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.
Someone To Watch
Screenwriters who use Web-based software and cloud storage face a new fear in their trade: security.
Producer Peter Safran has set Kyle Patrick Alvarez to direct thriller "Girls."
He'd been in Los Angeles a year and was working as an assistant to Warren Beatty when Alvarez gave notice, knowing he wanted to focus on trying to get a film made independently.
Not just up-and-coming directors, the Spirit Awards filmmakers "to watch" consistently maintain both an idiosyncratic vision and defiant outsider status, often innovating on the margins of the…