The production companies and distrib behind “Half Nelson” are reteaming for the romantic drama “Blue Valentine,” which will shoot in February.
“Blue” centers on a contempo married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.
Silverwood Films, Hunting Lane Films and ThinkFilm are all aboard, and casting is under way. Derek Cianfrance, known mostly for commercials, musicvids and docs, will direct from a screenplay he wrote with Cami Delavigne and Joey Curtis.
Lynette Howell of Silverwood and Jamie Patricof and Alex Orlovsky of Hunting Lane will produce. Think will finance, distribute and handle international sales.
The Chrysler Film Project will also make an equity investment and pay for some P&A costs.
Cianfrance and the film’s script recently won the Chrysler Film Project, beating out more than 550 other projects in a competition overseen by the IFP that awards financing to an emerging feature film director.
Cianfrance won numerous prizes for his first feature, “Brother Tied.” He also received a special cinematography award at Sundance in 2003 for his work on “Streets of Legend.” Silverwood, honored as one of Variety‘s 10 Producers to Watch, recently preemed “The Passage” at Toronto and completed filming of “Phoebe in Wonderland.” The company is also involved in theater and is behind the Broadway adaptation of “First Wives Club.”
Hunting Lane is producing “Sugar,” which is helmers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s follow-up to “Half Nelson,” as well as the doc “Confessions of a Superhero,” which recently got picked up by Arts Alliance America for a fall theatrical run.