Big Beach, LLC
FormerlyBig Beach Films
Company typePrivate
IndustryMotion picture
Founded2004; 20 years ago (2004)
Number of locations
Key people
Marc Turtletaub
OwnerMarc Turtletaub
SubsidiariesBeachside Films

Big Beach is an American independent production company founded in 2004 by Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf,[1] based in Los Angeles. It is best known for their independent comedy-drama films, including the Oscar-winning 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine.


The company began when Turtletaub and Saraf co-produced the 2005 film Everything Is Illuminated. The new company then took over production duties on two films that had been developed by Turtletaub's previous production company, Deep River Studios: Duane Hopwood and Sherrybaby in 2005 and 2006.[1] Turtletaub also had been developing Little Miss Sunshine with his former company, which he brought to Big Beach.

In 2014, Big Beach launched a television division of the company. The television division has produced Nuclear Family on HBO and the GLAAD-award-winning Vida, and were the studio for the series Sorry for Your Loss starring Elizabeth Olsen.

Big Beach's films include the Oscar-nominated A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood starring Tom Hanks, The Farewell, which won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Film and the Audience Award at Sundance, and the 2006 Best Picture-nominee Little Miss Sunshine, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, the SAG Award for Best Ensemble, and was considered a ground-breaking Independent film. The film's trajectory paved the way for increasing critical and commercial pathways of success for independent films.[2]

In June 2022, Big Beach announced a number of new projects including the upcoming films Tropical Gothic and Out of My Mind.[3] In February, 2022, Big Beach moved its headquarters to their Los Angeles-based offices. They announced that they had fully relocated to Los Angeles in January of 2024, and that their upcoming movies Out of My Mind and "Winner" were set to premiere at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. [4]



Big Beach has produced or co-produced the following films:[5]

Year Film Co-producer Distributor Release date Budget (USD) Box Office (USD)
2005 Everything Is Illuminated None. Warner Independent Pictures 16 September 2005 $7 million $3.6 million
Duane Hopwood IFC Films 11 November 2005 $1 million
2006 Little Miss Sunshine Bona Fide Productions
Deep River Productions
Third Gear Productions
Fox Searchlight Pictures 26 July 2006 $8 million $100.5 million
Sherrybaby Elevation Filmworks
Red Envelope Entertainment
IFC Films 8 September 2006 $2 million $600K
2007 Chop Shop None. Entertainment One Films 27 February 2007 $200K
2008 Is Anybody There? Heyday Films
BBC Films
Optimum Releasing 7 September 2008 $3.3 million
Sunshine Cleaning HanWay Films Overture Films 13 March 2009 $5 million $16.6 million
2009 Away We Go Neal Street Productions Focus Features 5 June 2009 $17 million $14.9 million
2010 Lucky None. N/A 24 January 2010
Jack Goes Boating Overture Films
Relativity Media
17 September 2010 $620K
2011 Our Idiot Brother Likely Story The Weinstein Company
26 August 2011 $5 million $25.9 million
2012 Safety Not Guaranteed Duplass Brothers Productions FilmDistrict 8 June 2012 $750K $4.4 million
2013 The Kings of Summer Low Spark Films CBS Films 31 May 2013 $1.3 million
2015 3 Generations InFilm Productions The Weinstein Company 12 September 2015 $5 Million $680,351
2016 Me Him Her None. Filmbuff 4 March 2016
Loving Random Films
Augusta Films
Tri-State Pictures
Focus Features 4 November 2016 $9 Million $12.9 Million
2018 Puzzle Olive Productions Sony Pictures Classics 27 July 2018
2019 The Farewell Ray Productions
Depth of Field
Kindred Spirit
A24 12 July 2019 $3 Million $23.1 Million
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Tencent Pictures TriStar Pictures 22 November 2019
2021 Land Cinetic Media Focus Features 12 February 2021
2022 Don't Make Me Go De Line Pictures Amazon Studios 15 July 2022
2023 Jules None. Bleecker Street 11 August 2023
TBA Out of My Mind Walt Disney Pictures
Participant Media
Disney+ TBA
Winner ShivHans Pictures
Trouble Girl(小晓) Ray Productions
Depth of Field
Kindred Spirit
Emperor Motion Pictures
China Flim
CMC Pictures
Tencent Pictures
Beijing Radio & TV Station
China Movie Chantel


Year(s) Title Seasons Creator(s) Network
2015 New Timers 2 seasons, 9 episodes Matt Porter
Charlie Hankin
Comedy Central
2018 Vida 3 seasons, 22 episodes Tanya Saracho Starz
Sorry for Your Loss 2 seasons, 20 episodes Kit Steinkellner Facebook Watch
2021 Nuclear Family 1 season, 3 episodes Ry Russo-Young HBO


Release Year Title Director Author In-production
2005 Of Mice and Men Anna D. Shapiro John Steinbeck No
2008 Sleepwalk with Me Seth Barrish Mike Birbiglia No
2015 Sylvia Daniel J. Sullivan A. R. Gurney No


  1. ^ a b Fleming, Michael (September 21, 2004). "Turtletaub surfs Big Beach with Saraf". Variety.
  2. ^ Canfield, David. "CODA vs. The Power of the Dog: The Best-Picture Oscar Race Is Coming Down to the Wire". Vanity Fair. Retrieved March 13, 2024.
  3. ^ Grobar, Matt (2022-06-14). "Big Beach to Produce Period Allegory 'Tropical Gothic' from 'Lingua Franca' Director Isabel Sandoval". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-09-08.
  4. ^ Lang, Brent (2024-01-05). "'Little Miss Sunshine' Producer Big Beach Staffs Up After Los Angeles Move (Exclusive)". Variety.
  5. ^ Big Beach: Movies