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Published on Mar 4, 2015
INDEPENDENT SPIRITS - The Unlikely Journey of a Small Documentary (JP / CH 2015)
a documentary film by Jan Knuesel and Stephan Knuesel
In 2011 Swiss filmmaker brothers Jan and Stephan Knuesel went to Japan to film Thomas Koehler's walk across Japan for their documentary film "negative: nothing - step by step for Japan". The film industry was not interested. Nevertheless the brothers continued. Independent Spirits covers 3 years in the lives of the two brothers and gives insight into the ups and downs of true independent filmmaking and grass roots self-distribution.The filmmakers connected early on with a wonderfully supportive audience through social media which allowed them to produce and distribute the film completely independently. "Negative: Nothing" sold out screenings in several cities in Japan, Switzerland and Germany for almost 3 years and played on all Swiss International Airlines flights in 2014.