Distribution Pact; IFP/North Staffs Up
Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz
>> Miramax Re-teams With Icon
Miramax has acquired the North American rights to Little Bird's
"Ordinary Decent Criminal" from Icon Entertainment International. The
film, set to begin principal photography in Ireland on September 29th,
stars Kevin Spacey and Linda Fiorentino. The film will be directed by
Thaddeus O'Sullivan ("Nothing Personal," TV's "Witness to the Mob") from
a script by Gerard Stembridge, and is being produced by Jonathan
Cavendish and James Mitchell's Little Bird in association with Kevin
Spacey's Trigger Street Productions. The film is being financed by Mel
Gibson and Bruce Davey's Icon, in addition to the Greenlight Fund, the
Irish Film Board and the NRW Film Fund. This is the third pairing of
Miramax and Icon, following the U.S. distrib's acquisition of Icon's "An
Ideal Husband," starring Cate Blanchett, Minnie Driver, Rupert Everett,
Julianne Moore and Jeremy Northam and "All For Love," starring Miranda
Richardson and Richard E. Grant.
>> Red Sky And Stratosphere Ink Pact
Stratosphere Entertainment and Vancouver-based Red Sky Entertainment
have signed a two-year distribution agreement, involving the Canadian
distribution of all Stratosphere films. The deal covers all theatrical,
pay and free television, and home video in Canada. The two year deal
begins with the October 9th release of Bruno Barreto's "One Tough Cop."
Films included in the deal are Benoit Jacquot's "The School of Flesh"
("L'Ecole de la Chair"), starring Isabelle Huppert; director Gilles
Mackinnon's "Hideous Kinky," starring Kate Winslet and Said Taghmaoui;
Katja von Garnier's "Bandits"; Rowan Woods' "The Boys," starring Toni
Collette; Dan Zukovich's "The Last Big Thing," and actress Joan Chen's
directorial debut, "Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl."
>> IFP/North Hires Three
The Independent Feature Project/North (IFP/North) has hired Patrice
Snead, Kelly Nathe and Chris Dotson to fill three vacant positions at
the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based non-profit. Snead becomes the
organization's new Membership/Education Director after a stint as the
Community Programs Coordinator for the St. Paul-based Minnesota
Historical Society and has also worked with the Juneteenth Festival and
Lindbergh Film Festival. Nathe recently returned to Minnesota from New
York City to take the position of P.R./Marketing Director. Nathe is also
a filmmaker, whose film, "Rock-n-Roll Girlfriend" has been programmed as
part of the Independents in Flight and IFC Presents IFP/North programs.
Dotson is a former IFP/North intern who returns to the organization as
Administrative Assistant. Previously, Dotson was the Assistant Director
of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Film Festival and the LGBT Festival.