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Date Number One on Facebook

Check out the Facebook group for this movie here.


Princeton Holt's review of Date Number One

NYC filmmaker Princeton Holt checked out the movie & wrote a review, check it out here.


Interviewed at FilmInFocus, Movie City: Washington, DC

Just saw that Focus Features' site Film In Focus published an interview that they did with me several months ago; very cool, check it out.

Also check out the Movie City: Washington, DC section at FilmInFocus; several interesting articles about DC & the movies.

- Sujewa


A Somewhat Lengthy but Hopefully Meaningful Introduction to the New Movie Date Number One

As the Baltimore, Maryland based filmmaker Armando Valle, after seeing the final/2008 version of Date Number One in Silver Spring, Maryland at Lo-Def/Jackie's Back Room in late May 2008 described the movie in his blog, Date Number One is "a charming, DIY feature romantic-comedy presenting a refreshing, positive outlook on the trials of contemporary dating. A multi-ethnic cast, among them a seductive Indian man, a french-speaking hottie, a curvy blonde seeking a blissful three-way bi-sexual relationship, a Buddhist African-American woman, and a lonely career Ninja seek love in the modern city. The episodic film, completed through a long period by Ekanayake, exhibits a vibrant 'can do' attitude that's spreading along the world of independent cinema today."

From the beginning of the project the goal was to create a D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself or real independent, completely outside of the limitations and control of Hollywood or indiewood) Populist (a film that may be accessible to the vast majority of Americans) movie, thus Date Number One displays the results of working creatively and well under an ultra-low/"no" budget production situation (the cost of the film was under $10,000, from script to screen and DVDs); that being, among other things, a movie with scenes featuring charming, open, inviting, hopeful, and refreshing humor and events and a multi-ethnic cast. During the 2004 - 2008 period I, writer/director Sujewa Ekanayake, coupled production & distribution work on Date Number One with writing about and promoting real independent filmmaking and self-distribution on my indieWIRE carried blog DIY Filmmaker Sujewa ( The result of these activities is increased web and rest-of-world visibility of real independent filmmaking, including self-distribution, and a movie that tells 4 stories about first dates; Story 1 - Start Over, about a writer who tries to get back together with his ex-girlfriend, Story 2 - Just Another Ninja Searching For Love, about a ninja who goes on a blind date (ninja is played by John Stabb from the Washington, DC punk band G.I.), Story 3 - A Romantic Dinner For 3, about a woman attempting to add a third partner to a romantic relationship, and Story 4 - The Superdelicious French Lesson, about a first date where a character learns a little bit of French in an unusual way.

Date Number One, in its 2006 form, was discovered to be "Witty" by David Hudson at the film blog world popular GreenCine Daily blog, and "Funny" by media professor Chuck Tryon at The Chutry Experiment blog, and "Sexy, Sexy, Sexy" by Los Angeles area based filmmaker and blogger Jerry Brewington of Hollywood Is Talking blog. I believe the new & final 2008 version of the movie retains all of the positive elements of the 2006 version, and increases their effectiveness through a shorter running time, better transitions, and more music.

The 2 hours long 2006 version of Date Number One screened in Washington, DC, Seattle, New York City, Kensingon, Maryland and Takoma Park, Maryland. The 85 minutes long 2008 or Final Version of Date Number One has, as of this writing, screened in Silver Spring, Maryland and is looking forward to traveling around America and the world and delighting new friends.

- Sujewa Ekanayake
May 25, 2008
Kensington, Maryland, U.S.A.


DATE NUMBER ONE Screening Thu 5/22 Silver Spring, MD!

Get all the info. at the brand new LO-DEF Indie Film Screening Event site.

Here's the basic info:

"The LO-DEF Screening Event & Wild Diner Films presents:

A writer,
A ninja,
A woman who is working on saving the world,
and a guy who works at a bookstore
searching for love in


A movie by new director Sujewa Ekanayake

Thu May 22
8 PM
The Back Room @ Jackie's
8081 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Event contact: Sujewa Ekanayake,, 240-354-3394"

Read the rest of the announcement here.

