'How to Make Movies at Home' was shot in the part of Maine many of us grew up in, and is about the incredible rewards of being part of an underground creative tribe. A story very close to home.'
~ HTMMAH website
'... The micro-budget, crowd-funded DIY cinematic event of a generation'
Jonah's band of local DIY filmmakers is threatened when a Hollywood team comes to sign Hillport, Maine, as a location for a big TV show. Jonah goes to war with Hollywood, but her real problem might be with her best friend, who has designs on the Hollywood producer's girlfriend. With practical lessons on cinema craft woven throughout, How to Make Movies at Home is a wild, infectious celebration of the DIY world and a proud instigator of a new value system in the world of movies. This narrative film, which won Best Writing and The Domani Vision Emerging Talent awards at Domani Vision Fest, is for lovers of film of all ages.
"Walk in an absolute neophyte, walk out with a gleam in your eye! Ten real substantial lessons woven through the story, and untold others lurking in the subtext!" says the film website. As the trailer says, How to Make Movies at Home is "the micro-budget, crowd-funded DIY cinematic event of a generation." Learn more at the film website.
Filmmaker Morgan Nichols
Nichols is a true example of a new kind of filmmaker - for two decades he has worked outside the entertainment industry, making features, shorts and countless other kinds of filmed and animated work with his friends for microbudgets. His first feature, Jesus Freak, premiered at The Los Angeles Film Festival in 2003, and won the Milagro Award - Best Southwest Film at the Santa Fe Film Festival. The Little Death followed in 2006, premiering as the closing night gala film at the Atlanta Film Festival and going on to garner awards for best actor, best actress, best screenplay and best cinematography as it traveled the festival circuit. Morgan has also directed several dozen short films, many of which he shot and edited himself, going back to his first Super-8s as a kid in his home state of Maine.
Morgan is co-creator of lo-film, a specific method of improvised filmmaking. Dozens of lo-films have been made on two continents by different groups that have taken up the process, but the record is still 17 lo-films made on 17 consecutive Saturdays in 2001 In addition to his large body of work as a true independent filmmaker, Morgan has worked for various subsidiaries of Viacom, Warner Bros. and Disney. He holds an M.F.A. in Cinema from The University of Southern California and a B.A. in Theater Arts from Brandeis University.
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