WHAT IS GROUP101?
It's all about destroying inertia.
In January 2000, each of the six founding members of Group101Films
committed to making one short film per month for six months,
regardless of professional and personal schedule conflicts
or funding problems or even general whining, however dramatic
the particular whine might be.
We embraced the new digital filmmaking technologies along
with the humbling realities of conceiving, writing, casting,
rehearsing, shooting, and editing within a four week period
with no funds, no studio, no time, and little or no crew,
all the while maintaining our own working careers. And we
embraced the reality of doing it again and again, every
Six months turned into a year, then two, and by the end
of 2004 nearly 600 filmmakers had joined the collective
in chapters around the globe.
Our members shoot everything from miniDV to 35mm film,
edit on laptops at Starbucks and on million dollar workstations
at major studios, and cast everyone from their roommates
to faces you know.
Few of our films have cost more than $250 to make from concept to completion. Most of them are good, but some have been disowned by the filmmaker immediately after the monthly meeting.
We are sworn to secrecy about them.