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by Eugene Hernandez
January 21, 2010 12:52 AM
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Fishkin Launches CFI Releasing

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.

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  • jzajonc | January 21, 2010 9:55 AMReply

    Dear Mr. Hernandez,

    Thank you for writing this article! I helped make the movie and am helping launch the movie. We will be opening theatrically in Sacramento as well. Would you mind adding this please? Sacramento has played AN ENORMOUS ROLE in making this movie possible.

    Very kind regards and thanks again sir,

    Jeromy Zajonc

  • Syd | January 21, 2010 2:07 AMReply

    Congratations! Mark should be doing this. I wonder if it will tie in at all with the Mill Valley Film Festival or the theater he runs up there in Marin County. I'm looking for festival innovations in the area of distribution for its filmmakers in my own blog/ research...