Matt Sconce and Keith Walker formed Movie Heroes, an innovative theater chain, when they decided that they wanted to save their local movie theater. The theater had closed in November 2012 due to slow business, but, armed with a bright idea, the friends decided to reopen it. The plan? A Netflix-esque subscription model.
One excellent example of independent series—which points toward the future of series content, web or TV-based—is High Maintenance, the first Vimeo-produced web series.
A new series on MovieMaker.com, Under the Influence charts the often-mysterious ways that art begets art, calling upon moviemakers to write about one creative work that informed and inspired their own. In this edition, director Zachary Wigon talks about the quietly devastating interior painting by Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershoi that informed the tone of his feature The Heart Machine, about a young couple in New York whose online relationship takes a paranoid turn.