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Film Acquisition Rundown: Drafthouse Films Dates ‘We Are X,’ Array Picks Up ‘Honeytrap’ and More

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.

“We Are X”

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 Rundown here.

– Drafthouse Films has announced that they will release Stephen Kijak’s “We Are X” in New York and Los Angeles on October  21, followed by nationwide expansion. The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the Special Jury Prize for editing, and follows the enigmatic Yoshiki, leader of the Japanese band X Japan.

“You will not believe the trials and tribulations that the arena-filling, mega-band X Japan have faced in their 30 year career,” said Drafthouse Films founder Tim League of the news. “This documentary will leave you equally breathless and uplifted.  It is the best music doc of the year, and we are honored to bring it to American audiences.”

– Array has announced the acquisition of “Honeytrap,” the fourteenth theatrical release for the film collective since its inception. The film is billed as “a harrowing rite-of-passage drama inspired by a real-life crime of love, betrayal and murder in 2009.” The film had its New York premiere screening at the 2015 Urbanworld Film Festival.

“Director Rebecca Johnson has crafted a bewitching tale from a young woman’s perspective with a cast of fresh new talent,” commented Array’s Executive Director Tilane Jones. “We’re excited to introduce ‘Honeytrap’ to its US audience with this captivating voice in filmmaking.”

– ITN Distribution, Inc. has acquired North American rights to the horror thriller “Clowntown.” Written by Jeff Miller and directed by Tom Nagel, the film stars Brian Nagel, Lauren Elise, Andrew Staton, Katie Keene, Jeff Denton and Greg Violand. The film “tells the story of a group of friends who get stranded in a seemingly abandoned town and find themselves stalked by a gang of violent psychopaths dressed as clowns. It is loosely inspired by the clowns who terrorized Bakersfield, CA in 2014.”

“Clowntown” will roll out in theaters starting September 30 and on VOD and DVD on October 4.

– Gravitas Ventures has licensed worldwide distribution rights of the upcoming dark-cult-comedy “All Out Dysfunktion!” and set the title for domestic and international release via cable, VOD, subscription video and electronic rental platforms worldwide. It is now available for pre-order on iTunes and AppleTV.

The film is billed as “a raw glimpse into what Hollywood looks like in its own backyard… A one-of-a-kind, laugh-out-loud dark comedy about the sexy, unpredictable and ‘Dysfunktional’ side of Hollywood life that delivers a comedic, yet shadowy view on Hollywood and the price people will pay to get ahead.” The film stars David Bianchi, Angelica Chitwood, Melinda deKay, Jenn Pinto, Dan Sanders-Joyce, Arsh Singh, Rene Rosado, Vincent dePaul, Yul Spencer, Bridgette B, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Ron Jeremy and Gerry Bednob.

– Pivot has announced that they will premiere the James Redford/Karen Pritzker documentary “Paper Tigers” on Wednesday, August 31. Directed by Redford and produced by Redford and Pritzker, the film “follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining students. Set in rural Walla Walla, Wash., the 102-minute film focuses on six troubled teens at Lincoln Alternative High School, which is known for its behavioral problems, high truancy and substance abuse.”

The documentary has screened over 1,300 times nationally and internationally, and the ACEs approach and trauma informed educational strategies are steadily being adopted and implemented being at various schools across the country.

– Scatena & Rosner Films has announced that they have provided finishing funds on Jesse V Johnson’s crime thriller, “The Beautiful Ones,” to re-open the edit for final color and effects following the film’s multi-award-winning festival tour.  S&R has secured all sales rights as a condition to the deal.

Director and veteran stunt coordinator Johnson collaborated with the film’s star, Ross McCall, to tell the story of a shylock falling in love with the wrong woman amidst the dynamic atmosphere of organized crime in Los Angeles.

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