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Zeitgeist Grabs “Brakhage” Doc; Paramount Classics Picks Flick; Regent and Flashpoint Ink Deal

Zeitgeist Grabs "Brakhage" Doc; Paramount Classics Picks Flick; Regent and Flashpoint Ink Deal

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Zeitgeist Grabs “Brakhage” Doc

New York-based Zeitgeist Films snapped up U.S. theatrical rights to Jim
Shedden’s “Brakhage,” at the recently concluded Hamptons International
Film Festival, after tracking it for some time. The film, a portrait of
noted filmmaker Stan Brakhage, also screened at this year’s Toronto
International Film Festival. The documentary contains interviews with
Brakhage and his friends and family, as well as clips of his work. In a
telephone conversation on Monday, Zeitgeist co-President Emily Russo
told indieWIRE that in addition to an arthouse release, the film will
also be programmed at film societies and colleges. “I think the
university market is going to be major for [the film],” she said. While
no date is set, Russo indicated that the film will probably be released
in the first half of 1999, and that the distributor thought that New
York’s Anthology Archive would be a perfect match for the film, but that
if other venues wanted to screen the film prior to a New York opening,
Zeitgeist “won’t hold it back.”

>> Paramount Classics Gets ‘Real’

On the heels of their pickup of Tod Williams’ “The Adventures of
Sebastian Cole
” at last month’s Toronto Film Festival, Paramount
has made their second acquisition, according to The Hollywood
Reporter, which on Monday wrote that the distrib had nabbed Simon
Shore’s “Get Real.” The British coming-of-age pic stars Ben Silverstone
(“Lolita”), Brad Gorton, Charlotte Brittain, Tim Harris, Stacy Hart,
Kate McEnery and James D. White, and won prizes at the Edinburgh and
Dinard Festivals, according to the trade. Screenwriter Patrick Wilde
adapted his play, “What’s Wrong With Angry.” The film was picked up from
Distant Horizon, and produced by Stephen Taylor , with Distant Horizon’s
Anant Singh and Helena Spring executive producing. The deal was handled
by Paramount Classics toppers David Dinerstein and Ruth Vitale and by
attorney Alan Grodin of Weissman, Wolff, Bergman, Coleman & Silverman
Llp. for Distant Horizon. Paramount Classics is currently in production
on Alain Berliner’s “Passion of Mind,” which stars Demi Moore and Peter
Reigert, among others.

>> Flashpoint And Regent Ink Prod Deal

London-based Flashpoint Ltd., a film and television financing company,
has agreed to fund six films to be produced by Regent Entertainment.
Previously, the two companies financed Bill Condon’s upcoming Lions Gate
Films release “Gods and Monsters.” In addititon, Flashpoint financed the
Kelly McGillis starrer, “Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister,” among
others. Regent recently financed and produced the Sundance screener,
Twilight of the Golds,” which was directed by Ross Kagan Marks, and
starred Garry Marshall, Faye Dunaway, Brendan Fraser and Jennifer Beals.

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