“Sundance 2012: Six Story lines to watch”

“Sundance 2012: Six Story lines to watch”

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

“Red light, green light. Rodrigo Cortes had one of the most ballyhooed genre films at Sundance in recent years when “Buried,” the Ryan Reynolds-starrer about a man trapped in a coffin, premiered there two years ago. Cortes is back with another conceptual horror movie, a supernatural thriller called “Red Lights.” But will audiences get a […]

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Sundance 2012: Warming up

Sundance 2012: Warming up

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

I arrived in Park City last night for my eighth Sundance Festival since 2001, and my first since 2009 (credit my esteemed colleague Kyle Smith’s recent blessed event for keeping him home). While Park City doesn’t seem to have changed much — it was a gorgeous sight this morning with a couple of inches of […]

The 5 Films Likeliest to Ignite a Sundance 2012 Bidding War

The 5 Films Likeliest to Ignite a Sundance 2012 Bidding War

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

“No matter how many gifting suites, D-list “celebrities” and/or head-splitting parties the malevolent forces of modern commerce may stuff into the wintry idyll of Park City over the next week, we’ll always have the movies. And as usual, “we” also means studios and distributors with money to burn and release slates to fill. Let the […]

“Sundance 2012: The Twitch Team Raises the Curtain with Our 15 Top Picks”

“Sundance 2012: The Twitch Team Raises the Curtain with Our 15 Top Picks”

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

“Today is the big day! At last, the Sundance Film Festival kicks off this evening in an increasingly snowy Park City. Twitch has boots on the icy ground, ready to brave the cold and tell you everything there is to know about all the buzz-worthy titles you’ll see rolling out over the next year to […]

Sundance: Settling in as Redford declares the state of independent film ‘healthy’

Sundance: Settling in as Redford declares the state of independent film ‘healthy’

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

Noobing my way through the Park City plunge PARK CITY – Being at Sundance is weird. Really weird. This time of year I’m home, where it’s safe to dive into the guild and other precursor announcements of the season without thinking about the scheduling of a film festival. But here I am, a first-timer amongst many pros […]

ComingSoon.net’s 2012 Sundance Film Festival Preview

ComingSoon.net’s 2012 Sundance Film Festival Preview

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

It’s that time of year again, when the cold weather starts hitting much of the country and everyone in Hollywood feels the need to get their taste of snow by traveling to Park City in Utah for the annual Sundance Film Festival. ComingSoon.net will be there again this year, attending lots of screenings, doing interviews […]

Fest “Films With Highest Wanna-see From Buyers: Mike Fleming On 2012 Sundance”

Fest “Films With Highest Wanna-see From Buyers: Mike Fleming On 2012 Sundance”

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

Here is the second part of my 2012 Sundance opener as the festival gets underway Thursday. The first part was : Deals Will Come But Film Buyers Wary Of Overpaying. Here are the Sundance films that have the highest wanna-see from buyers I spoke with: “… RED LIGHTS – Writer-Director: Rodrigo Cortés, Cast: Cillian Murphy, […]

“25 Sundance Films We’re Looking Forward To”

“25 Sundance Films We’re Looking Forward To”

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

15. RED LIGHTS The Category: Premieres The Sundance Synopsis: “Two investigators of paranormal hoaxes, the veteran Dr. Margaret Matheson and her young assistant, Tom Buckley, study the most varied metaphysical phenomena with the aim of proving their fraudulent origins. Simon Silver, a legendary blind psychic, reappears after an enigmatic absence of 30 years to become […]

“Sundance Filmmaker Preview: Cindy Cowan, Producer of Red Lights”

“Sundance Filmmaker Preview: Cindy Cowan, Producer of Red Lights”

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 in CCE Press | No Comments

Producer Cindy Cowan wants you to know that virtually everyone else in the world is just as much in the dark about Red Lights as you and I are. The thinking person’s thriller, which debuts this week at Sundance, stars Robert DeNiro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, and current It Girl Elizabeth Olsen, so you might […]

Exclusive Sundance Interview: Cindy Cowan, Executive Producer of “Red Lights”

Exclusive Sundance Interview: Cindy Cowan, Executive Producer of “Red Lights”

