Magazine article Variety

Indies Push Post Shop into the Limelight

Magazine article Variety

Indies Push Post Shop into the Limelight

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Things are getting very busy these days at Santa Monica post-production house Local Hero. That's because the 10-yearold boutique, which has positioned itself as the go-to shop for prestige indie features that are hurrying to meet the submissions deadline for the Sundance Film Festival, is in its high season; this year, the Sundance deadline falls on Sept. 26. Pics that have gone through Local Hero include Jason Moore's "Pitch Perfect" Rick Famuyiwa's "Dope" and Matt Ross' "Captain Fantastic" By PETER CARANICAS


Hitching Post

Rob Reiner's "LBJ" finished up at Local (TM) Hero; below, the facility's m theater and

MOVING, GROWING Colorist Leandro Marini founded Local Hero in Hollywood in 2006. "It was an experiment, and we didn't know how big it would get," he says. The shop moved to Santa Monica in 2010, and now boasts more than 120 digital intermediate and finishing credits on features.

SPREADING THE WORD "About two or three years ago, we decided we were ready for the industry to know who we are, and started to put ourselves on the map," says Marini. Part of that strategy was hiring Steve Bannerman, who held marketing posts at Apple, GenArts, and elsewhere, and recently joined Local Hero as an owner and CEO.

ARTFUL AMENITIES Local Hero houses a theater with a 25-foot screen, a Barco DP2K-P Projector, and Dolby 7. …

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