EXCLUSIVE: Benderspink’s Chris Bender, Jake Weiner, and JC Spink have teamed with Armory Films’ Chris Lemole, Billy Asher Rosenfeld, and Tim Zajaros to create a partnership to finance low-budget genre movies costing $3 million or less. Armory/Benderspinkweiner starts with a film finance fund, a small development fund, and a preliminary slate of pictures. The new company will fall under Benderspink’s first look deal with New Line.
Benderspink made its entry into low-budget filmmaking with Bloodloss, a vampire film that starts production this fall, and was financed with Caliber Media and Simplicity Media. Benderspink just set up Lockdown At Franklin High, a low-budget effort scripted by Gregg Bishop and Joe Ballarini, which they are producing at Columbia with Platinum Dunes. Benderspink teamed with Armory on the Howard J. Ford-directed Indelible, a supernatural thriller.
The initial Armory/Benderspinkweiner slate looks like this: (more…)