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    iW NEWS | Truly Indie Takes "Gun"

    Greenwood Hill Productions has signed on with Truly Indie's self-distribution company to release its first feature film, "Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun." The film, an adaptation of the 1982 award-winning play, takes place in the mind of an American soldier hit by an artillery shell on the last day of WWI. It stars Ben McKenzie ("Junebug"), and will have its World Premiere on September 22nd at the Paramount Theatre in Austin prior to beginning a rollout on September 26th. A portion of the film's proceeds will be donated to the Fallen Patriot Fund, a non-profit organization established to help families of U.S. military personnel who were ...

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    iW NEWS | here! Takes "Queen"

    here! Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Olaf de Fleur's "The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela." The film has won multiple awards on the festival circuit, including the Teddy Award for Best Feature at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival. Sister company Regent Releasing will distribute the film for here! in select cities this Fall starting with New York and Los Angeles on September 26th. "We are thrilled to be working with such an innovative, emerging talent like Olaf de Fleur," said Mark Reinhart, West Coast General Manager and EVP, Distribution and Acquisitions, Regent, in a statement. "'Queen Raquela' is refreshing and ins...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Acquires "Food"

    Fortissimo Films has announced its acquisition of the documentary feature "Food, Inc.," which will have its world premiere at next week's Toronto International Film Festival. Produced and directed by Robert Kenner, the Participant Media-River Road Entertainment presentation draws upon Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan's investigation into "the growth of big business and the ways in which it has impacted upon how and what we eat." The deal, for worldwide rights excluding North America, was brokered between Fortissimo's Senior Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions Winnie Lau, Participant Media's Executive Vice President, Business Affairs Jeff...

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    iW NEWS | Visit Films Acquires "Adela"

    Visit Films has announced its worldwide acquisition of Toronto International Film Festival title "Adela." Screening it Toronto's Contemporary World Cinema section, the film is directed by Filipino Adolfo Alix Jr.. It tells the story of a former radio personality who is celebrating her 80th birthday in the slums of Manila. "This film marks a significant move forward for Visit," said Visit Films partner Sylvain Tron in a statement. "We have acquired a top tier international project from a director whose first film was the Filipino entry for the Academy Awards Foreign Language category. The film is deeply poetic and addresses the basic need to ...

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    iW NEWS | SPC Buys "Paris"

    Christophe Barratier's "Paris 36" (Faubourg 36), which opened the Montreal World Film Festival last night, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. The company announced today a deal for U.S., Australasian and Scandinavian rights rights to the movie. Described as the story of "a bygone era in France," the film is Barratier's follow-up to "The Chorus" (Les Choristes). The film was produced by Jacques Perrin, and Nicolas Mauvernay and  co-produced by Romain Le Grand for Pathe. "This is one of those amazing populist movies no one seems to make anymore: a big, boisterous, moving 1930's music hall movie with perfect attention to detail in perf...

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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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