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    "A Lion in the House" Picked up for U.S. Release by Online Journal, Reverse Shot

    Online film journal Reverse Shot has announced its first foray into theatrical distribution with the acquisition of Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert's critically acclaimed documentary "A Lion in the House." Premiering at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival in January, the film has since gone on to share the best documentary prize at the Nashville Film Festival and taken special jury nods at both the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival in addition to an audience award at the recently completed Hot Docs in Toronto. It will see television broadcast on PBS' "Independent Lens" in late June. The film pr...

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    "Black Gold" Gets Newsreel Deal

    California Newsreel has nabbed U.S. theatrical and DVD rights to Nick Francis and Marc Francis "Black Gold," which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, in the words of an announcement, "explores the world of coffee, from the Ethiopian farmers who grow it, to the international coffee culture that has grown to make coffee a multibillion dollar business." Andrew Herwitz of the Film Sales Company brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers with Larry Daressa on behalf of California Newsreel. A deal is U.S. TV broadcast deal is also being negotiated. Next up for the film are screenings at Hot Docs this week and the ...

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    Strand Raises Curtain to Tribeca Pic "Backstage"

    Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Emmanuelle Bercot's "Backstage," which received its U.S. premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday. The film stars Emmanuelle Seigner as a pop idol whose life is turned upside down when a young, obssessed fan, played by Islid Le Besco, invades her life when they meet on a television show taping. The deal was negotiated between Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch and Marcus Hu and Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing during the Tribeca Film Festival. "Backstage" will also be screening at the San Francisco International Film Festival, currently underway, and at the upcoming Seattle International Film F...

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    Focus Scoops Woody Allen's "Scoop" for the U.S. Oz and New Zealand

    Focus Features has acquired U.S. Australian and New Zealand distribution rights to writer/director Woody Allen's latest film, "Scoop," currently in post-production, company president James Schamus announced Thursday. The film, shot on location last summer in London, stars Allen, Hugh Jackman (from the upcoming "X-Men: The Last Stand"), Scarlett Johansson (who starred in Allen's last effor, "Match Point"), and Ian McShane ("Deadwood"). Described as a "comtemporary comedy," Johansson plays a student journalist for a college newspaper. While visiting friends in London, she happens upon 'the scoop of a lifetime.' In the course of her investigatio...

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    Focus Takes Worldwide Rights to Foulkrod's Doc, "The Ground Truth"

    Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Patricia Foulkrod's documentary feature "The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends," which screened at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Focus president James Schamus announced Monday. Cinetic brokered the deal with Focus, and the film is slated for a th...

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    First Look Pictures Acquires "Saints"

    First Look Pictures has acquired the rights to Dito Montiel's "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints," which took home two awards at Sundance Film Festival this year. The film, which stars Robert Downey, Jr. as the grown Montiel, chronicles the film director's life growing up in Astoria, Queens during the 1980s. Montiel's story portrays the struggles of a childhood spent witnessing the tough realities of New York City, and is about those "saints" who helped the young boy along the way. The film won the special jury prize at Sundance for Best Ensemble Performance as well as the Dramatic Director Award. The deal was negotiated by Richard Stone, S...

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    Film Movement Adopts "Familia"

    Distributor Film Movement has acquired rights to controversial film "Familia," the first feature-length film from Canadian director Louise Archambault. The film tells the story of Michele, a thirty-something aerobics instructor who flees Montreal with her 14-year-old daughter Marguerite to escape her gambling debts. Their destination is California but, penniless, they make it only as far as Montreal's suburbs and the well-appointed home of Michele's childhood friend Janine. While the two women re-establish their relationship, Marguerite and Janine's daughter, forge a friendship through tentative forays into the adult world of drugs and sex. T...

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    Goldcrest Gets "Son"

    Goldcrest Films International has aquired the worldwide sales rights to Andrew Walton's "Arctic Son," described as a doc about "family, dependence and self reliance in the Canadian Yukon." The film will have its world premiere this weekend at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC. It will also screen later this month at IFP Independents Night at the Walter Reade Theater, and at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, followed by a screening at Hot Docs in Canada. The film is a production of Arts Engine Inc./Big Mouth Films. Arts Engine is planning to excecute a national outreach campaign for distributing the film, with the g...

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    Random House and Focus Features Acquire Rights to New Koontz Novel

    Author Dean Koontz has sold his forthcoming novel, "The Husband" to Focus Features and Random House Films, the two comanies heads, James Schamus and Peter Gethers announced today. The story, which will be published on May 30th in hardcover in the U.S. and Canada, is the story of an ordinary working man whose love for his wife is put to a harrowing series of tests over a 60-hour period, beginning when his peaceful workday is shattered by a phone call from a stranger. "The Husband" is the third Random House, Inc. title acquired by the joint venture. In the multi-year deal announced last November between the publisher and Focus Features, the com...

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    Goldcrest Packs in "39 Lbs." to Sales Line up

    London-based film production, sales and distribution company Goldcrest Films has acquired all rights to Dani Menkin's doc "39 Pounds of Love" outside of the U.S. and Israel, the company announced Monday. The film is the story of Ami Ankilewitz, an American born Israeli who was diagnosed with a rare form of muscular dystropy that renders him immobile, except for one finger. His doctor predicted he'd die before the age of six but over thirty years have passed and Ami, weighing only 39 pounds, still survives. The film follows a riveting cross-country journey that Ami took with friends across the USA to look for the doctor who thought he wouldn...

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