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    Atopia Takes North American Rights to "The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez"

    North American rights to 2006 Sundance Film Festival doc "The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez" by Heidi Specogn as been acquired by Montreal-based Atopia Distribution. The film will be released in the U.S. and Canada in March with a DVD release to follow in early summer, according to the company. Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Antonio Gutierrez was one of the 300,000 soldiers the U.S. military sent to war in Iraq in March, 2003. A few hours after the war began, his picture was broadcast all over the world: he was the first American soldier to be killed in Iraq. He was also a so-called 'green-card soldier' - one of approximately 32,000 non-U.S. c...

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    A&E IndieFilms Makes Deal for Bar-Lev's "Kid"

    North American TV rights to Amir Bar-Lev's "My Kid Could Paint That" have been acquired by A&E IndieFilms. Described as a "unique hybrid deal," the preemtive pact, announced days before the film's debut at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, includes a rights acquisition and an equity investment, with A&E on board as a partner with the filmmakers, according to an announcement. They will jointly go into Sundance seeking a theatrical deal for the film, just as they pursued pacts for recent docs ("Jesus Camp" with Magnolia Pictures and "Murderball" with ThinkFilm.) The documentary explores the story of acclaimed 4-year old artist Marla Olmstead, se...

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    Weinsteins Get Haynes' Dylan Film

    The Weinstein Company has acquired North American and UK rights to Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," according to Variety, planning a 2007 release for the unconventional bio-pic that features a variety of actors (including Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett) portraying the mus...

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    ThinkFilm Touting Two Sundance Competition Docs

    Two Sundance Film Festival documentaries are set at ThinkFilm, the company confirmed Wednesday. Earlier this year, ThinkFilm pre-bought worldwide rights to Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine's "War/Dance" and Robinson Devor's "Zoo," both of which will debut in the festival's doc competition later this month. "War/Dance" is described as the story of "a group of African children who overcome the brutal realities of war by participating in a national musical competition that can change their lives immeasurably." While "Zoo" -- sure to be a hot topic at the festival -- is described as, "the story of a seemingly average businessman whose secret sexual li...

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    Digital Sales Agent

    Business Week writes about inDplay. For an 8% commission the new startup will connect films with film buyers through a process somewhere between eBay and iMDB.

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    IFC Entertainment and Red Envelope Take Rights to "An Unreasonable Man"

    North American rights to directors Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan's "An Unreasonable Man" has been picked up by IFC Entertainment in partnership with Red Envelope Entertainment from Submarine Entertainment and William Morris. Day and date distribution label IFC First Take will simultaneously premiere the film theatrically and on local cable's On Demand platform. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently short listed the film for consideration in the documentary category for the 79th Academy Awards. The doc looks at the life and career of controversial figure, Ralph Nader. A team of historians working for Atlantic Monthly m...

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    Reuters: Sony Classics picks up Swiss drama

    Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American rights for "Vitus," Switzerland's official selection for the 2007 foreign-language Oscar nomination race. The movie recently screened at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles, where it won the audience award for best feature. Scott Roxborough reports.

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    Magnolia Pictures Takes US Rights to "Tears of the Black Tiger"

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights for Wisit Sasanatieng's 2001 Cannes feature "Tears of The Black Tiger" from Miramax Films in a deal that resurrects a title considered vanished following Miramax's initial acquisition. The first Thai film to be accepted to Cannes, the company took the rights to the film in several territories including the U.S. Miramax and Magnolia previously teamed up to release Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Pulse" in 2005. Magnolia will release the original uncut version of the film on January 12th at New York's Film Forum with a national rollout to follow. The distributor's head of acquisitions Tom Quinn and head of busines...

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    Anchor Bay Scares Up Rights "Behind the Mask"

    Starz Media's Anchor Bay Entertainment has acquired all rights to Scott Glosserman's mocku-slasher "Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon, Mark Ward," vice president acquisitions, Anchor Bay Entertainment announced Monday. The film, which premiered at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival will be largest theatrical release for Anchor Bay Entertainment, which specializes in the horror genre. The company will open the film in the U.S. on Jan. 5, 2007. The film stars Nathan Baesel ("Invasion"), who plays the lead character, and Angela Goethals ("Spanglish"), as well as Robert Englund ("A Nightmare on Elm Street"), Scott Wilson ("Junebug") and Zelda R...

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    Weinstein Company and IFC Entertainment Take "Out of the Blue"

    The Weinstein Company and IFC Entertainment have co-acquired all North American rights to the controversial drama "Out of the Blue," which will be released though IFC's First Take day and date banner and hit theatres simultaneously with VOD. The Weinstein Company will be releasing the film on DVD through Genius Products, LLC. The joint announcement was made today by Michelle Krumm, EVP of acquisitions for The Weinstein Company and Jonathan Sehring, IFC Entertainment President. Written by Graeme Tetley with director Robert Sarkies, the film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, is the true story of David G...

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