I completed editing WHY KERALA, GRAMPA? in February of 2009. Thoughts of what to do with the movie when it was finished began to haunt me. I love to make movies. Selling them is another thing. Dealing with distributors, film festivals, film critics and promotion have not been chores I relish. Successful distribution is a full time job requiring thick skin, bravado and schmooze. When I discovered a streaming video site that offered a pay-per-view component for which, after set up costs, I was charged only when viewers actually paid for viewing the movie, I was delighted. No DVDs in a landfill 10,000 years.
I discovered that, relatively easily, I could put up some of those older movies that were sitting on a shelf in the studio gathering dust. An Oregon Message, Roger Baldwin, Along the Path, Deep in the Park and LA VUELTA, A Journey Back, have all found their way to the website.
Worker Owned: In their Own Words and Agamemnon’s Children will be available for viewing soon.
These projects have been an excuse to know hundreds of human beings, at least a little bit. I learn about them in their context, in their place, in their words. Through the camera and for many hours later in editing I study ‘us’. Kindly, people seem to answer even my silliest questions. More often than not they protect me from my own ignorance and help me to see. These movies are a quiet celebration of the extraordinary decency, goodwill and generosity of most human beings most of the time. From their stories of struggle and pain I discern the shadows of our darker side.
Peace tom chamberlin