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Specialty Box Office: ‘Filly Brown’ Croons, Ricky Jay Doc Opens Solid

By | Sunday April 21, 2013 @ 9:52am PDT

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

Indie FilmsMusic drama Filly Brown rhymed its way atop the Specialty Box Office this weekend with a hefty release in 188 theaters, grossing over $1.36 million. In the per screen average race, Kino Lorber’s doc Deceptive Practices: The Mentors And Mysteries Of Ricky Jay took in $15K in one New York location, while Cohen Media Group’s In The House averaged $11,738 from three locations. Anchor Bay had the biggest roll out with Rob Zombie’s The Lords Of Salem. The thriller bowed in 355 theaters, though it was comparatively slight with a $1,752 average and a gross of $622K.

Filly Brown box office“The Filly fans really came out this weekend,” noted Indomina Production exec Rob Williams Sunday. “We’re very happy with the per screen average and looking to expand the film into more markets this weekend. Sales were especially strong in Southwestern states”. The film grossed $673K Friday but softened to $405K Saturday. Women were by far and away the big draw comprising 71% of the audience, and 41% were under 25. The film’s $7,250 average is the highest PSA of any Pantelion release to date, the distributor pointed out. And the film landed #1 at 20 locations where it outgrossed the weekend’s number one film in the overall box office, Oblivion. The screenings were followed by a live Q&A with Edward James Olmos and other members of the cast that were streamed to all locations.

Ricky Jay doc Deceptive Practices had the highest PSA among reporting Specialties in a weekend that did not boast any blistering knock outs. Read More »

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‘Filly Brown’ Crew Sets Release Date, Casts Gina Rodriguez In ‘Marching Banda’: SXSW

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 8:00am PDT

Gina Rodriguez Marching BandaEXCLUSIVE: The team behind Sundance pic Filly Brown and SXSW entry Snap are reuniting with actress Gina Rodriguez on Marching Banda. Rodriguez, who played the eponymous lead in the hip-hop flavored Filly Brown, will star as a single mother of a high school trumpet player in the Cima Productions pic. When the boy’s estranged musician father turns up, he bonds with his son as he begins teaching traditional Mexican regional music to the school’s marching band. Marching Banda is set for a late summer start with Filly Brown co-director Youssef Delara helming. Amir Delara, Victor Teran and Delara will produce for their Cima Productions banner. Read More »

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Indomina Shutters Distribution Unit And Lays Off 15 In LA Office

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 3:43pm PST

Indomina Releasing EXCLUSIVE: Indomina Releasing, the distribution division of The Indomina Group, is quietly suspending North American operations. The move comes three years after CEO Jasbinder Singh Mann established the branch to acquire and distribute genre fare for his upstart global media studio. A spokesperson tells Deadline that 15 LA-based jobs will be affected and Indomina is attempting to find third-party outlets for titles including its high-profile 2012 Sundance acquisition Filly Brown, starring Gina Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos and the late Jenni Rivera, which has been in release-date limbo for months. The company denied rumors that its LA office is closing completely, saying it is still sending its international team to Berlin next month. The plan is for Indomina Group to focus on producing original content out of its Dominican Republic facilities, shifting to feature films with more commercial studio appeal. VP Acquisitions Rob Williams, who ran point on the company’s domestic pickups, will remain through the restructuring.
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Indomina Acquires 2012 Sundance Pic ‘Filly Brown’

By | Thursday March 15, 2012 @ 4:05pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Beverly Hills, CA (March 15, 2012) — It was announced today that The Indomina Group, the fast-growing producer and distributor of film, TV and trans-media content, has acquired Worldwide Rights to the 2012 Sundance premiered Filly Brown, starring Gina Rodriguez (Go For It), Jenni Rivera (I Love Jenni), Lou Diamond Phillips (Courage Under Fire, Hollywood Homicide), Academy Award Nominee Edward James Olmos (Dexter, Battlestar Galactica), Emilio Rivera (Sons of Anarchy), Noel Gugliemi (Training Day), Kerry Norton (Battlestar Galactica) and Chrissie Fit (General Hospital). Indomina is planning a theatrical release in the Fall of 2012.

Filly Brown was Produced by Victor Teran, Amir Delara, Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos, Mico Olmos, Edward “E-Dub” Rios, Khool-Aid Rios; executive produced by Edward James Olmos, Kevin Smith, Homa Soroor and directed by Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos.

Delara and Olmos’ new youth music themed coming of age Indie is a Cima Productions, Olmos Productions and Silent Giant Entertainment production. The film features an original soundtrack by a who’s who of Latin hip-hop artists produced by Silent Giant and Reza Safinia.

“We are excited to be involved with this crowd-pleasing, musically inspired feature film,” said Indomina Vice-Chairman and CEO Jasbinder Singh Mann. “Audiences will be amazed by the talent of breakout Gina Rodriguez.”

“Filly Brown is a fresh new voice exploding on the scene just like Indomina Releasing. We believe they’re poised to become a major player and we can’t imagine a better partner to bring the world

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Edward James Olmos Is Sundance Prize Presenter

By | Tuesday January 24, 2012 @ 2:32pm PST
Mike Fleming

Edward James Olmos will be a presenter at the Sundance Film Festival closing night awards ceremony. Olmos returns to the fest this year (he attended the inaugural Sundance festival years ago) for the premiere of the U.S. Dramatic Competition film Filly Brown, which his son, Michael Olmos, co-directed. The elder Olmos stars with Lou Diamond Phillips, Jenni Rivera and Gina Rodriguez. Parker Posey is hosting the Sundance awards ceremony.

