Artisan Movies only became possible with the arrival
of digital media. Before that, the tools needed to make something
that looked like a movie required lots of money. Now anybody can
make a movie. Now we can get back to concentrating on telling a
story and entertaining an audience.
Artisan Movie Movement is a reincarnation of the Volksmovie Movement,
which was formed around the turn of the millenium, managed to generate one feature length romantic comedy,
and then died through a comedy of errors. The founder, Zale Dalen,
went bankrupt and ran away to China for almost a decade; the domain
name was handed off to an enthusstic supporter who then managed to lose
it by failing to renew (Not naming names here. We all have our
malfunctions and he's a good guy.)
Cut to present day: We all
recognize the problems with the Volksmovie Movement name. While it
rolls trippingly off the tongue, it has too close an association with
Volkswagon, there's the whole German thing, and a lot of people just
didn't get it. So as part of this reincarnation, we looked for a new
name and Artisan Movies (suggested by Tim Johnson, one of the original Volksmovie members) fits the concept.
We didn't invent the Volksmovie, nor it's reincarnation as Artisan
Movie. This kind of movie, and this style of movie making, has
existence since digital production became possible for the average
person. But we are inventing/founding the Artisan Movie
Movement as a gathering place for Artisan Movie
makers to find community support.
We lost, or have abandoned, most the Volksmovie Movement website content. What we are keeping is the mascot and the logo, because they are still whimsical fun.