Packaging an indie film can feel sometimes like a three-ring circus, so it's fitting that one of the industry's great showmen Cassian Elwes has teamed with Robert Ogden Barnum (no relation to the famed ringleader) to form e2b Capital, which helps filmmakers juggle many financiers.
"It's a kind of financing collective, something that doesn't exist right now in the business," says Elwes, who announced e2b in Cannes. "We wanted to be flexible, so we can find a way to make practically any movie we think is creatively and financially viable inhouse."
With its growing team of partners (including BiFrost Pictures' Daniel Wagner, Michael Benaroya and others), e2b helps keep all these plates spinning, thanks in part to the pair's complementary skill sets.
"Cassian is great at wheeling and dealing. He brings a lot of stuff in, and then I stay up all night trying to close bank loans," Barnum says with a laugh. The pair met shortly after Elwes left WME four years ago, and they've since worked together on "Margin Call," "Lawless" (pictured) and "All Is Lost."
Elwes sayshe's been emboldened by his hit "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
AFM: e2b Capital to Help Filmmakers Package Pics, Juggle Financiers
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