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 in CCE Press | No Comments

So begins my coverage for the Sundance Film Festival. Thanks to my esteemed editor-in-chief Andrew Ashari as well as the fine people in charge of accrediting reporters as official press for the festival, I have been honored to receive official press credentials to cover the festival. Over the course of the festival, I will hope […]

Exclusive Sundance Interview: Cindy Cowan, Executive Producer of ‘Red Lights’

Exclusive Sundance Interview: Cindy Cowan, Executive Producer of ‘Red Lights’

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 in CCE Press | No Comments

So begins my coverage for the Sundance Film Festival. Thanks to my esteemed editor-in-chief Andrew Ashari as well as the fine people in charge of accrediting reporters as official press for the festival, I have been honored to receive official press credentials to cover the festival.  Over the course of the festival, I will hope […]

The Matthew Aaron Show – Cindy Cowan

The Matthew Aaron Show – Cindy Cowan

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 in CCE Press | No Comments

Joining Matt LIVE from Detroit Coney Dog LA will be Cindy Cowan, Producer of the upcoming film Red Lights, which will be premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. It stars Robert DeNiro, Elizabeth Olsen, Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver and is written/directed by Rodrigo Cortes (Buried.) Listen to the full podcast | The Matthew Aaron Show

“Sundance 2012 Preview: Premieres & Spotlight”

“Sundance 2012 Preview: Premieres & Spotlight”

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

Our Park City Preview Week rolls on with more movies from Sundance. We’ve previously brought you a look at the dramatic competition films and the fest’s documentaries. Today we turn our attention to the big names taking center stage in the Premieres and Spotlight sections. Here’s a look at a few of the films that […]

“Advance buzz at Sundance? Experts reveal their favorites”

“Advance buzz at Sundance? Experts reveal their favorites”

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 in News & Reviews | No Comments

Buzz, the ever-elusive quality that makes or breaks a movie at the Sundance Film Festival, means different things to different people. For Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, who writes for BoxOffice magazine, it’s rating movies based on their marketability, and whether they will score a deal from distributors. (Her top three picks in that regard are the […]

Cindy Cowan Interview: Executive Producer Brings ‘Red Lights’ to Sundance

Cindy Cowan Interview: Executive Producer Brings ‘Red Lights’ to Sundance

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 in CCE Press | No Comments

It has been noted before that producing indie films—and then securing distribution for a movie and guiding it so it is seen before an appreciative audience—takes a special kind of dedication. And now, amidst razor thin margins and a film market that is in a state of flux, it takes a producer who understands the […]

By the Numbers: Producing Indie Films

By the Numbers: Producing Indie Films

Posted on Dec 25, 2011 in News & Reviews | No Comments

As big budget filmmaking has gone through wholesale changes in the past 20 years, so has the way indie films are optioned, produced and ultimately marketed to the world at large. The evolution of the blockbuster mentality, which reared its head in the 1970s and had completely taken hold by the early 2000s, has changed […]

In The Trenches…The Producers Part 1 – Independent Film Production

In The Trenches…The Producers Part 1 – Independent Film Production

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 in CCE Press | No Comments

I often receive inquiries from around the world on how best to go about obtaining film financing. Projects come in all shapes and sizes – a wide array of genres, varying budgets and an assortment of experience levels. In every case, the biggest questions are: How do I put together financing for a movie? What […]

Sundance announces Premieres lineup

Sundance announces Premieres lineup

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 in News & Reviews | No Comments

Stephen Frears, Spike Lee pics to bow at fest; documentaries also announced Fifteen world-premiere titles from filmmakers including Stephen Frears, Julie Delpy and Spike Lee are set to screen next month in Sundance’s Premieres section, which, for the first time in recent memory, will feature not a single pic with distribution already in place. “It’s […]

“Red Lights” gets the Green Light

“Red Lights” gets the Green Light

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 in News & Reviews | No Comments

Scheduled For 2011 In Spain Cillian Murphy will star alongside Sigourney Weaver and Robert De Niro in Red Lights, a psychological thriller written, directed and produced by Rodrigo Cortes. Adrian Guerra and his Barcelona-based Versus Entertainment are also producers on the project. Parlay Films has acquired international rights (excluding Spain and South Korea) and is […]

