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K5 International has boarded director Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie And The Boxer which is screening this week in Tribeca. Heinzerling won the U.S. Documentary directing prize in Sundance for the film which is his feature debut. The movie is a New York love story about life and art that explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife and artist Noriko. It will be released Stateside by Radius-TWC in August. King Records will distribute in Japan with Parco and Madman in Australia.

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South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation Studios has added the voice talent of Steve Buscemi and The Good Wife’s Anika Noni Rose to its 3D animated feature, Khumba. They join Liam Neeson, Laurence Fishburne, AnnaSophia Robb, Jake T. Austin, Loretta Devine and Richard E. Grant. Khumba tells the story of a half-striped Zebra who is blamed for a severe drought by his herd. He teams up with a sassy wildebeest and a self-obsessed ostrich to go in search of the magic waterhole where legend has it the first zebras got their stripes and meets an array of wacky characters on the adventure. Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has international sales. Millennium Entertainment will release in the U.S. later this year. Buscemi and Rose’s deals were brokered by WME and Ned Lott on behalf of Triggerfish Animation. Buscemi is also repped by The Gotham Group. Read More »

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Sundance: Radius-TWC Acquires ‘Cutie And The Boxer’

By | Saturday January 26, 2013 @ 7:30pm PST

Hot off director Zachery Heinzerling’s U.S. Documentary Directing win tonight at this year’s Sundance Film Festival Awards, Cutie and the Boxer has been picked up in North America and France by Radius–TWC. Check out the release below:

Park City, Utah – January 26, 2013: RADiUS – TWC proudly announced today that it has acquired North American and French rights to the U.S. Documentary Directing Award Winner CUTIE AND THE BOXER one of the best-reviewed films at the Festival that premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition.
Directed by first-time feature filmmaker Zachary Heinzerling, CUTIE AND THE BOXER is a soulful and unsentimental exploration of life and art via the 40-year love story of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, two Japanese artists who met and married in New York in the early 1970s.

The film was produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, Patrick Burns and Sierra Pettengill.  Kiki Miyake is the executive producer.  David Teague is the editor and Yasuaki Shimizu is the composer.

RADiUS has slated a 2013 release.

As a rowdy young Neo-Dadaist artist in Tokyo, Ushio yearned for international recognition, so in 1969 he set sail for New York City.  Nineteen-year-old Noriko came to New York to study art, where she met and fell in love with Ushio, 21 years her senior.  Putting her own artistic ambitions on hold, Noriko dedicated herself to supporting her husband’s career.  Over the course of their marriage, the roles of assistant and artist have slowly

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