#DigitalSkeptic: Sun Sets on Sundance -- and Independent Film
But The Canyons grossed just $59,000, barely over a third of its Kickstarter commitments.
Film hipsters would be making a bomb of Jack Carter proportions blaming this mega-flop on Lohan. Sundance founder Robert Redford's All Is Lost did a modest $8.6 million worldwide -- about a week's salary for the $75 million Tom Cruise earned on disaster pic War of the Worlds.
Real money this is not.
Telling the wrong story
The sense that today's independent motion picture industry is a facing Life of Pi-like self-delusion is confirmed emphatically by Hope. "Today's narrative is being shaped by video games and episodic TV more than they are by movies," he said. "It's almost as if we are trying to solve the wrong problem with the traditional multi-act movie model."
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