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    iW NEWS | First Independent Takes "Beautiful"

    First Independent Pictures has announced the acquisition of selected US theatrical rights to Darryl Roberts' "America the Beautiful." The film, which recently completed a run in Chicago, is a documentary that looks at America's unhealthy obsession with physical perfection. "Beautiful" made its deb...

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    iW NEWS | Liberation Takes "Eden"

    Liberation Entertainment announced today the acquisition of North American rights to the award-winning Irish drama, "Eden." Directed by Declan Recks, the film is adaptation of Eugene O'Brien's Play that follows a troubled marriage in a small provincial town. The film had its world premiere at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival last month where Eileen Walsh won the Best Actress Award. "This is a film that grabs hold of you and won't let go," commented Liberation CEO Jay Boberg. "We were completely taken by the power of the performances and Declan Recks' unique take on the material." The deal was negotiated by Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of...

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    iW NEWS | Zeitgeist Gets "Stranded"

    As it prepares to celebrates its 20th anniversary with a retrospective at MoMA this week, Zeitgeist Films has announced a deal for U.S. theatrical and home video rights to Gonzalo Arijon's "Stranded: I've Come From a Plane the Crashed in the Mountains." Uruguayan director Arijon's film is the story the story of the survivors of a plane crash in the South American Andes 35 years ago, profiling the survivors, who subsisted the ten weeks in the freezing weather by consuming the remains of those who died after the plane went down. Winner of the jury prize at last year's International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (where indieWIRE first repo...

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    VAR | IFC loses Lance Hammer's 'Ballast'

    "Lance Hammer has backed out of a domestic deal with IFC Films for his Sundance drama 'Ballast' and has instead made a deal with Strand's Marcus Hu and Required Viewing's Steven Raphael to release it," Variety reports. "Both parties called the parting amicable."

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    iW NEWS | IFC Takes "Medicine"

    IFC Films has acquired the worldwide rights to writer-director Barry Jenkins' "Medicine for Melancholy." The film is in competition at this week's Los Angeles Film Festival, and will be released in theaters by IFC in 2009. "Medicine for Melancholy is one of the great American discoveries of the year," said Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment in a statement. "Barry Jenkins has delivered an intelligent, heartfelt and often funny universal love story and introduced two brilliant performers to the feature film world - Wyatt Cenac and Tracey Heggins. The film will not only inspire and ignite great discussions among the African-America...

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    iW NEWS | SPC Gets "The Class"

    Sony Pictures Classics has announced a deal for Laurent Cantent's "The Class," winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, acquiring distribution rights for North America, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia Deals a "Humboldt" High

    U.S. rights to to SXSW drama "Humboldt County" have been acquired by Magnolia Pictures the company announced Thursday. Magnolia plans a September theatrical rollout in several regional markets -- including Austin, Arcata and Eureka (the latter in Humboldt County, CA) -- preceded by airings via HDNet's Ultra VOD Program. The company's SVP Tom Quinn and head of business affairs, Jason Janego negotiated the deal with David Garber of Lantern Lane representing the filmmakers. Described as a classic "fish out of (bong) water story," the film, co-written and co-directed by Darren Grodsky and Danny Jacobs, is the story of Peter (Jeremy Strong), a ti...

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    iW NEWS | First Run Takes "Midway"

    First Run Features has announced the acquisition of film critic Godfrey Cheshire's "Moving Midway, and will release the film in New York on September 12, 2008, followed by wider openings in the South and around the country in the fall. In the film, Cheshire takes a closer look at his own family, exploring their decision to physically relocate their North Carolina plantation home. In the words of a description, "Through movies and music, Cheshire examines the Southern plantation in American history and culture, and how the racial legacy from the past continues into the present." "We're very pleased to be distributing Godfrey's wonderful debut...

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    iW NEWS | Women Takes on "Sari Soldiers"

    Documentary "The Sari Soldiers" has been acquired by Women Make Movies, the group unveiled. Directed by Julie Bridgham and filmed over three years in Nepal during the country's transition from absolute monarchy to democracy, the film is the story of six women and their conflicting efforts to shape the political future of their country. From interviews to uprisings in seemingly peaceful rural villages and rallies in bustling Kathmandu, the film captures women on multiple sides of the escalating civil war. "The Sari Soldiers" is the recipient of the 2008 Human Rights Watch Film Festival's Nestor Almendros Award and will make its North American ...

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    iW NEWS | Here! Films Gets "Cthulhu" and "Antarctica"

    Dan Gildark's "Cthulhu" and Yair Hochner's "Antarctica" have been acquired by here! Films, the company announced today. Gildark's "Cthulhu" is an adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft novella that about on a young gay man who discovers secrets about his father's New Age cult, while Hochner's "Antartica" i...

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