Aaron Katz's "Cold Weather" - which was a favorite with critics when it debuted at SXSW this past March - has been acquired by IFC Films for North American and multiple foreign rights including Asia, the Middle East and East-Central Europe. Written, directed and edited by Katz, and produced by Brendan McFadden, Ben Stambler, and Parts & Labor's Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy, the film stars Cris Lankenau, Trieste Kelly Dunn and Raul Castillo. IFC Films will release the film on its IFC in Theaters platform, where in films premiere at home the same day they premiere in theaters.
The film - which follows Doug, a former forensic science major and avid reader of detective fiction who returns to his hometown of Portland where he become embroiled in a mystery - averaged an "A-" grade from seven different critics during SXSW. In his review on indieWIRE, Eric Kohn called the film "the kind of moving image experience informed by expressive audiovisual maneuvers rather than melodramatic overstatements." It will next be seen at the Los Angeles Film Festival and BAMCinemaFest.
"We've always been fans of Aaron Katz's work but, with 'Cold Weather,' he has made a great step forward as a filmmaker," President of IFC Entertainment Jonathan Sehring said in a statement. "It's great fun to see him play with the detective/mystery genre and he's aided by a wonderful cast and fantastic creative team. This is one of the most original American independent films of the year and we can't wait to bring it to audiences via all of our various platforms."
"This film was a collaboration between a small group of friends who know and trust each other. When deciding who would release the film, it was important to us to continue to work in that spirit," said Katz in a statement. "Over the years, we've had a chance to get know the folks at IFC and see firsthand the way they support and champion independent film. From the start, they believed in the movie and their continued enthusiasm affirmed that we had found the ideal partner to distribute the film."
The deal was negotiated by Jeff Deutchman for IFC Films and with Ben Stambler on behalf of the filmmakers. Worldwide sales company Visit Films has acquired international festival rights as well as sales rights in the countries not included in the deal with IFC. Visit will be premiering the film for sales at the 2010 Marche du Film in Cannes next week and is currently arranging for international and regional festival premieres.