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    iW NEWS | Here!/Regent Get "Tru Loved"

    Here! Networks has announced a theatrical and worldwide sales deal for Stewart Wade's "Tru Loved," which closed Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival tonight (Monday) in Southern California. The story of a teen moved to a conservative SoCal commmunity by her lesbian moms, the film follows the girl's friendship with a closeted high school football player and her founding of a campus gay-straight alliance. "We are honored to bring Stewart Wade's accomplished and transformative second feature to U.S. audiences this fall," said the Regent's Mark Reinhart, in a statement. "'Tru Loved' falls squarely into our company mission by offe...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Gets "Native Dancer"

    Fortissimo Films has announced a deal for Guka Omarova's "Native Dancer." Written "Mongol" director Sergei Bordov, the film is the story of a spiritual healer from Kazakhstan. Set for a fall festival debut, the movie was co-produced and financed by The CTB Film Company, The National Studio "Kazakhfi...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Films to Play "Ping Pong" in the U.S.

    U.S. rights to Jessica Yu's "Ping Pong Playa" have been picked up by IFC Films with a planned theatrical release slated for September 5, the company announced Friday. The film, which marks the fiction feature debut for Yu, will close Asian-American Film Festival July 19th in New York. Arianna Bocco, Vice President of Production and Acquisitions for IFC Films negotiated the deal with ICM and The Firm. The film follows a streetwise suburban man who waxes political on all things Asian American and clings to pro basketball pipe dreams. But when misfortune strikes his family, he must overcome living at home, working a dead-end job and his worldly ...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Gets "Weird"

    Kim Jee-Woon's Asian Western, "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" has been acquired by IFC Films, in a deal for North American rights. Inspired by Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," the film debuted this year in Cannes and is on tap as a Gala at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. It will hit IFC's day-and-date theatrical/VOD windows next year. "Kim Jee-Woon has taken the action-western to a new level," said Jonathan Sehring, IFC Entertainment president, in a statement "It is a film that both in size and scope looks and feels like Hollywood studio production; a tremendous achievement in filmmaking that solidifies Kim's ...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Takes "Brilliance"

    IFC Entertainment announced its acquisition of the worldwide rights to writer-director Lynn Shelton's "My Effortless Brilliance." The film, which had its world premiere at this year's SXSW Film Festival, will also screen as part of Rooftop Films in New York City on August 1. The film follows a novelist who decides to take a detour from his latest book tour to reconnect with his ex-best friend. IFC will release the film on Festival Direct in August 2008. "Films like 'My Effortless Brilliance' are why Festival Direct was created," said Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment, in a statement. "With the shifting marketplace, a film as ...

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    Sony Classics Gets "O'Horten"

    North American rights to Bent Hamer's "O'Horten" have been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. Described as "a bittersweet tale of train engineer Odd Horten, retiring after 40 years of traveling a very stable rail and now, uneasily, having to adapt to his new life as a pensioner," the film debuted in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes and will have its North American premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, with an early '09 release on tap. Michael Weber from The Match Factory made the deal with Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Dylan Leiner from Sony Pictures Classics. "We are excited to be working on "O'Horten" and ...

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    iW NEWS | Screen Media Heads To "Lake City"

    Screen Media Films announced that they have acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Hunter Hill and Perry Moore's directorial debuts, "Lake City." The film, which stars Sissy Spacek, Troy Garity, Rebecca Romijn and Dave Matthews, had its world premiere earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film is a Southern drama about a mother (Spacek) and son (Garity) who reunite years after a family tragedy drove them apart. Robert Baruc, President of Screen Media Films and David Fannon, Executive Vice President of Screen Media Ventures negotiated on behalf of Screen Media Films. Sixty-Six Productions, which produced "City," was repr...

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    iW NEWS | Oscilloscope Gets "Frontrunners"

    Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope Pictures has announced a worldwide rights deal for Caroline Suh's documentary "Frontrunners." The SXSW Film Festival premiere follows a New York City high school campaign for student council president and will debut on October 15th at Manhattan's Film Forum, followed by a national theatrical release and a DVD debut next year. "Caroline did an amazing job of documenting the insanity of a political race, while capturing the endearing human quality of these quirky school candidates," Yauch said in statement. "I loved seeing the dynamics of a fully functioning political system within the microcosm of Stuyvesa...

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    INSIDE WORD | Kino Getting "Momma's Man" From ThinkFilm

    Azazel Jacobs's "Momma's Man," a hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is instead being released by Kino International after the filmmakers' deal with ThinkFilm evaporated in the wake of financial problems at Think. According to insiders, without a signed contract, the filmmakers returned to Kino, a company that pursued the movie back in Park City. Kino is intending to stick with the film's original August 22nd release date at the Angelika Film Center and other NYC theaters. A formal announcement is expected tomorrow (Friday). Meanwhile, a ThinkFilm email message to journalists today referred inquiries about the film to Kino. [Eugene He...

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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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