A quartet of Baltimore filmmakers have launched Camden Arts and Motion as a distributor of independent movies.
The company is attempting to make itself more attractive to filmmakers by offering gross percentages of box office receipts — and making them partners in the process.
“This means that from now on any filmmaker that works with us is offered an honest financial take on what the film makes,” said Dan Schepleng, president and CEO. “Gone are the days when distributors and filmmakers fought over charged expenses.”
Camden Arts is aiming to release four to five titles per year. Its first acquistion is ensemble drama “Here One Minute” with Eleanor Gaver producing and directing from her own script.
Lydia Dean Pilcher is the executive producer and Schuyler Quinn, who also stars, is the co-producer. Jonathan Safran Foer, writer of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is in the film as himself along with Josephine Messer, Zebedee Row, Ade Otukoya and Vanessa Demme.
The story centers on the aftermath of the unexpected death of a college freshman.
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Schepleng said that Camden plans to showcase “Here One Minute” at film festivals to raise awareness before setting a specific theatrical release.
“We’ve seen hundreds of films so far and this one really stood out,” he added. “We had confused it with another title when we saw the synopsis but once we saw it, we were blown away.”
Camden Arts — named after the Baltimore Orioles’ baseball park — has said it will use Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner and Cox for VOD distribution in addition to theatrical releases. Schepleng said that the company is focused on providing individual attention to filmmakers.
“Low to mid budget films do not have to be ignored and filmmakers do not have to be treated like cattle,” he said.