This will be pure heaven for any film buffs that pine for the golden era of indie American cinema. A group of crazy well-intentioned graduates of the New York SUNY Purchase program loosely formed a filmmaker-focused indie production company that was on the cutting edge of indie film for a decade until the arrival of moneymen forced them to close a decade later. Starting with the $38,000 production of Nick Gomez’s LAWS OF GRAVITY in 1992, The Shooting Gallery’s rise paralleled that of the Sundance Film Festival, as the hits kept coming throughout the 90s with Billy Bob Thornton’s Oscar-winning SLING BLADE, Bob Gosse ’s NIAGARA NIAGARA, and Kenneth Lonergan’s YOU CAN COUNT ON ME. Stories from the early days include having to throw neighbourhood parties to pay for the office electric bills. Interviews with most of the principals, the directors, and some of the performers (Robin Tunney) are intercut with rare archival clips from the movies and interviews with industry experts such as Variety’s Steven Gaydos.
Hamptons International Film Festival Selection
‘One of the first truly comprehensive overviews of that transformative era in American cinema.’ The Moveable Feast