Hard as Indie, the first feature of Arturo M. Antolín (Miranda de Ebro, 1991), is a painful look behind the scenes, a lesson in how to make films and its mechanisms. The objective point of view of the young director leads the viewer to a journey through the crazy filming of The Cosmonaut. A film that divided social media and cinema related discussions both in Spain and abroad.
Hard as Indie is the final reward for all the people who participated in the crowdfundings of Riot Cinema, from those who helped with 1€ to contributions up to 1000€. It's an indispensable feature film for those who want to understand what happened in 2013 in East Europe, in a crazy filming process where spanish film history was made. Arturo M. Antolín creates an exercise in meta-film for people to understand the difficulties of tackling an independent and ambitious project like The Cosmonaut.
Hard as Indie is a completely independent production, created without any profit-making motive and inspired by our only passion: cinema. The feature film will be distributed under Creative Commons license, totally for free, available online from the 26th of January.
FILM CRITICS HAVE SAID
Iván Reguera, El cuarto poder
“Perfect to explain how NOT to make films”
Paco Fox, Tiempo de culto
“A really interesting failure, both human and artistic, that deserves to be told”
Sofía Pérez Delgado, La película del día
“Hard as Indie is an exercise in sincerity, both in front and behind the camera”
Alfredo Moreno, 39 escalones
“Hard as Indie is the portrait of the passion for making films”
Nicolás Ruíz, Cineuá
"Hard as Indie is an autopsy of one type of cinema in the Internet era"
Emilio Luna, El antepenúltimo mohicano
“A lucid obituary of the Spanish cinema factory”
John Tones, eldiario.es
“A documentary literally unique about a project completely unprecedented in Spanish cinema”
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Arturo is a writer/director and editor based in London. Born in Spain, he moved to the UK in 2013. He studied a MA in Screenwriting at Met Film School, after which he started working in the editorial department of feature films.
He's recently worked as first assistant editor in well-known productions such as Supersonic, documentary directed by Mat Whitecross; or The Trip to Spain and On the road, directed by multi-awarded director Michael Winterbottom. In 2017, he was selected to be part of the programme BAFTA Crew, in the branch of editing.
He's just finished the editing of Sunburn, feature film directed by Anthony Alleyne while he develops various projects, both fiction and drocumentaries, which he will write and direct.