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Film Acquisition Rundown: GKIDS Picks Up ‘Mune: The Guardian of the Moon,’ FilmRise Grabs Three New Features

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.

“Mune: Guardian of the Moon”

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.

– GKIDS, the producer and distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the forthcoming animated feature “Mune: The Guardian of the Moon.” The French film is from the producers of the 2016 animated feature “The Little Prince” and will be released theatrically in early 2017, in a new English language version. The film was directed by Alexandre Heboyan and Benoît Philippon.

The film takes place “in a fantastical world where a young faun named Mune is unexpectedly entrusted with the monumental title of Guardian of the Moon.”

“Mune” recently won the Young People’s Jury Award at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival and won Best Film at the Toyko Anime Awards. Composer Bruno Coulais was nominated for Soundtrack Composer of the Year at the World Soundtrack Awards for his work including the film’s score. The film was sold by Kinology, who is also a co-producer on the film.

– BOND/360 has announced it has acquired the exclusive U.S. rights to “Franca: Chaos & Creation,” billed as a “deeply insightful and stylish documentary about legendary editor-in-chief of Italian Vogue, Franca Sozzani.” Directed by Francesco Carrozzini, Sozzani’s son, the film depicts a woman who has singlehandedly changed and challenged the global fashion industry with her iconic imagery and editorial direction.

BOND/360 will release the documentary in limited theaters in 2017, day and date with digital. A DVD release will follow.

"Franca: Chaos & Creation"

“Franca: Chaos & Creation”

– Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to award-winning director Kevin Stocklin’s feature debut “The Harrow.” The film stars Sonya Harum, Maggie Geha, Tom McKay, and Geneva Carr. It premiered at the Big Apple Film Festival, and won the Jury Award at the Kansas International Film Festival.

The film follows “Miller, a southern drifter, [who] lives in seclusion in an abandoned 100-year-old slaughterhouse – his only company is visions of Gale, his dead lover who was murdered a decade ago. When Gale’s daughter Ruth arrives, looking to dig up the past, she and Miller reassemble the shards of his shattered memory and are horrified at what they uncover.”

Breaking Glass is planning a premium VOD & theatrical release for early 2017.

– FilmRise has announced it has acquired the North American rights to “Dead Awake,” the next film from the creator of the “Final Destination” franchise. FilmRise acquired the film in a deal with Archstone Distribution during this month’s American Film Market. The distributor plans a theatrical release in the U.S. in early 2017.

The film, a horror/thriller, “is about a young woman who must save herself and her friends from an ancient evil that stalks its victims through the real-life phenomenon of sleep paralysis.” “Dead Awake” is directed by Phillip Guzman and stars Lori Petty, Jesse Bradford, and Jocelin Donahue.

– FilmRise has also announced that it has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Kevin Burke’s documentary “24X36: A Movie About Movie Posters.” The distributor will release the documentary on all major digital platforms, as well as DVD and Blu-ray in 2017.

A world premiere at Fantastic Fest, “24X36” examines the lost art of movie poster illustration through the recollections of the filmmakers, collectors, historians, artists and curators committed to keeping the tradition alive.

"Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience"

“Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience”

– Additionally, FilmRise has also announced that it has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Michelle Sinclair’s debut documentary “Chicago: The Terry Kath Experience.” The film is described as “the never-before-seen story of legendary guitarist, lead singer, and founding member of Chicago, Terry Kath. The film is director Michelle Sinclair’s homage to her late father, who tragically passed away in the late ’70s at the height of the band’s success. Sinclair considers Kath’s life and work through a mixture of present-day interviews and archival material, creating an intimate portrait of the man behind Chicago’s iconic solos and animated sounds.”

The distributor will release the film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and most recently screened at DOC NYC, throughout the world in all media in 2017.

– BOND/360 has also announced it has acquired the exclusive U.S. and Canadian rights to “The War Show,” billed as “harrowing and timely documentary about the Syrian conflict told from the standpoint of a former radio host and her friends as their dreams of hope and liberation in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring give way to the grim realities of repression, civil war and forced emigration.”

The documentary first premiered at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, where it received the Venice Days Award, followed by the Toronto International Film Festival, Bergen International Film Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival, London Film Festival, and IDFA, among others.

The film is directed by Andreas Dalsgaard and Obaidah Zytoon. BOND/360 will release the documentary in theaters in 2017 preceded by a festival and educational campaign to bring the film to campuses and communities across North America. Digital, TV and DVD will follow later in the year.

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