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 process from top to bottom: how to secure foreign market sales, film incentives to help offset a budget, and what is even considered an indie film these days.
That is where Cindy Cowan comes in. Cowan is the executive producer on the recently completed “Red Lights,” which will have its premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Rodrigo Cortés (best known for “Buried,” starring Ryan Reynolds), the film centers on a psychologist and her assistant whose work with paranormal activity leads them to investigate a well-known psychic. “Red Lights” boasts a cast headlined by Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, Toby Jones, and Elizabeth Olsen, who impressed Sundance audiences in 2011 with her performance in “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”
Written by C.J. Perry