Industry Beat

by Anthony Kaufman

  • Hits & Misses: How Seven Films from Sundance 2015 Performed

    The health and identity of American independent cinema has always been difficult to gauge and define, but Sundance is our default arbiter and explainer. Of course, indie film exists far beyond the limits of Park City in January, but the festival gives the nebulous American indie sector a test sample — and as any scientist will tell you, that’s the first step in making an accurate hypothesis. So what can the films of Sundance 2015 clarify about the state of American indies, now and in the future? Some trends can be attributed to random cycles and one-time events, but there…  Read more

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  • Is TV Killing Indie Film?

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  • Theatrical 2.0

    Releasing movies in U.S. theaters isn’t going away anytime soon. But indie film distribution is experiencing a significant tipping of the scales. While theatrical distribution has always been an advertisement for foreign sales and ancillary platforms, like VHS and then DVD, a new wave of film companies are shifting the balance even further, where theatrical distribution is a means to a digital end. As Vincent Scordino, senior vice president of marketing at rising distributor Alchemy says, “Ancillary platforms have always been important to a film’s profitability, but now we’re talking about them more with the rise of iTunes and the…  Read more

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  • A Rising Tide?

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  • Hits & Misses 2014

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  • Has the Cinematic Water Cooler Run Dry?

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  • The Last Mile

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  • Why Too Many Movies Aren’t Necessarily a Problem

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  • Hits & Misses

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  • Bad Metrics

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