The San Francisco Bay Area's California Film Institute is launching a non-profit division to distribute films theatrically.
Dubbed CFI Releasing, the new unit will kick-off with Marin County residents Noah and Logan Miller's "Touching Home." The film stars Ed Harris, Robert Forster, Brad Dourif as well as Lee Meriwether, and also includes the Millers in their acting debut. It is based on their own story.
The film will be have a limited release this spring, launching in seven markets including San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Denver. It will open in April with a gala premiere at the California Film Institute's Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, CA.
"Our focus going forward will be on distributing independent films with an original voice that have something distinctive to say," said CFI's Fishkin, in a statement. "Our distribution arm will develop organically in a productive way that supports the organization, while supporting who we are and what we do. Our hope is that these films and their filmmakers will greatly benefit from our long film festival and theatrical presentation experience."
CFI has yet to announce details or plans for additional releases. Mark Fishkin was not immediately available for comment. We will update this story as more details become available.