In a year of industry retrenchment, shakeups and shutdowns, it's fitting that this year's leading Gotham contender "Ballast" -- with four nominations -- is itself an emblem of small-scale DIY…
Gus Van Sant keeps on proving his versatility. The helmer made alternative arthouse viewing a must-see with "Drugstore Cowboy" and "My Own Private Idaho." He helped launch the careers of Matt Damon…
After a couple of Hollywood misfires ("The Truth About Charlie," "The Manchurian Candidate"), Jonathan Demme returns to his low-budget roots with this exuberant dysfunctional-family portrait about a…
Tom McCarthy's "The Visitor" has defied long odds to become the year's indie sleeper hit thus far.
Director Mike Leigh may be a Hollywood outsider, toiling away at his small, character-driven, improv-inspired films year after year. But ever since "Secrets & Lies" was nominated for five Oscars…
America may be experiencing its worst financial turmoil since the Great Depression, but the state of indie film financing isn't as dire. Sure, the boom times are over, hedge funds have pulled back…
With traditional U.S. theatrical acquisition deals nearly non-existent of late, industryites are turning to do-it-yourself alternatives. Like former ThinkFilm exec Dylan Marchetti -- who recently…
Named after the mythological archer, Alcon Entertainment may not necessarily hit the highest B.O. targets, but, more often than not, it strikes the profitability bull's-eye.
Alcon's development slate runs the gamut from family movies and prestige pics to high-concept thrillers and comedies. Here's what's in the works, in alphabetical order:
Box office numbers don't exactly reflect the current state of IFC, because the company, quite simply, doesn't rely on theatrical grosses: "We're in the day-and-date business," says IFC's topper…
Magnolia, the theatrical division of Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's 2929 Entertainment, continues to quietly flourish, benefiting from its flush backers and its vertically integrated partners (2929…
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