Sandbox Films — the non-fiction studio behind Oscar nominee Fire of Love — has opened new New York City offices, featuring an ATMOS theater.
In addition to the 22-seat theater, the studio, located in the Flatiron District, includes two edit suites and a multimedia facility designed to support a variety of production needs.
“We put a lot of thought into the design. We want our nerdy, indie doc filmmakers to feel as loved as A-list celebrities. Because, to us, they are A-list celebrities,” founder Greg Boustead tells The Hollywood Reporter. “These doc spaces don’t traditionally get the love or polish or fanfare.”
Boustead, who leads Sandbox with head of production and development, Jessica Harrop, notes that the goal is to bring the teams behind Sandbox productions, which focus on science-centric storytelling, under one roof. The facilities will soon be used by Sandbox production Nocturnes, which centers on a young female scientist studying moths in the forests of the Eastern Himalayas.
Several doc film editors have already had residencies in the editing suites and rough-cut feedback screenings for Sundance Film Festival hopefuls have already taken place in the theater, which will also be used for AMPAS screenings.
Harrop adds, “Our hope is that we will have artists in and out all of the time. We really want this to be a revolving door of people coming in. We want to have community screenings in the evenings, while we are doing sound mixing and color correction during the day.”
The company also recently finished its annual retreat, Camp Sandbox, where filmmakers brainstorm and troubleshoot their next and current projects. Sandbox’s upcoming slate includes organ transplantation doc Confessions of a Good Samaritan from director Penny Lane, and Arc of Oblivion, which focuses on the world of archives and record-keeping, directed by Ian Cheney and executive produced by Werner Herzog.
See images of the new Sanbox office space below.