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The mythical determine who introduced the careers of Spike Lee, Michael Moore, and Richard Linklater deals a no-holds-barred examine the offers and information that propel an indie movie from a dream to distribution.
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Island Pictures, which had jettisoned Alive as its partner, went completely against the grain of conventional indie distribution strategy and opened Kiss of the Spider Woman in late July. This now looks like bold Hollywood counterprogramming, but it was unprecedented then. The result: $17 million and Academy Award nominations. Because it starred William Hurt and Raul Julia and wasn't exactly cheap, Spider Woman did not directly inspire no-access, low-budget directors. However, its performance as a nonstudio production made the entire industry take note and made Island Pictures the preeminent quality independent.
The first distributor to see She's Gotta Have It was Cinecom. Spike was tight with Wayne Salazar, who designed the elongated head credits for the film. Wayne also worked at Cinecom, distributor of John Sayles's Brother and Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense, two Spike favorites by mentor directors. They passed, in part, because Ira Deutchman did not find Tracy Camila Johns sexy as Nola. Through the years, I've tortured Ira by reminding him of this opinion. His usual response is to point out that my investment in the movie was really Cinecom's Parting Glances money.
Otto Grokenberger came in with the paper under his arm and a big ol' grin on his face. Vincent Canby had discovered Jim Jarmusch in a big way, as Roger Ebert had before him. Three months later, the National Society of Film Critics voted Stranger Best Film of the Year. Having been there from the get go, Canby remained a very constant Jarmusch fan for years to come. One of the essential strategies that this film, and many since, ben- 28 (pike, Hike, Slackers § Dykes efited from is the magic trick of making as many people (critics are people too) as possible for as long as possible believe that they are discovering something that almost no one else knows about.
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