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Katie Holmes on new production company Lafayette Pictures

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Katie Holmes, best known for starring and supporting roles in “Batman Begins” and “Wonder Boys,” has in recent years been spending more time behind the camera. In 2016, Holmes made her directorial debut with the mother-daughter drama “All We Had,” and during the pandemic she directed two feature films, “Alone Together” and “Rare Objects.” The former film, a love story set during lockdown, recently had its world premiere in Tribeca.

“I try to make artistic films that are relevant to today’s world and that speak to something deep in all of us,” Holmes says on the eve of the premiere of “Alone Together.”

As she seeks more opportunities to put her artistic stamp on projects, Holmes has teamed up with a team of indie film veterans Jordan Yale Levine, Jordan Beckerman and Jesse Korman of Yale Entertainment, who have produced movies like “As They Made” by Mayim Bialik. Us” and the upcoming Antonio Banderas-Jaime King thriller “Code Name Banshee”. Together they formed Lafayette Pictures, a production label dedicated to all things Holmes. In addition to supporting ‘Rare Objects,’ which filmed this fall, the company is developing ‘Watergate Girl,’ a memoir by former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks that Holmes says mixes historical drama with a deeply personal story. . They hope to make it an episodic series.

“Katie isn’t just a talented actress, she’s a true filmmaker who gets involved in wardrobe design and production, and even understands the financial implications and what needs to make sense for a successful film,” says Yale Levine. “As soon as we finished ‘Alone Together,’ we knew we wanted to do more things together.”

For Beckerman, working with Holmes grew out of a desire to “find people who have a vision and a voice and want to tell good stories. We want to empower Katie to do her best.

Holmes and the producers say there are no production mandates and note that budgets can vary between a few million dollars and north of $10 million. “We take an investor-centric view of budgets, so budgets vary,” says Beckerman.

And the same goes for the number of films made under the Lafayette banner. “We want to do as much as possible without forcing anything,” says Yale Levine.

In addition to developing the two announced projects, Lafayette is working on another TV pitch and Holmes is co-writing a screenplay with his friend, Alan Cumming. For Holmes, working with Yale Levine, Beckerman, and Korman (who oversee many elements of physical production) allows him to create and maintain a professional support system, which is often lacking in a transient industry like film.

“I’ve been in this business for a long time and I still love the people I work with, and then a movie ends and it’s like you haven’t seen them for 10 years,” says Holmes. “This situation means we can keep the family together.”

As for the name of the company, it is not intended to be a tribute to the French general who provided vital aid to the United States during the Revolutionary War. Rather, it’s a nod to a major thoroughfare in Lower Manhattan.

“We’re downtown people,” says Holmes.