Filmmakers' haven wins with precision releases of specialty fare
A year ago, Zal Batmanglij was just one more guy with a no-budget film at Sundance.
With "The Tree of Life," filmmaker Terrence Malick realized a long-held dream. Collaborators recall discussions about the project dating back some 30 years to the set of "Badlands," the American…
Alexander Payne wasn't sure he was the man to make "The Descendants." At the time the novel came into his office, he was busy writing another project called "Downsizing" and found it difficult to…
"The biggest challenge was to get Alexander (Payne) to direct it. It's not that easy. It had been a while, and he's extraordinarily particular, as he should be," says producer Jim Burke.
"I had always wanted to make a movie about the Cold War, and I had always been a big fan of Le Carre -- and that sort of spy with crumpled trousers and an old jacket, as opposed to James Bond," says…
"It's been percolating in Terry (Malick) a long time," producer Bill Pohlad says. "When we met 12 years ago, he told me the story. We stayed in touch and stayed good friends. And 4-5 years later, he…
Three helmers who made distinctive indie dramas demonstrate range and tenacity
Those who are not familiar with Tom Rothman, chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, the company behind "Avatar," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and "The X-Men" franchise, might be surprised…
Gotham honors put edgy indies alongside star-driven fare to raise pic profiles.
This year's documentary Oscar race just got bigger. With a rule change that allows films to qualify over a 16-month period (Sept. 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2011, instead of just September to August)…