Independent films are all about balance.
Some companies put out great films by focusing solely on the creative side of filmmaking. Unfortunately, they don't often make profitable films, so they don't get to make many before running their companies into the ground. Worse, most of the great films they make are never seen beyond the festival circuit, never find the audience they deserve.
At the same time, other companies seem happy to sell their souls for box-office success. But, to us, putting an animatronic kangaroo into the second act sort of defeats the point of making movies in the first place. If you've given up on making smart, thought-provoking films, you might as well close down the production company and start an investment bank instead. Trust us: that's a far easier way to retire young to the Bahamas.
Here at Cyan, we're taking the middle path: creating challenging films that we're passionate about, then sharing them with the broadest possible audience.
I Love Your Work.
Starring Giovanni Ribisi, Christina Ricci, Joshua Jackson, Franka Potente, Vince Vaughn and Elvis Costello. Sometimes somber, sometimes sly and self-parodying, and always surreal, I Love Your Work chronicles the disintegration of Gray Evans, a movie star losing his grip on reality, unable to adjust to his own celebrity, and consumed by a twisted nostalgia for love and simplicity lost. A genre bending tale of obsession, voyeurism and the cult of celebrity.
Now on DVD
Coming Down the Mountain.
Family dysfunction and Oxycontin abuse in Appalachian Kentucky. An internationally award-winning short film.
Available for Free Download
An urban romantic comedy starring Dorian Missick, Zoe Seldana, and Hill Harper. When his ex-fiance unexpectedly returns, aspiring actor and erstwhile gas station attendant Reginald "Cool" Coolidge learns just how far you can go on an empty tank.
Now on DVD
First Cut Film Lab
Five first features from the top film school students in the country. Open applications from writer/producer/director teams begin in September; films shoot in early '08, with the support of major consumer brands and a broad team of industry heavyweights.
A casual spelunking trip turns to disaster for five college friends.
Rocket Ranger Patrol
A retro-futuristic animated indie, from children's book author Walter Krudop.