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    iW NEWS | EMI Makes UK Deal for "We Are Together"

    Days after its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Paul Taylor's documentary "We Are Together" (Thina Simunye) has been acquired in a UK distribution deal with EMI that includes a theatrical, DVD and soundtrack release. The new film about the Children of Agape choir from South Africa, has stirred Tribeca festival audiences, as indieWIRE reported earlier today, drawing musicians Bono and Alicia Keys to a recent fest screening and party. A Rise Films production in association with The Channel 4 British Documentary Foundation and HBO Documentary Films, "We Are Together"'s deal was brokered by Annie Roney of ro*co films internat...

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    iW NEWS | Here! Gets Tribeca Title, "Vivere"

    Here! Films has announced a North American deal for Angelina Maccarone's German drama, "Vivere," screening at the Tribeca Film Festival. Here's sister company, Regent Releasing will handle the theatrical release of the movie, in a deal brokered with Media Luna Entertainment. Produced by Anita Elsani...

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    iW News | KOCH Lorber Picks up "9 Star Hotel"

    KOCH Lorer Films has acquired U.S. rights to Israeli direcor Ido Haar's doc "9 Star Hotel" (Malon 9 Kochavim), Richard Lorber, president of the company announced Friday. The film will have its North American debut in the world documentary competition at the Tribeca Film Festival, currently underway and will have its theatrical roll out beginning at New York's Film Forum on May 23 followed by a roll out nationwide. The film tells the story of Palestinian laborers who work in the occupied territories by day where their ancestors once lived building luxury homes for Israelis, and then return to their shanty communities at night. "'9 Star Hotel' ...

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    iW NEWS | Picturehouse Scoops Vaughn's "Wild Ride"

    Picturehouse and New Line International have acquired worldwide rights to Ari Sandel's "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland," previously announced as a Weinstein Company acquisition after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Produced by Vaughn, the movie includes a mix of on-stage and behind-the-scene footage, showcasing Vaughn's month long tour with four up-and-coming comics and surprise guests. Picturehouse's Berney indicated that his company was an initial bidder on the movie and when he learned that the film was available again, he pursued a deal. Picturehouse SVP Sara Ro...

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    "Disappearances" to Make Truly Indie US Apparition

    The U.S. theatrical release of Jay Craven's mystical outlaw-adventure "Disappearances" will be handled by Truly Indie, the self-distribution arm of Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's 2929 Entertainment. Written and directed by Jay Craven from a novel by Frank Mosher, the film is described as a "surreal journey into the northern wilderness frontier that features actor/musician Kris Kristofferson in his first lead role in 17 years. The film played at South by Southwest and AFI Fest among others. The deal was negotiated by Craven, who is also a producer on the project, with Truly Indie executive director Kelly Sanders and head of business and legal af...

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    7th Art Gets "Bad Faith"

    Roschdy Zem's "Bad Faith" from Studio Canal has been acquired for North American distribution by 7th Art Releasing, the company announced today. Screening in the City of Lights, City of Angels festival of French film in Los Angeles, the movie is described as, "Focusing on a happy young couple in modern liberal Paris, (it) shows the complications that arise on both sides when Ismael, a North African Muslim, and Clara, an Ashkenaze Jew, must tell their parents about their union. Studio Canal's Saya Huddleston negotiated the deal with Matt Henderson of 7th Art. The film will be release later this year, according to the company. [Eugene Hernande...

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    Meadows' "England" Set for First Take Slate and Red Envelope

    rights to Shane Meadows' "This is England" for IFC Entertainment's day-and-date distribution label. The drama, winner of awards at the Rome International Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards, will screen at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival and will be released in theaters in July....

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    NonStop Selling "Back To Bosnia"

    Sabin Vajraca's "Back To Bosnia," produced by Alison Hanson, has been acquired for international sales by NonStop Sales and is being sold at MIPTV. It is described as, "a drama documentary about Aida Vajraca and her two children who move to Florida, as the Bosnian war escalates in the town of Banja Luka. Aida's husband Emir is left behind to work with a local organization to free prisoners from Serbian concentration camps. With the signing of a peace treaty in 1996, Banja Luka is handed over to the Serbs and Emir leaves his beloved country to join his family in America. Ten years later, the Vajracas return to Bosnia to reclaim their family ho...

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    Strand Eyes Techine's "The Witnesses" for U.S.

    Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Andre Techine's "The Witnesses," the company announced Friday. Jon Gerrans from Strand concluded the deal with UGC International's Eva Diederix and is slated for a late autumn nationwide release. The film, which will have its North American premiere at Frameline's 31st San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival as its opening film, deals with a group of friends and lovers who confront the first outbreak of AIDS in 1984 Paris. The film stars Michel Blanc as a physician and Emmanuelle Beart and Sami Bouajila as a couple whose lives become entertwined as they meet a young man who becomes the c...

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    7th Art and Warner Home Video Nab North American Rights to "Rock the Bells"

    7th Art Releasing and Warner Home Video have jointly acquired North American rights to Casey Suchan and Denis Henry Hennelly's Tribeca and Slamdance Hip Hop doc "Rock The Bells." The deal was negotiated by 7th Art Releasing's Udy Epstein, WHV's Eva Davis and Felicia Bell, and Hennelly and Suchan of Open Road Films. The film will open in April in select cities across the US, while the DVD release is planned for mid to late July. The film is the story of the inaugural Rock The Bells festival in San Bernardino, California. "Personifying the fierce independence and Do-It-Yourself spirit of the Hip Hop generation, entrepreneur Chang Weisberg puts ...

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