By Peter Knegt | Indiewire April 23, 2010 at 2:48AM
IFC Films announced that it has acquired North American and multiple foreign rights to the Lena Dunham's SXSW favorite "Tiny Furniture." Written and directed by Dunham, and produced by Kyle Martin and Alicia Van Couvering, the film stars Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, David Call, and Alex Karpovsky. "Furniture"
"Furniture" made its world premiere last month at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, where it was awarded the top narrative feature prize and Dunham took home the festival’s breakout award for emerging narrative woman director. These wins were followed with the prize for Independent Vision at the Sarasota Film Festival earlier this month.
“'Tiny Furniture' is one of the great discoveries of the year," President of IFC Entertainment Jonathan Sehring said in a statement. "Lena Dunham has a completely original voice and we're thrilled to be able to work with her and her team on bringing the film to a wider audience on all of our plaforms."
“I can't imagine a better home for the movie than IFC, a company that has supported so many of my favorite independent films and filmmakers,” said Dunham in a statement. “The producers and I feel very fortunate that they'll be applying their expertise to the task of releasing 'Tiny Furniture.'”
The film tells the story of 22-year-old Aura (Dunham) who returns home after college to her artist mother’s loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her YouTube page, and no shoulders to cry on. Starring Dunham’s real-life family in supporting roles and shot in her family home, this is a tragicomedy about what does and does not happen when you graduate with no skills, no love life, and a lot of free time.
The deal was negotiated by Lizzie Nastro for IFC Films and with Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers. IFC Films will release the film via its IFC in Theaters platform which brings critically-acclaimed independent movies to on-demand viewers at home the same day they premiere in theaters.
IFC acquired worldwide rights on the film, excluding United Kingdom, South Africa, Germany, France, Benelux, New Zealand and Australia.