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Meet Netflix’s Indie Content Team, at Sundance and Beyond

Meet Netflix’s Indie Content Team, at Sundance and Beyond
On opening night of Sundance 2018, writer-director Tamara Jenkins premiered her new film “Private Life” to rave reviews. The New York drama was headed for derailment when she submitted it to Netflix Indie Content directors of content Ian Bricke and his lieutenant Matt Levin; they loved her script about an infertile middle-aged couple (Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn) desperately trying to have a child by any means necessary. The drama turned out so well that Netflix is holding it for the fall festival circuit.

Among those in Eccles Theater seeing “Private Life” for the first time was Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. That’s because if a film is budgeted under $10 million, he delegates full greenlight authority to Bricke, who pushed the $9 million “Private Life” into production and approved the last-minute casting of unknown actress Kayli Carter.

Netflix’s Indie Content film team is also bringing (if not to a
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Meet Netflix’s Indie Content Team, at Sundance and Beyond

Meet Netflix’s Indie Content Team, at Sundance and Beyond
On opening night of Sundance 2018, writer-director Tamara Jenkins premiered her new film “Private Life” to rave reviews. The New York drama was headed for derailment when she submitted it to Netflix Indie Content directors of content Ian Bricke and his lieutenant Matt Levin; they loved her script about an infertile middle-aged couple (Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn) desperately trying to have a child by any means necessary. The drama turned out so well that Netflix is holding it for the fall festival circuit.

Read More:a Decade After ‘The Savages,’ Tamara Jenkins Returns to Sundance With a Personal Netflix Film

Among those in Eccles Theater seeing “Private Life” for the first time was Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. That’s because if a film is budgeted under $10 million, he delegates full greenlight authority to Bricke, who pushed the $9 million “Private Life” into production and approved the last-minute casting of unknown actress Kayli Carter.
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‘The Conjured’ Review

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Stars: Jill Evyn, Lane Townsend, Jeremy Walker, Emily Claeys, Pamela Finney, Sergio Alejandro, C.S. Boris, Anne Hallinan, Val Garrahan, Dixon Phillips | Written and Directed by Bidisha Chowdhury

Known also as Adaline, The Conjured is a paranormal horror movie both written and directed by Bidisha Chowdhury (whose only previous film work includes a couple of short films). Daniella (played by Jill Evyn) inherits a place in the countryside and decides to move in and attempt to make it her home. The house, though, seemingly has a history that isn’t so great and thus the horror of the film begins.

I didn’t know anything about The Conjured before watching it but the opening and eventual happenings seemed very cliché to me. I was expecting everything that happened to happen, and not in the best way. It found itself entering tedious territory on a number of occasions, and in the end,
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Paranormal Activity Tears a Page From the Blair Witch Playbook

Before the producers of the ultra-low-budget pants-wetter Paranormal Activity launched a Web campaign asking moviegoers to demand to see the film in their towns, they communed with the producers of the mother of all virally marketed indie horror flicks: Haxan Films, makers of The Blair Witch Project.

"Those guys really showed what you could do with a cinema-verite style, a great concept, and no money," Paranormal director Oren Peli told the Orlando Sentinel. He made his film for $15,000 in 2006 but struggled to get it onto big screens.

So Peli called on producer Gregg Hale and co-writer/co-director Dan Myrick, two of the five who in 1999 blew up the reality genre with their shaky, grainy film and its Web component, which suggested the movie kinda, maybe might be real. It seemed less like a feature film and more like a documentary scrounged together from found footage.

"We actually talked to the
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Fantastic Fest 2008 Filmmaker Guests

We'll have lots of guests at Fantastic Fest this year, more than ever before. Here are just a few of the many interesting people who'll be joining us this year, in no particular order. We'll continually update our roster so keep an eye on this page.

Filmmakers and Actors

Norihiro Koizumi (Gachi Boy: Wrestling With A Memory)

A young, talented director who is quickly making his mark in the Japanese filmmaking scene. At the tender age of 25, he directed his first major feature-length film, “Midnight Sun.” “Midnight Sun” was not only critically-acclaimed, but became a commercial hit, grossing over 1 billion yen at the Japanese boxoffice. His latest film, “Gachi Boy Wrestling with a Memory,” won the grand prix at the Udine Far East Film Festival.

Nacho Vigalondo (Shorts Program)

Last year at Fantastic Fest noted Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo won the Next Wave competition, later securing domestic distribution for Timecrimes
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