Welcome to Hell

“A hilarious, compelling and heartbreaking romp thru the bowels of nyc d-movie making. Never have I seen such an amazing combination of ingenuity, cunning and gumption, matched with such a jaw dropping amount of blundering idiocy."

--Danny Liner, director: Dude, Where's My Car? and Harold and Kurmar Go to White Castle

“Essential reading for the indie filmmaker. Howe nails it.”

-- Jeff Waxman, co-Producer: The Fighter, executive producer: Immortals

“Fast, funny and true, Film Is Hell captures the insane world of low-budget filmmaking like nothing else out there.”

-- Billy Taylor, author: Based on the Movie (Atria Books) and Nipple Confusion

“A tour-de-force tour through the nine circles of hell known as indie filmmaking, told with the eye of a great cinematographer and the voice of a true storyteller. A wild ride of a read for moviegoers as well as film insiders.”

-- Jill Dearman, author: Bang the Keys - Four Steps to a Lifelong Writing Practice (Penguin)

“Howe captures the rush and desperation of low-budget filmmaking better than anyone. Hilarious and heartfelt.”

--Tony Grazia: line producer, 21 and Over and Narc

“The funniest book ever written about low-budget filmmaking.”

--Wendy Jo Cohen writer/director: The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek

“A perfect snapshot of the lowest rung of the industry. Howe beautifully captures the camaraderie, egomania, eccentricity, sex, danger, and madness of these meat-grinder productions. As exciting as a bank heist and too insane not to be true.”

-- Lawrence O’Neil, director: Breastmen (HBO)

Film Is Hell is more than a funny look behind the scenes of low-budget guerilla filmmaking. What elevates it is a touching, wonderful story of a young man's quest for success and a character we grow to care deeply about. Like Ed Wood, Howe's book captures the zany and the genuine. A ‘must read’ for the thousands of college students in film schools across the country. A great read for anyone who loves movies. A fun read for anyone who has ever seen a movie.”

-- A. Dean Bell, director/writer: What Alice Found (Sundance 2003 award winner)

“For many years I served with Matt Howe in the low-budget movie-making trenches, and believe me when I tell you, he gets it exactly right. This book does to filmmaking what Jim Bouton’s Ball Four did to baseball. It gets behind the myths and shows a world populated by charming whack-jobs and ego-driven lunatics all smashing into each other and creating truly forgettable work. I’m elated that he chronicled these truly unforgettable experiences.”

-- John Weiner, director: Cryptic.

“Funny. Painful. True. I know, I was there.”

-- Whitney Ransick, director: Smallville, Supernatural

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