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    iW NEWS | Peace Arch Takes "JCVD"

    Peace Arch Home Entertainment, LLC has announced that it has acquired all North American distribution rights to director Mabrouk El Mechr's "JCVD." The film, which had its world premiere at Cannes this May and will make its North American debut in Toronto, stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as a self-deprecating version of himself. "'JCVD' is the first significant acquisition of the new venture between Peace Arch and ContentFilm," said Berry Meyerowitz, President of Peace Arch Home Entertainment, in a statement. "This outstanding film resonates with moviegoers, and we are thrilled to partner with Jean-Claude, director Mabrouk El Mechri and Gaumon...

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    iW NEWS | IFC To Walk Stabile's "Shoes"

    IFC Films has acquired North American rights to director Salvatore Stabile's "Where God Left His Shoes," which stars John Leguizamo. The film premiered in the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007, and details a family facing homelessness. "Shoes" will be released in December 2008 theatrically through IFC Films and on VOD through IFC in Theaters. The film will also be distributed through IFC Entertainment's exclusive deal with Blockbuster Inc. through its stores, its by-mail rental service and its digital downloading service. "When we screened Salvatore's film in Tribeca last year, we knew immediately that this would be a fit with our model and our a...

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    iW NEWS | Marchetti Launches Variance Films with "Smother" and "Dead Fish"

    Former ThinkFilm exec Dylan Marchetti is launching Variance Films, described as a micro-distributor aimed at securing traditional U.S. theatrical distribution for independent films. A former director of distribution and marketing at the company, Marchetti will build a slate by partnering with filmmakers on self-funded released and ultimately acquiring titles for distribution. Variance's first two titles are Franklin Martin's "Walking on Dead Fish" (with Dutchmen Films). Narrated and executive produced by Terry Bradshaw, the football documentary will be released on September 5th. Next up will be the September 26th release of Vince Di Meglio's ...

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    New Video Digital Aiming 1,600 New Films at iTunes, Other Platforms

    Digital distribution keeps gaining momentum. While there are currently about 2,600 movies available for download on iTunes, including a number of independent movies and documentaries, that number will soon grow. New Video Digital confirmed this week that it has secured a whopping 1,600 titles for Ap...

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    iW NEWS | Image Take "The Who"

    Image Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it has acquired the rights to "The Who At Kilburn: 1977," which has not been available or seen publicly since it was first filmed almost 31 years ago. It would turn out to be the next-to-the-last live performance by The Who's Keith Moon, who died September 7, 1978. As part of its agreement with Spitfire Pictures, Image has secured all worldwide home video, broadcast, digital and non-theatrical rights to the concert and related footage, with the exception of Japan. "The release of this concert is a milestone in the career of a band that defined an entire music generation," said David Borshell, pr...

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    iW NEWS | Visit Films Acquires "Zero Bridge"

    Visit Films has announced the worldwide acquisition of Tariq Tapa's "Zero Bridge." The film will premiere at the 2008 Venice Film Festival, and is the first dramatic narrative feature film about contemporary daily life in the Indian-occupied city of Srinagar, Kashmir. The film was made with the support of the U.S. Fulbright Commission and IFP's Narrative Lab. "The story behind the creation of this film captivated us even before the first viewing," said Visit's Ryan Kampe and Sylvain Tron jointly in a statement. "The fact that Tariq shot, directed, edited, wrote, recorded sound and everything else that is required on a feature film, on his...

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    iW NEWS | "Allah Made" For Truly Indie

    Truly Indie has announced that it will handle the U.S. theatrical release of Andrea Kalin's documentary, "Allah Made Me Funny: Live in Concert." The film looks at three American Muslim comedians, Mo Amer, Azhar Usman, and Preacher Mosswho, who take "a no holds barred approach" to humor about being ...

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    iW NEWS | Balcony To Release "Devil Back To Hell"

    Balcony Releasing has announced its acquisition of the U.S. distribution of Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker's doc "Pray The Devil Back To Hell." The film, which was awarded Best Documentary Feature at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, tells the story of a small band of Liberian women who came toget...

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    IW NEWS | Sony Classics Planning '09 Release for Boden & Fleck's "Sugar"

    Sony Pictures Classics is planning a theatrical release pegged to the '09 baseball season for Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's "Sugar. The company formally announced today the deal for North American and Latin American Distribution rights to the HBO film, which debuted in competition at this year's Sunda...

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    iW NEWS | Somerset Acquires "Article VI"

    Somerset Films has acquired North American theatrical and DVD rights to Bryan Hall and Jack Donaldson's political documentary "Article VI: Faith, Politics, America." The film examines the overwhelmingly divisive role of religion in American politics. Somerset is planning to release the film just p...

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