the future of “small movies”

the future of "small movies"

Buried in yesterday’s Variety story about the merger of Celluloid Dreams and Hanway Films is the following insight, noting that the new company — Dreamachine — will pull back from foreign language and arthouse “product” (as they call it):

“We can’t any more carry these small movies. I feel I’m hurting my distributors by tempting them to go with these festival films, for which there’s no economy today,” [Hengameh Panahi] said.

That quote immediately jumped out at me and we immediately asked Anthony Kaufman to write a piece exploring a bit further. He spoke with Hengameh Panahi this morning and we expect to publish a story this afternoon…

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