By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire May 8, 2012 at 1:14PM
Online film investment hub Slated, which launched at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, has fostered its first two projects: a modern version of Anton Chekov’s “The Seagull” and Marina Zenovich’s documentary follow-up to “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.”
Co-founded by Duncan Cork, Stephan Paternot, William Mapother and Gavan Gravesen, Slated is designed to link up filmmakers, producers and investors in a secure and self-vetted digital environment devoted to creating high-quality indie films. Still in beta, Slated has accrued a pool of accredited investors with more than $100 million in capital for film investment.
Directed by actor Christian Camargo (“The Hurt Locker”), “Seagull” stars Allison Janney, William Hurt and Katie Holmes and is scheduled to begin filming in upstate New York this summer with funds raised partially through Slated. Russell Means, Jean Reno, Mark Rylance and Juliet Rylance are also negotiating for roles. Juliet Rylance is producing with New Globe Theater’s Barbara Romer; Ed Vassallo is a co-producer.
“Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out” continues Zenovich’s exploration of the recent political and legal wrangling over Polanski’s exile and attempted extradition to the United States. Lila Yacoub produced; Steven Soderbergh and Randy Wooten are executive producers.
“We are so excited that Slated has helped unlock film financing for these two films since they have all the values that we believe in and have made it our mission to support: talented creative teams that develop and package viable projects for today’s market,” said Cork, Slated’s CEO.