Why ‘Boyhood’ is a different story on the Oscar front for IFC Films

Richard Linklater's “Boyhood” added more screens this weekend and currently finds itself in 107 theaters nationwide. With a per-screen average of around $16,000, the weekend gross was north of $1.7 million, bringing the overall tally to over $4.1 million to date. As it continues to find its audience, the film is obviously a long play for IFC Films, and the prospect of awards recognition lurks, as ever, just over the horizon.

Can “Boyhood” be a significant player in the Oscar season for a company that has never really made awards a part of its overall business model? Better yet, if the answer is yes, could it become a significant threat in a season that may well end up a lackluster one when all is said and done? There are a lot of possibilities here, and plenty of questions, for what is easily one of the most unique films in the 2014 marketplace.

I hopped on the phone this morning with two of the film's producers, Jonathan Sehring (also IFC Films President) and John Sloss to discuss that and other finer points. They make for a dryly witty and fun pair who have worked together for many years and obviously share a passion for this project. At the end of the day, “Boyhood” looks like it will be a very different story for all involved, and ultimately, that's something unquantifiable in an Oscar race.

Read through the back and forth below.


HitFix: First and foremost congratulations on the film. It's a special piece of work.

Jonathan Sehring: Thank you. We're obviously thrilled with the response. It's something that we're very proud of, we're very bullish about, and we're just thrilled with the ways audiences are responding.

Yeah, how do you feel about the roll-out so far?

John Sloss: Personally, I think the roll-out has been brilliantly managed. Hats off to our friends at IFC. We thought about it very meticulously and I think it's played out exactly the way we had hoped.