Thanks & see ya at the show!

- Sujewa


Date Number One press & reviews links

This is not all of them, but some I had up at DIY Filmmaker Sujewa blog for a while, here they are for anyone who is new to this project:

Date Number One REVIEWS
The Chutry Experiment
Hollywood Is Talking
GreenCine Daily
Boredom at its Boredest
Still Lover

Date Number One PRESS
On Tap 7/07
Cinematical 10/06 9/06
Tom Kipp interview, Seattle, 5/06
indieWIRE 11/05

More links coming next week.

- Sujewa


ninja & blind date from story 1 (John Stabb Schroeder & Jewel Greenberg)


GreenCine Daily blog's editor David Hudson on Date Number One

"...witty (I particularly like the recurring references to a band's unlikely popularity in Ohio), often inventive (the story in which the first date isn't really the first date at all is particularly well-written and performed) and, even better, airy: characters are given time and space to spell out their views on abortion, Buddhism, quantum physics or the ongoing war in Sri Lanka, views that never bear the artificial markings of a Hollywood screenwriter's compulsion to reduce them to sound-bites."

- David Hudson, Editor, GreenCine Daily blog

Read David's full review of DNO here.



Date Number One, a comedy about several first dates, is made up of 4 different stories:

1. Start Over: about a writer who tries to get back together with his ex-girlfriend
2. Just Another Ninja Searching For Love:
about a ninja who goes on a blind date
3. A Romantic Dinner For 3:
about a woman attempting to add a third partner to a romantic relationship
4. The Superdelicious French Lesson:
about a first date where a character learns a little bit of French in an unusual way

Written, produced, directed, photographed, edited and distributed by Sujewa Ekanayake.
Date Number One Copyright 2006 Sujewa Ekanayake/Wild Diner Films



December 2009 screenings at Aeon Logic Art Gallery in Brooklyn, NY


Thu May 22, 8 PM FREE

LO-DEF/The Back Room @ Jackie's

8801 Georgia Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20910

previous screenings:


MARCH 2007

screening #13
* March 15
Capital City Microcinema/
Kensington Row Bookshop
3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, MD 20895 301.949.9416
7:30 PM

JULY 2007

screenings #14 - 20

a Washington, DC area 1 week run
July 12 - 18
Armory Building
3710 Mitchell Street
Kensington, MD 20895 :: map
7:30 PM daily


screening # 1 & 2
Sat May 13, 2006
7* PM & 9 PM, $8
812 7th St., NW
Washington, DC 20001

* 7 PM show is a partial benefit (50% of tix sales $s) screening for DC social service org We Are Family

screening # 3 - 7
Fri May 19 - Sun 21
7* PM & 9:30 PM daily
$8, $5 for NWFF members, $6 for seniors
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

* Sat 5/20 7 PM show is a benefit for Seattle social service org
Real Change
* no show on Fri 5/19 @ 7 PM

screening # 8
Sat June 24 7 PM $5
Capital City Microcinema
Kensington Row Bookshop
3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, MD 20895 . 301.949.9416 MapQuest

screening # 9
Thu July 13 8 PM $5
7014 Westmoreland Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

screening # 10
!the nyc premiere!
Thursday, August 31, 9 PM
The Two Boots Pioneer Theater
155 East 3rd Street
(between Avenues A and B, closer to A)
New York, New York
ticket prices:
$9 adults, $6.50 members
buy tickets here

screening # 11
THU OCTOBER 5 :: 7:30 PM :: $5
Capital City Microcinema
Kensington Row Bookshop
3786 Howard Ave., Kensington, MD 20895 301.949.9416 MapQuest

screening # 12
!The Final Screening of 2006!
SAT NOVEMBER 4 :: 8 PM :: $6
a benefit screening for We Are Family, a DC non-profit that assists the elderly
WAREHOUSE Screening Room
1017-21 7th St., NW
Washington, DC 20001


Check out Story 1 (of 4) from Date Number One here.


