The contraction of the independent movie business was evident in Santa Monica over the weekend where the number of filmmakers who have managed to survive the economic downturn and continue to display their wares at the American Film Market seemed woefully sparse. Several panelists appearing at a conference session on the future of independent filmmaking noted that many traditional sources of funding have vanished and that several banks, facing their own crises over the collapsed real-estate market, have pulled out of entertainment financing altogether. Various reports observed that the prevalence of horror flicks -- particularly those featuring vampires -- at the AFM seemed more flagrant than ever. (In addition to numerous Twilight knock-offs, one of the films in search of a buyer was Girlfriend , co-produced by and starring Jackson Rathbone, who co-stars in the Twilight movies.) The Hollywood Reporter summed up its rundown of the top vampire movies on display at the AFM by remarking, "There's plenty for buyers to sink their teeth into."

09/11/2009