CAVU Pictures Weighs In for "LBS" Release Next Summer
by Brian Brooks
Worldwide rights to 2004 Sundance premiere "LBS." by Matthew Bonifacio have been acquired by New York-based indie production and distribution company CAVU Pictures, the company announced this week. The company plans a theatrical release early next summer. Attorney Robert L. Seigel of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP brokered the deal on behalf of CAVU, and for the filmmakers by Ira Schreck and Amy Nickin of Schreck, Rose & Dapello LLP and Steven Raphael of Required Viewing Productions.
Starring Carmine Famiglietti, who co-wrote the film along with Bonifacio, "LBS." is an account of one man's battle to defeat his addiction of overeating. Neil (Famiglietti) weighs over 300 pounds, and lives with his parents in Brooklyn where he obsesses about food. Two days before his sister's wedding, he suffers a heart attack, which causes him to seriously reassess his life. Neil then decides to 'exile' himself upstate to live in a dilapidated trailer where he lives for a year, losing 100 pounds. According to a CAVU release, Famiglietti lost 170 pounds during the production.
"We feel that 'LBS.', is a break out film that will move easily from indie houses to mainstream multiplexes," commented CAVU president Michael Sergio in a statement. "As a small boutique indie-distribution company, we had to fight off a number of much larger distributors in order to land this film. We plan to maximize the release of 'LBS.', so that ultimately CAVU becomes a destination distribution company for other young independent filmmakers."
Past CAVU releases include "Under Hellgate Bridge," and "The Holy Land." "LBS." will be the company's third theatrical release.