Thoughts on the independent film biz

Where's the hope in the new indie universe?

“To paraphrase Dickens (who may even have been wiser than Mark Gill), ‘It is the best of times, it is the worst of times …’ “
— Mark Urman, prexy, ThinkFilm

“The business has become fractionalized. This has to do with the constantly changing viewing habits of the audience; it has to do with the

influence of the Internet. But it’s really an age where anything can happen and there are many models of distribution for an

independent film.”
— Michael Barker, co-prexy, Sony Pictures Classics


“With Blu-ray getting critical mass, I think you’re going to see a reinvigoration. No one has figured out a way to make money off the Internet, but that’s going to happen, and it’ll keep us even.”
— Chris McGurk, CEO, Overture Films

“As the studios, hedge funds and deep-pocketed dabblers beat the

retreat from the indie film space, I am hopeful that new streams of support will emerge that not only help grow the culture but rebuild the unique supports that art film requires.”
— Ted Hope, producer, “Adventureland” (2009)

— Mark and Michael Polish, filmmakers, “Stay Cool” (2009)

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