Movie producers routinely say they're about artistic integrity, but Metalwork Pictures' Andrew Levitas finds himself in the unique position of actually being an artist himself, having come up through the New York City art scene as a heralded painter, sculptor, and photographer. So when he speaks of box office potential as being almost incidental to a film as work of art, he's the rare producer who actually sounds genuinely unconcerned with financial returns.
Three months after its Sundance debut, Zal Batmanglij's stunning drama Sound of My Voice has landed a distribution deal with Fox Searchlight. The studio previously nabbed rights to Sundance '11 pick-ups The Art of Getting By (AKA Homework), Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Another Earth -- the second of two sci-fi-tinged Sundance entries co-written and starring phenom Brit Marling. Read Movieline's Verge interview with the multi-talented Marling and get ready to want to follow her anywhere. [Deadline]
Michael Angarano has been acting since the age of six, so you could take his collective filmography, as he jokes, as a "well-kept home video" of his life captured on screen. For much of that documented life he's been a steadily-rising young performer amassing a wide range of credits (Almost Famous, Sky High, The Forbidden Kingdom, Gentlemen Broncos), but 2011 marks an important turning point; with roles in Max Winkler's Ceremony (in theaters), Gavin Wiesen's Homework, Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, and Kevin Smith's Red State, Angarano is in the midst of carving out a fascinating adult career for himself.