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February 16, 2010 9:18 AM
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Paladin Has "Great Directors"

A scene from Angela Ismailos' doc "Great Directors."

New York-based independent film company Paladin, formed last fall by distribution veteran Mark Urman, announced today that it will release Angela Ismailos' doc "Great Directors," which celebrates films and filmmaking by interviewing ten of the world's most acclaimed living directors. The documentary had its world premiere at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, and was produced through Ismailos' Anisma Films. Paladin will open the film in New York, Los Angeles, and other top markets in late Spring, 2010.

"Directors" features original conversations with filmmakers such as Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Liliana Cavani, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles.

"This film is truly a dream project for me as someone who grew up interpreting art and cinema," director Ismailos said in a statement. "I hope the film will inspire and intrigue anyone involved in the creative process, and anyone who uses cinema as a way to escape or explore their own anxieties and emotions through the moving image."

Paladin's Urman added: "I have always thought that directors are the true 'superstars' in the movie world so, to me, Angela's film has the most star-studded 'cast' of any film I've seen in years. Having worked on projects by most of these directors at various points in my career, I take 'Great Directors' very personally, and I trust that most ardent cinephiles will feel the same."

Paladin has so far released "Disgrace," the prize-winning adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee; Tennessee Williams' "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Ellen Burstyn; and opens Jeb Stuart's civil rights drama, "Blood Done Sign My Name," in a number of major markets throughout the country on February 19th. "Great Directors" is the company's first non-fiction release, though prior to forming Paladin, Urman headed the distribution divisions of both Lionsgate and THINKFilm, where he shepherded docs including "Born Into Brothels," "Taxi To The Darkside," "Spellbound," and "Murderball."

Cinetic International is handling foreign sales on the film and represents the filmmaker.

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