for around 6 or 7 figures), rather than looking for the headline grabbing big money deal. Indeed, I find it quaint and almost touching the way SPC handles Sundance. Its choices seem bracing and risky, even if they may be due to its buying strategy of avoiding bidding wars and looking for asking prices to drop as the fest wears on. Bottm feeders SPC may be, but that does not change the fact that it is willing to court the wallflowers of the festival that nobody else wants to take for a spin, including this year’s Grand Jury Price winner FROZEN RIVER.
On paper this film has nothing going for it. Star power that falls well below your average TV Movie Of The Week (and that’s Network TV); a downer subject that lacks sexy topicality — illegal US border crossings from, wait for it, Canada. It’s a nutty move, as are their two other fest buys. THE WACKNESS got some