Noah J Nelson on Tuesday, Jun. 18th
Wasn't it just yesterday that Forest Whitaker was being named to the Indiewire Influencers list for being one of the founders of alternative film production platform JuntoBox Films?
Today the company is back in the headlines because they've announced their latest feature film production, a film called "The Driver", a noir-ish sounding crime flick that will be their fifth to reach production.
JuntoBox made the list thanks to their innovative crowdsourcing model for film production. The basics: they've built a community that filters ideas and scripts into the hands of the production company while sharing with that community organizational tools that make filmmaking more efficient.
Check out the whole of the press release, for completeness' sake, after the jump.
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JUNTOBOX FILMS GREENLIGHTS “THE DRIVER”
Forest Whitaker Announces the 5th Project for JuntoBox Films
at Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival
LOS ANGELES – June 18, 2013 – Today at the Los Angeles Film Festival, produced by the nonprofit arts organization Film Independent, JuntoBox Films, a collaborative film studio for filmmakers and fans co-chaired by Forest Whitaker, announced the greenlight of the company’s fifth feature film, “The Driver.” Written by George Richards, “The Driver” becomes the 5th project chosen by the JuntoBox Films community for active development. Alex Ardenti is attached to direct the feature film.
“From the onset, the focus of JuntoBox Films has been to provide filmmakers with a support and mentoring system to develop their projects and careers,” said Forest Whitaker, co-chairman of JuntoBox Films. “We have an incredible community of bright and talented storytellers and we’re honored to add George Richards’ “The Driver” to our growing slate.”
JuntoBox Films recently wrapped production on “Sacrifice,” a dramatic thriller starring Dermot Mulroney and Melora Waters that follows four teenage boys from a small Texas town as they deal with the consequences after experiencing a tragic accident. The collaborative film studio will be selecting its next slate of films from a variety of genres, starting with the comedy category this August, followed by action/sci-fi in September, and horror in November.
The Driver synopsis
A down-on-his luck BOXER agrees to be the driver for a heist. When things go horribly wrong, he finds himself with a dead partner and a duffle bag full of cash. With no one else to account for the take, the boxer decides to keep half for himself but is promptly busted by his employer, who gives him a choice: kill or be killed.
ABOUT JUNTOBOX FILMS
JuntoBox Films is a collaborative film studio and social community for filmmakers and fans to connect, create and ultimately, make films. JuntoBox merges the collaborative energy of a social platform with the more traditional in-house film development process including greenlighting, financing, marketing and distribution. For more information, find us at www.JuntoBoxFilms.com and follow us at @JuntoBoxFilms or http://www.facebook.com/JuntoboxfilmsCreators