DOWN SO LOW…
Declining box-office… shuttered indie arms… busted distribution windows… the credit crunch… bankrupt distributors… creative malaise — they are all cited by Dade Hayes and Pamela McClintock in Variety as the reasons for indie film’s “dismal year.”
A key graph summarizes the debate that many in this business are engaged in right now:
The bottom line is that it’s a changing world — and it might be something cyclical, or things may have changed permanently. The matrix of different ancillaries — which has expanded radically from the early video days to include VOD, Web downloads, airlines, music and merchandise — puts a new spin on the still-crucial theatrical window.