I’m Not Dead, I’ve Been Bootlegging

Hello Dearest Fans and Admirers,

In case you were wondering (I’ll just assume my absence has been keeping you up nights with concern), I have not entirely given up this writing about films lark. In fact I spent last weekend at the most haunted bar in Edinburgh™, Banshee Labyrinth, diving headfirst into the Bootleg Film Festival. And then writing about it.


For any of you that might not be aware, Bootleg is a travelling festival that was started by Tom Wilton in a Glasgow basement in 2008. Run by filmmakers for filmmakers, Bootleg’s raison d’etre is to celebrate the best low- and no-budget shorts and feature films from all over the world in a relaxed (and beer-filled) atmosphere. None of your fancy-pants tuxedos and red carpets here, oh no.

Fronted by Tom and Creative Director Neil Rolland from Write Shoot Cut, the fest ran here in Edinburgh from March 22nd to 24th, and my round-ups appeared in The Edinburgh Reporter. You can read them here:

Day 1 – Friday

Day 2 – Saturday

Day 3 – Sunday

The next Bootleg Film Festival will be held at the TriBeCa Film Center in NYC this September. If you’re gonna be in the area, you should definitely check it out. Find out more by pointing your pointy arrow thing right here where it says Bootleg, and then clicking that clicky thing. Or tapping it, or whatever.

Release the Kraken!


  1. theipc · March 29, 2013

    Nice to hear from you again ~

  2. Mark Walker · March 29, 2013

    Hey! Nice of you to make an appearance Ryan. As a Glaswegian, I have to admit to not knowing anything about this bootlegging lark. I’m intrigued though. Good to hear your still alive, kicking, viewing and drinking. 😉

    • Ryan McNeely · March 30, 2013

      Ha! Honestly, I’d never heard of it until about three weeks ago either, but I’m definitely glad I did. It was one of the best weekends of my life. Not counting that time with Anne Hathaway and Mila Kunis that I’m not allowed to talk about, of course… 🙂

  3. Tim The Film Guy · March 29, 2013

    Welcome back 😀

    • Ryan McNeely · March 30, 2013

      Thank you kindly. It’s almost like I’ve never been away!

  4. todayiwatchedamovie · March 29, 2013

    Finally. I can sleep again.

  5. Fogs' Movie Reviews · March 29, 2013

    There’s no escaping the blogosphere, Ryan!

    • Ryan McNeely · March 30, 2013

      Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in!

  6. Pingback: Epically Awesome award of Epic Awesomeness! | Meera Darji

Go ahead, punk. Make my day.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s