The American Film Market, currently going on in Los Angeles, is where a lot of indie movies have the opportunity to pitch themselves to potential buyers, trotting out whatever materials they've got to make their movie look like the next big thing. But when you hear "indie," don't assume it's all no-name actors acting on crappy digital video-- the movies up for sale this year include the likes of Ben Stiller, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, George Clooney and Channing Tatum, with Mike Leigh, Sofia Coppola, Robert Redford and plenty more behind the camera.
Collider visited AFM and came away with stills and synopses for lots of these projects, many of which are still in production. You can see the first batch here and the second batch here, and below are a few of the most interesting shots, along with the synopses. Look out in the next few days as a lot of these films get picked up.
From acclaimed director David O. Russell comes THE FIGHTER, the powerful true story of professional boxers Dickie (Christian Bale) and Micky (Academy Award Nominee Mark Wahlberg). Although they are half brothers, their careers take very different courses. Older brother Dickie does not suffer from a shortage of talent or confidence, but his lack of judgment and humility lead him down a path of self-destruction. After blowing his shot against one of the greatest fighters of his generation...
THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH, directed by Kevin Macdonald
Newly arrived in Britannia on his first command, young Centurion Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) heroically defends his ford against a massive Celtic attack but is so badly wounded that he is discharged from the army. Angry and bitter that his army career is over, Marcus chooses to risk his life on a seemingly impossible journey into the unconquered north to find the Eagle of the Ninth, the legendary golden standard lost fifteen years earlier when his father marched the Ninth Legion into the wilds of Scotland and never came back. As a companion, he takes his slave Esca (Jamie Bell), a Celt whose life he saved in a gladiatorial contest but who hates all things Roman. Their journey together into the wild north...
SOMEWHERE, directed by Sofia Coppola
Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is a bad-boy A-List actor stumbling through a life of excess while living at Hollywood’s legendary Chateau Marmont Hotel. His days are a haze of drinks, girls, fast cars and fawning fans. Cocooned in this celebrity-induced artificial world, Johnny has lost all sense of his true self. Until, that is, his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) unexpectedly shows up and unwittingly begins to anchor him. Johnny’s fragile connection to real life slowly revives in her presence.