogger Road Trip (2009), Brooklyn Fantastic (2009 - not completed yet - a 2019 release), Breakthrough Weekend (2014), Werewolf Ninja Philosopher (2018). Ekanayake has screened his films in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Seattle, New York City, and at the Atlanta Film Festival. He has received positive press coverage from Village Voice, IndieWire, and other media outlets. He has written the blog DIY Filmmaker since 2006. DIY Filmmaker blog has been one of the top blogs for filmmaking news and was one of the IndieWIRE blogs at one point. DIY Filmmaker has promoted multi-ethnic filmmaking, new talent, and self-sufficiency as a useful practice for indie filmmakers. Ekanayake promotes his film work using the label NYC FANTASTIC Sujewa Film Art.

Film Summary:In WEREWOLF NINJA PHILOSOPHER someone is killing art house filmmakers in NYC. The City calls on Werewolf Ninja Philosopher - a werewolf who is a ninja, a philosopher, and a private detective - to help stop the killings. A deadpan, slow cinema, minimalist, black & white, NYC art/indie/DIY/underground werewolf noir comedy by Sujewa Ekanayake (Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor). Starring Art Shrian Tiwari as Werewolf. Also featuring Kirsten Dwyer, Alia Lorae, Rachel Dixon and others. Music by Kevin MacLeod. Copyright 2018 Sujewa Ekanayake.