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Factory 25 Releasing Cannes Director’s Fortnight Films

Factory 25 Releasing Cannes Director's Fortnight Films

Factory 25 announced today that they have acquired the rights to four recent Cannes Director’s Fortnight films, all of which will be released as part of its new Factory Fortnight series.

The films are Cam Archer’s “Shit Year,” Rebecca Dailey’s “The Other Side of Sleep,” Jerome de Missolz’s “Kids of Today” and Alistair Banks Griffin’s “Two Gates of Sleep.”

Factory 25 will release “The Other Side of Sleep” and “Kids of Today” theatrically in January and will bring the films to DVD and digital platforms later in 2012. “Shit Year” opened theatrically in September and will also be released digitally and on DVD in early 2012.

Full press release reprinted below:

The Other Side of Sleep, Kids of Today and Shit Year acquired by Factory 25 for North American Distribution as part of Factory Fortnight, a series of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight films
Factory 25 will release Other Side of Sleep and Kids of Today theatrically in January, followed by DVD, digital platforms and non-theatrical screenings in early 2012. 
Shit Year, staring Ellen Barkin, in theaters, opened in New York City on September 21, 2011 will be followed DVD, digital platforms and non-thatrically early 2012.
Factory 25 announced today that it has aquired North American rights to Toronto International Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival film The Other Side of Sleep by Rebecca Daly along with three other past Cannes Directors’ Fortnight films: Shit Year by Cam Archer, Kids of Todayby Jerome De Missolz and Two Gates of Sleep by Alister Banks Griffin. These four films will be the first releases of the Factory Fortnight series.
Rebecca Daly’s first feature film The Other Side of Sleep is the haunting journey of Arlene (Antonia Campell Hughes), a sleepwalker since childhood. She works in the local factory of the small Irish rural town she grew up in. When a young woman is found dead in the woods, Arlene immediately channels her own mother’s disappearance, twenty years ago. Increasingly drawn to the girl’s family – her accused boyfriend and grieving sister, Arlene barricades herself in at night, depriving herself of sleep. Deep in emotional turmoil, her sleeping and waking realities soon blur, as the community searches to find the killer.
The Other Side of Sleep was directed by Rebecca Daly; stars Antonia Cambel Hughes, Sam Keeley and Vicky Joyce; screenplay by Rebecca Daly and Glenn Montgomery; director of Photography by Suzie Lavelle; Edited by Halina Daugird; Music & Sound by Michel Schöpping and Marc Lizier; produced by Morgan Bushe, Macdara Kelleher for Fastnet Films; In co-production with Ferenc Pusztai for KMH Films (Hungary), Reinier Selen and Ivo de Jongh for Rinkel Film (Netherlands); Supported by the Netherlands Film Fund & Motion Pictures Public Foundation of Hungary. With the participation of Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board.
In Shit Year, Cam Archers follow up to his 2006 Sundance film Wild Tigers I have Known, renowned actress Colleen West (Ellen Barkin) abandons her successful career for a secluded life in the hills. But the quiet and peace of mind she longed for is disrupted by the noisy construction of neighboring housing developments. Before long, Colleen discovers that she really can’t stand herself now that she has given up the only thing that she has ever truly been passionate about. As an alternative to isolation, she reluctantly befriends her jubilant, whimsical neighbor (Melora Walters) and reconnects with her estranged brother (Bob Einstein) who drops by unan nounced after hearing about her retirement. Haunted by loneliness and past desires, Colleen begins to feel as if she has lived her life through the characters she has played on stage and screen. Ultimately, she is forced to confront loss, her failures and mistakes, by reliving a recent affair with younger actor Harvey West (Luke Grimes) whom she met dur ing her final stage performance. Reality becomes inseparable from Colleen’s unhinged obsessions in a hallucinatory struggle to accept her own vulnerability and reclaim herself.
Shit Year was written and directed by Cam Archer; starring Ellen Barkin, Melora Walters, Bob Einstein, Luke Grimes, Theresa Randle, director of photography was Aaron Platt; sound sesign by Cam and Nate Archer; production design by Elizabeth Birkenbuel; edited by Madeleine Riley; Music by Mick Turner; songs by Sara beth Tucek; produced by Lars Knud sen and Jay van Hoy; production company was Parts and Labor
In the Jerome De Missolz documentary Kids of Today legendary seventy’s French rock critic Yves Adrien becomes an obsession of a young counterculture group. Music from yesterday and today pave a revolutionary road through the generational collision. From the opening scene, the film uses William S. Burroughs cut up style storytelling with an excerpt from the classic silent film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari then quickly cuts to the electro-punk band Crystal Castles intertwining the decadent pasts and urban futures.
Kids of Today was directed by Jérôme de Missolz based on an original idea by Jean-François Sanz; director of photography Jérôme de Missolz & Sarah Blum; Sound by Matthew Foldes; Edited by Elisabeth Juste & Vanessa Bozza; Produced by Love Streams agnès b. Productions & Arte France Cinéma
Alistair Banks Griffin’s directorial debut Two Gates of Sleep takes place somewhere on the Mississippi-Louisiana border, where brothers Jack (Brady Corbet, FUNNY GAMES) and Louis (David Call, TV’s GOSSIP GIRL) prepare for their mother’s imminent death. Their communication limited to glances, they hunt a gorgeous animal, cook a special meal and share last moments of quiet intimacy with the woman who bore them. Once she succumbs, they ignore society’s expectations and undertake an arduous journey to bury her along the riverbank. Stunningly photographed by Jody Lee Lipes (AFTERSCHOOL, TINY FURNITURE), the film shuns narrative conventions through exactingly spare techniques that magnify the tension and melancholy in every frame. Ants swarm in the dirt, trees form a green cathedral, and the brothers step deeper into the muddy river. Evoking the elemental themes of Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying,” TWO GATES OF SLEEP is a film of rare beauty that calls attention to seldom seen customs of the rural South, and paints a shattering portrait of a family overcoming extraordinary circumstances to honor a final request.
Two Gates of Sleep was written and directed by Alistair Bands Griffin; produced by Josh Mond and Andrew F. Renzi; Executive Produced by Sean Durkin and Antonio Campos; associate produced by Zach Stuart-Pointer and Dustin Bowlin; starring Brady Corbet, David Call and Karen Young; photographed by Jody Lee Lipes; music by Saunder Jurriaanes  and Daniel  Bensi; sound design by Daneil Flosdorf; Production company was Borderline Films.
FACTORY 25 is a new Brooklyn-based independent film + music label. Beginning in September 2009, FACTORY 25 releases films, theatrically, digitally, and on DVD, and curates provocative limited edition DVD/vinyl combination packages. Specializing in indie niche projects, FACTORY 25 is committed to delivering films and music in perfect analog or digital quality on DVD and vinyl in aesthetically interesting packaging.  In addition to The Other Side of Sleep, Shit Year, Kids of Today and Two Gates of Sleep, indie film label Factory 25 released the critically acclaimed Frownland, along with You Wont Miss Me, Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be the Same, New York Export: Opus Jazz, Rio Breaks, Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo,Until The Light Takes Us, Wah Do Dem and Make out With Violence.  Upcoming Title for Factory 25 include Buttons by Alex Kalman, Josh & Ben Safdie and The Family Jams by Kevin Barker.

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