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Indie Genius swims in $30 mil fountain

Shingle preps 'Devil' docu, offers Lohan 'Whatever'

HOLLYWOOD — Documentarian Curt Johnson’s Gotham- and Dallas-based production shingle Indie Genius has secured a $30 million financing commitment that will allow it to produce, co-finance and acquire finished projects.

Deal was brokered by Georgia-based attorney William Vincent, who’ll oversee continued financing for Indie Genius, and by financial adviser Howard Jarrot, who arranged the financing through Wells Fargo Bank and an unidentified private equity investor.

Shingle is headed by docu producer Johnson (“Thoth”) and already has plans for two documentaries and a feature film. Johnson says most Indie Genius budgets will range between $4 million and $20 million.

Among the first docs to be made will be “Devil’s Weed,” which Maura Flynn, a fellow producer with Johnson on “Michael Moore Hates America,” will co-direct and produce with Johnson. In an interview with Daily Variety, Johnson says that pic is “about the loss of civil liberties from the smoking ban in Minneapolis.”

First feature project to be produced under the deal is romantic comedy “Whatever It Takes” about a young woman determined to make it in the music industry. Company says it has made an offer to Lindsay Lohan to play the lead and will begin meeting with helmers over the next several weeks.

Company is meeting with various distributors for home video and foreign sales deals.

Indie Genius has also acquired writer Chris Oxley’s “Ricky,” an action-adventure pic about a teen who becomes a trailer-park superhero after his near-drowning in a chemical pond imbues him with special powers.

Johnson’s repped by Evolution Entertainment.

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