Netflix has upped its indie game by acquiring a slew of film
projects for worldwide distribution. As Deadline reports, the streaming
service has invested in several independent projects with budgets under $2 million a piece. The company is currently searching for more
independent titles to boost, making the list below just the start of a bigger shift towards indie development within the company. Overseen by Ian Bricke, Netflix’s Director of Content Acquisition, the initiative hopes to empower filmmakers
as much as possible and provide producers with the rights to make deals
for complementary theatrical releases.
Take a look at the trio of projects below, which will join films like “Beasts of No Nation” and the previously announced movies being produced under Netflix’s deal with the Duplass Brothers.
Electronic Music Project
Hyland (“Modern Family”), Graham Phillips (“The Good
Wife”), Chris D’Elia (“Undateable”)
What We Know: Penned
by Dylan Meyer, the film will follow six strangers whose lives collide in one hectic,
romantic night at the heart of XOXO, the biggest EDM festival in America.
What We Know: A
psychological thriller that follows an ordinary Joe and his experience at a
weekend self-help retreat gone wrong. From writer-director Karl Mueller
(“Mr. Jones”) and producer Ross Dinerstein (“The Pact”),
“Rebirth” is produced by Campfire and expects a late 2015 release.
Title: “The Most
Hated Woman In America”
Leo (“The Fighter”)
What We Know: Based
on the life of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, America’s most outspoken proponent for
the separation of church and state, “The Most Hated Woman in America”
will follow the controversy and demise of a woman who refused to step down from
her fight for a secular nation. Tommy O’Haver (“An American Crime) wrote the
script and is set to direct, while Max Handelman and Elizabeth Banks will produce through Brownstone Productions.