EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn-based filmmaker Ged Dickersin (CODA) is launching True Indy, a production company intent on making films that can and should be made independently, with filmmakers telling acutely relevant stories for the world market.
True Indy sees the opportunity to attract financing for films that can be made in the $1 million-$5 million range, reducing the financial risk to investors and increasing the chances for a return on the investment. The company is introducing its slate of original U.S.-born indies at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin, as well as looking to partner with filmmakers from around the world in international co-productions.
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“Independent filmmaking has developed so much, with budgets that exceed what the new world market can return, making it difficult for private equity to support the independents,” Dickersin said. “Coming out of the pandemic and the strikes, the cost of making a film has inflated drastically, increasing the risk for investors.”
Dickersin started as an intern for Peggy Rajski on John Sayles’ Eight Men Out in 1987. After graduating from NYU’s Grad Film, Ged produced his first independent feature, Douglas Tirola’s A Reason to Believe (1995), and has continued as a line producer and physical producer on more than 30 feature films including Fred Durst’s The Education of Charlie Banks, Amy Redford’s The Guitar, Raymond De Felitta’s City Island, Siân Heder’s Tallulah, Abel Ferrara’s Welcome to New York, Barry Levinson’s The Humbling, Sara Colangelo’s The Kindergarten Teacher, Guy Nattiv’s Skin, Nikyatu Jusu’s Nanny, Rebecca Miller‘s She Came to Me and Heder’s Best Picture Oscar winner CODA.
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