Ron Mann’s filmswelike distribution label picked up four documentary films from Submarine Entertainment to release in Canada. The deal was put together for Submarine Entertainment by David Koh, Josh Braun and Dan Braun, with the help of Ron Mann. The four purchased films include Richard Press’ “Bill Cunningham New York,” Celine Dahnier’s “Blank City,” Bill Haney’s “The Last Mountain” and Jon Foy’s “Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles.” The deal will allow for theatrical, DVD and digital distribution in Canada.
Below is the full Submarine Entertainment release:
New York, NY – April 1, 2011 – Submarine Entertainment announced today that it has sold a suite of films to Ron Mann’s filmswelike distribution label in Canada. The deals were negotiated by David Koh, Josh Braun, and Dan Braun on behalf of Submarine Entertainment along with Ron Mann of filmswelike. The deals include all rights in Canada for Bill Cunningham New York by Richard Press, Blank City by Celine Dahnier, The Last Mountain by Bill Haney, and Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles by Jon Foy. filmswelike plans to release all of the films Theatrically in Canada followed by a DVD & Digital Release on the filmswelike label.
Bill Cunningham New York is about the 80+ year old New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Anna Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace. The film is being currently released theatrically in the USA by Zeitgeist Films.
Blank City is an Insurgent Pictures & Pure Fragment Release in association with Submarine Entertainment and was Directed by Celine Danhier, Produced by Aviva Wishnow and Vanessa Roworth; Executive Produced by Dan Braun, Josh Braun, Andrew Karsch, and Fisher Stevens. Blank City chronicles New York’s underground and experimental filmmaking scene circa 1977-1987. The film features Jim Jarmusch, Steve Buscemi, Lydia Lunch, Richard Kern, Nick Zedd, John Waters, Jonas Mekas, John Lurie, Amos Poe, Lizzie Borden, Eric Mitchell, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Bette Gordon, Glenn O’Brien, among many others. Cinematography by Ryo Murakami, Peter Szollosi. Edited by Vanessa Roworth. The film is being released by distributor Insurgent Pictures and opens next week at the IFC Center in NY.
The Last Mountain by Bill Haney (The Price of Sugar) was written by Haney and Peter Rhodes. Produced by Clara Bingham, Eric Grunebaum, Bill Haney, and Executive Produced by Tim Disney and Tim Rockwood. Cinematography by Jerry Risius, Stephen McCarthy, Tim Hotchner. Edited by Peter Rhodes and Co-Produced by Laura Longsworth. The Last Mountain is the uplifting story of the power of ordinary citizens to remake the future when they have the determination and courage to do so. Bill Haney’s film focuses on the devastating ecological effects of the Mountaintop Top Removal in West Virginia’s Coal River Valley. With strong support from Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and grassroots organizations, awareness is rising in the battle over the last great mountain in Appalachia. Superb storytelling and exquisite photography combine to remind us that this environmental calamity impacts us all. Dada Films is releasing the film Theatrically in the USA followed by a DVD and Digital Release by New Video.
Resurrect Dead: the Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles by Jon Foy recently won the Directors Award for US Documentary Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Beginning in the early 1980s, hundreds of tiles carrying this cryptic message “Resurrect Dead” were found embedded in the asphalt of city streets as far apart as New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Santiago, and Buenos Aires. Street art? A prank? A message from space? Filmmaker Jon Foy recounts how young artist Justin Duerr became fascinated with the strange plaques and, with two other “Toynbee tile” enthusiasts, Steve Weinik and Colin Smith, spent years trying to discover what they meant and who made them. The unlikely investigators uncovered increasingly bizarre clues: a newspaper article, a David Mamet play, a Jupiter colonization organization, and a Toynbee message that “hijacked” local news broadcasts. That the origins of a street tile can be so captivating is testament to both Duerr’s passion and Foy’s filmmaking. A domestic deal will be announced shortly by Submarine.
Ron Mann of filmswelike stated, “One often hears at film festivals that documentaries played better than the fiction films. Case in point: these documentaries, which all played major film festivals struck us as really the best in contemporary cinema. And we’re honored to be able to present them to audiences in Canada.”
David Koh, Josh Braun & Dan Braun of Submarine stated, “filmswelike is a perfect home for our films and our filmmakers & producers and we are excited to work with Ron Mann and his team on the successful release of these great films.”