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Why ‘The Infiltrator’ Director Brad Furman Abandoned Studio Films to Make Indies Again

13 July 2016 1:54 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Brad Furman is a competitor. The director of films like the unexpected smash hit “The Lincoln Lawyer” (and, later, the Ben Affleck- and Justin Timberlake-starring disappointment “Runner Runner”) can’t quite pinpoint the source of that motivation — but it’s what’s driven his career since he made his first film, “The Take,” for less than a million dollars way back in 2007.

“I personally feel when somebody tells me I can’t do something, or I’m afraid of something, that’s typically when I dive in,” Furman recently told IndieWire.

The challenges that have pushed Furman haven’t exactly been unique – he’s one of any number of rising directors, mostly male, propelled to big studio features on the strength of one or two smash indie hits – but they have inspired him to do something pretty bold: Return to his indie roots to get films done the »

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