MACHINE FOR HIRE

Studios re-write Premiere deal

CANNES — New York-based company Good Machine, which produced Cannes competition entry “The Ice Storm,” has unveiled a producers’ service organization that will finance, produce, sell and market pics on behalf of other filmmakers.

The company will charge a fee for its services, and the filmmakers will own their own pics.

The new venture will capitalize on the experience of former Miramax Intl. exec veepee David Linde, who joined Ted Hope and James Schamus as a partner in Good Machine late last year.

Hope is currently producing “Long Time, Nothing New,” Edward Burns’ drama starring Burns and Lauren Holly; Schamus is putting the finishing touches on the script for “To Live On,” based on Daniel Woodrell’s novel. Ang Lee will direct the Civil War actioner, which 20th Century Fox will release worldwide.

Linde says Good Machine, which has a first-look agreement with Fox, is responding to a demand from distributors around the world for a reliable flow of product from helmers with a track record.

“Independent directors are in a unique position right now, because they are able to exercise greater creative control over the presentation of their films,” he said.

Good Machine will act as sales agent in North America, the U.K. and Australia for “Taps,” a musical that is the next English-language film by “Breaking the Waves” director Lars Von Trier. All other territories will be sold by the film’s producer, Zentropa Entertainment.

Also on Good Machine’s slate are the next projects by American indie directors Todd Solondz (“Welcome to the Dollhouse”), Nicole Holofcener (“Walking and Talking”) and Frank Grow (“The Love God”).

Killer Films’ Christine Vachon will produce Solondz’s untitled project with Good Machine’s Hope. Schamus and Hope will produce Holofcener’s comedy “My Romantic Getaway,” a Zenith Films production slated to begin lensing next spring. Anthony Bregman will produce Grow’s fantasy about an angel sent to earth to infiltrate a group of New Jersey devil worshippers.

Good Machine will handle worldwide sales for Kutlug Ataman’s “Lola and Bilidikid,” a German drama being produced by Martin Hagemann and Schamus. A Zero Films/Good Machine production, “Lola” is the story of a German-born Turkish teenager who leaves his traditional family to explore Berlin’s underworld.

Other projects for which Good Machine will be selling worldwide rights in Cannes:

Bruce McCulloch’s romantic comedy “Dog Park,” about a group of friends whose lives are leashed together by the needs of their furry companions. Susan Cavan will produced.

Bette Gordon’s “The History of Luminous Motion,” the story of a 10-year-old boy on the run with his outlaw mom. It will be produced by Ted Hope and co-produced Elyse Goldberg and Eric Rudin.

First-time helmer Hilary Brougher’s “The Sticky Fingers of Time,” a thriller about three women who are mysteriously linked by their ability to travel through time. Isen Robbins and Susan Stover produced.

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