Cooper Raiff, director of the Sundance-winning romance film “Cha Cha Real Smooth,” announced Tuesday that he is forming new production company Small Ideas with producing partner Clementine Quittner.
The pair plan to develop independent films and TV series from other up-and-coming directors and writers, as well as Raiff. Small Ideas’ first project is an unnamed television series that Raiff will write and direct as well as produce alongside Quittner.
“Clem and I are very protective of passion. We want the artists we work with to know that we believe in their stories and ideas as much as they do. I know how brutal it can be to fight for people to trust your vision, and I know what a difference it makes not to have to fight for it alone. Small Ideas knows how much love and support a filmmaker needs,” Raiff said in a statement. “I’m super excited to have Clem running the show – she’s going to be the driving force behind the business. She elevates everything she works on and it’s a dream to be her creative and professional partner.
Along with writing and directing “Cha Cha Real Smooth,” Raiff starred in the film as a Bat Mitzvah party starter who falls in love with a young woman named Domino (Dakota Johnson) and bonds. friendship with his autistic daughter. The film won the Sundance Audience Award and was released in June on Apple TV+.
Raiff is in pre-production on his next film, “The Trashers,” which stars David Harbour, “Licorice Pizza” star Cooper Hoffman and “Elvis” Olivia DeJonge. Filming is expected to begin this fall.
Quittner will join Small Ideas from independent production outlet Black Bear Pictures, where his previous production work included “Nyad,” the debut tale from “Free Solo” directors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi starring Annette Bening, and “The Marsh King’s.” by Neil Burger. Daughter” with Daisy Ridley and Ben Mendelsohn.
“Cooper is a brilliant filmmaker and my favorite collaborator,” Quittner said in a statement. “I look forward to working together to build a home for artists we love and artists we don’t yet know, people who want to do things differently.”