IFC Films has picked up U.S. rights to Kat Coiro’s rom-com A Case of You, which bowed at Tribeca last month. Justin Long stars in the film, which he co-wrote with his brother Christian Long and Keir O’Donnell and produced with O’Donnell and Holly Wiersma. It follows a writer (Long) who builds a very embellished online profile in an attempt to win his dream girl (Evan Rachel Wood) then has to deal with reality when she falls for it. Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Busy Philipps and Sienna Miller co-star in the pic from Lagniappe Films. The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with CAA and Cassian Elwes on behalf of the filmmakers. Red Granite is handling international sales.
NEW YORK, NY (May 9, 2013) – IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to Scott Coffey’s ADULT WORLD, which had its world premiere at last month’s 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The film, with a screenplay by Andy Cochran, stars Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, John Cusack, Armando Riesco, Cloris Leachman and Shannon Woodward. ADULT WORLD was produced by Justin Nappi and Kevn Turen of Treehouse Pictures with Joy Gorman and Alex Goldstone of Anonymous Content and Manu Gargi. Executive producers are Mohammed Al Turki, Joel Michaely and Paul Green. IFC Films is planning a day and date theatrical and VOD release.
ADULT WORLD stars Emma Roberts as Amy – naïve, awkward and anxious to get her poetry career off the ground. Living with her parents in a seemingly bland upstate New York town and desperate for income, she begrudgingly accepts a job at Adult World, the local sex shop. Owned by a frisky elderly couple and staffed by sweet local boy Alex, Amy balances her work amongst the pornography and sex toys by fiercely pursuing a surefire kick start for her success: a mentorship with reclusive star poet Rat Billings (the hilarious John Cusack). As Amy’s world melds with that of her co-workers, she slowly learns that inspiration can be found in the most improbable places.
The stock price is up nearly 6% pre-market after the company released a Q1 report that showed strong results in most key metrics. AMC Networks generated net income of $61.5M, +42.5% vs the period last year, on revenues of nearly $382M, +17.1%. The top line was well ahead of the $366M that analysts projected. And earnings at 85 cents a share topped forecasts for 82 cents. The core National Networks operation led with way with revenues +18.2% to $359.5M and operating income +29.5% to $141M. The company says that ad sales were up 26.9% to $164M “due to strong demand for our original programming, primarily at AMC” which airs The Walking Dead. Affiliate fees rose 11.7% to $196M. The international business, which is much smaller and includes IFC Films, was a different story: Revenues fell 0.2% to $26.3M with an operating loss that increased by $2M to $15M. AMC says that the operation was hurt by a revenue decline in the independent film operation. “AMC Networks is off to a strong start in 2013,” CEO Josh Sapan says pointing to the strong performance of shows including Sundance Channel’s Rectify and Top Of The Lake, IFC’s Portlandia, and WEtv’s Braxton Family Values.
Sundance Selects/IFC Films has upped Lauren Schwartz to head of publicity and Shani Ankori to marketing chief. Schwartz, previously VP Publicity, will oversee the creation and implementation of national publicity campaigns, management of film festivals, and talent relations for films on all platforms. Ankori, who had been VP Marketing, will oversee all marketing aspects for the company’s theatrical, VOD and home video releases. Both report to Sundance Selects/IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring. Also today, Michael Winton was tapped to run film publicity and marketing for IFC sister label IFC Midnight. He was Director of Marketing and Publicity and has been with the company since 2008 and will report to Ankori.
Before Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz tackles Nu Image/Millenium’s Hercules he makes his bid for action hero status with Indonesia-set Java Heat. IFC‘s May 10 release pairs Lutz’s wisecracking American with a Muslim cop (Ario Bayu) who team up to bring down a terrorist (Mickey Rourke). Java Heat hits VOD and XBOX May 13th. See how Lutz’s action chops and Rourke’s accent measure up in the trailer:
Eran Creevy’s UK thriller Welcome To The Punch is exec produced by Ridley Scott and stars James McAvoy and Mark Strong as a detective and a former criminal forced to work together when they discover a conspiracy. Andrea Riseborough also stars in the film that eOne released last Friday in the UK. IFC Films goes out with it in the U.S. on March 27. Here’s the trailer:
BREAKING: IFC has acquired rights to The Canyons, the Paul Schrader-directed film that pairs Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen in a drama about decadence and debauchery in Los Angeles. The film has gotten a lot of attention lately, including a very public rejection by the SXSW festival, which prompted an angry response on Deadline from Schrader over the festival’s lack of discretion. The challenges of making the film with its high-maintenance star Lohan was also the subject of a New York Times article.
At the time Schrader was sounding off on SXSW, the film’s reps at WME Global were already fielding offers for the movie, and so it did not need a festival to build the kind of awareness needed to make a sale these days. If anything, a provocative sexy film with Lohan at this point needed, in Schrader’s opinion, a quick path to the release to capitalize on all of the attendant publicity. And a company that could release on a multi-platform was a must. The film cost $90,000, with another $170,000 raised free and clear on Kickstarter, and another $200,000 in actor deferments. The rest goes to the principals of the film, which include Lohan, Schrader and producer Braxton Pope.
Here’s the official word:
IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to director Paul Schrader’s neo-noir thriller THE CANYONS. The modern-day Los Angeles-set film stars Lindsay Lohan and adult film star James Deen. Producer Braxton Pope led the DIY film’s extensive new media strategies which included crowdfunding and online casting. THE CANYONS has been described by Schrader as “cinema for the post-theatrical era.”
The film will premiere day-and-date and on digital platforms in early summer in conjunction with a Special Presentation at the Film Society of Lincoln Center where The Canyons will be screened and followed by a conversation with Schrader and Kent Jones, Director of Programming of the New York Film Festival. Schrader presented a Master Class on crowdsourcing and DIY production at last year’s New York Film Festival and will return to expand upon the process of making the film in a post-screening discussion.
