The venture, unveiled during the American Film Market, has already backed a pair of projects: “Still Alice,” starring Julianne Moore in an adaptation of Lisa Genova’s novel to be directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland; and Jim Mickle’s completed “Cold in July,” starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson.
The aim of the new financing venture is to merge the resources and skills of both partners, along with fully financing three to five international projects per year, with budgets ranging from $2 million to $12 million.
“We make a really great team,” Savare said. “The combination of our experiences are a perfect match. With Backup Media’s expertise, having financed an array of critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies, and with my own practice we will be able to fully benefit and capitalize on our respective accomplishments.”
Backup Media was founded in 2002 as a financing-distribution entity, which is controlled by founders David Atlan-Jackson, Jean-Baptiste Babin and Joel Thibout. Savare founded Maje Prods. in 2009 as a production company.
“We are so proud to have launched this new venture with films by Mickle and the Glatzer/Westmoreland duo and to be counting Marie among the fast growing Backup network,” Atlan-Jackson said. “To be able to expand our passion and services this way feels like a no-brainer as we are fully dedicated to always helping independent producers and directors be creatively ambitious and deliver outstanding filmmaking.”
“Alice” is to start filming in February.