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Lipsky Returns to Distrib Roots

Distributor-turned-filmmaker Jeff Lipsky--who co-founded October Films with Bingham Ray-- is returning to the fray, bent but unbowed. Here's his announcement:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 11, 2010 3:07 AM
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Paramount Acquires Middle Men

While the deal for Paramount to acquire George Gallo's Middle Men, starring Luke Wilson and James Caan, was closed late in the year, details are just emerging. Essential Entertainment started handling sales for the Oxymoron Entertainment-funded movie at Cannes, reported Screen:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 19, 2010 9:22 AM
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Sundance Exclusive: Calderon Talks Digital Indie Challenges

As the Sundance Film Festival gets under way, issues of getting indie films out into the marketplace are front and center.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2010 11:22 AM
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AMC Select Seeks Filmmakers

With a lack of available distributors to handle the spate of indie films seeking theatrical release, some filmmakers are taking matters into their own hands. Doc director Mary Mazzio went directly to a theater chain. Now her movie is playing in eight cities.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 16, 2009 7:26 AM
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AFM: Big Titles For Sale from Redford, Soderbergh, Sheridan

In the midst of trying times for the film industry, as the American Film Market gets under way in Santa Monica November 4 through 11, the presence of three high-profile projects is making buyers feel better about their prospects.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 28, 2009 6:30 AM
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Bad Lieutenant Deserves Serious Release

In this day and age, any indie movie that gets a release at all is lucky, I suppose.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 27, 2009 2:23 AM
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Girl with Dragon Tattoo Gets U.S. Release

As I speed through the second installment of the late Swedish author Steig Larsson's global bestseller, the Millenium Trilogy, Music Box Films is considering a U.S. release of the Swedish crime thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which has grossed almost $100 million worldwide to date. (Here's Variety's review. The trailer is on the jump.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 11, 2009 11:13 AM
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Monaghan Drives Trucker

Former Slamdance Film fest producer James Mottern wrote and directed Trucker, an unpretentious, tough little movie that debuted at Tribeca in 2008 and is finally getting a modest release this week, starting in New York. The movie is about an independent young truck-driver (Michelle Monaghan) who is happiest when she's in the cab of her semi. She married at 18, had a baby, and then left her family behind. Sure enough, a decade later she has to face that kid when his father gets sick.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 7, 2009 10:40 AM
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Life During Wartime: Werc Werk Works Jumps Into Indie Fray

Life During Wartime: Werc Werk Works Jumps Into Indie Fray
As Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime meets a mixed response at Venice, Telluride, Toronto and the NYFF (see IndieWIRE's critics poll), the two women who raised the funding for the $5-million movie are sitting on tenterhooks hoping to score a distribution deal that has not materialized.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 1, 2009 6:54 AM
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Indie Fallout: Should Studio Specialty Units Change Focus?

Indie Fallout: Should Studio Specialty Units Change Focus?
Ever since the Indie Summit last week, something has been nagging at me.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 30, 2009 3:58 AM
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