bows for indies


Writer-director Alan Hruska, producer Alan Klingenstein and marketing executive Pete Taylor have launched independent film Web site

The site will feature forums, indie film news and a digital storefront to purchase movies. The destination is launching this week with coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Taylor, CEO of the new site, was formerly vp services at Donnelley Marketing and chief technical officer at Princeton Review. Hruska wrote and directed the indie films "Nola" and "The Warrior Class," and Klingenstein is the founder of Filbert Steps Prods., for which he produced the films "Forever Fabulous" and "Two Family House."

The site's acquisitions, sales, distribution and operations will be headed by indie film veterans Marie-Therese Guirgis, Al Cattabiani, Andrew Herwitz and Cristina Garza.

Cattabiani was CEO of Wellspring Media and is the president and founder of film and TV distribution company 409 Entertainment. Guirgis, who will be an acquisitions consultant at Filmcatcher, was formerly senior vp acquisitions and distribution at Wellspring.

Herwitz is the president of the Film Sales Co. and is selling documentaries "A Jihad for Love," "Glass" and "Body of War" at TIFF.

Gregg Goldstein in Toronto contributed to this report.