Indie Favorites Duplass Brothers Strike Four Film Deal with Netflix
If you have more than a passing interesting in independent film, you've undoubtedly heard of filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass. The two have been responsible for indies such as The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus and Jeff Who Lives at Home, and now they're bringing their film talents to Netflix as THR reports the duo have just struck a four-movie deal with the streaming media provider. They will be small-budget films that will be exclusively release on Netflix, and there's no timetable for them to start releasing them as the Duplass brothers are also busy on the TV side with their outstanding new HBO series "Togetherness."
While Jay Duplass has remained mostly behind the scenes of filmmaking, Mark Duplass has become quite the popular character actor. In the indie world, he stars in fantastic films like The One I Love (on our list of the 19 Best Movies You Didn't See from 2014) and Safety Not Guaranteed, but he's also crossed over into studio territory with Tammy last year. Together, these two are original and honest voices in indie film, and it's cool to see Netflix getting them to create content rather than just picking it up after premiering at a film festival. This is another move in the change of distribution of indie cinema.
Mark Duplass has been growing on me for a while now. I can't figure out if it is because he's a really good actor or he has a really good project selection. But he has this "real" feeling to him. Safety not guaranteed and The one I love are among my favorite indie (and not!) films from recent years. And the show Togetherness on HBO is really good so far. I wish them all the best with this deal
Ricardo_PT on Jan 25, 2015
safety not guaranteed is such a great, loving and funny movie that only can made by independent moviemakers because when the bucks are involved it's about statistics and not creativity. It's not a coincidence that Phantom menace is such a bad movie because it was about the money and not the freedom of George Lucas, who is nowadays a big fat exec...
ari smulders on Jan 25, 2015
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