Established in 2004, after Knudsen and Van Hoy met while serving as assistants to Scott Rudin, the company earned its first Oscar for Christopher Plummer’s supporting turn in their 2010 drama "Beginners." That was just one example of the duo's ability to take small-scale indie projects and nudge them into a mainstream spotlight.
Van Hoy and Knudsen haven’t let up, producing Ira Sachs' "Keep the Lights On" and "The Loneliest Planet." Now they're in the midst of a banner year. They were the production company to reckon with in Park City, arriving with "Ain’t Them Bodies Saints," "Mother of George" and "Narco Cultura." All three were acquired out of the festival, with "Ain’t Them Bodies Saints" emerging as a possible Oscar contender.
Plummer's Oscar was a big moment, though Knudsen said it was humbling as well. “The next morning we thought, 'How can we use this to get another film financed?'" he said. "Winning an Oscar provided a big opportunity. But to be honest, I wanted to be there two years prior."
The struggle of figuring out how to make a living doing what they love. "We’re getting it figured out," Knudsen said. "Certainly we’ve stared into the edge of abyss more than once."
There are too many to count. "You get a lot of bad news on a daily basis," Van Hoy said.
They’re currently prepping for Ira Sachs' next film and actor Ben Foster’s directorial debut.