"When playwright Neil LaBute broke through in the film world with his 1997 low-budget hit "In the Company of Men," here's how the business worked: Studios sought out new talent and would work these filmmakers into their plans. Now, as LaBute noted recently over lunch downtown, the process is reversed: The filmmaker is the one trying to conform to the ever-dwindling distributors' agendas. "I'm now looking at places going, 'Can I find stuff that they're trying to do that I can fit into comfortably and still make the kind of movie that I'm not apologizing for?' " he said."
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