Some watershed news. Fully five projects listed on Slated have just succeeded in raising tranches of film financing from fellow members as a result of introductions forged here on the platform. We can report on a couple of those films already - two very different stories but each, as it happens, revolving around a mother who kidnaps her daughter - and we’ll fill you in on those remaining investments as they become public. Co-producer Cordelia Stephens has confirmed that DUKHTAR (DAUGHTER) has secured backing from Shrihari Sathe of Infinitum Productions. At the same time, writer-director Will Raee has closed two financing deals on LOST IN AUSTIN, one of them with Tommy Levin of Saguaro Partners Holdings LLC. “Things are looking really good,” marveled Will..
Revolutions come in stages. This is as true of political and societal upheavals as it is of business transformations. Sometimes, to borrow from the film editor’s lexicon, these transitions are the jarring equivalent of jump cuts, scene wipes and other radical gear-shifts; but more often they take the more gradual form of dissolves in which one scenario is seamlessly replaced by another and the story moves on to a new phase. And so it is with Slated. Having played a seminal role in re-thinking the entire film packaging and financing process, our pioneering website is now undergoing a smooth transition of its own.
Two years after introducing Slated to the industry at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Co-founder Duncan Cork is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors. The Board has appointed Co-founder and Chairman Stephan Paternot as Slated's new CEO going forward.
Los Angeles woke up this morning to an Oscar announcement that reverberated all the way to the streets of Cairo, where Egyptians were still awaiting the full results of a referendum on a new constitution. THE SQUARE, which was listed on Slated just a few weeks before being unveiled at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, is now one of the five non-fiction features nominated for this year’s Academy Award for Best Documentary that will be handed out on March 2nd. Our congratulations go out to everyone involved in this extraordinary film, from director Jehane Noujaim and her producer Karim Amer, to executive producers Mike Lerner and Alexandra Johnes, to editor Pedro Kos and to the Sundance Institute that helped start the financing ball rolling on this film with a 2012 grant from its Documentary Film Program and Fund.
As we wish everyone a healthy, wealthy and wise 2014 our thoughts turn to what has become as much of an American New Year’s tradition as that ball-drop on Times Square. We’re talking bone-chillers and spine-tinglers here. Each of the past three years has kicked off at the box office with a horror film: Season of the Witch in 2011, followed by The Devil Inside and then Texas Chainsaw 3D. The two years prior to that it was vampire films. Now comes the turn of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, a Latino-themed spin-off from the franchise phenomenon created by Oren Peli that remains one of the high-water marks for what low-budget cinema can achieve in terms of outsized profitability.
For the second year in a row, more than 12,000 films were submitted to the Sundance Film Festival as it prepares now to celebrate its 30th edition in January. That deluge included a staggering 4,000 feature-length film submissions – out of which 117, from across 37 different filmmaking nations, made the final cut. With so many independent films chasing so few slots, we at Slated couldn’t be prouder to throw an advance spotlight on the five narrative and documentary films that were listed on our website during their fund-raising and profile-boosting cycles and will now go on to premiere in Park City. Two appear in Competition, one gets a high-profile Premieres slot and the remaining two appear in the “Next” section devoted to bold new approaches to storytelling that foreshadow the future of American cinema.