What went wrong in the past indie cycle?
“Studios came into this business and used the one-in-a-million film as the basis of their business plan.”
— Bingham Ray, prexy, creative affairs, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
— Sam Goldwyn Jr., chairman & CEO, Samuel Goldwyn Co. “I think that this summer was very reflective of the industry as a whole. Audiences want to see good movies: ‘The Dark Knight,’ ‘Ironman,’ ‘Tropic Thunder’ — these are all great movies. The studios are luring great independent directors and actors into studio movies. Jon Favreau, Christopher Nolan, who got their start helming independent pictures, and great indie actor Robert Downey Jr., all were involved in this year’s biggest blockbusters. The indie industry has always had great talent, and it’s good to see the studios tapping into that.”
— Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman, the Weinstein Co. “Money.”
— Mark and Michael Polish, filmmakers, “Twin Falls Idaho” (1999), “Manure” (2009), “Stay Cool” (2009)