Drafthouse Films’ Evan Husney Departing Creative Director Post

By | Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 9:00pm PDT

Evan Husney DrafthouseDrafthouse Films‘ Evan Husney is stepping down from his post as Creative Director after nearly three years at the upstart distribution label. New York-based Husney, 27, will be shifting focus to producing and is working with directors Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun) and Todd Rohal (The Catechism Cataclysm) on their next features. Husney helped develop the specialty distro arm of Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas from the ground up when company founder Tim League tapped him to run creative ops in 2011. Shortly thereafter Drafthouse Films scored an Academy Award nomination with one of its first acquisitions, director Michaël R. Roskam’s Belgian drama Bullhead, which vied for Best Foreign Film at the 2012 Oscars. Last year Husney and the Drafthouse team mounted their second Oscar campaign in three years for Best Documentary nominee The Act of Killing, director Josh Oppenheimer’s critically-acclaimed documentary about Indonesian death squad leaders.

Related: Drafthouse Films Embracing Risks With Genocide Doc ‘Act Of Killing’

Since its inception the label has acquired a variety of specialty releases spanning genre, action, drama, comedy, foreign, and repertory titles, plucking often-challenging fare from the lineups of Austin’s Fantastic Fest (which League founded) and SXSW. “When [Drafthouse Films] started we wanted to acquire movies we loved and films we thought are great, utilize our backgrounds as programmers and approach distribution with a curatorial quality – a real cinephiles for cinephiles label,” Husney told me. Read More »

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Drafthouse Nabs Sundance Award Winning Docu ‘The Overnighters’

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 10:43am PDT

overnightersDrafthouse Films has acquired docu The Overnighters, about a small North Dakota town overrun by workers during a local oil boom and the pastor who opens his arms to the “overnighters” to mounting controversy. Director Jesse Moss filmed … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Final Member’

By | Saturday February 22, 2014 @ 11:19am PST

Here’s the official trailer for Drafthouse Films‘ latest docu acquisition The Final Member, about an American, an aging Icelander, and the proprietor of the only “phallological museum” in the world, whose lives intertwine in a quest for immortality as one man attempts to complete his penis exhibit with … Read More »

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Drafthouse Films Acquires Nick Cave Documentary ’20,000 Days On Earth’

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 11:00am PST

20,000 Days On EarthDrafthouse Films has picked up North American rights to 20,000 Days On Earth, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s docu-drama film centered around musician Nick Cave. The Bad Seed stars in the film which … Read More »

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‘Act Of Killing’ Passes 3.5M Downloads On BitTorrent

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 12:47pm PST

The Act Of Killing OscarsThe total for the Oscar-nominated documentary is three times bigger than the audience it has reached on YouTube, BitTorrent says in a blog post. The firm launched its bundle on December 31, in collaboration with … Read More »

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Drafthouse Acquires Michel Gondry’s ‘Mood Indigo’ For U.S.

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 9:38am PST

Mood-IndigoleadDrafthouse Films has acquired U.S. rights to Michel Gondry‘s latest feature film Mood Indigo, an adaptation of the Boris Vian novel that stars Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris. A platform release is planned for this year. The love … Read More »

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OSCARS: Drafthouse Films Embracing Risks – And Hoping For Change – With Genocide Documentary ‘The Act Of Killing’

The Act Of Killing OscarsSpecialty distributor Drafthouse Films opened shop in 2010 and scored a surprise Oscar nomination with its third release, the Belgian Best Foreign Pic contender Bullhead. Now Drafthouse is back in the awards game with Joshua Oppenheimer’s startling Indonesian genocide documentary The Act Of Killing, a provocative pic backed by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris that has already racked up dozens of awards and made the Oscar documentary shortlist in a notably competitive year for nonfiction. Oppenheimer’s film profiles the celebrated death squad leaders responsible for mass murders in 1960s Indonesia as they flamboyantly re-stage their crimes for the camera in Hollywood-style re-enactments — and, in one killer’s case, start to grasp the severity of their actions. The film’s brutal themes required such a careful touch that Drafthouse’s considered awards approach began the moment they won a hard-fought bidding war for the film. But how do you market a film with protagonists like these and win over traditional-minded Academy voters with such a non-traditional message?

Related: Specialty B.O.: ‘Act Of Killing’ Is Year’s Top Documentary Debut

Oppenheimer’s film leaves the moralizing to the audience, but it has not for nothing earned a rep as one of the more unsettling Oscar hopefuls in recent memory. Read More »

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Drafthouse Films Grabs Penis Docu ‘The Final Member’

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 2:37pm PST

The Final Member Drafthouse FilmsDrafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math’s penis-themed documentary The Final Member, adding to its lineup of boundary-pushing films (Bullhead, The Act Read More »

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Drafthouse Films Acquires Abel Ferrara’s 1981 Cult Thriller ‘Ms. 45′

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 11:30am PDT

Drafthouse Films reached back into the vaults to snap up rights to the 1981 revenge thriller Ms. 45, the second film directed by Abel Ferrara after his 1979 horror pic The Driller Killer. … Read More »

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Drafthouse Acquires Toronto Midnight Madness Comedy ‘R100′

By | Thursday September 26, 2013 @ 11:55am PDT

Drafthouse Films has picked up North American rights to Hitoshi Matsumoto’s R100, which had its world premiere at the Midnight Madness section of this month’s Toronto Film Festival. The plan is for a VOD/digital and theatrical release next … Read More »

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Drafthouse Films Fare Headed To Home Video Platforms Via Cinedigm

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 11:50am PDT

Los Angeles, CA, September 4, 2013 (NASDAQ: CIDM) — Cinedigm announced today that it has partnered with Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, to release a slate of critically-acclaimed films across all home entertainment channels. Platforms will include DVD/Blu-ray, broadcast television, subscription VOD, cable VOD, and digital platforms. Drafthouse Films is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world. Going forward, Drafthouse plans to release 10-12 films in theaters in 2014. The partnership between Cinedigm and Drafthouse will begin in January 2014 with the pre-theatrical VOD release of SXSW award-winner CHEAP THRILLS, starring Ethan Embry, Pat Healy, and Sara Paxton, followed by a theatrical release in February. Other upcoming films include Ari Folman’s THE CONGRESS, which premiered at Cannes and stars Robin Wright Penn; acclaimed Cannes premiere BORGMAN, and Ben Wheatley’s latest film, A FIELD IN ENGLAND.

