From the Hollywood Reporter: The Sundance audience gave the slave-rebellion drama an extended standing ovation, which was followed by mostly enthusiastic reviews. By the next morning, Fox Searchlight had plunked down a jaw-dropping $17.5 million for worldwide rights to the film, the biggest sale in the fest’s history. It also marks the largest sum ever paid for a finished movie at any festival, including Cannes, Berlin and Toronto.
Curious to see some of this year’s best festival short films before they’re widely available? Check out The Wrap’s ShortList online event, where films currently playing the festival circuit are available for a very limited time -- like until Tuesday.
You probably know that I've been running a crowdfunding campaign at Seed&Spark -- and now we're down to the wire to get to 100%. (The campaign ends 7/29 at 5 pm ET.) In case you’re asking yourself “what’s in it for me?” here are 6 of the best reasons to become a supporter.
Kelly Williams is an independent producer (with Sundance-approved films like Pit Stop and Hellion) and a film festival programmer (the Austin and Lone Star Film Festivals) based in Austin, TX. Join me and Kelly for a conversation about having a foot on each side of the line and the filmmaking lessons to be learned along the way.
By now you've probably heard about the nasty fallout of the delivery of digital downloads to Veronica Mars backers: the disappointed fans and the offers of refunds to backers who ended up buying copies of the film from Amazon and iTunes. It speaks a lot to how much services like iTunes have become the default entertainment ecosystems and the fact that, if you want to try to buck that trend with a Veronica Mars-shaped Trojan horse, the execution had better be flawless.