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    iW NEWS | "Reef" For Lightning

    Andrew Traucki's "The Reef" has been acquired by Santa Monica-based sales and distribution company Lightning Entertainment. Lightning has all distribution rights outside Australia and New Zealand. The film, inspired by true events of survival on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, is scheduled to begin...

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    iW NEWS | TLA Encounters "Finding Me" at AFM

    All North American rights for filmmaker Roger S. Omeurs Jr's "Finding Me" have been acquired by TLA Releasing, the company announced from the American Film Market (AFM). The company plans a Spring 2009 release through the TLA Releasing lable. The company picked up the film from OmeProductions, LLC; OmeProductions was represented by President, Tim Yates; TLA Releasing was represented by Acquisitions Director Jennifer Arndt-Johns. "'Finding Me' is refreshing entertainment that turns its lens on the gay, black experience," commented Raymond Murray, President of TLA Releasing in a statement. "Director Omeus Jr.'s debut blends romance, drama and a...

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    iW NEWS | Sony Classics Has Got "Soul"

    The North American and Latin American rights to Jeffrey Levy-Hinte's "Soul Power" have been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, details the 12-hour, three-night long concert held in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974. "Zaire '74,' is a legendary musical festival which circumstances have conspired to conceal from a wider public," said Levy-Hinte in a statement. "In my quest to share the festival as broadly as possible, I could have no better partner than Sony Pictures Classics." Submarine Entertainment is repping the film and negotiated the deal with SPC which secured the rights ove...

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    iW NEWS | Wolfe Acquires Titles at AFM

    Wolfe Video has announced it has acquired North American rights to several gay titles at this year's American Film Market. Among them are Richard Le May's "Whirlwind" and Chip Hale's "Mulligans." "Whirlwind," a comedic ensemble film about relationships, was showcased at NewFest and Outfest and will ...

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    iW NEWS | "Dorothy" For Arthouse

    Megumi Sasaki's "Herb & Dorothy," which recently won best documentary and the audience award at the Hamptons International Film Festival, has been acquired by Arthouse Films. The film documents the lives of Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, a postal clerk and a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history. The deal, which includes the film's worldwide rights was negotiated by David Koh, Lilly Bright, Stanley Buchthal, and Maja Hoffmann on behalf of Arthouse Films, Curiously Bright Entertainment and LM Media GmbH along with Megumi Sasaki. Arthouse Films plans a theatrical release of the film in ear...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Takes "Miao Miao"

    Fortissimo Films has acquired the worldwide rights (outside China, Taiwan and Hong Kong) to Cheng Hsiao Tse's "Miao Miao." The film, a "multi-sexual love triangle," stars Fan Chih Wei, and marks the feature directorial debut for Tse. It is set to be released in Taiwan this month, through Warner Brothers. Fortissimo Co-Chair Michael J. Werner brokered the deal with producer Jet Tone's Jacky Pang Yee Wah. "We are thrilled to work with Jet Tone and J.A. Movies (H.K.) to bring this new wave of Taiwanese cinema to the world stage," said Werner in a statement. "'Miao Miao' highlights the multi-layered and multi-sexual texture of ...

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    iW NEWS | MSNBC Deal for "Witch Hunt" Ahead of AFI Fest Debut

    MSNBC Films announced a deal for Dana Nachman and Don Hardy's "Witch Hunt," on the eve of the U.S. premiere of the film at AFI Fest in Los Angeles. The documentary, executive produced and narrated by Sean Penn, is described as, "the story of eight parents in Bakersfield, CA in 1984 who were falsely ...

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    iW NEWS | Lightning Takes "Beckoning"

    Elio Quiroga's "The Beckoning" has been acquired by Santa Monica-based sales and distribution company Lightning Entertainment. Lightning acquired all distribution rights outside of Spain to the Spanish ghost story, which stars Ana Torrent and Francisco Boira. The distribution deal was negotiated bet...

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    iW NEWS | Regent Takes "Virgin"

    The worldwide distribution rights to Russell Brown's "The Blue Tooth Virgin" ave been acquired by Regent Releasing. Regent acquired the film from The Simon LLC, and will distribute to select U.S. cities in early 2009. "Virgin," which follows two writers facing a threat to their friendship, made its premiere at the 2008 Seattle International Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize. It was recently voted as a Top-Ten Audience Favorite at the Sao Paolo International Film Festival in Brazil. "We're thrilled to be working with Russell Brown on his second accomplished feature," said Regent's Mark Reinhart. "Regent is committed to nurtu...

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    iW NEWS | Celluloid To "Make Money"

    Celluloid Dreams announced its acquisition of Erwin Wagenhofer's "Let's Make Money," a documentary exposing the murky world of international finance. The film is produced by Allegro Films Helmut Grasser and Celluloid will premiere the film in the upcoming American Film Market. "After the success of Erwin's previous film 'We Feed the World,' we were very much anticipating what he would come up with next, and he didn't disappoint," Celluloid's Alessandro Raja in a statement. "'Let's Make Money' is a shocking and invaluable film that should be required viewing for all. We are very excited to be bringing this to AFM especially as in this current ...

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