27 January 2014 10:57 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Before this year's Sundance Film Festival got started, The New York Times' Manohla Dargis raised a red flag about the issue of too many small indie films flooding the marketplace. (Our response here.) While her proposal that fewer distributors should acquire films may not be the best answer to the problem, the indie distribution question was the hot topic of the festival, as folks on all sides grappled with possible solutions. She wrote: “I have a little favor to ask of the people cutting the checks. Stop buying so many movies. Or at least take a moment and consider whether flooding theaters with titles is good for movies and moviegoers alike.… It’s hard to see how American independent cinema can sustain itself if it continues to focus on consumption rather than curation.” Unfortunately, the Nyt does not permit comments on Dargis's stories, as she prefers not to engage directly with her readers. »

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