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Tribeca Film Acquires Touch Football Comedy, "Turkey Bowl"

Kyle Smith's "Turkey Bowl." Tribeca Film.

Tribeca Film acquired North American distribution rights to the real-time, Los Angeles set touch football comedy "Turkey Bowl," written and directed by Kylie Smith. The film world premiered in March at South By Southwest.

""Turkey Bowl" is an admirably concise directorial debut from Kyle Smith in which a group of old college friends gather in a field for their annual touch-football game. (Winner gets the turkey.)," wrote Eric Kohn in his SXSW review of the film. "Unfolding in real time, this disarmingly naturalistic comedy sticks to a single setting and rhythm for its brief 64 minutes. A showcase for Smith’s technical skills and his ability to capture the nuances of tight-knit camaraderie, “Turkey Bowl” is a pleasant exercise from a director who has a clear capacity to tell bigger and more intricate stories."

Tribeca Films plans to release the comedy in late June on a range of platforms, including VOD, DVD, theatrical, pay-TV and digital.

Full press release below:

TRIBECA FILM ACQUIRES TURKEY BOWL

Summer Release Planned For Touch Football Comedy After Breakout Premiere at South By Southwest

“Turkey Bowl is an admirably concise directorial debut from Kyle Smith… Unfolding in real time, this disarmingly naturalistic comedy… [is a] showcase for Smith’s technical skills and his ability to capture the nuances of tight-knit camaraderie” –IndieWire

(New York, May 9, 2011) Tribeca Film has acquired all US and Canadian distribution rights to Turkey Bowl, which world-premiered in March at South By Southwest. Turkey Bowl is a real-time comedy set in Los Angeles, written and directed by Kyle Smith in a breakout debut, and was a sensation at South By Southwest 2011.

Every summer, Jon (Jon Schmidt) gathers 10 friends together in his adopted city to play the Turkey Bowl – bringing a piece of small-town tradition to the urban sprawl – all for the beloved prize for the winning team… a turkey. Friendships flare and fade, jealousy is met with both laughter and pain, and old and unrequited love threatens to remain old and unrequited, and all of these undercurrents are revealed in the unique, improvised rhythm of backyard football. Turkey Bowl is produced by Kyle Smith and Stephen Paratore and stars Kerry Bishé, Zoe Perry, Zeke Hawkins and Tom DiMenna.

Turkey Bowl will be released beginning in late June by Tribeca Film, a comprehensive distribution label launched in 2010 by Tribeca Enterprises. Tribeca Film, supported by Founding Partner American Express, brings films to consumers across a range of platforms, including nationwide Video on Demand, DVD, theatrical, pay-TV and digital.

“We are incredibly pleased to be bringing the debut from a talented young director, Kyle Smith, to audiences,” said Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative officer, Tribeca Enterprises. “Turkey Bowl is a very special film with a spot on depiction of sports and friendships.”

“Everyone involved with Turkey Bowl is humbled by the reception the film has received,” Smith said. “We look forward to reaching a wider audience through Tribeca.”

The deal was negotiated by Nick Savva for Tribeca with attorney George M. Rush negotiating on behalf of Kyle Smith for Turkey Bowl.

About Tribeca Film:

Tribeca Film is a comprehensive distribution label dedicated to acquiring and marketing independent films across multiple platforms, including theatrical, video-on-demand, digital, home video and television. It is an initiative from Tribeca Enterprises designed to provide new platforms for how film can be experienced, while supporting filmmakers and introducing audiences to films they might not otherwise see. American Express continues its support of Tribeca and the independent film community by serving as the Founding Partner of Tribeca Film.

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