This article does not parse out WHOSE return on investment it is talking about, which is the key to indie filmmakers. This is the ROI of the distributor, whether or not they are also the financier. For most indie films, the distributor will pick up a finished film for next to nothing, make money on it, expense it all, and return nothing to the filmmaker, who winds up still in debt to his equity partners. Of course its a stable business model for the distributor since they can aquire product for pennies on the dollar upfront, and only pay more if the film is a runaway success. Thats why the ROI is so high on those low budget films, because the original investors and filmmakers subsidize it by getting totally screwed.