Actress Ellen Barkin and writer George Barkin have launched Applehead Pictures, with Caroline Kaplan leaving IFC Films to join them in forming the New York-based independent production company. The first project on tap for the new partnership is Richard Yates' 1976 novel "Easter Parade", the story of two sisters told over a period of 40 years. George Barkin, Ellen's older brother and former editor-in-chief of the Harvard Lampoon, is writing the screenplay. "While we don't see ourselves producing the next 'Fantastic Four', we certainly plan on developing a wide range of material and don't want to label ourselves as a company limited by a small indie vision", said Barkin in a statement.
Cinetic chief John Sloss introduced Kaplan to the Barkins and helped set up the new company, according to an announcement. Kaplan, a former SVP of Productions and Acquisitions at IFC Entertainment, had her last day at the company last week. The move marks one of two senior vice president departues at IFC recently, with Ron Tsuruda leaving and Wellspring's Ryan Werner joining the company last week.