More links coming soon. In the meantime, check these out:

Armando Valle 5/08

On Tap 7/07

Cinematical 10/06

DV Guru 10/06

REVIEW # 4, by filmmaker Amir Motlagh, on Still Lover blog story on self-distribution, profiles Date Number One

REVIEW # 3 august 06 GreenCine Daily blog

GreenCine Daily article on real indie films mentions Date Number One june 13, 2006

REVIEW # 2 may 06 Hollywood Is Talking blog

REVIEW # 1! may 06 The Chutry Experiment blog

IndieWIRE, 11/2/05, Production Report November '05, "Date Number One" profile

The Chutry Experiment, 11/1/05, DC Screens mentions "Date Number One" & distro blog

GreenCine Daily blog, 10/16/05, mentions Sujewa Ekanayake,, and "Date Number One"

Still Lover Blog - May 17, 2005 Interview: "Sujewa Ekanayake has ideals, yup,
ideals son!"

Kensington Gazette (MD) - COVER STORY - April 13, 2005 Edition
"Festival Highlights Indie Filmmakers"
article about "Date Number One" director Sujewa Ekanayake

Shervin Boloorian: Poetry, Policy and Punk Mariachi in the Nation's Capital
Voice of the Hill/October 2004, pages 34 - 36
article about "Date Number One" Story #2 actor Shervin Boloorian

About the Writer/Director of Date Number One, Sujewa Ekanayake




Sujewa Ekanayake

Photos Copyright 2008 Sujewa Ekanayake/Wild Diner Films


Recent features:
*Brooklyn Fantastic, feature comedy, 2009-2010
(in production as of 12/17/09, to be released in spring 2010)
- Producer, Writer, Director, Videographer, Editor, Distributor
*Unlimited Dreamtime (aka The Screening), feature documentary, 2009-2010
(in production as of 12/17/09, to be released in winter 2010)
- filmed under 2 Week Film Project guidelines
- Producer, Director, Videographer, Editor, Distributor
*Indie Film Blogger Road Trip, feature documentary, 2008
- Producer, Director, Videographer, Editor, Distributor

* Date Number One, feature comedy, 2006 (re-cut in 2008 for the DVD release in late February 2009)
- Producer, Writer, Director, Videographer, Editor, Distributor

* Capital Heartbreak & Sweetness: 17 DC Poets, 1 hour long documentary/performance video featuring DC area poets, 2002
- Director, Videographer, Editor

Recent shorts:

* Magnus & The Air Quotes Woman (2007), short - 5 mins., available at Funny or DIE on the web, will be available on a DVD in 2009

* Rock Collection (filmed in 2007), short, in post, will be released in 2009

Earlier work:

* Wild Diner (1999), feature - 70 mins., might be re-edited and released as a short at some point in the future or maybe released as originally screened on a future DVD

* Fresh Coffee (1992), short - 15 mins., might be made available on a DVD in the future


I blog at several places, including at DIY Filmmaker until end of '09, & then mostly at Filmmaker Sujewa

Other info.

I live in Brooklyn, New York and travel often to DC/Maryland. Right around mid-30's in age. Born in Sri Lanka & have been living in the US, mostly in the DC area, since the mid-80's. Moved to Brooklyn in December 2008.

So that's the short bio & resume. A more detailed one may be coming soon.

- Sujewa

Cast & Crew

John Stabb Schroeder
Julia Stemper
Jennifer Blakemore
Shervin Boloorian
Dele Williams
Steve Lee
Kelly Ryan
Christine D. Lee
Fritz Flad
Subodh Samudre
Jewel Greenberg
Rob Morris

Fritz Flad
Alex Ramsey
Matt Wilmott

Music By

Seznec Brothers
Shervin Boloorian
The Punk Mariachi All-Stars


Date Number One on MySpace


Sujewa Ekanayake
Producer, writer, director, & distributor of Date Number One

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