This story is about 1000 years old by Internet standards (July 3), but I just stumbled across it and it’s interesting.
Though busy IFC has been snapping up projects left and right lately, one recently slipped through its grasp. According to IndieWIRE’s Anthony Kaufman, Lance Hammer backed out of a deal to have IFC release his festival favorite Ballast. Instead the filmmaker is opting to go it alone.
At issue wasn’t so much the low fee, it was the lack of future creative control Hammer would have over his own film. “Giving up Internet rights for 20 years, that’s just crazy,” said the filmmaker. According to IndieWIRE, he also called IFC’s exclusive home video arrangement with Blockbuster a “deal breaker.”
IFC Films acquisitions head Arianna Bocco took the high road saying, “We’re disappointed and we love the movie, but how can you argue with an independent filmmaker who wrote, directed, produced and financed his own movie and wants to take that final step of ownership? I respect that choice.”
I liked Ballast quite a bit, though not as much as some. It’s a quiet, subtle film about a reluctant family triangle formed from tragedy in rural Mississippi. It’s difficult to quantify in a small blurb, but I recommend it. I’ll be keeping an eye out for it as it makes its way into the marketplace.
Ballast is schedule to play New York’s Film Forum beginning October 1 with plans for a national release to follow.
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