Palm Acquires Matthew Barney's "Cremaster Cycle"; Company Will Release "Cremaster 3" This Spring
by Brian Brooks
Arthouse Films, a new division created by Palm Pictures, will release artist/director Matthew Barney's "Cremaster 3" this spring, the New York-based company announced Friday. Palm acquired the North American and U.K. rights to the entire "Cremaster Cycle," which includes 1, 2, 4, and 5. "Cremaster 3" is the final film in the series that has been eight years in the making and filmed out of order. New York Times reviewer Stephen Holden describes the artistic work as a "deliriously esoteric five-part epic exploring artistic creation and destruction." The film, which Barney calls a "sexually driven digestive system" and includes a range of personalities including Norman Mailer, Ursula Andress, Richard Serra in addition to Barney, will screen at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival in the Frontier section.
David Koh, Head of Acquisitions & Production for Palm Pictures, as well as Arthouse Films General Manager Jose Martinez, Jr., and Palm Pictures acquisitions executive Richard Brown negotiated the deal. The Creative Artist Agency (CAA) represented Barney and producer Barbara Gladstone of the Barbara Gladstone Gallery.
"I'm pleased that Palm Pictures has joined us in completing the final stage of 'The Cremaster Cycle" by theatrically distributing the films to a broader audience," said Barney in a release. "Palm Pictures is known for delivering innovative and thoughtful visual projects to mainstream audiences and they are the perfect partner for us in this endeavor." The Guggenheim Museum in New York will hold a retrospective of Barney's body of work including "The Cremaster Cycle" beginning in February. That show will include the five-part film project along with related sculptures, photographs, and drawings.
[DISCLOSURE: indieWIRE Managing Member and Co-Founder Karol Marktesko-Fenster is part of the management team of Palm Pictures.]