Borderline Films, the which has brought “Afterschool,” “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” “Simon Killer” and most recently “James White” to the screen, announced that the company is launching a new label called Borderline Presents.
The new label will be under founding members Josh Mond, Sean Durkin, and Antonio Campos will executive produce select projects. An expansion of their uniquely collaborative approach to filmmaking, the primary aim of Borderline Presents is to help filmmakers realize their vision.
“We started Borderline Films so that we had each other’s support and felt safe making the films we wanted to make,” said Josh Mond on behalf of the group. “We’ve been fortunate enough to have all made our first feature and want to use our experience to provide that same kind of support to help other like minded filmmakers, whether they be our contemporaries or from the next generation of young directors.”
JAMES WHITE (image above) took home the Sundance Next Audience Award last year, Sean Durkin was awarded Best Director for MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE at Sundance in 2011, and AFTERSCHOOL was nominated for Best First Feature at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards.
Since meeting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Mond, Durkin, and Campos have continued to work together closely, rotating roles as writer, director, and producer. Showing no signs of slowing down, Borderline’s most recent feature, CHRISTINE, directed by Antonio Campos and executive produced by Sean Durkin and Josh Mond, will have its world premier at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Based on the true story of a news reporter in Sarasota, Florida who took her own life on camera in the 1970s, CHRISTINE stars Rebecca Hall and Michael C. Hall.
The first official project from Borderline Presents is Nicolas Pesce’s debut feature, THE EYES OF MY MOTHER, also premiering at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival in the Next section. Shot in crisp black and white, the film is a highly stylized mood piece exploring the dark obsessions of a lonely young woman in the wake of a tragedy in the countryside. Pesce presented the concept for his film to Josh Mond while working on JAMES WHITE and Borderline Presents grew naturally from the collaboration, with Borderline overseeing the production from the development process through to post-production. THE EYES OF MY MOTHER was produced by Jacob Wasserman, Schulyer Weiss, and Max Born.