10 Producers to Watch: Katie Mustard

It’s been a very busy couple of years for Katie Mustard, who added five more films, including Simon Helberg’s “We’ll Never Have Paris” and Paul Bettany’s directorial debut “Shelter,” which premiered at Toronto. “Being a freelance in indies means I can partner with so many different people and get projects made — especially when you work in the $5 million-$10 million range,” she says.

It also helps that Mustard’s open to every genre. “I don’t want to limit myself. You look for quality material that you respond to in every script, and I’ve done everything.”

That includes “really hard films, in terms of financing and difficult subject matter — social issues, politics and period pieces — like ‘Night Catches Us,’ about the Black Panthers in the ’60s, with Kerry Washington and Anthony Mackie (nominated for an Independent Spirit Award), to straight romantic comedies, like ‘We’ll Never Have Paris,’ and even horror. It’s also about the people you’re working with. Do you want to spend years of your life with them on a project? All that gets factored in.”

The USC film school grad, is producing “Daughter of God,” starring Keanu Reeves.

“It’s a mystery thriller, under $10 million, and Keanu really responded to the material, which helped get it made.

The indie market’s changed so much. In one way, it’s harder than ever to get financing and make the money back, but then all the new technology’s made it easier than ever to actually make a movie.”

More producers to watch: Robert Ogden Barnum, Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell, Jessica Elbaum, The Gotham Group, Ken Kao, David Kaplan, Ido Ostrowsky & Nora Grossman, Dimitri Rassam, Lila Yacoub

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