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    iW NEWS | Icarus Takes "Dust"

    Icarus Films announced Wednesday that has acquired the North American rights to German filmmaker Hartmut Bitomsky's "Dust." Shot on 35mm, the documentary examines dust particles in a detailed and distinctly visual manner, aiming to suggest new understandings of human bodies and environments. The fil...

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    iW NEWS | Redwood, Truly Indie, and Magnolia Team For "Graduation"

    Redwood Palms Pictures, Truly Indie, and Magnolia Pictures announced that they will partner in acquiring Mike Mayer's teen-heist film "Graduation" for both theatrical and DVD release. The film stars Riley Smith, Shannon Lucio, Adam Arkin and Huey Lewis and details four high school friends who decide...

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    iW BOT | "Visitor" is Big Man on Specialty Chart; Crowds Cheer "Young@Heart's" Rock and Roll Seniors

    "The Visitor," filmmaker Tom McCarthy's acclaimed drama about a lonely professor befriending a Syrian street musician and his family, distanced itself from all specialty releases with weekend earnings of $86,488 and a $21,622 per-screen average for Overture Films. "Visitor," McCarthy's sophomore picture, as well as Overture's first art-house buy, became the first specialty chart topper for the fledgling film division of Starz Entertainment. Second place belonged to "Young@Heart," director Stephen Walker's documentary about a New England senior choir whose eclectic repertoire includes The Clash and James Brown. "Young@Heart" averaged $13,078 f...

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    iW NEWS | Visit Acquires "Momma's Man"

    Visit Films has acquired international rights to Azazel Jacob's Sundance breakout "Momma's Man." The film, which also screened recently at New Directors/New Films, was acquired domestically by ThinkFilm earlier this year. "This film represents the evolution of current American independent cinema," s...

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    iW NEWS | Jaman To Distribute BBC Online

    Jaman.com has announced the acquisition of a collection of fils from BBC Worldwide America for online distribution. "Jaman is very pleased to expand our library with this selection from the BBC, one of the most prestigious producers of content that entertains, informs and educates," said founder and...

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    HR | Sony gets some 'Sugar'

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's "Sugar," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The deal marks the fourth feature acquisition out of this year's Sundance Film Festival for SPC, after nabbing Jonathan Levine's "The Wackness," Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River" and The Duplas...

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    iW NEWS | THINK Takes "The Escapist" for North America

    North American rights to Rupert Wyatt's directorial debut "The Escapist" have been picked up by THINKFilm, the company announced Thursday. The thriller had its world premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival and will open theatrically in the Fall of '08 according to THINK's theatrical division head Mark Urman. Urman and the company's VP of acqusitions, Ben Stambler, negotiated the deal with Tristan Whalley and Nicki Parfitt of Goalpost Film, and Cassian Elwes of William Morris Independent on behalf of the filmmakers. In the film, Brian Cox stars as a man who is serving a life sentence in prison. When a letter informs him that his daug...

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    iW BOT | "Red Balloon" Soars in New York Debut; "Blueberry Nights," "Jellyfish" Dazzle Audiences

    "Flight of the Red Balloon," Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien's drama inspired by the 1956 French classic "The Red Balloon," soared above its art-house competitors with earnings of $35,222 for IFC First Take at New York's Paris Theatre and IFC Center. Close behind was "My Blueberry Nights," Hong Kong master Wong Kar Wai's debut English language film. "Blueberry Nights" struck a $12,358 per-screen average from six runs for the Weinstein Company. "Jellyfish," a Tel Aviv-set drama from husband-and-wife filmmakers Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen, earned $25,352 for Zeitgeist Films from four Greater New York locations. Returning to the iWBOT top f...

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    iW NEWS | Red Envelope's Che Doc at Fortissimo

    Fortissomo Films has announced a deal for all rights outside of North America for Trisha Ziff and Luis Lopez's "Chevolution," which will debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. The new documentary was financed by Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment and in the words of an announcement, was described as examining, "how the famous photo of revolutionary Ernest "Che" Guevara, captured in an instant by renowned photographer Alberto Korda, became an iconic image known throughout the world, revered by revolutionaries for 50 years, and plastered on everything from bikinis to beer bottles." Subjects included in the film include Gael Garcia Bernal, Antoni...

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    iW BOT | John Lennon Drama "Chapter 27" Tops Specialty Chart; "My Brother," "Alexandra" Debut Strong

    "Chapter 27," filmmaker J.P. Schaefer's drama about Mark David Chapman and his days leading to the murder of John Lennon, outdistanced all specialty releases with earnings of $13,910 for Peace Arch Entertainment at New York's Angelika Film Center. "My Brother Is an Only Child," Italian director Dani...

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