NEW YORK — L.M. “Kit” Carson and Cynthia Hargrave have formed MainPix, a New York-based production company specializing in low-budget, independent films.
Writer-actor-director Carson (“David Holzman’s Diary”) and Hargrave were executive producers of Morgan J. Freeman’s “Hurricane,” which won the dramatic directing, audience and cinematography awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The coming-of-age story has been acquired by MGM and will be released under the name “Hurricane Streets.”
Carson and Hargrave were also producers, along with James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films, of “Bottle Rocket,” a Columbia Pictures release.
Joining them at MainPix is Joe Dishner, who has served as unit production manager on such films as “The Horse Whisperer,” “The Evening Star” and “The Big Green.”
MainPix has arranged co-financing with foreign investors for a slate of four pics, all of which have budgets of less than $3 million.
The company is in post-production on Indian writer-director Aditya Bhattacharya’s “One Way,” an edgy comedy about a love triangle starring Lothaire Bluteau (“Jesus of Montreal,” “Black Robe”), Stefania Rocca (Dimension’s upcoming “Nirvana”) and Carson. The film was financed by One Way Films of the U.K., Surf Films of Italy and Bengal Tigers Pictures of India.
Mayfair Entertainment, BBC/ Channel 4 and Equity Investors of the U.K. have agreed to co-finance MainPix’s “The 4,” which David Portlock penned and will helm. Portlock’s acting credits include Spike Lee’s “Mo’ Better Blues” and “Poison Ivy 2.” His short, “The Spartans,” was honored at Sundance and several other fests.
A screwball comedy about four guys trying to collect a debt from a mysterious man, “The 4” stars John Amos (TV’s “Roots” and “Good Times”) and M.C. Lyte. “Shine’s” Noah Taylor (“Shine”) is in negotiations to take a role.
Also on the MainPix schedule:
n “Bull-Fighter,” Rune Bendixen’s Western about two lovers being chased across the Southwest. It’s skedded to begin filming in December with British and Danish financing.
n “The Anatomy Lesson,” which Dutch helmer Hans Neleman will direct from Carson’s adaptation of John David Morley’s novel.
MainPix is repped by Johnnie Planco of William Morris. Carson is managed by Hillard Elkins of Elkins Entertainment.