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DAILY NEWS: Seventh Art Acqisitions; CMJ Fest

DAILY NEWS: Seventh Art Acqisitions; CMJ Fest

by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

>> Seventh Arts Nabs “American Pimp” and “Jellyfruit”

Seventh Art has acquired domestic theatrical distribution rights to the
Hughes Brothers‘ documentary, “American Pimp,” and the non-U.S.
international rights to “Bellyfruit,” a new dramatic feature by Kerri Lee
. “Pimp” will be released theatrically in February and the video will
be handled by MGM, Seventh Art’s Acquisitions and Marketing VP Oren Bitan
told indieWIRE yesterday (Monday). Seventh Art’s deal for “Bellyfruit”
marks the distributor’s first acquisition of a fiction title for
international sales.

Bitan told indieWIRE that the company’s growing sales division intends to
handle the international sales on 4 – 6 fiction feature titles a year, that
is in addition to the 6 – 10 documentary titles that Seventh Art shops
internationally on an annual basis. “Bellyfruit” tackles issues of teen
pregnancy and is inspired by real stories of teen mothers, it stars Michael
(“Star Maps“), Bonnie Dickenson (“Little Shots of Happiness“),
Kimberly Scott (“Batman and Robin“), T.E. Russell (“Trespass“) and Yareli
(“Like Water for Chocolate“). Robert Bauer (“Scotch and Milk,”
Waiting for Woody“) and Bonnie Dickenson produced the movie from a play,
it premiered at the 1999 LAIFF.

Allen and Albert Hughes premiered “American Pimp,” a study of the life and
style of American pimps, in the documentary competition at the 1999
Sundance Film Festival. The movie was hotly anticipated by distributors,
even securing a rumored seven-figure pre-emptive bid by a high-profile
IndieWood distributor. Bitan indicated that to promote the release
Seventh Art will schedule a promotional tour with two of the American pimps
documented in the movie.

>> CMJ Sets FilmFest Lineup

Organizers have announced the lineup for the CMJ FilmFest ’99, a showcase
of new movies alongside the New York’s annual CMJ Music Marathon &
MusicFest running September 15 – 18, 1999. The festival will be held at
the Worldwide Plaza theaters in Manhattan.

This year, the event will be open to the public and include an independent
film competition. An award will be given to the filmmaker who best
exhibits “Excellence In The Use Of Music In Film.” Features on tap for the
event include Allison Anders‘ “Sugar Town,” Hamtpton Fancher‘s “The Minus
,” The Beatles‘ “Yellow Submarine,” Jon Reiss‘ “Better Living Through
,” and John Shea‘s “Southie.”

[For more information, visit the official website at:, or call 516-498-3156.]

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