NEW YORK — John Sloss and IFC Prods. have partnered with helmer Gary Winick (“The Tic Code”) and Alexis Alexanian to create InDigEnt, a digital company and initiative, to produce five features, with a goal of making six yearly.
The partnership’s film slate includes Campbell Scott’s “Final,” starring Denis Leary and Hope Davis, about a man who goes mad and a doctor who must help him find his sanity; and “Last Word on Paradise,” helmed by Ethan Hawke. Based on a play by Nicole Burdette and produced by Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler of Killer Films, “Paradise” follows residents of the Chelsea Hotel and captures the lives of artists.
Also on the slate, Bruce Wagner’s “Women in Film,” produced by Koffler and Vachon, stars Beverly D’Angelo, Portia De Rossi and Marianne Jean-Baptiste in a satire of the film industry.
Richard Linklater’s “Tape” and “Women Remember Men,” helmed by Rodrigo Garcia, round out InDigEnt’s film slate.
InDigEnt brings together screenwriters, directors and actors to work under unusual circumstances. Although pics will be made with the budgetary and technical limitations of digital filmmaking, in exchange for the work, all creative personnel involved will share 50% of a pic’s gross.
InDigEnt consists of Winick; Alexanian; Sloss; Jonathan Sehring, prexy of IFC Films; Caroline Kaplan, VP of film and program development for IFC; and Paul Brennan of Sloss Special Projects.
“I had the idea because I made a union film on 35mm, and it wasn’t getting released. I was getting frustrated and knew there was a better way of making movies and didn’t know if it could be worked out. I went to John Sloss and we partnered with IFC, who liked the spirit of what we were trying to do,” Winick told Daily Variety.
“With the talent involved, the films increase in value exponentially. I will roll the dice on these 12- to 15-day shoots to make films of this quality any day,” Sloss added.The films are in negotiations for theatrical distribution and will eventually premiere as a series of six on the Independent Film Channel.