BREAKING: One of my questions for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival has been answered: when the heck are Bob and Jeanne Berney getting back into the indie distribution mix? Well, they’re back. They’ve restarted Picturehouse, the shingle Berney ran before it was shut down by Warner Bros. After that, the Berneys started Apparition with Bill Pohlad, and left to start FilmDistrict with Peter Schlessel. After they left, they’ve been quietly been percolating the next move.
At a relaunched Picturehouse, the Berneys get underway distributing a new film: Metallica Through The Never. It stars the guys in the band (who were so memorable in the 2004 documentary Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster), and Dane DeHaan, the Chronicle star who plays a band crew member. Here’s the announcement, and it will be interesting to see if they will be active players in what is shaping up to be a promising acquisitions marketplace that will kick into gear this weekend in Park City:
Picturehouse, the full-service independent film marketing and distribution company started in 2005, is reopening its doors with founder Bob Berney at the helm. Berney will serve as CEO and Jeanne Berney will serve as President of the relaunched company, which will continue to be based in New York.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be back in business under the Picturehouse banner,” said Mr. Berney, who recently acquired the trademark and logo from Warner Bros. “We worked very hard to build it into a brand known for acquiring exciting, challenging and entertaining films from the U.S. and around the world, and helping them find their audiences.”
Picturehouse’s first new release will be Metallica Through The Never a feature film starring members of the iconic rock band and Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2). DeHaan plays a young band crew member who is sent out on an urgent mission while the band is playing a rousing live set in front of a sold-out crowd and unexpectedly finds his world turned completely upside down. The film, written and directed by Nimród Antal (Kontroll, Predators), is due in theaters August 9. One of the bestselling rock acts of all time, Metallica has sold over 105 million albums worldwide.