WEREWOLF NINJA PHILOSOPHER (FREE during Covid-19 crisis) - indie feature, filmed using Canon XA11

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In WEREWOLF NINJA PHILOSOPHER someone is killing art 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. A deadpan, slow cinema, minimalist, black & white, NYC art/indie/DIY/underground werewolf noir comedy by Sujewa Ekanayake. Starring Art Shrian Tiwari as Werewolf. Also featuring Kirsten Dwyer, Alia Lorae, Rachel Dixon and others. Music by Kevin MacLoed. Copyright 2018 Sujewa Ekanayake.

For information on watching the movie on the big screen/movie theater screenings, and other information and updates, visit - www.sujewa.com


"One of the year's most remarkable films...I loved the ending."
- Ian Simmons, Kicking the Seat podcast

"...the deadpan film noir riff “Werewolf Ninja Philosopher” frames its concerns around the title character, played by Art Shrian Tiwari, who stays true to his urban-loner code while coping with woman problems and tracking a serial murderer...amusing...intriguing black-and-white footage of New York at night."
- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"...a beautiful looking picture...excellent performance by Art Shrian Tiwari."
- Bobby LePire, FILM THREAT

"...a satirical Jim Jarmuschian take on The Naked Gun...the hard to believe surprise of 2019 that I was looking for. "
- Neaux Reel Idea

"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." - Facets

"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


ABOUT Filmmaker Sujewa Ekanayake

Sujewa Ekanayake is a Brooklyn, NY based independent filmmaker, distributor, web marketer, and blogger. He is known for writing, producing, and directing several feature length fiction films including Werewolf Ninja Philosopher, Breakthrough Weekend, Date Number One, and Wild Diner. In addition he has produced, directed, and filmed the following feature length documentaries: Indie Film Blogger Road Trip, Capital Heartbreak & Sweetness: 17 DC Poets. Ekanayake's documentary Indie Film Blogger Road Trip was presented as a part of the Atlanta Film Festival in 2009. Ekanayake's films have screened in New York City, Washington, DC, Seattle, and Maryland. Ekanayake is an advocate for independent film production and self-distribution. He is known for the independent film blog DIY Filmmaker, one of the top 25 blogs about film production. Ekanayake promotes multi-ethnic casting and using multi-ethnic crews during production.

PRESS from previous projects

"...Breakthrough Weekend has audacity and poker-faced wit on its side; its wayward pacing and peculiar rhythms recall early Jim Jarmusch, though it has a New York–centric spirit all its own."
- STEPHANIE ZACHAREK, Village Voice, About film Breakthrough Weekend, 2014
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