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The Rumur: SXSW Filmmakers Unite

The Rumur: SXSW Filmmakers Unite

You know, one of the things I enjoy most during any year of SXSW, is watching filmmakers come together because of our event and make new friendships. It’s fun to watch them bond and grow close. Now, yes, typically this is limited to sharing Texas BBQ and a few shots of tequila. And, sometimes, it leads to collaboration. But, I’ve never seen something like what I discovered about newborn Rumur Releasing in indieWIRE Thursday morning:

“Three titles are currently on the roster for recently formed New York-based distributor Rumur Releasing, spearheaded by ‘Horns and Halos’ filmmakers, Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, as well as the 2002 doc’s producers Jeff Sanders and David Beilinson…

In March, while attending the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) with ‘Code 33,’ the partners saw directors Garrett Scott and Ian Olds’ Iraq doc ‘Occupation: Dreamland,’ described as an ‘unflinchingly candid portrait of a squad of U.S. soldiers deployed in the city of Falluja during winter 2004.’

‘We were just floored,’ said Galinsky. ‘Garrett Scott and Ian Olds had made a massively important movie but couldn’t get anyone involved with distributing the film because many people were scared off by the Iraq war content.’

‘These factors came together and we decided to jump in and build a company where we could release smart films that might not play to the masses, but can find an audience in the theaters — and as such get enough of a profile to sell some copies of DVDs.'”

Occupation: Dreamland begins a theatrical release on September 16, with Code 33 opening “some time afterward.”

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