Magazine article Variety

Pulse Films Quickens Plans with Knudsen

Magazine article Variety

Pulse Films Quickens Plans with Knudsen

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PRODUCER LARS KNUDSEN is joining forces with Pulse Films as the outfit's movie and high-end TV plans shiftup a gear. The producer partnership sees Knusden reunited with Pulse founder Thomas Benski and managing director Lucas Ochoa after the trio worked together on "American Honey."

Knudsen's upcoming films "A Vigilante" and "City of Alex" will come under the Pulse umbrella. Knudsen, formerly of Parts & Labor, is also working up new projects with "The Witch" helmer Robert Eggers and Ari Aster, who directed "Hereditary," a buzz title at Sundance. Knudsen produced both "The Witch" and "Hereditary," which fall under the Pulse production pact.

"What characterizes us is a commitment to producers, and it was natural to partner with Lars, who is one of the best independent producers out there, to complement what Lucas and I are doing," Benski told Variety. "As we are building out a film push, having someone like Lars in the fold helps elevate the projects we go after, validate our approach, and practically speaking, improve our ability to make films that make a difference."

"The next phase for me was about expanding what I can offer filmmakers," Knudsen said. "Now I have the resources to produce for filmmakers that excite me and to develop my own material and be more entrepreneurial in the process."

He has worked up a slate over the past year, and these will be Pulse projects. "What we want to do is grow into much bigger movies," Knudsen said. "Ari and I are going to continue working together, and there is a lot of stuffin the future we are looking to do. …

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