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    iW NEWS | WMI Continues Selling "Young @ Heart"

    William Morris Independent is touting its work on agency clients director Stephen Walker and producer Sally George, selling their popular doc, "Young @ Heart." After brokering a North American deal with Fox Searchlight back in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival, WMI broke with its tradition of working with overseas sales agents to sell the film to Jean Labadie's Le Pacte in France, Rialto in Australia/New Zealand, Senator Films in Germany, and Pix/Avex Group in Japan. The film, initially conceived for Channel Four in the UK, was re-tooled for theaters. It showcases an aging chorus of crowd-pleasers who sing The Clash and Coldplay. [Eugene...

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    iW NEWS | Arthouse Acquires Haring Doc

    Arthouse Films announced that it has acquired all North American rights and Worldwide Theatrical and DVD Rights (minus certain territories) for director Christina Clausen's doc, "The Universe of Keith Haring." Maid with the cooperation of the deceased artist's estate, the film explores the background and career of Haring and includes interviews with Yoko Ono, Madonna, Grace Jones, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, among others. "By using audio excerpts of Keith's own voice to narrate the film it was possible for me to bring the viewer in close contact with this extraordinary young man," said Clausen in a statement. "We look forward to wo...

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    EFM NEWS | NonStop Gets "Frozen River"

    Courtney Hunt's "Frozen River" has been acquired by NonStop Entertainment for distribution in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. [Eugene Hernandez]

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    EFM NEWS | Magnet Bucks a "Donkey Punch" for North America

    North American rights to British thriller "Donkey Punch" have been acquired by Magnet Releasing, Magnolia Pictures' genre label. The film, directed by Olly Blackburn recently premiered at Sundance and will be released in the U.K. by Optimum Releasing this summer. Magnolia's SVP Tom Quinn and director of acquisitions Dori Begley, negotiated the deal with London-based Lumina Films' Samantha Holrley and Miles Ketley of Wiggin LLP. "Donkey" follows the travails of seven young adults who meet in a nightclub and decide to continue the party aboard a yacht in the Mediterranean. The fun is interrupted when one dies, leading to a ruthless fight for su...

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    iW NEWS | Sidetrack Picks Up "Corman"

    Sidetrack Films has announced its acquisition of the worldwide rights for Alex Stapleton's documentary, "King of the B's: The Independent Life of Roger Corman." Corman has directed more than 50 films and produced more than 300, including "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Rock and Roll High School." Side...

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    iW NEWS | After Dark Acquires "Frontier(s)"

    After Dark Films announced that it has acquired the North American rights to Xavier Gen's "Frontier(s)." The horror film, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007, will be releasing theatrically on May 9, 2008 in select markets, and then on DVD on May 13, 2008 through Lionsg...

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    iW NEWS | Magnet Takes "Cocaine"

    Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures has acquired the world distribution rights to rakontur's "Cocaine Cowboys 2: Hustlin' With The Godmother." The film is the sequel to Magnolia's 2006 documentary, "Cocaine Cowboys." The sequel follows cocaine dealer Charles Crosby beginning in 1991 on the inner-city streets of Oakland, California. "The first 'Cocaine Cowboys has turned out to be a seminal crime documentary, an iconic title that has developed huge name recognition," said Magnet/Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles in a statement. "We're really excited to be partnering again with the savvy storytellers at rakontur for an equally a...

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    EFM NEWS | Celluloid Signs "Wackness"

    Celluloid Dreams has signed a deal to rep international sales for Jonathan Levine's "The Wackness," the recent dramatic audience award winner at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, recently acquired for North American distribution by Sony Pictures Classics, stars Ben Kingsley, Josh Peck, Famke Ja...

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    IFC Gets "Ballast" Ahead of Berlinale

    IFC Films today announced the acquisition of Lance Hammer's 2008 Sundance Film Festival dramatic competition debut, "Ballast." The company has acquired North American rights to the movie, which is set to screen in competition at the upcoming Berlinale. The deal was negotiated by VP of acquisitions Arianna Bocco and William Morris Independent's Cassian Elwes. Asked what prompted the idea for this film, in an interview with indieWIRE, director Hammer said recently, "The Mississippi Delta in winter is a cold and austere flatscape - almost lunar. Vast cotton acreages are fallow and devoid of human activity. The flatness is interrupted only by occ...

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    iW NEWS | Strand Takes Rights to "Help Me Eros"

    Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to Lee Kang-Sheng's "Help Me Eros" at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, sales company Fortissimo Films announced Friday. The film, about a stock broker who loses everything in a market crash and turns to the marijuana he grows in his closet for comfort, won the Grand Prize at the Gijon Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the Bangkok Film Festival. Additionally, Strand also acquired reissue rights to the controversial gay film "For a Lost Soldier" directed by Roeland Kerbosch, which it has been distributing for Fortissimo for a number of years. The film will be remastered and a special...

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