Entertainment Company, A24, brings in new era for film

Madison Baffo

In recent years, A24 has successfully paved the way for indie and distinctive films. A24 is an independent distribution and production entertainment company that was founded in 2012. Over the past decade, they have increased their filmography with many famed and well-acclaimed works.

Daniel Katz, David Fenkel, and John Hodges, the founders of A24, have remarkably broken the rules of Hollywood with their productions. These men are not new to the film industry due to past work in the production industry, they broke out to create a company of their own. The three founders resigned from their careers at Oscilloscope, Big Beach and Guggenheim Partners and created this renowned entertainment company.

Their current filmography contains many well-known films and television shows. From horror thrillers to coming to age films, A24 has proven to earn its esteemed reputation.

In 2015, A24 came out with its award-winning film, “Room”, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay who portrays a mother and her son imprisoned in a room for several years until they are able to finally achieve freedom. “Room” won several awards including an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama, and several more.

Other films done by A24 include Ari Aster’s notable horrors, “Hereditary” and “Midsommar”, “Ex Machina”, “Moonlight” directed by Barry Jenkins, Greta Gerwig’s “Ladybird”, Jonah Hill’s “Mid90s”, “The Farewell” by Lulu Wang, and many more. A24 also produces television shows including Zendaya’s iconic, “Euphoria” and “Ramy” from Ramy Youssef.

A24’s catalog of films all share the common traits of originality and creativity. Many films are known for their unorthodox plot, film style, and more.

Lily Stambouli ’24 says, “I think A24 does a brilliant job at displaying, not only brilliant stories and intriguing plot lines, but also beautiful cinematography, as well as an in-depth relationship with the characters, which is difficult to find in many movies nowadays.”

Stambouli, an avid viewer of A24 movies, expresses her gratitude for the sense of freshness these films bring to the screen. It shows that originality is the key to what makes A24 films so innovative.

A24 recently came out with “Minari”, directed by Lee Isaac Chung, which has been the talk of the film community. This film is about “a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, “Minari” shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home,” according to A24.

Although it has only recently been released in theaters, at the 2020 Sundance festival, the film was awarded the Grand Jury prize and U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. The film also received the Golden Globe award for Best Motion picture. Nine-year-old, Alan S. Kim, who plays one of the leading roles in the movie, won the hearts of those who watched the award show with his adorable and tearful speech.

The film community is ready to see what else A24 has in store especially with their upcoming films “Zola”, “The Green Knight”, “False Positive”, and “Pleasure”.