A few months ago I got an email from writer Charles Lyons who explained that he was working on a New York Times story about independent filmmakers whose films hadn't been picked up. Sort of the flip side of the mythical indiefilm Cinderella story. I immediately sent him to "Four Eyed Monsters" filmmakers Susan Buice and Arin Crumley, whom I'd gotten to know and was writing about (here and here). Charlie's NY Times piece is running in the Sunday paper this weekend:
What makes the independent film landscape particularly treacherous, though, is that most independent pictures are either self-financed or backed by individuals who've staked their own cash - and are left holding the bag when, as in the vast majority of cases, the movie turns out to have no commercial future.