New indie faces in the awards races

With the independent film map revamped over the last year and studio films launching late in the year, some indies smelled opportunity in this year’s awards season.

COMPANY: IFC

CONTENDERS: “Che,” “Gomorrah,” “Hunger”

POINT PERSON: Ryan Werner

CONSULTANT: 42West

BUZZ: Though “Che” didn’t ignite Cannes auds, “Gomorrah” and “Hunger” did.

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COMPANY: Overture

CONTENDERS: “The Visitor,” “Last Chance Harvey”

POINT PERSON: Peter Adee

CONSULTANT: Steven Raphael’s Required Viewing

BUZZ: “The Visitor” was a specialty hit, and “Last Chance Harvey” may pick up voters at the Golden Globes.

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COMPANY: Samuel Goldwyn/ Lakeshore

CONTENDER: “Elegy”

POINT PEOPLE: Meyer Gottlieb, David Dinerstein

CONSULTANT: 42West

BUZZ: With Penelope Cruz and Ben Kingsley, “Elegy” casts a fairly high profile.

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COMPANY: Oscilloscope

CONTENDER: “Wendy & Lucy”

POINT PERSON: David Fenkel

CONSULTANT: 42West

BUZZ: Michelle Williams’ perf is generating chatter.

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COMPANY: Bleiberg Entertainment

CONTENDER: “Adam Resurrected”

POINT PERSON: Ehud Bleiberg

CONSULTANT: MPRM

BUZZ: Ehud Bleiberg launched a campaign for pic after industry encouragement.

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