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2012 Sundance Film Festival Hot Teaser: ‘Filly Brown’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Filly Brown makes its world premiere Friday at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival as one of the films buyers are watching for. Co-directed by Youssef Delara and Michael Olmos, the film is about a young hip-hop artist from Los Angeles whose budding career comes to a crossroads when she’s offered a crack at stardom by a shady producer. With a mother in jail, she knows the opportunity could get her family out of a jam, but taking the deal means leaving behind the true friends who helped her get this far. Gina Rodriguez plays Filly Brown, and Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips and Jenni Rivera also star. Here is a short scene from the film.

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2012 Sundance Film Festival Sets Competition Slate

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: The Sundance Institute has unveiled the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary competition slate for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival that runs January 19-29. There is a total of 110 features. At the Gotham Awards earlier this week, both agents and distributors felt there would a bounty of promising films with no distribution. That could make for a lot of dealmaking, which is certainly the way it went down last January in Park City.

Here are the selections in all categories:

U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION
The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films.

Beasts Of The Southern Wild / U.S.A. (Director: Benh Zeitlin, Screenwriters: Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar) — Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and everything south of the levee is goin’ under, in this tale of a six year old named Hushpuppy, who lives with her daddy at the edge of the world. Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry.

The Comedy / U.S.A. (Director: Rick Alverson, Screenwriters: Rick Alverson, Robert Donne, Colm O’Leary) — Indifferent even to the prospects of inheriting his father’s estate, Swanson whiles away his days with a group of aging Brooklyn hipsters, engaging in small acts of recreational cruelty and pacified boredom. Cast: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Kate Lyn Sheil, Alexia Rassmusen, Gregg Turkington.

The End Of Love / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Mark Webber) — A young father unravels following the loss of the mother of his child. Cast: Mark Webber, Shannyn Sossamon, Michael Cera, Jason Ritter, Amanda Seyfried, Frankie Shaw.

Filly Brown / U.S.A. (Directors: Youssef Delara, Michael D. Olmos, Screenwriter: Youssef Delara) — A Hip Hop-driven drama about a Mexican girl who rises to fame and consciousness as she copes with the incarceration of her mother through music. Cast: Lou Diamond Phillips, Gina Rodriguez, Jenni Rivera, Edward James Olmos.

The First Time / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jonathan Kasdan) — Two high schoolers meet at a party. Over the course of a weekend, things turn magical, romantic, complicated and funny, as they discover what it’s like to fall in love for the first time. Cast: Brittany Robertson, Dylan O’Brien, Craig Roberts, James Frecheville, Victoria Justice.

For Ellen / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: So Yong Kim) — A struggling musician takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter. Cast: Paul Dano, Jon Heder, Jena Malone, Margarita Levieva, Shay Mandigo.

Hello I Must Be Going / U.S.A. (Director: Todd Louiso, Screenwriter: Sarah Koskoff) — Divorced, childless, demoralized and condemned to move back in with her parents at the age of 35, Amy Minsky’s prospects look bleak – until the unexpected attention of a teenage boy changes everything. Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Blythe Danner, Christopher Abbott, John Rubinstein, Julie White. DAY ONE FILM

Keep The Lights On / U.S.A. (Director: Ira Sachs, Screenwriters: Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias) — An autobiographically inspired story of a passionate long-term relationship between two men driven by addiction and secrets but bound by love and hopefulness. Cast: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane, Paprika Steen.

LUV / U.S.A. (Director: Sheldon Candis, Screenwriters: Sheldon Candis, Justin Wilson) — An orphaned 11-year-old boy is forced to face the unpleasant truth about his beloved uncle during one harrowing day in the streets of Baltimore. Cast: Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton.

Middle Of Nowhere / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Ava DuVernay) — When her husband is incarcerated, an African-American woman struggles to maintain her marriage and her identity. Cast: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Omari Hardwick, Lorraine Touissant, Edwina Findley.

Nobody Walks / U.S.A. (Director: Ry Russo-Young, Screenwriters: Lena Dunham, Ry Russo-Young) — Martine, a young artist from New York, is invited into the home of a hip, liberal LA family for a week. Her presence unravels the family’s carefully maintained status quo, and a mess of sexual and emotional entanglements ensues. Cast: John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt, India Ennenga, Justin Kirk.

Safety Not Guaranteed / U.S.A. (Director: Colin Trevorrow, Screenwriter: Derek Connolly) — A trio of magazine employees investigate a classified ad seeking a partner for time travel. One employee develops feelings for the paranoid but compelling loner and seeks to discover what he’s really up to. Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni.

Save The Date / U.S.A. (Director: Michael Mohan, Screenwriters: Jeffrey Brown, Egan Reich, Michael Mohan) — As her sister Beth prepares to get married, Sarah finds herself caught up in an intense post-breakup rebound. The two fumble through the redefined emotional landscape of modern day relationships, forced to relearn how to love and be loved. Cast: Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, Martin Starr, Geoffrey Arend, Mark Webber.

Simon Killer / France, U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Antonio Campos) — A recent college graduate goes to Paris after breaking up with his girlfriend of 5 years. Once there, he falls in love with a young prostitute and their fateful journey begins. Cast: Brady Corbet, Mati Diop, Constance Rousseau, Michael Abiteboul, Solo.

Smashed / U.S.A. (Director: James Ponsoldt, Screenwriters: Susan Burke, James Ponsoldt) — Kate and Charlie are a young married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of music, laughter and… drinking. When Kate decides to get sober, her new lifestyle brings troubling issues to the surface and calls into question her relationship with Charlie. Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally.

The Surrogate / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Ben Lewin) — Mark O’Brien, a 36-year-old poet and journalist with an iron lung, decides he no longer wishes to be a virgin. With the help of his therapist and the guidance of his priest, he contacts a professional sex surrogate to take him on a journey to manhood. Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy. Read More »

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