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Will DF Indie Studios provide new model or perpetuate the status quo?

Will DF Indie Studios provide new model or perpetuate the status quo?

DF Indie Studios — named for its founders Mary Dickinson and Charlene Fisher — made a splash in indie circles today, with the announcement of their new venture, the production of 12 movies per year, with budgets of less than $10 million each, and a self-supported distribution pipeline. All sounds good, but one thing the indieWIRE report omitted was the specific types of films the company will be supporting. For the details, let’s take a look at the Variety story, which reported the company’s aims are to make films such as “the ‘Saw’ franchise, ‘Juno,’ ‘Good Night, and Good Luck’ and ‘Little Miss Sunshine.'” I’m sure that list sounds nice to equity investors, but it doesn’t offer much hope to cineastes (with the exception, perhaps, of “Good Night”). Despite the involvement of indie stalwarts Ted Hope and Anne Carey, I am (as always) entirely skeptical about how “indie” DF “Indie Studios” will turn out to be.

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Haha, you guys nailed it. This is total non-news to artists and art lovers. This is just another business venture looking to get rich — without the guilt of making a Michael Bay pic. YAWN.

But it sure is nice to see “commercially viable” films get some help! Those guys never catch a break!

James McNally

If “indie” can mean profitable, then that’s how “indie” they’ll be.

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