“Red Lights” gets sales greenlight

“Red Lights” gets sales greenlight

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 in News & Reviews | No Comments

But producers won’t offer it to U.S. until complete The producers of helmer Rodrigo Cortes’ paranormal thriller “Red Lights,” starring Robert de Niro and Sigourney Weaver, are holding off on a U.S. deal until it’s complete — but Santa-Monica-based Parlay Films has already inked a slew of deals. Pic has sold to Canada and the […]

“De Niro, Weaver dig ‘Buried’ director”

“De Niro, Weaver dig ‘Buried’ director”

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 in News & Reviews | No Comments

Helmer Rodrigo Cortes to lense ‘Red Lights’ in February Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver are attached to star in psychological thriller “Red Lights,” Spanish director Rodrigo Cortes’ follow-up to “Buried.” “Lights” turns on a psychologist, played by Weaver, and her assistant whose study of paranormal activity leads them to investigate a world- renowned psychic […]

“THE LOOK Adds Television Veteran Ira Kurgan to its Board of Advisors”

“THE LOOK Adds Television Veteran Ira Kurgan to its Board of Advisors”

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 in News & Reviews | No Comments

THE LOOK Adds Television Veteran Ira Kurgan to its Board of Advisors THE LOOK Adds Television Veteran Ira Kurgan to its Board of Advisors LOS ANGELES, California (September 29, 2010) – THE LOOK Founder & CEO Alan Mruvka announced today that veteran media and television executive, Ira Kurgan, has joined the Board of Advisors for THE LOOK, […]

“THE LOOK Adds Independent Film and Television Producer Cindy Cowan To Its Board of Advisors”

“THE LOOK Adds Independent Film and Television Producer Cindy Cowan To Its Board of Advisors”

Posted on Aug 3, 2010 in CCE Press | No Comments

THE LOOK Founder & CEO Alan Mruvka announced today that Independent Film & Television Producer Cindy Cowan has joined THE LOOK’s Board of Advisors, the newly launched celebrity, beauty, and fashion network. Los Angeles, CA (Vocus) August 3, 2010 THE LOOK Founder & CEO Alan Mruvka announced today that Independent Film & Television Producer Cindy […]

“Fifty Dead Men Walking” Review

“Fifty Dead Men Walking” Review

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 in News & Reviews, Reviews | No Comments

The decibels, energy and overall quality are high in “Fifty Dead Men Walking,”…

“Fifty Dead Men Walking” Review

“Fifty Dead Men Walking” Review

Posted on Aug 18, 2009 in News & Reviews, Reviews | No Comments

NEW YORK — The decibels, energy and overall quality are high in writer-director Kari Skogland’s “Fifty Dead Men Walking,” her supremely well-made, highly stylized, graphic tale of Northern Ireland’s “Troubles” in the late 1980s. Upscale audiences should respond to her film, loosely based on Martin McGartland’s account of his perilous stint as an Irish Republican […]

“Cowan Sells, Goes it Alone”

“Cowan Sells, Goes it Alone”

Posted on Jun 20, 1999 in CCE Press | No Comments

Initial’s Cowan sells stakes, goes it alone…

“Women in Entertainment”

“Women in Entertainment”

Posted on Nov 10, 1997 in CCE Press | No Comments

“Women in Entertainment, the Power 50”

“Prime Time Prime Product”

“Prime Time Prime Product”

Posted on Mar 22, 1996 in CCE Press, News & Reviews, Reviews | No Comments

Graham King and his partner Cindy Cowan established Initial Entertainment just twelve months ago. In Conversation with Elspeth Tavares, he reflects on the “luck” element in the company’s quick success, but points to the value of knowledge, contacts, and the firm determination to keep the company’s goals within the status of theatrical films, with an accurate eye on the worldwide prime TV marketplace.

“All the Right Elements”

“All the Right Elements”

Posted on Jan 22, 1996 in CCE Press, News & Reviews | No Comments

Initial may have had a quite Cannes, but now all the elements are in place, it’s taken off, with successes such as HBO blockbuster “If These Walls Could Talk.”

"Indie Sea Change"