Spacey's prod'n house goes indie

Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti’s Trigger Street Prods. have partnered with Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen to form a low-budget production shingle, Trigger Street Independent.

Mark Kassen, who most recently served as co-producer on Edward Burns’ “Looking for Kitty,” said the shingle is backed with funding out of the U.K.

TSI plans to produce at least three films on digital video or HD each year. Budgets are expected to be in the $1 million range. The Kassen brothers will head TSI’s operations from their offices in New York City.

With TSI planning to share in the gross sale of each film with its cast and crew, the game plan is not unlike that of Gary Winick and John Sloss’ InDigEnt, which produced “Pieces of April” and “Tadpole.”

Although Sloss will rep the sale of TSI’s films, Mark Kassen said TSI is otherwise unrelated. “It was something we put together ourselves,” he said.

Mark said he and his brother first met Spacey and Brunetti in Danny De Vito’s backyard after Mark appeared in a 1998 Los Angeles production of “Last Night at Ballyhoo,” with De Vito’s wife, Rhea Perlman.

The brothers wrote, directed and produced a pilot for Fox, “Slogan.”

Mark Kassen’s credits include producing the 1998 pic “Trigger Happy.” He also had roles in the MOWs “Looking for Lola” and “Growing Up Brady.”

As an actor, Adam Kassen appeared on “The District” and “Zoe.”

“I’ve been the Fuller Brush Man of film,” Mark said. “Knocking on doors, putting things together one at a time.”

To keep its budgets low, TSI has also created alliances with Technicolor, Goldcrest Post Production, ZGC and Panasonic, companies with a track record in digital filmmaking technology.

Trigger Street most recently produced the Bobby Darin biopic, “Beyond the Sea,” with Spacey as its director and star. Pic will preem Saturday at the Toronto Film Festival.

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