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    iW NEWS | B-Side Takes "Crawford"

    David Modigliani's award-winning SXSW documentary "Crawford" has been picked up by B-Side Entertainment. As part of the pact, B-Side entered a deal with Hulu.com, which will host the doc's feature film premiere -- a first for the ad supported streaming service. The film centers on the small Texan to...

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    iW NEWS | Sundance Channel Goes To "Prison"

    Marc Evans's "Prison My Whole Life" has been acquired by Sundance Channel. The film follows William Francome's investigation into the arrest of Mumia Abu Jamal, famed death-row prisoner and award-winning Black Panther journalist. The film will premiere on Sundance Channel on Monday, December 8th. ...

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    Youssou NDour Doc Coming to America; Oscilloscope Gets U.S. Rights

    Chai Vasarhelyi's doc about Senegalese musician Youssou NDour and his struggle to release his controversial "Egypt" album has been acquired by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope Pictures. Fresh from the Telluride and Toronto film festivals where the documentary debuted in conjunction with live co...

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    iW NEWS | Arthouse and Sidetrack Team for "Beautiful Losers"

    Worldwide rights to Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard's "Beautiful Losers" have been acquired by Arthouse Films, which will partner with Sidetrack Films on global distribution. The deal was negotiated by David Koh and Lilly Bright on behalf of Arthouse Films and Curiously Bright Entertainment, along with Jared Moshe and Richard Lim of Sidetrack Films on behalf of the directors and producers. The film has already been acquired and recently released in Japan through Phantom Films and opened in the U.S. this summer. Focusing on a loose-knit group of American artists, the doc is the the story of how a group of outsiders with little or no formal trai...

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    iW NEWS | "$9.99" For Regent

    The North American rights to Tatia Rosenthal's stop motion animated "$9.99" have been acquired by Regent Releasing. Regent acquired the film from international sales agent Fortissimo Films and will distribute it in select U.S. cities in the Spring of 2009. "$9.99" is the third film Regent Releasing picked up from Fortissimo at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. The other previously announced deals were for "Serbis" and "Tokyo Sonata." "We are thrilled to bring Tatia Rosenthal's brilliantly innovative first feature to U.S. audiences," said Regent's Mark Reinhart in a statement. "Regent is committed to showcasing innovative filmmak...

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    Fantastic Fest Favorite "Chocolate" Acquired By Magnet

    North American rights to Prachya Pinkaew's "Chocolate" have been acquired by Magnet Releasing. The film, which premiered in the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival and just won the Audience Award runner-up prize at Fantastic Fest, will be released theatrically in 200...

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    iW NEWS | "Country" For Film Movement

    Czech drama "The Country Teacher," directed by Bohdan Slama, will be released in North American through Film Movement. The film, about a young teacher that takes a job teaching at a grammar school in the Bohemian countryside, played at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival. "It is very exciting for us to acquire another film by gifted director Bohdan Slama," said Adley Gartenstein, President of Film Movement, in a statement. "He has proven once again that he can get incredibly nuanced and heartfelt performance from his actors, while telling a simple yet universal story that we know North American audiences will ...

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    iW NEWS | "Mancora" For Maya

    Ricardo de Montreuil's "Mancora," which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by Maya Entertainment, a vertically integrated, multi-platform media company targeting the U.S. Latino market. The announcement was made at the film's screening at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. The film stars Elsa Pataky, Jason Day and Enrique Murciano as three people on a road trip. The deal was negotiated by Jose Martinez, Jr., head of acquisitions, and Tonantzin Esparza, director of acquisitions for Maya Entertainment, along with Debra Fisher of Cinetic Media on behalf of De Montreuil and the film's Producer, Diego...

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    iW NEWS | Regent Takes "Tokyo Sonata" for North America

    North American rights to Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Tokyo Sonata," which took the jury prize at this year's Un Certain Regard in Cannes have been acquired by Regent Releasing from Fortissimo, the company announced Tuesday. Regent plans an early 2009 theatrical release in select cities. The film is the second film that Regent picked up at the recent Toronto International Film Festival from Fortissimo Films. Regent also acquired "Serbis" at TIFF '08 and both films will make their U.S. premiere at the upcoming 46th New York Film Festival. Set in contemporary Tokyo, "Tokyo Sonata" is a story of an ordinary Japanese family of four that hides their inner...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Acquires "Parque"

    Fortissimo Films announced today it has acquired worldwide sales rights outside Mexico to Enrique Rivero's Parque Via. The film tells the story of an elderly man who cares for a luxury, empty house in Mexico, residing there until the day it is sold. The film won the Golden Leopard Award at this year's Locarno International Film Festival, and is scheduled to screen at the upcoming Tokyo, London and Vienna International Film Festivals. The deal was agreed between Fortissimo's Co-Chair Wouter Barendrecht and "Via" producer Paola Herrera. "We are very happy that 'Parque Via' is now part of the Fortissimo slate," said Herrera in a statement. "It...

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