Event Info Werewolf Ninja Philosopher Chicago Screenings 7/19 - 25
Werewolf Ninja Philosopher
A Comedy by Sujewa Ekanayake
72 mins, Not Rated
July 19 - 25
1517 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
$10 general admission
$5 for Facets Members
Fri., July 19 at 7 & 9 pm
Sat., July 20 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
Sun., July 21 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
Mon.–Thurs., July 22–25 at 7 & 9 pm
Werewolf Ninja Philosopher movie website - www.sujewa.com
Trailer - YouTube
About the movie
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.
Starring Art Shrian Tiwari as Werewolf. Also featuring Kirsten Dwyer, Alia Lorae, Rachel Dixon and others. Music by Kevin MacLoed. Copyright 2018 Sujewa Ekanayake.
On WEREWOLF NINJA PHILOSOPHER
"Werewolf Ninja Philosopher is a deadpan minimalist, underground noir comedy which succeeds by its stylistic audacity and peculiar rhythms that recall the early work of Jim Jarmusch. Since the werewolf ninja philosopher is also an expert martial artist, his philosophical outlook makes it clear that there is much that is strange, but nothing that surpasses man in strangeness. Werewolf Ninja Philosopher is sardonic and witty as well as an affectionate homage of the detective genre, with easily identifiable visual and narrative conventions that any gumshoe would enjoy, even if he is a werewolf."
"...a beautiful looking picture...excellent performance by Art Shrian Tiwari."
- Bobby LePire, FILM THREAT
"...a satirical Jim Jarmusachian take on The Naked Gun...the hard to believe surprise of 2019 that I was looking for."
- Bill Arceneaux, Neaux Reel Idea
"Pardon me for being hysterically positive about Sujewa Ekanayake's latest indie comedy creation, Werewolf Ninja Philosopher, but when a no-budget flick like this shows up with everything in place – great casting, great B&W images, clever scriptwriting, perfect music, gutsy editing and scene-building, both meaningful and funny too – it's time to cheer for the entire (thought-of-as-dead) real indie scene."
- Rick Schmidt, Filmmaker and Author
"...The cinematography was seamless and controlled with a style that's personally Sujewa Ekanayake's...It had an intelligence to it with long scenes that held your attention much in the way of film noir, and the acting was consistent. The Werewolf himself was marvelous."
- Edgar Grana, School of Visual Arts Instructor, Musician
"“Werewolf” never takes itself serious (its absurd comedy after-all), and Sujewa spends time through the Werewolf expressing his love for the things he’s interested in, centered around his influences, while imbuing the film with a workable philosophy that translates to the real world. It also has several legit laugh out loud moments sprinkled throughout."
- Amir Motlagh, Filmmaker and Musician
"...an art film that’s just plain damn fun...making references to Jarmusch, Descartes, and The Maltese Falcon all at once."
- eric anthamatten, Instructor of Philosophy, The New School
About the filmmaker - https://www.sujewa.com/about.html
Sujewa Ekanayake is a Brooklyn based filmmaker. He was born in Sri Lanka, and moved to the US in his early teens. Ekanayake attended Columbia College Chicago to study filmmaking. Ekanayake has been making films since 1992 - first in Chicago, then in the Washington, DC area, and now in New York City. 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), 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. Ekanayake 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. More info at www.sujewa.com.