October Films co-founder Jeff Lipsky is once again a distributor, teaming with cycling film magnate Tim Grady to form Adopt Films. Their first title will be Marie Losier’s award-winning documentary “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye,” slated for a U.S. release in first-quarter 2012.
Adopt is based in New York. Lipsky also owned and operated distributor Lot 47, but in recent years has devoted more time to filmmaking as the director of “Flannel Pajamas,” “Twelve Thirty” and “Childhood’s End.”
Grady is based in St, Paul, Minn., where he’s built a small empire around pro-level cycling. In addition to holding exclusive home video rights to the Tour de France in North America and the United Kingdom, Grady owns online catalog worldcycling.com and is the publisher of Cycle Sport USA.
He studied film at NYU and the University of Minnesota, and helped launch the Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Festival. Grady also distributed the Danish cycling documentary “A Sunday in Hell,” which he paired with the 1979 feature “Breaking Away” to create a successful double-feature run.
Here’s the full release:
Veteran distribution executive and October Films co-founder Jeff Lipsky has teamed with longtime Twin Cities entrepreneur and former exhibitor Tim Grady to form a new acquisitions-oriented independent distribution company called Adopt Films. They are celebrating this week in Toronto by announcing their first acquisition, French-American filmmaker Marie Losier’s award-winning documentary “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye.” Adopt Films plans a first quarter 2012 release in the U.S.
Adopt Films, which will be based in New York, will acquire independent English-language films, both narrative and documentary varieties, and foreign language films. “I truly feel this might be the single best time to launch a new independent distribution company since Bingham Ray and I plotted out October in my then-living room in Sherman Oaks in 1990,” said Lipsky. “Our focus at Adopt will be on films that have theatrical potential, first and foremost. I’m not a glass half-full kind of guy about the ongoing potential theatrical audience for independent films, I’m a glass three-quarters-full kind of guy. I hope Adopt’s first year profile will resemble the eclectic and high-quality profile, and success, of the first five October Films: Mike Leigh’s ‘Life is Sweet,’ the Russian comedy-drama “Adam’s Rib,’ Gregg Araki’s ground-breaking ‘The Living End,’ Bill Plympton’s first animated feature ‘The Tune,’ and the late Alain Corneau’s masterpiece “Tous les matins du monde.”
Tim Grady said, “Adopt will be in a better position to fully exploit our films in all media because we’ll have fully exploited each film’s table-setting theatrical rights first.” Lipsky adds, “This is the third distribution company I’ve co-launched. For the first October release I chose an amazing Mike Leigh film, for Lot 47 the extraordinary directorial debut by Tim Roth, ‘The War Zone.’ It’s always critical that you put your best foot forward with your debut film and with ‘The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye’ we’ve found the perfect vehicle with which to have Adopt Films greet the world.”
Marie Losier, director of “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye,” reports, “I am so happy to have met a ball of energy, ready to put all their talent, passion and dreams into my first feature film! This is going to be a wonderful adventure and a precious honor to be the first Adopt Films release.”
Lipsky and Grady negotiated the deal for Adopt to acquire “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” with Ms. Losier and her producing and business partners Steve Holmgren and Martin Marquet. “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” tells the story of the unlikely and utterly fantastic, real-life love affair between innovative British musician and artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, founder of legendary Industrial Music bands COUM Transmissions, Throbbing Gristle, and Psychic TV, and New York performance artist Lady Jaye (née Jacqueline Breyer). Defying artistic boundaries, Genesis has redefined his art as a challenge to the limits of biology.
“The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” World Premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival where it won the prestigious Teddy and Caligary Awards. It was also an official selection at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW), Tribeca, Hot Docs (Toronto), and San Francisco International Film Festivals. Ms. Losier, who works almost exclusively on film rather than video, has made over a dozen celebrated shorts, many of which have been showcased in retrospectives of her work worldwide. “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” is her first feature.
Lipsky began his distribution career with “A Woman Under the Influence” working alongside his mentor John Cassavetes. He was an executive at New Yorker Films, Samuel Goldwyn Films, and Skouras Pictures.
He is also a filmmaker, whose work includes “Twelve Thirty,” “Childhood’s End,” and the 2006 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition selection “Flannel Pajamas.”
For the last 23 years, Grady has been the executive producer and exclusive home video rights holder to the Tour de France for North America & the United Kingdom.