Of all the studios currently, Fox Searchlight has been among one of my favorites. I like to call them the “Nex Miramax” in their release strategy of distributing quality independent cinema. Whenever there is a festival they seem to be the smartest guys in the room at acquiring films for release. Fifteen years ago the company was founded. Its first release was a film by Ed Burns, The Brothers McCullen. Its first Best Picture nomination was 1997’s The Full Monty. Eleven years later would see its first Best Picture win for Slumdog Millionaire. Looking at the more than 100 films released in a fifteen-year span, in my collection you’ll find at least 50 of them. To celebrate its fifteenth anniversary, the studio commissioned Kees van Dijkhuizen, who I’ve had the pleasure of sharing e-mails in the past, to produce a montage. “15 Years of Drama, Compassion, Icons, Romance and Challenges. Some of the best indie flicks came were brought to us by Fox Searchlight… Here’s a quick recap of what they’ve brought us.”
The video package includes numerous releases including Jason Reitman’s Thank You For Smoking and Juno, Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Slumdog Millionaire, The Wrestler, Napoleon Dynamite, Crazy Heart and Little Miss Sunshine. With the upcoming releases of 127 Hours and Black Swan, I don’t think the studio will be hitting a lull anytime soon.
If you like this video, check out Kees’ retrospective videos about cinema for 2008 and 2009.
Tags: 127 Hours, Black Swan, Crazy Heart, Danny Boyle, Fox Searchlight, Jason Reitman, Juno, Slumdog Millionaire, The Wrestler