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    iW NEWS | "Yeast" Set for DailyMotion

    Dailymotion.com will host the free premiere of Mary Bronstein's "Yeast" this weekend. The online outlet announced the news at a party celebrating the movie last night in Manhattan. The film, which debuted at SXSW, follows a maddeningly oblivious, tyrannical and emotionally stunted young woman who tries her best to negotiate two toxic friendships. In an indieWIRE interview earlier this year, Bronstein said that the film was inspired by, "all the thinking I'd been doing about friendship, female friendships in particular." She continued, "I am the type of person who has never had a large group of close friends, usually I'll have one or two very ...

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    iW NEWS | Visit Acquires "Baghead," "Half-Life"

    The international rights to both Mark and Jay Duplass' "Baghead" and Jennifer Phang's "Half-Life" have been acquired by Visit Films. Both films premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Horror/comedy "Baghead" will have its international premiere at the upcoming Rome International Film Festival while sci-fi family drama "Half-Life" will premiere as the only US film in competition at the Tokyo International Film Festival. ""We have been following these films since their first screenings in Sundance as we were so impressed by their ability to bend genres and maintain a wonderful sense of integrity," Visit Films partner Ryan Kampe said in a...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Gets Bela Tarr Title

    IFC Entertainment has acquired Bela Tarr's 2007 Cannes Film Festival entry "Man From London," starring Tilda Swinton, for its on-demand platform Festival Direct. IFC's Lizzie Nastro negotiated the deal with Winnie Lau from Fortissimo Films. The film, based on a novel by Georges Simenon, is described by IFC as, "the story of Maloin, a dour old railway worker trapped in a bleak routine. His home life with his nagging wife and daughter is equally dire until one day, Maloin sees a suitcase being passed off while passengers from London disembark a boat and transfer to a waiting train. After the man who receives the suitcase gets thrown into the h...

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    iW NEWS | Cinevolve Picks Up Venezuela's Oscar Bid

    Alejandro Bellame Palacios' "The Color of Fame" (El Tinte de la Fama) has been announced as Venezuela's official selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards by a committee of the country's film industry professionals. In a deal that will deliver this film to a variety of screens in the US, Los Angeles-based Cinevolve Studios has announced their acquisition of the film from Venezuela's Totem Films. The deal, which encompasses all domestic and international rights for theatrical (excluding Venezuela), home entertainment, television and internet and new media, was negotiated by Arik Treston and Nicole Ballivian, respectively...

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    iW NEWS | here! Takes "Saving Marriage" Worldwide; Targets California's Prop 8

    Worldwide rights to John Henning and Mike Roth's doc "Saving Marriage" have been acquired by here! Films, the theatrical distribution and worldwide sales division of here! Networks. Partner Regent Releasing has pushed up the release date of "Saving Marriage" to release in select cities beginning October 10 in an effort to defeat Proposition 8 in California and take advantage of upcoming elections on November 4th. The film chronicles the two-years after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled gay marriage legal in November of 2003. Public outcry pushed conservative legislators to approve a constitutional amendment that would override th...

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    iW NEWS | B-Side Takes "Crawford"

    David Modigliani's award-winning SXSW documentary "Crawford" has been picked up by B-Side Entertainment. As part of the pact, B-Side entered a deal with Hulu.com, which will host the doc's feature film premiere -- a first for the ad supported streaming service. The film centers on the small Texan to...

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    iW NEWS | Sundance Channel Goes To "Prison"

    Marc Evans's "Prison My Whole Life" has been acquired by Sundance Channel. The film follows William Francome's investigation into the arrest of Mumia Abu Jamal, famed death-row prisoner and award-winning Black Panther journalist. The film will premiere on Sundance Channel on Monday, December 8th. ...

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    Youssou NDour Doc Coming to America; Oscilloscope Gets U.S. Rights

    Chai Vasarhelyi's doc about Senegalese musician Youssou NDour and his struggle to release his controversial "Egypt" album has been acquired by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope Pictures. Fresh from the Telluride and Toronto film festivals where the documentary debuted in conjunction with live co...

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    iW NEWS | Arthouse and Sidetrack Team for "Beautiful Losers"

    Worldwide rights to Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard's "Beautiful Losers" have been acquired by Arthouse Films, which will partner with Sidetrack Films on global distribution. The deal was negotiated by David Koh and Lilly Bright on behalf of Arthouse Films and Curiously Bright Entertainment, along with Jared Moshe and Richard Lim of Sidetrack Films on behalf of the directors and producers. The film has already been acquired and recently released in Japan through Phantom Films and opened in the U.S. this summer. Focusing on a loose-knit group of American artists, the doc is the the story of how a group of outsiders with little or no formal trai...

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    iW NEWS | "$9.99" For Regent

    The North American rights to Tatia Rosenthal's stop motion animated "$9.99" have been acquired by Regent Releasing. Regent acquired the film from international sales agent Fortissimo Films and will distribute it in select U.S. cities in the Spring of 2009. "$9.99" is the third film Regent Releasing picked up from Fortissimo at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. The other previously announced deals were for "Serbis" and "Tokyo Sonata." "We are thrilled to bring Tatia Rosenthal's brilliantly innovative first feature to U.S. audiences," said Regent's Mark Reinhart in a statement. "Regent is committed to showcasing innovative filmmak...

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