Dark Days Ahead for Little Movies

Big money has bankrolled some bad small films lately; now it's pulling back
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2008 9:26 AM CDT
The front of the Capitol Theater promotes Haitians and foreign films in Port-au-Prince, Monday, July 2, 2007.    (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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(Newser) – This has been a banner year for Hollywood blockbusters, but things look dour for explosion-free cinema, David Carr writes in the New York Times reports. Small movies have flooded multiplexes, choking each other out—a sign, producer Mark Gill says, of big-money backing meeting the ease of digital film-making. The money's disappearing, and eventually only good indie flicks will get made.

“There are too many movies, and too many of them are terrible and dull," one industry analyst said. "The overproduction is a breach of faith with the audience, and they have become skeptical." Concludes Gill: “The strongest of the strong will survive. But it will feel like we just survived a medieval plague.” (Read more film stories.)