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Released on the American screens on July 26, 2006, 'Little Miss Sunshine' practically went unnoticed (the film was released exclusively on just 7 screens). This movie then gradually assembled a sizable number of spectators, screened on more screens and benefited from foreign exploitation to emerge as successful and prolific as other films in its domain. Produced at a cost of 10 million dollars, by November 11, 2006, 'Little Miss Sunshine' had grossed over $50 million in revenue in the domestic market. However, such momentous success was the result of a long and patient wait by a producer and two directors who remained unfazed by the reluctance on the part of studios. In this document, we will trace its success; from the genesis of the film to its distribution through its public recognition in the APPU critical articles, as well as examine the statistics and market analysis conducted by a Hollywood cyber-magazine.

The screenplay for Little Miss Sunshine was written by novice writer Michael Arndt. This movie was far away from the usual ?run-of-the-mill' movies, and featured a lot of new faces: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, of course "recognized in the world of music, but newcomers behind the camera ". Dayton and Davis have done videos for artists such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn, Smashing Pumpkins, REM, Weezer, Oasis, Janet Jackson, The Ramones but have no feature film to their credit.

Now here we recognize the difficulty for a novice director in Hollywood, which further complicates the chance for a promising scenario to emerge as even being used, it must be developed and distributed mostly. It was difficult to find a company to distribute the film because of reluctance as previously described: a writer, two novice filmmakers and casting scenario not looking too promising: no bankable star in perspective, even if the two producers Turtletaub and Saraf have an idea of casting they intend to defend well.

This is what gives these divergent interests and issues concerning the outcome of a project that never seems to come: "In 2003, Focus Features, affiliated with Universal, finally gives its approval, as long as Bill Murray, the actor in Broken Flowers, plays the role of the father. But Saraf and Turtletaub have in mind a different distribution and, tired out, they fund their own $ 8 million budget. The budget is difficult to meet, characteristic of independent production, and different groups are involved in its production funding, identified by IMDB: Big Beach Films, Third Gear Production LLC, Deep River Productions, Bona Fide Productions.

The determination paid off. The film created ripples at Sundance 2005 - "Every Sundance Film Festival seems to have at least one breakout hit and It was ?Little Miss Sunshine' this year, announced the critic Kevin Lally. The Sundance Film Festival, created in the 80s by Robert Edford is a way for artists and independent producers to distribute their works and get noticed by the studios to more easily integrate into the Hollywood film industry. This was the case for ?Little Miss Sunshine'.

Tags: Little Miss Sunshine', Sundance 2005, Michael Arndt, Big Beach Films, Third Gear Production LLC, Deep River Productions, Bona Fide Productions

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