HOLLYWOOD — Galt Niederhoffer hasn’t made any studio films yet, but she already may be the indie world’s own Irving Thalberg.
At 23, she already has produced seven movies including the Sundance Film Festival award-winning “Hurricane Streets.” She recently completed Justin McCarthy’s “Jump” and James Rowe’s “Blue Ridge Fall,” which both screened in the 1999 L.A. Independent Film Festival.
She also has Joshua Miller’s “The Mao Game,” which features Whoopi Goldberg as an exec producer, set for a special screening at Cannes.
And Niederhoffer is putting finishing touches on William Brookfield’s “Milk” as well as Eric Bross’ “Restaurant,” starring Adrien Brody and Lauryn Hill.
Not to be upstaged by her directors, Niederhoffer also wrote and helmed “Miss America,” which sported Cary Woods and Cathy Konrad as exec producers.
The daughter of a Wall Street tycoon, Niederhoffer jumped into film production after her junior year at Harvard when her father said he would back her in a film endeavor.
Why did she drop out of Harvard to drop into filmmaking?
“Narcissism,” she quips. “I wanted to write, direct and produce. It was a great business opportunity and a great creative opportunity. Before I knew it, I was getting an education in all of the above.”
While raising outside money through a number of sources for “Hurricane Streets” and “Miss America,” Niederhoffer quickly acclimated to the free-thinking indie world, becoming friendly with all the usual suspects at October, Fine Line, Miramax and Sony Classics. And as with many indie hopefuls, she found legal representation in New York-based John Sloss.
But like most Hollywood players, Niederfhoffer now worries about perception. “I’ve worked hard to get away from the rich kid’s syndrome,” she says.
Up next for the New York-based producer is a screen version of Elizabeth Wurtzel’s book “Prozac Nation.” Niederhoffer and Alex Orlovsky penned the adaptation. And Niederhoffer is producing along with Brad Weston.
Niederhoffer also has two more projects in development: “Goddess,” a feature musical take on the “Scream” and “She’s All That” teen phenomenon, with a script penned by her and a musical score by Guyora Kats; and a low-budget film called “L’Intern,” with Dominique Swain attached to star.
Though she loves the independent world, Niederhoffer would nonetheless move to a studio deal in a New York minute.
“I’m dying to get into business with a financing entity or a studio,” she says wistfully, “so I can spend more time being creative and less time pounding the pavement for cash.”