EXCLUSIVE: Love Etc., the Jill Andresevic-directed documentary that is the first film production from Jonathan Tisch’s Walnut Hill Media, has been acquired for distribution by Paladin CEO Mark Urman. The documentary made its premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival last fall, where it won the Audience Award for documentary. The film, shot entirely in New York, will debut in exclusive Manhattan engagements in June before Paladin expands around the country through the summer.
Love Etc. tracks five different relationships over the course of a year. The participants include 18-year-old high school sweethearts and an 89-year-old readying for a 50th wedding anniversary. One couple plans a big wedding but struggles after the honeymoon is over. There is a divorced father of teenagers who braves the dating market, as does a single gay man who’s about to become the father of twins. Urman called the film “as poignant, poetic and polished as the best fiction, [with] the added bonus of being completely real.” The film was produced by Jeffrey Stewart (who launched Walnut Hill Media with Tisch in 2008), Chiemi Karasawa and Andresevic. Tisch is exec producer. It was his visit to the City Hall Marriage Bureau to get a license in 2007 that prompted the idea for the film. Paladin is currently in release on the Tom Shadyac documentary I Am, which launched in three cities before opening last Friday in L.A. It bows March 18 in New York.