By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire February 22, 2011 at 8:31AM
Ahead of its screening at New Directors/New Films, Palisades Tartan has secured distribution rights to Matt McCormick's debut feature "Some Days Are Better Than Others," starring musicians James Mercer from The Shins and Carrie Brownstein, the vocalist behind Wild Flag. The film is slated to open theatrically March 25 at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, before opening wider across the country.
"Matt McCormick is a very talented young director and he has assembled a fantastic cast of Indie musicians in his debut feature," said Palisades Tartan CEO Soumya Sriraman. "We have always taken pride in our ability to introduce the world to innovative and exciting artists and look forward to releasing this film in multiple territories."
Below is the full release:
PALISADES TARTAN PICKS UP MOMA’S NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS SELECTION ‘SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS’
Film stars renowned Indie musicians, including co-star of IFC’s PORTLANDIA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Los Angeles, February 22, 2011 – Palisades Tartan announced today that they have secured distribution rights for SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS, Matt McCormick’s debut feature, which stars Indie rock talents James Mercer from the Shins and Carrie Brownstein, vocalist/guitarist for Wild Flag and the now defunct Portland, Oregon based band Sleater-Kinney. Brownstein can also be seen on PORTLANDIA, the new IFC Original short-based comedy series created, written by and starring Brownstein and Fred Armisen from Saturday Night Live.
The agreement provides for distribution of the film in North America as well as UK and associated territories, the largest worldwide film markets.
Recently selected to play New Directors/New Films, the prestigious film series organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS has also played the AFI festival in Los Angeles, The Portland Film Festival and SXSW. It will open theatrically in the United States March 25th at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, before opening wider across the country.
“Matt McCormick is a very talented young director and he has assembled a fantastic cast of Indie musicians in his debut feature,” stated Palisades Tartan CEO Soumya Sriraman. “We have always taken pride in our ability to introduce the world to innovative and exciting artists and look forward to releasing this film in multiple territories.”
SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS is McCormick’s poetic, character-driven debut feature-length film that asks why the good times slip by so fast while the difficult times seem so sticky.
“You will not see a film with more indie rock cred” writes the Seattle Stranger.
The film explores ideas of abundance, emptiness, human connection and abandonment while observing an interweaving web of awkward characters who maintain hope by inventing their own forms of communication and self-fulfillment. It’s a sad valentine to the forgotten discards of a throwaway society, and a story about knowing when to hold on, and when to let go.
Based in Portland, Oregon, McCormick is an artist and award winning filmmaker whose work crosses mediums and defies genre distinctions. He has had three short films screen at the Sundance Film Festival and has had work exhibited at Art Basel, The Moscow Biennial, and the Museum of Modern Art. His film THE SUBCONSCIOUS ART OF GRAFFITI REMOVAL was named in ‘Top 10 film lists of 2002’ in both Art Forum Magazine and the Village Voice.
McCormick is also the founder and former director of the PDX Film Festival, Portland’s premiere event for experimental, documentary, and otherwise obscure contemporary cinema. In addition to film, he is also actively involved in the music industry. He is the founder of Peripheral Produce, an internationally recognized video distribution label specializing in short experimental work and has worked and collaborated with many artists and musicians including The Shins, Miranda July, Sleater-Kinney, YACHT, Broken Bells, Al Burian, Eluvium, and Calvin Johnson. He has also recorded an album of music and soundtrack work titled Very Stereo that was released by Marriage Records.