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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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    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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