Clapboard Jungle: Surviving the Independent Film Business (2020)

EDITOR’S NOTE: We originally shared this review on January 19, 2021. Now, you can watch Clapboard Jungle on the ARROW streaming app. 

This movie follows Justin McConnell (Lifechanger) over five years in his life and career as an independent filmmaker, as he continually asks himself, “How does an indie filmmaker survive in the current film business?”

Beyond the story of McConnell, this has plenty of quotes and advice from an army of filmmakers, actors and others behind the scenes, including Guillermo del Toro, Mick Garris, Paul Schrader, Lloyd Kaufman, George Romero, Brian Yuzna, Larry Cohen, Tom Holland, John McNaughton, Uwe Boll, Sid Haig, Jenn Wexler, Don Mancini, Frank Henenlotter, Charles Band, Tom Savini, Richard Stanley, Dean Cundey and so many more.

This is more than just a documentary. It feels like an essential watch for anyone thinking about making a film. With so many of the films that we watch, we only see the end results on screen. There is so much more that we will never know and work we can’t imagine, which makes me think more about how I write when I discuss these films. No matter how down and dirty some movies are, they are someone’s labor of love.

You can learn more at the official site. This is available on demand from Gravitas in the U.S. and Indiecan Entertainment in Canada, and will be released on blu ray from Arrow Video for the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, where they will release it on blu ray.

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