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The Rock Philosopher
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat journey into the life and mind of a passionate indie filmmaker
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2018
Finished this in one day when my internet went down. It was a fascinating ride through the mind and life of a bootstrapping indie filmmaker. I always enjoy the how-to of a production, the behind the scenes. It is truly amazing to me the dedication one needs to complete a film all alone. The journey was exciting even as I know the outcome. And I love how the device of the narrative is explained. I haven't seen BookWars in a while and forgot details. WHat I loved about that doc is that it captured NYC at a very specific time - the lives of people you might never think much about - still they are the ones that made NYC an interesting place to visit as a New Jersey kid growing up across the water in Bayonne. I like the way the book itself feels like a road trip where the filmmaker is spilling the beans of one chapter of his life. This kind of storytelling seems to be gone now. But meetin strangers on the road of life and swapping stories, life memories, your suffering and your aspirations is the reason why we wander, travel, explore and hope to connect with someone and something totally randomly. Keep these books coming. Very enjoyable reading.
5.0 out of 5 starsMust Read for fans of "Book Wars" or documentry films in general.
Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2016
Any fan of the great documentary "Book Wars" by Jason Rosette or loves documentary film should read 10,000 miles to go. The author gives an insider view of independent film making in the days before Camera Phones and Laptop Editing. Jason explains the dedication and pitfalls of trying to produce a film on no budget as well as explaining some of the intricacies of sidewalk book selling in New York City and the challenges of filming that world. The author also bravely talks about "mobbing" in the entertainment industry and attempts to sabotage the filming of "Book Wars" and the stark realities of being an independent film makers. A must for anyone thinking about producing their own micro budget film. I look forward to reading more about Jason's journeys making "Lost in New Mexico" and "Freedom Deal", which are two more films by this one man dynamo of micro budget film making that I would recommend.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn invaluable case study in pursuing the American Dream
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2016
I read this book in one sitting intrigued by the story of Jason Rosette and his mission to bring his documentary film "Bookwars" to completion despite formidable obstacles. I recommend it to all those embarking on an artistic or entrepreneurial career. Mr. Rosette will quickly dispel any illusions that it will be smooth sailing for any but those well-connected. I recommend it also to those who have already been through the mill, for they will see their own struggles reflected in Rosette's "bootstrapping" (as he calls it). You will see that you are not the only one who has felt like Sisyphus simply trying to bring a stone to the hilltop then having Someone or Something toss it back down to the bottom. If you are like Mr. Rosette during the course of his stone-rolling, you will simply take up your burden again. The outstanding thing is that, looking back on the experience, Rosette though embattled is never embittered. "10,000 miles to Go" can be most fully enjoyed having first viewed "Bookwars," a gritty, tell-it-like-it-is portrayal of the life of sidewalk booksellers on the streets of New York.
5.0 out of 5 starsAppendix 1: Dead on advice you can take to the bank.
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2016
I first heard of Jason after seeing his quirky sci-fi movie Lost In New Mexico and followed his exploits since. He reminds me a lot of Rex Pickett author of Sideways in many ways. 10,000 Miles To Go puts it right there warts and all. No warm fuzzies about a filmmaker’s journey, no red carpet glamor, just the hard cold facts. It’s a struggle and the survival of the fittest even for those well connected so those of a shoestring pay attention. Whether you are an aspiring filmmaker or want to be the next lunch truck star a quick read may put you in the right pass of turning your vision into a reality because a dose of this book is going to go a long way into helping you get there.
5.0 out of 5 starsA great story recounting the creation of an even greater film!
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2016
Considering the current generation's need for instant gratification, it was truly refreshing to read of one man's perseverance to see his dream to fruition. If nothing else, this book serves as an inspiration to anyone who has had a dream but lacked the apparent means to achieve it. Beyond that, it's a fascinating account of the efforts that went into creating the amazing film 'Book Wars'. After watching the movie several times, I wrongly assumed that it's creation was a relatively simply project, but after reading of Jason's constant battles with funding and access to editing equipment, I recognized what a monumental task it truly was. Watching 'Book Wars', then reading this book should be required by most high-schools.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn honest look at hardscrabble filmmaking.
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2016
10,000 Miles to Go is both interesting and inspiring. J Rosette is equal parts raconteur and beat spirit. In this breezy but weighty tome he weighs in on the perils, joys and Sisyphusian struggle to make a narrative non/fiction feature with no equipment, little help, and no money. Yet the end result is one of the best movies I have ever seen about NYC. It's up there with Mean Streets and Annie Hall and other such Kiss of the Apple films. Rosette's jazzy and at times dreamlike narration reminds one of beat heroes like Robert Frank and, yes, Jack Kerouac.
If you haven't seen BookWars, then see it. Then check this book out. You won't be disappointed.