In the first of what are expected to be multiple long-term producer deals, Mandalay Pictures has sealed a first-look pact with Richard Gladstein and his FilmColony banner.
Greg Mottola knows geeks.
By all accounts, this could be SXSW's biggest year ever for film pickups. But it's a good bet that many of the acquisitions will be seen at home before, or at the same time, as in theaters.
After his 2006 CalArts graduate thesis film "Analog Days" played festivals, Ott "wasted two years meeting with producer types who are never really going to make a movie," he recalls.
Running from rattlesnakes, getting trapped in sand that quickly transforms into mud and leading oxen, horses and donkeys through desert heat are problems more common among Biblical characters than…
Ignore the entry for the Paris Hilton "comedy" "The Hottie and the Nottie" on Malmberg's IMDB page. "I was fired from that editing job, but they kept my name on it, " he says.
As the film industry recovers from its financial crisis, so does a breed of indies that struggled even during the boom years: foreign-language film distributors.
It's a long way from "Cedar Rapids" to downtown Manhattan, but that's where the stars of Fox Searchlight's comedy gathered Thursday for the Cinema Society screening.
Few sophomore features have been as eagerly anticipated as Miranda July's "The Future."
So what is the most efficient way to make the best deal?