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"Dog Sweat" Goes to IndiePix

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire March 2, 2011 at 6:51AM

Hossein Keshavarz's look at Iran's rebellious youth culture, "Dog Sweat," has been picked up by IndiePix for distribution. Recently nominated for the Acura Someone to Watch Award at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards, the drama has played at festivals worldwide, including in Los Angeles and Tokyo. The company plans to open "Dog Sweat" theatrically this spring, followed by a DVD and on-Demand rollout later this year.
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Hossein Keshavarz's look at Iran's rebellious youth culture, "Dog Sweat," has been picked up by IndiePix for distribution. Recently nominated for the Acura Someone to Watch Award at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards, the drama has played at festivals worldwide, including in Los Angeles and Tokyo. The company plans to open "Dog Sweat" theatrically this spring, followed by a DVD and on-Demand rollout later this year.

"It is almost shocking to think of Iranian teenagers as preoccupied by sex, parties and social status," said Keshavarz of the film. "Why haven’t we seen these images before? This is because Iranian media, which is controlled by a religious fundamentalist government, only allows images of a nation of pious believers. The western media, which is pre-occupied with the threat that Iran poses for the West, compounds this by never showing what lies beneath the veil. We made 'Dog Sweat' to show Iran the way it truly is. The film centers on the lives of six characters that sometimes intersect, weaving their separate stories into a tapestry of diverse voices and experiences…"

Full release follows:

IndiePix Films Acquires Acclaimed Iranian Film, DOG SWEAT

New York, NY March 2, 2011 /Targetwire/ - IndiePix is proud to announce the acquisition of the narrative film DOG SWEAT; director Hossein Keshavarz’s bold and provocative look at Iran’s rebellious youth culture. The film has found worldwide acclaim at the Los Angeles and Tokyo International Film Festivals and was recently nominated for the Acura Someone to Watch Award at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Shot in secrecy during the buildup to the 2009 elections, DOG SWEAT gives voice to the new generation of Iran, while providing western eyes with a first look into the realities of life amidst this oppressive society.

Director Hossein Keshavarz states "It is almost shocking to think of Iranian teenagers as preoccupied by sex, parties and social status. Why haven’t we seen these images before? This is because Iranian media, which is controlled by a religious fundamentalist government, only allows images of a nation of pious believers. The western media, which is pre-occupied with the threat that Iran poses for the West, compounds this by never showing what lies beneath the veil. We made DOG SWEAT to show Iran the way it truly is. The film centers on the lives of six characters that sometimes intersect, weaving their separate stories into a tapestry of diverse voices and experiences…"

IndiePix will open the film theatrically later this Spring and arrange exhibition throughout the summer. It will be available in home markets on DVD, digital internet delivery, and on-Demand services this Fall. The deal was negotiated by Mark DeFrancis of IndiePix and Asher Goldstein of Traction Media.

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