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 Certain Regard section. Pic marks the directorial debut of filmmaker Katrin Gebbe, who also scripted, and follows a young Christian punk who moves in with the family of a man he meets by chance and becomes the target of a cruel game designed to test his faith. Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm that Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse launched in 2010, has sprung repeatedly for edgy international fare. I hear Gebbe’s film had Drafthouse buyers reminiscing on Bullhead, the Belgian pick-up that was nominated for Best Foreign Oscar in 2012 taking Drafthouse to the Academy Awards in its second year of operation. Drafthouse is plotting a theatrical and multiplatform release for 2014. In March they picked up Cheap Thrills out of SXSW and will next release the award-winning docu The Act Of Killing in July. James Shapiro negotiated the deal on behalf of Drafthouse Films with Hengameh Panahi of Celluloid Dreams.
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.
UPDATE, 5:35 PM: It’s official: Drafthouse Films and Snoot Entertainment have confirmed their acquisition of the midnight pic Cheap Thrills, which will receive a theatrical and VOD release. The deal kicked off sales at SXSW 2013, which picked up today when another late night selection, Haunters, went to IFC Midnight. The official Cheap Thrills announcement appears below Deadline’s original exclusive.
EXCLUSIVE, SUNDAY PM: The first deal of SXSW 2013 closed today as Drafthouse Films and Snoot Entertainment took theatrical, home vid and VOD rights to E.L. Katz’s midnight selection Cheap Thrills. Pat Healy, David Koechner, Sara Paxton, and Ethan Embry star in the twisted comedy thriller about a working class family man tempted by a rich couple into a series of escalating bets. Bidding wars are rare at the Austin fest, but competition broke out late Friday night after the film’s premiere where audience and critical enthusiasm was high. I hear Magnolia, Anchor Bay, and IFC were also in the running at various stages with some eager to buy right away. But in stark contrast to Sundance, where auctions carry on into the wee hours of the night and nobody sleeps, this deal took all of Saturday to unfold.
The documentary chronicling proto-punk band Death had its world premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Fest and screens March 14 at SXSW. Austin-based Drafthouse is planning a summer theatrical and VOD release.
AUSTIN, TX – February 26, 2013 – Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced today the acquisition of North American rights to Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino’s riveting rockumentary A Band Called Death, which is set to screen at this year’s SXSW Film Festival in the “24 Beats Per Second” film category. The film chronicles rebirth and rise to cult stardom of early-’70s African-American “proto-punk” trio Death, following a new generation’s discovery of a virtually unheard demo tape more than 30 years later. A theatrical and VOD release for A Band Called Death is scheduled for this summer.
AUSTIN, TX – October 29th, 2012 – Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced today it appointed Sumyi Khong Antonson to Vice President of Marketing & Distribution where she will be handling marketing strategy and execution for all theatrical and home entertainment titles. Antonson will be reporting to Drafthouse COO, James Emanuel Shapiro.
The distribution unit of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has picked up all North American rights to the 2012 Golden Lion winning film, it was announced today. The first Korean movie to ever win the top prize at …
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Drafthouse Films has acquired U.S. rights to The Ambassador, a darkly comic documentary that exposes the corrupt business of selling diplomatic titles at the expense of wartorn, third-world nations, particularly in Africa. The Mads Brugger-directed …
Warner Bros has bought remake rights to the Danish film Klown, a raunchy road trip comedy that Drafthouse Films is releasing in the U.S. next month. The redo has Todd Phillips aboard to produce and maybe direct, and Danny McBride set to star and writing the script — from …
Santa Monica, CA – Friday, November 4, 2011 – Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse, announced today from The American Film Market that it has entered a U.S. distribution deal with Image Entertainment, Inc., a leading licensee and distributor of programming throughout North America, solidifying itself as major player in the independent distribution arena. The exclusive distribution deal will span home video, digital, television and VOD platforms helping to further expand the ever-growing Alamo Drafthouse entertainment lifestyle brand. Drafthouse Films will release both new product and repertory titles as part of the deal with Image Entertainment.