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Hollywood's Indie Film Pool Prepares For The Amazon Plunge - Yahoo News

News of a new, deep-pocketed buyer in the independent sphere would always be welcome, but Amazon's decision to hire a big name in the independent film world to head up Amazon Original Movies drew special praise. "It's exciting, especially because it's led by Ted Hope, who has a pretty sterling track record in terms of filmmaking and projects that he's been involved with," said Ned Benson, who made his directorial debut with "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," released last year. Hope was the producer behind films like "Eat Drink Man Woman" and "American Splendor." The latter won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Hope will be at Sundance looking at films when it opens later this week, Amazon said. Director Wash Westmoreland, who made the drama "Still Alice," starring Julianne Moore, for (visit site) $4 million last year, said filmmakers like him could get a lift from the likes of Amazon. "Right now, in independent home film, everything is crushed down to budgets below $5 million, so you end shooting in 20 days," he said.
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