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In Spirit Awards Spotlight, "Room" Secures U.S. Distribution Deals

Indiewire By Eugene Hernandez | Indiewire March 1, 2006 at 9:04AM

Nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards this year, Kyle Henry's first fiction feature film "Room" has been acquired for U.S. DVD and pay cable distribution in separate deals with Netflix and Sundance Channel. A limited theatrical released in Texas, Henry's home state, is also on tap. The distinctive drama, the story of an over-worked woman from Texas who -- haunted by psychic visions, that drive her to extreme acts -- embarks upon a journey to the streets of New York City, stars actress Cyndi Williams in the lead role.
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Nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards this year, Kyle Henry's first fiction feature film "Room" has been acquired for U.S. DVD and pay cable distribution in separate deals with Netflix and Sundance Channel. A limited theatrical released in Texas, Henry's home state, is also on tap. The distinctive drama, the story of an over-worked woman from Texas who -- haunted by psychic visions, that drive her to extreme acts -- embarks upon a journey to the streets of New York City, stars actress Cyndi Williams in the lead role.

Williams is nominated for best actress at this weekend's Independent Spirit Awards, while the film is nominated for the John Cassavetes Award, a prize given to the best feature film made for under $500,000.

"Room" debuted at the Sundance Film Festival one year ago, followed by an international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, among other film festivals in the U.S. and internationally.

"Formal innovation married to thought provoking content that doesn't condescend to its audience is the scariest art to make in a world that wants simple answers to complex questions," said Henry in a statement. The filmmaker is an accomplished director of documentaries and short films, who write and directed "Room." He also edited a number of independent films, including Eric Eason's "Manito."

Jesse Scolaro, Allen Bain and Darren Goldberg of The 7th Floor produced the film, which was executive produced by Jim McKay and Michael Stipe of C-Hundred Film Corp. Randy Fields and John Lissenring are executive producers.

Sales company Celluloid Dreams brokered both pacts, with Chris Pizzo involved on the deal with Sundance Channel. "Because of the visionary folks at Netflix and Sundance Channel, this startlingly original movie is now going to delight and haunt viewers throughout America," said Celluloid's Charlotte Mickie in a statement.

Busy production company The 7th Floor, formed six years ago in New York City, has a track record that includes an eclectic slate of movies, from "Manito" and Bruno Dumont's "Twenty Nine Palms," to Brant Sersen's "Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story." They are represented by attorney Iddo Arad of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

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