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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Producer Says Streamers, Once a Boon for Indies, Are Now as Meddlesome as Studios

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Producer Says Streamers, Once a Boon for Indies, Are Now as Meddlesome as Studios

As streaming players like Netflix and Amazing rose to prominence, many in the independent film community were encouraged by those companies’ interest in telling unique stories from unique perspectives. But reflecting on recent changes in the industry, “Call Me by Your Name” producer Rodrigo Teixeira said as streamers have risen to power, they’ve begun mimicking the creative meddling that studios are so famous for and says a platform like Criterion Channel ought to step up to save artistic integrity.

Teixeira sounded off during a panel titled “The State of Independent Film” as part of the Locarno Film Festival StepIn 2020, hosted by Variety on Thursday. In addition to indies like “Call Me by Your Name,” Teixeira produced “Ad Astra,” which needed studio involvement from 20th Century due to its large budget, he said.

“It became a studio film, and I saw how it was to work with a studio. It

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