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‘Rust’ Producer Backing Indie Film With Dustin Hoffman and Sissy Spacek (EXCLUSIVE)

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Gene Maddaus Senior Media WriterA producer on “Rust” is backing another independent film, “Sam & Kate,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Sissy Spacek, which is set to begin production early next year.Ryan Smith is helping to finance the film, which is set to shoot in Thomasville, Ga., starting in mid-February.

A source close to the project said that Smith is putting in a portion of the financing and will get an executive producer credit, but that he and his company will not be involved in physical production.Smith, his business partner Allen Cheney, and their company, Thomasville Pictures, have been named in two lawsuits stemming from the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust” last month in New Mexico.

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