Sundance Channel Goes "Embedded" for March Television Release
by Brian Brooks
Sundance Channel has acquired television rights to the filmed version of Tim Robbins' "Embedded," the cable network's president and CEO Larry Aidem announced yesterday. Christian Vesper, vice-president acquisitions, Sundance Channel negotiated the deal with Rick Hess and Kevin Iwashina of Creative Artists Agency on behalf of Tim Robbins. The film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, will debut on Sundance Channel Sunday, March 20th.
According to a release, "Embedded" is a "satire about the madness surrounding the brave women and men on the front lines in a Middle-Eastern conflict. The film, with performances by members of The Actors' Gang, parodies compliant embedded journalists, scheming government officials, a show-tune-singing colonel, and the media's insatiable desire for heroes." Robbins wrote, directed and stars in the film along with Ben Cain, V.J. Foster, Brent Hinkley, Kaili Hollister, Mark Lewis, Riki Lindome, Jay R. Martinez, Kate Mullligan, Steven M. Porter, Toni Torres, Lolly Ward, and Andrew Wheeler. The film was shot on mini-DV by a non-profit filmmakers' collective known as Downtown Community Television (DCTV) and was edited by Lisa Zeno Chrugin ("Dead man Walking").
"I'm thrilled that Sundance Channel is presenting 'Embedded,' said Robbins in a statement. "'Embedded' was first performed at The Actors' Gang Theater in Los Angeles in July 2003. Its extended life has been made possible by the audiences that have embraced it, the war correspondents who have seen and legitimized it in post show discussions, and the veterans who have appreciated its emotional core. I am grateful to Sundance Channel for further extending its life and for making 'Embedded' available to a wider audience than we could reach in any theater."
Robbins received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors' Guild Award for his performance in Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River," in addition to his long-list of other acting credits as well as directing and producing accomplishments.
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