The headlines said it all: “Hollywood Faces August Death March,” “Bummer Summer” and “Beleaguered Box Office.”OK, Hollywood had a tough year, but does that necessarily apply to independent films? Well, as the saying goes, a receding tide sinks all boats. And so it was in 2017: If people were going out to fewer movies and streaming more episodic content at home, it affected both indie films and tentpoles.But if we look back at the films that premiered at Sundance 2017, there are a few instances to inspire hope: The Big Sick, of course, was the big one; Wind River, perhaps the last film to ever be released successfully by the Weinstein Company, had earned more than $33.7 million at the box office at press time; and Miguel Arteta’s anti-Trump satire Beatriz at Dinner, starring Salma Hayek, grossed more than $7 million and played in 683 theaters for 17 weeks, courtesy of Roadside Attractions.And despite the Netflixification of indie film, more films were acquired and released in theaters by distributors out of Sundance’s 16-film Dramatic Competition than last year. This may be a testament to the quality of the films, but it reaffirms the perennial importance of the theatrical release to… Read full this story
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