2012 SJ Movie Awards: Best Independent Film Producers
Finding a good producer for your independent movie is like finding a needle in a haystack if the needle was hay colored, but when you get one they can be the best friend you can ever have for telling your story. The five producers we've selected at Screen Junkies are the ones at the top of their game right now and will most likely get an independent movie into Sundance, wide release in theaters, and not to mention a ton of awards.
Andrew van den Houten, "The Woman"
A producer with a history of making low-budget horror films, Andrew van den Houten, found the perfect marriage of American horror story meets family drama with Lucky McKee and Jack Ketchum's dark horror satire, "The Woman." If you want a go to producer for all things low-budget and twisted look no further than Houten.
Jonathan Schwartz, "Like Crazy"
The year of 2011 went off with a bang for Jonathan Schwartz, who grabbed a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for "Like Crazy." The film became the most looked at indie romance of the year. Look forward another great doomed romance drama from Schwartz and his production company Super Crispy with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul in "Smashed," this coming fall.
Sophia Lin, "Take Shelter"
With early resume that includes "American Psycho," "Buffalo 66," and "Undertow." Sophie Lin knows where to find a good story in the independent market from autuer filmmakers and "Take Shelter" is the perfect example. A hard to sell movie about pending apocalyptic doom and schizophrenia disorder. But she is the crusader of Jeff Nichols script and brings him together with Michael Shannon, who gives one of the most overlooked leading male performances of last year.
Josh Mond, "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
The feat of producing a film as complicated as "Martha Marcy May Marlene," you have to give big hand to producer Josh Mond in believing in this source material. A difficult film to tell as we journey into the reality and dreams of a young women who escapes a cult and tries to reconnect herself back into society. Producers like Mond help make original and arresting independent storytelling happen or we would never see such great works brought to the screen.