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O’Connor brothers form unit to fund indie pics

'Tumbleweeds' team plans 3 films per year

NEW YORK — The “Tumbleweeds” filmmaking team Greg and Gavin O’Connor have formed Solaris Completion Partners with plans to invest up to $150,000 per film in three to four unfinished indie productions per year.

Although a division of the sibs’ production company Solaris, Completion Partners will be financed and operated separately from the company’s production activities, which include a two-year first-look deal with “Tumbleweeds” distributor Fine Line Features.

Initial completion-fund slate consists of two documentaries: Oscar-winner Barbara Kopple’s Woodstock opus “My Generation” and weirdo/genius-themed “Mule Skinner Blues,” directed by former Miramax production exec Stephen Earnhart.

Division expects to invest in an additional two to three documentary or narrative features this year.

“We come at this from a filmmaker’s perspective,” Greg O’Connor told Daily Variety, in distinguishing Solaris from other finishing-fund companies. “We’re not investment people. … It’s not a high-profit venture, it’s about staying close to the indie film world and supporting indie filmmakers.”

The O’Connors founded Solaris in 1998 as the production company for their freshman effort “Tumbleweeds.”

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