By Brian Brooks | Indiewire April 21, 2011 at 7:24AM
Domestic VOD and digital rights to director Iara Lee's "Cultures of Resistance" have been picked up by SnagFilms.
Snag, which recently announced that is also available through Boxee, will debut the film on its new VOD platform in late May.
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SnagFilms announced today that it has acquired domestic VOD and digital rights to Iara Lee's film "Cultures of Resistance." The deal was negotiated by David Koh of Arthouse Films on behalf of Filmmaker Iara Lee and Producer George Gund and Sergei Krasikau of Caipirinha Productions along with Andrew Mer, VP of Content for SnagFilms. The Caipirinha Production was shot by David R. Smith. Edited by Jeff Marcello. Co-Edited by Collin Ruffino and Nathanial Cunningham. Associate Produced by Sergei Krasikau, Claude Ibrahimoff, Pranav Behari, Mark Engler, and Arthur Phillips. SnagFilms will premiere the film on its new VOD platform in late May followed by an expanded release through SnagFilms' growing digital distribution platform.
Label filmswelike has acquired all Canadian rights to the film, Taskovski Films has acquired all International Rights to the film, New Video has acquired additional digital rights to distribute through their platforms, and Link TV has acquired US broadcast rights. The deals were negotiated by David Koh along with Ron Mann of filmswelike, Irena Taskovski of Taskovski Films, Kim Spencer, Chief Content Officer for Link TV and Mark Kashden, VP of Acquisitions for New Video. The commercial DVD and non-theatrical DVD will be released on the Caipirinha DVD label June 11th. The film was an Official Selection at the recent editions of the Hawaii Film Festival, Rio De Janeiro Film Festival and IDFA Film Festival in Amsterdam.
Cultures of Resistance is filmmaker Iara Lee's ("Modulations," "Synthetic Pleasures") travelogue filmed in some of the most dangerous places in the world in Iara’s search to discover whether creativity can be used as ammunition in the battle for peace and justice. Iara sets out on a journey to explore and document Resistance and Resistance Movements through art, culture and music. Cultures of Resistance features Medellin Poets for Peace, Capoeira Masters from Brazil, Niger Delta Militants, Iranian Graffiti Artists, Women's Movement, Leaders in Rwanda, Lebanon's Refugee Filmmakers, US Political Pranksters, Indigenous Kayapo Activists from the Xingu River, Israeli Dissidents, Hip Hop Artists from Palestine, Saffron Revolution Burmese Monks.
Iara Lee and George Gund stated, "The message of 'Cultures of Resistance' is that people throughout the world need to rise up to create positive change. That is something we have always felt. But we never expected to see this spirit being put into action so dramatically as it is now in so many countries in North Africa and the Middle East. Hopefully that spirit of change will continue to inspire people in many more countries to come. Cultures of Resistance is a celebration of people's power and creativity. It promotes the notion that, if we all work together, we can--as Gandhi said--be the change we want to see! We are happy to partner with these companies to get our film out to the widest audience."
Rick Allen, CEO of SnagFilms stated, “Powerful films need to be given the widest distribution possible, to that end, we are very pleased to have acquired the domestic VOD and digital rights to Cultures of Resistance. We encourage viewers of the film to use our online tools to distribute the film widely to their online audience.”