1. I can tell you why Chineze announced via imdb that Ije cost 2.5million. it is a distribution strategy MOST independent films use. I don't fault her for it. I just made a point that the line does not sound believable. 600,000 in production and 1.9 in post?
2. who ever said producing a movie at home is cheaper than the states told you a big lie. Producing in the states is way cheaper than at home. you can do deferred pay, get things for free, like fuji sends you end stock for free like crazy, competitive rates because the service providers are over flowing et all. any serious filmmaker will tell you that. More over, Ije was a student film and had so many things for free. I live in LA, I work in the industry, i know what I am talking about. you can't even afford find a proper sound stage at home or equipment. Like they said, sinking sands had to fly in all their equipment, can you imagine how much such a thing will cost? i can point out some great movies to you shot in the states for 5000. spend some time on craigslist and mandy.com. you'll see what I am talking about.
3. I saw malooned, and via your post, I did some search and saw it was bought. BUT, it opened at a buying and prestigious film festival. Zanzibar. Like I said, Ije has to gather its steem of interest at a prestigious festival where buyers go. So far, note what I said, so far it hasn't. Neither has the figuirine. More over, Malooned is not Ije. I have not seen Ije, but I am willing to bet its a more "innocent" movie than Ije. Ije is a very ambitious in your face film from what I hear. but you are right. no judging until the race it over. But, is she a business woman who can wait 3 years or an independnet independent who does not mind? let us also not forget that, Kenya is a strong country for filmmaking and filmmaking connections. just like south africa which gets all its films distributed. kenya has some great sales agencies too. do we have any in Nigeria?
4. I think we are all allowed to rave about movies we like. no?
5. having a strong financial backing only makes you spend more money. A good filmmaker knows not to spend his own money on marketing or P and A. That is what a distributor is for. you are only increasing your budget and decreasing your profit margin. That is why you have sales agencies who do that for you. So you plan from the start and have a sales agency on your side before you even go on set. That is why a lot of independent filmmakers are broke.
6. our film makers need education and exposure.