Sue Bodine

Hollywood Law Impact List

Firm: Epstein Levinsohn Bodine & Weinstein

The practice: A top indie finance and sales specialist, the Bodine’s introduction to entertainment law came in 1982 and involved the music rights on the VHS release of the Rolling Stones documentary “Gimme Shelter.”

“It was a total nightmare,” recalls the New York-based attorney. “During those days, nobody knew what homevideo was. It turned out to be very interesting, though, and got me into film.”

Bodine has since become a force in the indie feature world, tackling areas from production to financing to distribution.

Together with her former collaborative, Andrew Hurwitz — who recently left the firm — she was involved with the sales and financing of films including Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Bennett Miller’s “Capote” and Zach Braff’s “Garden State.”

Bodine likes the process of visiting film fests and lining up backers. “There are a lot of financiers who are anxious to get in the movie business,” she explains. “There’s a certain portion of the funding that they want to put in that’s fun, sexy and different. Intellectually, they know they may not make money, but then they see ‘Little Miss Sunshine.’ I tell them that’s a 1-in-a-100 scenario, but they think that’s what their project is going to be like.”

POV: “I don’t sell myself as an executive producer. What I want to do is raise money for your movie.”

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