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    iW NEWS | IFC Adds to Festival Direct Slate with Fantastic Fest Fims

    IFC Films has added Peter Van Hees's "Left Bank," Natasha Arthy's "Fighter," and Duane Graves & Justin Meeks's "The Wild Man of the Navidad" to its Festival Direct VOD slate and all three films will be screening at this week's Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX. The trio are joining Hong-Jin's "The Chaser," Ji-woon Kim's "The Good, The Bad, The Weird," and the French animation collection "Fear(s) of the Dark," at the fest. Those three films will be released in theaters and on VOD, while "Fighter" is set for a November 26, 2008 Festival Direct debut and the other two titles will debut on the VOD platform in 2009. "IFC Films has always been avid supp...

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    iW NEWS | Sundance Channel Likes "Green Porno"

    Sundance Channel has announced that it has secured the international rights for Isabella Rossellini's "Green Porno" short films. Beginning September 17, all eight episodes, about the sex life of insects and various creatures, will be available to viewers outside the United States by going to sundancechannel.com/greenporno. In addition, the network plans to syndicate two of the short films, "Snail" and "Worm," on YouTube beginning the same day. "We are delighted to be able to share these unique and irreverent shorts with an international audience," said Christopher Barry, the cable network's Senior Vice President, Digital Media and Business S...

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    iW NEWS | here! Thinks "Straight"

    here! Films, the theatrical distribution and worldwide sales division of here! Networks, has announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to "I Can't Think Straight," the first feature film from author-turned-director Shamim Sarif. Regent Releasing, here!'s sister company, will distribute "Straight" on November 21st in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto followed by additional regional markets. Regent will additionally distribute Sarif's second feature "The World Unseen." "We are thrilled to bring Shamim's first two accomplished features to broad audiences this Fall and are confident that audiences will enjoy the uniquen...

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    iW BOT UPDATE | "Towelhead" Leads

    Alan Ball's "Towelhead," from Warner Independent Pictures is atop the weekly iW BOT box office chart, which was published this afternoon. The film earned $52,823 from 4 runs. Balcony Releasing's "Enlighten Up!" and Strand Releasing's "A Secret" rounded out the top 3. More in this week's box office ...

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    iW NEWS | Wolfe Acquires "Ready? OK!"

    Wolfe Releasing has announced the acquisition of the gay family comedy "Ready? OK!" Wolfe Video will simultaneously release DVD with an expansive VOD campaign. Directed by James Vasquez, the film details a young boy whose only ally is his gay next door neighbor. "This film is one of the few gay com...

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    VAR | Sony takes 'Step' in right direction

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and Australian rights to James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's "Every Little Step: The Journey of A Chorus Line," according to Variety. The film debuted last week at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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    iW BOT | "Flow" Finds Followers, "Towelhead" Tops Chart

    Irena Salina's "Flow," the first film to be released through Oscilloscope Pictures (the distribution leg of Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope Laboratories), debuted to nice numbers this weekend (and caused some heated debates at its screenings). Its $8,305 average wasn't enough to lead the iW BOT though, a...

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    iW NEWS UPDATE | Weekend Estimates: "Towelhead," "Flow" Lead Openers

    According to estimates from Rentrak this afternoon, Alan Ball's "Towelhead" led indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) - which ranks the per theater average of all reporting specialty films. The Warner Independent Films released grossed $53,000 on 4 screens for a $13,250 average. Oscilloscope's doc "Flow" also opened well. The Irena Salina directed film grossed $18,050 on 2 screens for a $9,045 average. And though its wide release makes it ineligible for iW BOT, Joel and Ethan Coen's "Burn After Reading" open at the top of the overall box office chart with a rather stunning $19,403,679 gross from 2,651 theaters. Certainly the all-time h...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Braves "Fear Me Not"

    IFC Films has picked up North American rights to Kristian Levring's Danish Drama "Fear Me Not." The distributor plans a 2009 roll out.

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia Takes "Tired Black Man" Worldwide

    Worldwide rights to "Diary of a Tired Black Man" from Tim Alexander has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures, the company announced Wednesday. Magnolia will screen the film at this weekend's Urbanworld Film Festival in New York and plans a release in 2009. The film is described as a " series of vignet...

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