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Film Acquisition Rundown, Week of April 25: Tribeca Film Festival Premieres Score Big, ‘Microbe & Gasoline’ Finds A Home

Film Acquisition Rundown, Week of April 25: Tribeca Film Festival Premieres Score Big, 'Microbe & Gasoline' Finds A Home


Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Film Acquisition Rundown to find out what films got new homes and are coming to a theater or streaming platform near you.

– CBS Films has picked up the U.S. rights for Demetri Martin’s directorial debut, “Dean,” which just debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. Martin wrote, directed and stars in the film, which took home the award for Best Narrative Feature. Kevin Kline, Gillian Jacobs, Mary Steenburgen and Reid Scott co-star in the feature. The news was first reported by Deadline

– Tribeca played home to another big buy, with the pick up of Rob Meyer’s premiere “Little Boxes,” which sold to Netflix for about $1.5 million for worldwide streaming rights. The film stars Melanie Lynskey, Nelsan Ellis and Armani Jackson as a family who must deal with some awkward racial issues when they move to a new town. The news was first reported by Variety

– FilmRise has picked up the U.S. rights for Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai’s Tribeca documentary premiere “Reset,” which follows renowned dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied as he tackles a busy new gig at the Paris Opera Ballet.

– Screen Media Films has acquired the U.S. rights for Michel Gondry’s “Microbe & Gasoline.” The film follows two young friends who embark on a road trip across France in a vehicle they built themselves, and stars Ange Dargent, Theophile Baquet and Audrey Tautou. The film has been looking for an American home for quite some time, after making its debut at the 2015 New York Film Festival. Screen Media will release the film in theaters on July 1 in New York at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema and in Los Angeles at the Nuart Theatre before expanding in a traditional platform release in July and August.

– Cinema Guild has picked up all U.S. distribution rights to Mehrdad Oskouei’s lauded documentary “Starless Dreams.” The film had its world premiere at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Amnesty International Prize, which it followed with the True False True Vision Award and the Full Frame Film Festival’s Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award and Inspiration Award. The film will screen next week at Hot Docs.

– Invincible Pictures has picked up of Kevin Smith’s “Yoga Hosers” for an upcoming summer release. The film, starring Lily Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith, is the second installment of Smith’s True North Trilogy, which premiered at Sundance this year. The film also features Austin Butler, Tyler Posey, Ralph Garman, Jason Mewes and Johnny Depp. Smith will tour with the film during the month of June and July with select dates across the U.S. and feature a Q&A after each screening. This tour will be followed by a theatrical release on July 29.

– The Orchard has purchased North American rights for Kris Avedisian’s dark comedy “Donald Cried,” which premiered in competition at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, followed by a showing at New Directors/New Films and was selected for the IFP labs. The Orchard is planning a theatrical release for the film in early 2017.

– Entertainment One’s Seville International has secured international rights for David Guzman’s award-winning feature film “Nothing In Return.” The film recently had its U.S. premiere of the film at the Miami International Film Festival back in March. Seville International will launch sales at the market in Cannes.

– Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights from Submarine Entertainment for Greg Kwedar’s directorial debut “Transpecos,” which recently debuted at SXSW, where the border patrol drama took home the Audience Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature. Samuel Goldwyn Films is planning a theatrical
release in the fall of this year.

– Starz Digital announced has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to Bob Castrone’s “Flock of Dudes,” a comedy that follows a man-child (Chris D’Elia) who decides to grow up by breaking up with his best pals. Starz Digital is planning to release the film in select theaters and on VOD this fall. 

– Quentin Lee’s Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival premiere, “The Unbidden,” has been acquired by Viva Pictures. The outfit picked up all distribution rights for North America, while international rights were acquired by Korea’s 9ers Entertainment earlier this month. The film is billed “as the first female driven Asian American supernatural thriller.”

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