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    here! Takes "Eleven Minutes"

    Michael Selditch and Rob Tate's doc "Eleven Minutes" has been acquired by here! Films for worldwide rights the company announced Thursday. The film chronicles fashion designer and "Project Runway" winner Jay McCarroll's year-long journey while preparing his first independent runway show for New York...

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    First Run Announces New Acquisitions

    In 2009, First Run Features will celebrate its 30th Anniversary with the release of a number of new acquisitions, including Chiara Clemente's "Our City Dreams," Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob's "Carmen & Geoffrey," Allan Miller and Mark Podwal's "House of Life," Leslie Carde's "America Betrayed," Kate...

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    iW NEWS | Cinema Guild Takes "Jerichow"

    The U.S. distribution rights to Christian Petzold's "Jerichow" have been acquired by The Cinema Guild. The film follows the paths of three people who stumble into a deadly encounter: "Thomas, a young soldier dishonorably discharged from the army; Ali, an affable Turkish businessman; and his wife, Laura, a beautiful woman hiding a dark secret." It premiered at the 2008 Venice Film Festival and was an official selection of the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. The deal was negotiated by Ryan Krivoshey, Director of Distribution for The Cinema Guild with Michael Weber for The Match Factory. "Jerichow" will open theatrically in early 2009...

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    iW NEWS | here!, Regent Acquire "Sex"

    here! Films, the theatrical distribution and worldwide sales division of here! Networks, announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to the documentary, "Sex Positive," from director Daryl Wein. The film explores the life of Richard Berkowitz, an AIDS activist in the 1980's, whose incomparable contribution to the invention of safe-sex practices has never been aptly credited. here! Films acquired this documentary from Ro*Co Films, and its sister company Regent Releasing will distribute the film starting March 13, 2009 in select U.S. cities. The film made its world premiere in competition at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival and...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Acquires "Mishima"

    Paul Schrader's 1985 cult classic, "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters," has been acquired by Fortissimo Films. "We are extremely happy that Fortissimo has acquired international sales rights to this film," said Tom Luddy, the film's producer. "We are excited at the prospect of the film being discovered for the first time by a new audience and re-discovered by those who saw it and loved it on its original release." "Mishima," written by Schrader, his brother Leonard and sister-in-law Chieko, is a portrait of Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima. The deal, for all rights outside of North America and Japan, was brokered by Fortissimo Co-C...

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    iW NEWS | Sony Classics Turns Up "Loud"

    Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim's "It Might Get Loud" has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, the company confirmed Monday afternoon. SPC picked up the title from producer Thomas Tull, chariman and CEO of Legendary Pictures. The Little Film Company was the sales agent on the film. Guggenheim's ("An Inconvenient Truth") is a celebration of the electric guitar. It brings together musicians The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White, examining a creative process of the three though their own words and music. "'It Might Get Loud' is a music lover's dream," SPC said in a statement. "The film covers three generations of guitar players...

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    iW NEWS | LongTale Has "Sensation of Sight"

    Aaron J. Wiederspahn's "The Sensation of Sight" has been acquired by LongTale International. LongTale has taken the exclusive international distribution rights to the film, which stars David Strathairn andJane Adams. "This is a new American classic starring a great American actor," says Omar Kaczma...

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    iW NEWS | Arthouse Takes "Chuck"

    Arthouse Films announced today that it has acquired worldwide rights to the feature documentary "Chuck Close," directed by the late Marion Cajori. The doc examines the working process of acclaimed American painter Chuck Close, and solidifies his place in Contemporary Art as the re-inventor of the portrait. The deal was negotiated by David Koh and Lilly Bright on behalf of Arthouse Films & Curiously Bright Entertainment along with Isabel Jay and George Griffin on behalf of The Art Kaleidoscope Foundation and the Estate of Marion Cajori. Arthouse Films plans a theatrical release in early 2009, followed by a DVD release on the Arthouse Films l...

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    iW NEWS | here!, Regent Like "Patrik"

    Swedish director Ella Lemhagen's "Patrik, Age 1.5," which made its U.S. premiere at last week's AFI Fest, has been acquired by here! Films and Regent Releasing. here! Films acquired the North American rights to the film from Svensk Filmindustri, and its sister company Regent Releasing will distribute the film in select U.S. cities during the summer of 2009. "'Patrick, Age 1.5' was delightful discovery for Regent as we continue our commitment to showcase the best in gay cinema," said Mark Reinhart, West Coast General Manager and Executive Vice President Distribution and Acquisitions in a statement. "Ella does an amazing job portraying the sen...

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    iW NEWS | First Independent Goes "Gigantic" in the U.S.

    U.S. rights to Matt Aselton's "Gignatic" have been picked up by First Independent Pictures. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and screened at this year's American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, CA. First Independent plans a Spring '09 release. The film is described as an "offbeat comedy revolving around Brian (Paul Dano), a mattress store worker who wants to adopt a Chinese baby. Brian meets Happy (Zooey Deschanel), a hot, potty-mouthed girl who he falls head over heels for. Together, they negotiate their increasing intimacy, and the appearances of their many eccentric relatives, as Brian awaits th...

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