Writer-producer-director Theodore Melfi has a different view than those who think independent filmmaking is becoming an endangered species, and in fact he tells me that we are in the “golden age of independent film.” This could be one of the reasons why he is excited about both his films this week Tribeca Festival in New York City – Independently Produced Movies He’s Together Helping the Cowboy. Feather corner office which stars john hummo He is an executive producer, and further american dreamer He is the screenwriter as well as the producer of the comedy that stars Peter Dinklage, Shirley MacLaine, and Matt Dillon. Both are for sale and the core is that Melfi truly believes that whatever is the right form of distribution, be it theatrical, streaming, digital VOD, or a combination of all three, directed to the audience. Will do
Melfi as a director has the experience of finding huge success on every level so far, with the kind of indie-focused character-driven films to his name, each taking their own path to find audiences. In Case of the Acclaimed 2014 Starring Bill Murray St. Vincent, Also 2016 Award Winner and Best Picture Oscar Nominee hidden figures, It was first accompanied by a film festival splash and then significant theatrical release in Toronto. with last year starling It was with Netflix, when the streamer picked up the entire film. Melfi felt good about the results the trio got, and even though their Tribeca pairings aren’t films they’ve directed individually, they’re equally invested in making sure they find the right homes. are targeting Tribeca to lead. was actually seen by no one, buyers, critics or viewers american dreamer Until its actual start in front of a packed house on Saturday night. And he was on purpose.
“We have kept it completely hidden,” he said. No one has seen it. No one has seen it across the country, no buyer has seen it… and no reviewers have seen it because we really wanted to have it with 800 people. Like, it’s a comedy, you know? It benefits the group, ”he told me a few days before the premiere. For the purposes of this interview I watched it and must say it’s the kind of quirky inspired-a-true-story movie, which is exactly the kind of thing that studios used to release all the time, but almost never now. It’s a great act and a lot of fun, offbeat short film that gave half a chance a grateful audience could find, most likely on a streamer these days who seem more open to something undeniably original at studios. Happens to what already wants to be sold and already familiar for the most part.
Melfi says they’ve been working on this for five years. Producer David Ginsberg and director Paul Dector bring an episode near them this american life He had heard He collaborated with Dinklage urging him to take on writing duties in addition to producing “It’s Based on a True Story”. So, in this american life Clause, this assistant professor, he’s dying to get a house and dream of the American dream, yet he can barely afford a condo, and he’s done this for $240,000 for this sprawling estate. Stumbled upon a classified ad, If there can be a live-in, and the live-in in this situation is such that he reaches there and finds out that the woman is sick and near death and cannot leave the place. She’s a widow and says ‘you can have a place when I die for this incredibly low sum’, and it’s like a huge five million dollar estate, and he takes it upon himself . It’s a dream deal of a lifetime, and he moves into the maid’s quarters above the garage,” explains Melfi, adding that the actual case was about a woman making the same deal with an older man, but in that case. It is revealed that the boy lived for another 20 years and they became like family for the next two decades. This was the nugget that inspired the script of the film.
Dinklage was attached to the project as a star and a producer, and then MacLaine, now 88 years old, came in for what I would say is her best screen role in some time. Obviously he has a lot of admiration for his stars, explaining that Dinklage has such an inherent resemblance that it was important because he throws every possible negative situation at the character and he can still win you over. And as far as McLain is concerned, he says the iconic star is a miracle. “She’s brilliant in film, and she was a warrior. She just works nonstop, came to set professional and just loved Pete. She loved the script. She was really into the character. She had one.” There were a million views. At one point she even said, ‘Let’s do a love scene’. She was totally upbeat and excited, and you know, the Shirley we all know and love , she was just passionate about the project and a real team player. So, having someone like her on set and someone like her with Pete is like a blessing, and then Matt Dillon was so great, and then Danny Glover last minute Came in,” he said of the ‘Dream’ casting.
Feather corner office Which gives Haim a very different office role than Don Draper’s (Melphy describes the part as Draper’s strange, perhaps mentally ill brother) but still as memorable in his strangely Kafkesque manner. In every bit. Melfi and producer partner and wife Kim Quinn (who also co-starred Excellent American Dreamer) Received an offer to join. “The producers out of Vancouver, Dylan Collingwood and Matt Clark, the folks at Tilt 9, sent me the script and said to me, ‘You know, we’d love to help us make this,’ and I read the script and I was like , ‘This thing is wild’, and I said, ‘Yeah.’ Kim and I helped with that. We were honored just because the script was so wild and unique. You know, we all love making indie movies, I think everyone does, they seem like the funniest and most freebies. So, you know, this is your chance to just dive in with the people we knew and loved and trusted in a project like this were something I’d never seen before,” he said, adding that even though it’s director Joachim Back’s first feature, he’s already an Oscar winner for a while, the new tenants He did in 2010. “And he’s a very famous, well-versed commercial director. So, you know, he clearly knows what he’s doing,” says Melfi, who has extensive experience in that area as well.
Ham, wearing glasses and sporting a pronounced mustache would be the selling point for it, but it’s probably oddly tempting to attract an actual theatrical feature distributor who can give it tender loving care. Oddly enough it reminded me of the tone of a John Cheever short story, specifically swimmer Which was made into a film in 1968, or even something more abstract or Bunuelian. Hmm this is great. Again Melfi is always looking on the bright side when it comes to films like these that require gentle loving care once they exit the festival circuit.
“I’m a weird optimist. I guess there’s never been a better time to make independent movies. I think there’s a lot of places to put them, and you now have a lot of streamers who are really looking for the product.” and can’t meet their needs that if you make a good film, there’s a home for it. Said. “So, I think 20 years ago if you made a good film, a good independent film , so it was difficult to find a place for him. It had to be incredible and it had to be extremely commercial and it had to be in theatres, and now, you don’t have that burden. If it’s big enough or big enough to be in a theater, that’s great, but streamers really give it another place to go and another revenue source and a great audience. So these kinds of movies where they’re theatrical or streaming are really for the audience, and I think the audience decides that, and there’s a lot of places to sell and get your film out there right now. I think it’s a golden age. Independent film, and I know I sound crazy. I do. I think it’s the golden age of independent film right now. movies like you watch Palm Springs, Correct? movies like you watch starling, All those films have been made independently and sold for huge amounts of money and have given great performances. He performed brilliantly with the audience. So, like I am very optimistic about independent film. I think Netflix, Hulu, Fox Searchlight, Yeh People, Peacock, they all need movies. ,
So why was the Tribeca Festival (they removed the word “film” from their title), the perfect place to start both films? “At first, it was a two-fold thing. corner office To me, a classic is New York indie, and Jon Hamm lives in New York, and Peter Dinklage lives in New York. So, they are both New Yorkers. So, it felt like the perfect place to launch both films, and we’re quite fortunate and grateful to have joined the festivities with both films, but it felt like Tribeca was the right place for a number of reasons. I mean, New York, apparently the biggest city in the world, is growing fast now, hopefully post-COVID, and I don’t know. It felt like these were New York movies,” he said.
As far as future films Ted Melfi plans to direct himself, he has Fruit Loops Michael Keaton, along with Jodie Comer and Letitia Wright, is expected to move to Paramount in the first quarter of ’23, a play set inside a state-run mental facility he describes as low cuckoo’s nest even more 12 angry men fulfills Breakfast Club. He’s also just completed a draft Hades Which he also plans to direct. It is based on the Don DeLillo novel, and is being done for Netflix (for which he did starling And there’s a lot of praise for his operation).
Right now though it’s all about finding a good home for both american dreamer And corner office, And it all starts this week at Tribeca.