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Abandon, Film Farm team for prod’n & development

Companies to make pix in the $5 mil-$20 mil range

Gotham-based Abandon Pictures and Los Angeles-based Film Farm have formed a joint production/development venture to make feature pics in the $5 million-$20 million range.

Projects will be developed and produced by both Film Farm and Abandon, with Abandon also financing and executive producing. Abandon will oversee foreign sales on select titles through its agreement with Spring Intl., headed by CEO Massimo Graziosi.

Abandon and Film Farm together produced “Pros & Cons.” Their second project, “Off the Lip,” began lensing in Maui last week.

Surf culture explored

Penned by playwright Shem Bitterman and starring Marguerite Moreau (“Mighty Joe Young”) and MacKenzie Astin (“The Last Days of Disco”), pic centers on a young female journalist’s travels through the world of surf culture.

Abandon Pictures, topped by prexy Karen Lauder and CEO Marcus Ticotin, recently produced “Mexico City,” a thriller starring Stacey Edwards. Pic is a co-production with Curb Entertainment and Paddy Wagon Prods.Film Farm was founded by producers Paula Mazur (“Corrina, Corrina”) and Robert Mickelson (“Traveller”).

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