Google honchos back friend’s indie film

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “I can’t say how lucky I am,” Gershbein told the San Francisco Chronicle for a story Thursday. “They were extremely generous.” Production costs are just under $1 million, Gershbein said. Brin and Page funded about half the film, barely a dent in their personal fortunes, which are estimated at $16 billion each. Gershbein said he plans to screen the film at festivals next fall. Page and Brin are the latest Internet entrepreneurs to get involved in the film business. Former eBay Inc. President Jeffrey Skoll was executive producer of such recent films as “Syriana” and “Good Night, and Good Luck,” both starring George Clooney, as well as “North Country” with Charlize Theron. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Google Inc. co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page are making their first foray into the movie business, helping to finance a friend’s independent film. The Internet moguls are the executive producers of “Broken Arrows,” the story of a man who loses his pregnant wife in a terrorist attack and then takes a job as a hit man. A spokeswoman for Mountain View-based Google confirmed Brin and Page’s role in the film, but declined to discuss details. The film is written and directed by Reid Gershbein, a computer graphics designer at DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., who became friends with the Google founders in the late 1990s when they were doctoral students in computer science at Stanford University. last_img read more