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    Fest Fave "Guy and Madeline" Lands at Variance

    Variance Films has acquired all North American theatrical rights for "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench," which indieWIRE's annual critics poll listed as one the best undistributed films of 2009. Variance President Dylan Marchetti announced the deal today, along with the acquisition of soccer docume...

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    Hollywood Studio to Back Micro-Budget Movies

    After effectively abandoning specialty films, Hollywood studio Paramount Pictures is expected to officially unveil a new division for micro-budget movies today. Dubbed Insurge Pictures, the unit has one million dollars fueling its films. 10 movies are on tap in the first year at a budget of just $10...

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    Film Forum Sets Summer Schedule

    Celebrating its 40th anniversary, New York's Film Forum has announced its summer 2010 slate, which includes Dover Kosashvili's "Anton Chekov's The Duel," Jessica Oreck's "Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo," Emmanuel Laurent's "Two In The Wave," Johan Grimonprez's "Double Take," Kate Davis & David Heilbro...

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    Gravitas Ventures Takes SXSW's "Grindhouse" To VOD

    Gravitas Ventures has inked a two-picture deal with Lux Digital Pictures Inc. to bring two documentaries to North American audiences via VOD (Video on Demand). One of the docs, Elijah Drenner's "American Grindhouse," will make its world premiere the first Saturday night of the South by Southwest Fil...

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    "The Oath" and "Last Train Home" Embark to Zeitgeist

    Two acclaimed docs from this year's Sundance Film Festival have found a U.S. home. Zeitgeist acquired Laura Poitras' "The Oath" and Lixin Fan's "Last Train Home." Both films will screen at the upcoming New Directors/New Films series later this month in New York. Zeitgeist attorney Robert Marcus nego...

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    85 Features for 9th Tribeca Fest; Competition Rosters Revealed

    Eighty five feature films will screen at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival, on par with the size of last year's leaner roster, but its half the number that screened in the festival just four years ago. Today, organizers are unveiling a list of 33 films, including two dozen competition titles, for t...

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    Boston Fest Honors Schmeer, Kline

    In memory of late editor Karen Schmeer, a longtime collaborator of Errol Morris ("The Fog of War") who was killed in a hit-and-run incident on the Upper West side of Manhattan on January 29 of this year, the Independent Film Festival of Boston will introduce the Karen Schmeer Award for Excellence in Documentary Editing at its 2010 festival. This prize, which will be a permanent part of the festival, will "recognize editors who have the greatest impact on the final shape that a film takes," and will be awarded to one of the documentaries in this year's competition. The 2010 festival the jury will be comprised of filmmakers who either worked w...

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    IFC Has "Mercy" This Spring

    North American rights to romantic drama "Mercy" by Patrick Hoelck have been picked up by IFC Films, the company said Tuesday. The film, starring writer/producer Scott Caan as well as Wendy Glenn, Troy Garity, Erika Christensen, Alexie Gilmore, John Boyd, Dylan McDermott, Whitney Able and James Caan...

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    "happythankyoumoreplease" & "Mercy" Bookend 15th Gen Art Film Fest

    Unveiling its 15th edition with its signature 7 Premieres and 7 Parties over 7 days, the Gen Art Film Festival will open April 7 with Josh Radnor's 2010 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award-winner, "happythankyoumoreplease." The festival hosts a New York premiere followed by a party at various New ...

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    Under New Leadership, Full Frame Doc Fest Sets 2010 Slate

    The 13th annual Full Frame Documentary Festival, taking place in downtown Durham, N.C. from April 8-11, has announced their upcoming lineup. The roster is the first under newly appointed Executive Director, Deirdre Haj.

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