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Drafthouse, VICE To Bring Genocide Docu ‘Act Of Killing’ To Indonesia

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 12:55pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Joshua Oppenheimer’s award-winning The Act of Killing garnered wide acclaim and the year’s best nonfiction debut this summer. But the filmmakers believe the docu, in which ex-death squad leaders of the 1965-1966 Indonesian genocide reenact their own atrocities for the camera, can’t have a traditional release in the country where said mass murderers are still celebrated as national heroes. So the film’s most significant release will come in September when Drafthouse Films, VICE, and VHX open the pic in Indonesia – for free.

Related: ‘The Act Of Killing’ Intrigues As It Nears UK, U.S. Release: Video

The 1965 genocide that killed an estimated 500K to 1 million accused leftists, intellectuals, and ethnic Chinese is rarely talked about in the country and isn’t taught in history books. It’s so sensitive within Indonesia that the 60+ Indonesian crew members on The Act Of Killing are credited as “Anonymous” for fear of retribution. Filmmakers fear that, if submitted to the government-run film board, the docu would likely be banned and subsequent screenings would invite violent attacks by paramilitary groups. Instead, Drafthouse, VICE, Signe Byrge Sørensen’s Final Cut for Real ApS, and VHX will release Act of Killing within Indonesia on September 30 via www.actofkilling.com, where local viewers can download the 159-minute directors cut for free from a site exclusively geo-blocked for Indonesia. Read More »

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Drafthouse Films Takes North American Rights To ‘Why Don’t You Play In Hell?’

By | Thursday August 22, 2013 @ 2:02pm PDT

Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to Japanese director Sion Sono‘s (Suicide Club, Love Exposure) Why Don’t You Play In Hell? Described by Sono as “an action film about the love of 35mm,” and … Read More »

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Documentary ‘The Act Of Killing’ Intrigues As It Nears UK, U.S. Release: Video

Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act Of Killing, about a group of Indonesian men who revisit and re-enact assassinations they committed after the military coup of 1965, made waves at both Telluride and Toronto in 2012. Earlier this … Read More »

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Drafthouse Films Revives 1979 John Huston-Sam Peckinpah Sci-Fi ‘The Visitor’

By | Wednesday June 19, 2013 @ 10:00am PDT

Drafthouse Films has added another curio to their eclectic slate. They’ve unearthed 1979′s The Visitor, a phantasmagorical sci-fi oddity starring Lance Henriksen, Mel Ferrer, Shelley Winters, Franco Nero, and iconic film directors John Read More »

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Drafthouse, Films We Like Acquire North America On ‘The Congress’

By | Friday June 7, 2013 @ 10:00am PDT

Drafthouse Films has picked up North American rights in a deal with Films We Like to the sci-fi pic The Congress which opened the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar last month at Cannes. Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir) directs the … Read More »

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Drafthouse Films Acquires Cannes Competition Thriller ‘Borgman’

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 10:00am PDT

Borgman was the first Dutch film in the Cannes Film Festival‘s competition lineup in almost 40 years when the Dutch thriller from director Alex van Warmerdam hit the Croisette earlier this month. Now Drafthouse Films has picked up North American rights in a deal with Fortissimo Films, with a U.S. theatrical and VOD/digital release planned for 2014. Films We Like will handle Canadian distribution.

Borgman is an allegorical tale exploring the nature of evil in unexpected places. A vagrant enters the lives of a typical but arrogant upper-class family, igniting a descent from darkly comic dream to maddening psychological nightmare. Annet Malherbe and Eva van de Wijdeven, two regulars in van Warmerdam’s films, stars along with Jan Bijvoet. Graniet Film (Netherlands) produced.

“Maybe once a year, I am deluged after a premiere with texts and emails to the effect of ‘this is such a Drafthouse movie,’” says Drafthouse Films founder and CEO Tim League, “Its strange, disturbing, hysterical and utterly unique. Borgman is the quintessential Drafthouse film of Cannes. We can’t wait to share it with audiences in North America.” Read More »

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Cannes: Drafthouse Snags German Import ‘Nothing Bad Can Happen’

EXCLUSIVE: As this year’s sales market came to a close at Cannes, Drafthouse Films acquired North American rights to German drama Nothing Bad Can Happen ahead of its premiere today in the Un … Read More »

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Drafthouse Films Picks Up Ben Wheatley Horror Pic ‘A Field In England’

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT

Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse, has acquired North American rights to original horror film A Field In England. It’s the fourth feature from writer/director Ben Wheatley whose credits include the tour-de-force thriller Kill List, the 2012 Cannes selection Sightseers and a segment in The ABCs Of Death. Billed as “a psychedelic trip into magic and madness,” A Field In England follows a group of English Civil War soldiers in the 17th century who are captured by an alchemist and led into a vast mushroom field, where they fall victim to violent and nightmarish forces. Reece Shearsmith (The League Of Gentlemen), and Michael Smiley (Kill List) star. Julian Barrett (The Mighty Boosh) is also featured in the film. A theatrical and VOD release is planned for 2013. Read More »

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