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Alex Ross Perry’s ‘The Color Wheel,’ IW’s Best Undistributed Film of 2011, Finds Distribution

Alex Ross Perry's 'The Color Wheel,' IW's Best Undistributed Film of 2011, Finds Distribution

Alex Ross Perry’s sophomore feature “The Color Wheel,” which topped Indiewire’s 2011 end-of-year poll for best undistributed film, has received distribution from Cinema Conservancy, a new company from Tyler Brodie and Hunter Gray, who will take the film to Brooklyn for its opening week, and follow that run with 15-city run.

Co-staring and co-written by Perry and Carlen Altman (“You Wont Miss Me”), “The Color Wheel” is an odd, funny story of a slacker brother and ambitious sister on a mission to move her things from her ex-lover/ex-professor’s home.

See Indiewire’s FUTURES profile of Perry here.

The full press release follows below:

Cinema Conservancy is pleased to announce the US theatrical premiere release of The Color Wheel, the most acclaimed American Independent film of the moment.

After a stellar run as an Official Selection in over twenty international festivals, including Festival del Film Locarno, Viennale and Vancouver, and audience-favorite at AFI Los Angeles, BAMcinemafest, Sarasota Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival & Chicago Underground Film festival (Winner – Best Narrative Feature), the US Premiere Theatrical release begins May 18th at BAMcinematek (Brooklyn, NY), followed by:

Denver Film Center (May 25th to 31st)
Roxie – San Francisco (June 1 to 7th)
Northwest Film Forum – Portland, OR (June 1st to 4th)
Art House Cinema 502 – Ogden, UT (June 14th to 18th)
Guild Cinema – Albuquerque, NM (June 22nd to 24th)
Northwest Film Forum – Seattle (July 6 to 12)
Wexner Center – Columbus, OH (July 21 & 22nd)

Also this summer in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Dallas, Columbia (MO.), and Portland (ME.)

The second feature by writer/director Alex Ross Perry, and co-written and starring Carlen Altman (Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film”), The Color Wheel is a serious comedy, beautifully composed by a filmmaker with a precocious sense of cinema, and heralds the arrival of two major new talents.

The Color Wheel is the story of JR (Carlen Altman), an increasingly transient aspiring news-anchor, as she forces her disappointing younger brother Colin (Alex Ross Perry) to embark on a road trip to move her belongings out of her professor-turned-lover’s apartment (Bob Byington).  Traveling through fog-shrouded highways of New England, uncomfortably running into old school-mates, revisiting shared familial history from which they have long since diverged, chaos and calamity are not far behind their beat up Honda Accord.  It can only be a matter of time before JR and Colin arrive at the strangest and most unsettling of resolutions and put to rest their decades of animosity, half-baked sibling rivalry and endless bickering, in his comedic symphony of disappointment and forgiveness.

Finding inspiration in Robert Frank, Jerry Lewis and, most of all, Philip Roth, director Perry states, “I really cannot overstate the importance of his novels on the last few years of my life, or this film. I learned, or extrapolated, or inferred, more from Roth about sexual insecurity, what it means to be a man, the plight of the creative mind and the distance we can feel from those close to us than anything else ever could have taught me.”

The Color Wheel was photographed by Sean Price Williams (Frownland, The Black Balloon) and features Kate Lyn Sheil (Green, v/h/s, Silver Bullets) and Anna Bak-Kvapil, as well as a wealth of filmmaking talent appearing in front of the camera: Bob Byington (Harmony & Me, Somebody Up There Likes Me), Ry Russo-Young (Nobody Walks, You Wont Miss Me), Craig Butta (One Smart Indian) and C. Mason Wells (LOL).

“Schooled in film history but not beholden to it, treating style as expression rather than a given, taking its ambitions seriously, willing to explore unexplored or marginalized territory: the cinema of the future, I hope.”  – Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Ebert presents at the Movies/mubi.com

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