Hollywood Law Impact Report
Firm: Cinetic Media
The practice: Sloss is widely credited with establishing the indie sales-agent profession and has remained at the top of this realm.
Operating his Sloss Law Office out of New York, he does legal work for a wide range of clients including Paul Allen and Jody Patton’s Vulcan Prods., Bob Dylan, John Hamburg, Todd Haynes, Richard Linklater, Jared Hess, Morgan Spurlock, John Sayles,Victor Nunez, Kevin Smith, Whit Stillman, Christine Vachon’s Killer Films, Gary Winick, Bravo and the Independent Film Channel.
It is through a separate company, Cinetic Media, that Sloss has financed and sold such high-profile indie fare as “Spellbound,” “Super Size Me,” “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Little Miss Sunshine.”
Cinetic is coordinating the financing for Todd Hayne’s Dylan biopic “I’m Not There.” It’s said that Sloss’ profile is so big at Sundance, local theater managers have special codes to signal when he’s in the house.
“I was super-young when I repped John Sayles,” explains Sloss, 50, describing his entry into the indie world. “He was the Good Housekeeping Seal of approval; it allowed me to have credibility as a lawyer.”
Sloss is also a founding partner in Independent Digital Entertainment, which makes digital pics using established filmmakers and actors.
POV: “Putting together financing for films, we’ve incrementally expanded the description of what a lawyer’s job is and have demystified the practice of law so that it feels like a lawyer can help facilitate commerce, instead of (being part of) a black art that people can’t possibly understand,” Sloss says.