Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Film Acquisition Rundown to find out what films got new homes and are coming to a theater or streaming platform near you.
– The Orchard has picked up worldwide rights to the Duplass Brothers-produced “Rainbow Time.” The film, directed by and starring Linas Phillips, also features Melanie Lynskey, Timm Sharp, Artemis Pebdani, Jay Duplass and Tobin Bell. The feature follows “a mentally challenged 40-year-old man named Shonzi (Phillips) [who] is sent to live with his brother Todd (Timm Sharp). When Shonzi develops a crush on Todd’s new girlfriend Lindsay (Melanie Lynskey), he threatens to reveal past secrets that could ultimately tear the couple apart.” The Orchard will release the film later this year.
– Oscilloscope has picked up the U.S. rights to the recently restored 1984 documentary “Living Los Sures,” which was recently reintroduced to the world by UnionDocs and is currently enjoying a limited run at New York City’s Metrograph. Diego Echeverria’s film “probes the residents of the Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, pre-gentrification. Poverty, drugs, gang violence, crime, abandoned real estate, racial tension, single-parent homes, and inadequate local resources are the backbone of a complex portrait that also celebrates the vitality of this largely Puerto Rican and Dominican community, showing the strength of their culture, their creativity, and their determination to overcome a desperate situation.” Oscilloscope plans to release the film nationally, followed by an ancillary release.
– Hulu is making a move into the documentary world. At its annual upfronts presentation, the online streaming service announced that they will be releasing Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary, “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week,” both in theaters and online this fall. Hulu has picked up the exclusive streaming video on-demand rights to Howard’s feature documentary, which boasts both rare and exclusive footage. The project was produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.
– FilmRise has acquired the exclusive worldwide distribution rights for Sean Brosnan’s debut feature film, “My Father Die,” which recently premiered at SXSW. The film, directed by Sean Brosnan, “follows Asher (Joe Anderson), a man who has been deaf and mute since having his hearing knocked out at the age of 12. For the past two decades he has been training to avenge himself on his attacker, a man who also killed his older brother. Now that his nemesis is out of prison, he will finally get his chance – but Asher’s target also happens to be his father (Gary Stretch). FilmRise will release the film theatrically this winter.
– Sol Y Luna, Kino Lorber’s recently Spanish-language label, has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to the documentary “Lucha Mexico,” directed by Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz. The documentary “explores the behind-the-scenes, as well as the cultural context, of the ‘Lucha Libre’ wrestling phenomenon.” The film had its U.S. premiere at last year’s DOC NYC. The film will receive a national day-and-date release on July 15, when it will become available simultaneously on iTunes, Cable on Demand and in at least a dozen markets, including engagements in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, San Diego and Albuquerque.
– Gravitas Ventures has secured the U.S. rights to “Total Frat Movie” from Digerati Films, inspired by the “hugely popular college lifestyle website” TotalFratMove.com. The film centers on a pair of rival frats who come to blows so fierce that one of them is ejected from campus. Years later, one of Alpha Chi Gamma’s most dedicated members discovers a loophole that could change things in a major way. Hijinks ensue! The film will be released in theaters and On Demand on September 23.
– Gathr Films has acquired all North American rights to “Generation Found,” the second feature collaboration from Jeff Reilly and Greg Williams. The film is billed as “a transformative community story about the people of Houston who are fighting to save young people from the leading cause of death of their generation.”