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    A Call for Transparency: Filmmakers Need (and Deserve) to Know Their Audience

    If we want to continue to have a thriving independent moving picture business we have to figure out how to build smart businesses that are also great films.

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    'Inner Demons': Anatomy of a New Indie Paradigm, Watch Scary Clips

    Watch two new clips from IFC Midnight's supernatural chiller 'Inner Demons,' now in select theaters and on VOD, produced by indie Robin Schorr, who realized that she could greenlight a microbudget movie after a short gestation period out of her development fund. "What was so thrilling about making y...

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    Specialty Box Office: 'The Good Lie,' 'Men, Women & Children' Open Soft

    This weekend despite Yom Kippur and competition from hot-button "Gone Girl," several new films opened well. But not fairly wide release "The Good Lie," which was well-reviewed and played well to those who showed up, or limited multiple "Men, Women and Children," which did neither.

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    Fall Specialty Box Office Takes Off with Docs '20,000 Days,' 'Pump' and 'Art and Craft'

    The fall rush of new films began in earnest this weekend. But the initial results will give the specialized industry players pause. The more anticipated potential crossover films, including "The Guest," "Hector and the Search for Happiness," "Tusk," "Tracks" and "Keep On Keepin' On" did not open str...

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    'Skeleton Twins' Scores Best Limited Opening since 'Boyhood'

    The fall season began in earnest this weekend as several top festival films opened well. Fox Searchlight's tough guy thriller "The Drop," starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini, landed in sixth place in the Top Ten, opening in over 800 theaters for an excellent gross of $4.2 million. The clear stan...

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    Chris Moore Creates 'The Chair' Indie Film Competition (TRAILER EXCLUSIVE)

    "The Chair" is many things. Dreamed up by producer Chris Moore, it's two indie movies directed by rookies, YouTube sensation Shane Dawson and NYU screenwriter Anna Martemucci ("Breakup at a Wedding"), which will be released in theaters by Starz. It's also a ten-part one hour unscripted original docu...

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    Ex-Focus Features Exec Launches Bleecker Street Distribution Company

    In advance of the Toronto International Film Festival, Andrew Karpen, former Co-CEO of Focus Features, is launching new distribution company Bleecker Street to be based in New York City. Bleecker CEO Karpen will scout new films at this year’s TIFF; he plans release 3-5 pictures in 2015 and more as t...

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    Los Angeles Film Festival: How Rookie Kimberly Levin Made Indie Farm Drama 'Runoff'

    More and more these days, getting a movie made is about a tenacious filmmaker making it happen. Theater and television writer/director Kimberly Levin didn't wait for CAA to raise financing. She forged ahead with the drama "Runoff," filmed near her hometown Louisville, Kentucky. The film made its wor...

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    Who Needs an Oscar Nomination? Sony's 'The Lunch Box' Is Best of the Limiteds

    A grab bag of new specialized openings were led by "The Lunch Box" (Sony Pictures Classics), a low-budget Indian film from a first-time director that nabbed attention at Cannes last May and showed significant early life in its two-city opening.

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    Niche Doc On-Demand Release Targets Batman Fans (VIDEO)

    Documentaries lend themselves to targeted niche marketing and, as "Detropia" proved last year, self-distribution. All you need is a subject with a defined fan base. Funded by more than 1,000 Kickstarter donors, Brett Culp's "Legends of the Knight" is a case in point. Relying on community support wi...

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