And in a recent news release, Fancy Rhino announced the formation of a new production company called Mama Bear Studios. The effort will focus on feature film development, television and new forms of original content.
“Our mission is to empower creative teams, tell amazing stories and create the studio of the future,” said Isaiah Smallman, founder of Fancy Rhino and co-founder of Mama Bear Studios. “Chattanooga happens to be the perfect place to do that … The Chattanooga Film Festival has already succeeded wildly in bringing more of a film culture to the city … We hope to build it into a destination for filmmakers from around the world.”
Smallman said that in the short term Mama Bear Studios will focus on creating a “slate of diverse projects” while increasing their profile in the international film community. They will also work to fill consumers’ “seemingly insatiable desire for high-quality content.”
Long term, the studio has plans to foray into and “disrupt” the distribution space.
“The studio system is broken,” Smallman said. “But there is a massive amount of infrastructure in place that is still necessary for efficiently delivering the product to consumers.”
In addition to the announcement of the formation, the company has also officially announced their first feature film, called “Low and Behold.” It follows the story of a young insurance claims adjuster in post-Katrina New Orleans who risks his job to help a local man find his dog. Watch a trailer for the film above and click here for more information. Click here to read an Indiewire overview of the film.
The studio has partnered with the Sundance Institute’s Artist Services program to release the film on iTunes Aug. 18. That day also marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The film will be available soon on Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, Sony Entertainment Network, SundanceNow, VUDU and YouTube.
“Low and Behold” was shot over the span of a few months after Hurricane Katrina. It was co-written and directed by Zack Godshall (director of “Lord Byron” and “God’s Architects”). The film stars Barlow Jacobs, who also co-wrote the script.
Mama Bear Studios was founded by Smallman and his business partner, Drew Belz. The studio is a collaboration between Fancy Rhino and Lamp Post Group. Several Fancy Rhino team members will also work with Mama Bear Studios part time.
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