NEW YORK, NY (February 4, 2013) – IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to writer-director Sebastían Silva’s CRYSTAL FAIRY, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film, with a screenplay by Silva, stars Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann, Juan Andrés Silva, José Miguel Silva, and Agustín Silva, and was produced by Juan de Dios Larraín and Pablo Larraín. CRYSTAL FAIRY was the recipient of the Best Director Award in World Cinema at the Sundance Film Festival.
2ND UPDATE: IFC has finally confirmed this deal. Here’s the release, at the bottom of Deadline’s break on the deal.
UPDATE, 3:35 AM: It was easier for Deadline to splash an exclusive about the Ain’t Them Bodies Saints deal last night than it was for Sundance dealmakers to paper it. But Cassian Elwes and WME Global’s Graham Taylor and Alexis Garcia finally closed with IFC Films‘ Arianna Bocco at 3 AM Los Angeles time, for a bit more than $1 million for U.S. rights. That means the reps will hold a mini-auction for Canadian rights — after they take a nap. I heard this morning from Elwes, who said Saints will benefit from a multi-platform strategy that the dealmaker/producer road-tested with Margin Call, and which he feels is a major reason the indie market is reinvigorated.
On this deal, Elwes had his original flight canceled and had to take another back to L.A. They negotiated until he had to shut off his cell phone, and then continued when he landed. Plane rides factored into the festival more than once, as Wednesday (at 3:36 AM West Coast time), WME Global closed a deal with eOne for the cannibal tale We Are What We Are. I’d heard that the agents were on the same flight with the eOne team, and they were going back and forth — and getting testy at times but not enough where they had to be duct-taped to their seats — on the way back to LA from Park City. By the time they landed, they were all smiling, and probably papered the deal with a Delta cocktail napkin for a platform theatrical release. When I asked Elwes why, like vampires, Sundance sellers and buyers only seem to get anything done between nightfall and dawn, he said: “Unfortunately, you watch the movies during the day and the only time to make a deal is when most people are asleep.” A few more deals and then these agents and buyers all deserve a long winter’s nap when this festival ends, as do the insomniac journalists who stalk them into the wee hours.
The Sundance acquisition logjam appears to be breaking. Deal-making is close on Austenland, and a deal just closed on The Look Of Love, with offers starting to be made on several other films. Word is that FilmDistrict is in talks for Austenland, which stars Keri Russell as an obsessed Jane Austen fan who visits a theme park based on the famed author’s work and her search for romance. Pic’s repped by UTA, which tells me this hasn’t been decided yet.
At the same time, a deal is closing for IFC to acquire North American rights to the Michael Winterbottom-directed Steve Coogan-starrer The Look Of Love. Coogan plays Paul Raymond, who ran Soho’s notorious Raymond Revue Bar and Men Only magazine. UTA consulted for Studiocanal on the deal.
EXCLUSIVE: AMC‘s Sundance Selects is closing a deal for North American rights to The Summit, the Nick Ryan-directed film about 24 climbers who attempt to scale K2, the most dangerous mountain on the planet. By the time the climbing is done 48 hours later, 11 have been killed or vanished. AMC is the parent company of both Sundance Selects and IFC Films and IFC Midnight.
The picture premiered last night at the Egyptian Theatre, and is part of the World Cinema Documentary Competition. The company has a history of big success with similar-minded documentaries including The Void, Buck, Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Pina. Submarine brokered the deal.
The indie romantic comedy starring Lizzy Caplan and Community‘s Alison Brie and based on Jeffrey Brown’s graphic novels premiered at Sundance this year. It was picked up in May by IFC Films. Save The Date is getting a digital release today on on IFC Films Video on Demand, SundanceNow, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, Google Play, Xbox Zune and PS3 PlayStation Unlimited ahead of its December 14 theatrical bow. Michael Mohan directed, and Martin Starr, Geoffrey Arend and Mark Webber co-star. Here’s an exclusive trailer:
EXCLUSIVE: IFC Films has picked up the U.S rights to Java Heat. They plan a nationwide theatrical release for the action thriller in 2013. Java Heat is directed by Conor Allyn, who wrote the screenplay with his father and Margate House Films partner Rob Allyn. The deal was put together by Sundance Selects/IFC Films’ VP for Acquisitions and Production Arianna Bocco with WME Global negotiating on behalf of filmmakers Margate House Films. Java Heat stars Mickey Rourke, the Twilight Saga’s Kellan Lutz and Indonesian star Ario Bayu. The Iron Man 2 star plays Malik, a twisted terrorist behind a series of embassy bombings. Jake Travers, a shot-first-ask-questions-later American played by Lutz, and Hashim, an Indonesian police detective, team up to hunt for him. In the process the duo discover the politics of terror are more sinister than they even suspected. Conor Allyn is repped by Zero Gravity Management. Kellan Lutz is repped by Zero Gravity Management and Innovative Artists. Mickey Rourke is repped by ICM Partners.
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New York, NY (September 25, 2012) – IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring all North American rights to director Michael Walker’s comedy PRICE CHECK. Walker also wrote the screenplay for the film, with Parker Posey, Eric Mabius, Annie Parisse, Josh Pais, Cheyenne Jackson, and Edward Herrmann starring. Dolly Hall produced the picture, which made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. IFC Films will release the film on VOD on October 11th and theatrically on November 16th.
New York, NY (September 20, 2012) – IFC Films announced today from the 2012 New York Film Festival that the company is acquiring all North and Latin American rights to director Noah Baumbach’s FRANCES HA. Baumbach wrote the screenplay with Greta Gerwig who stars in the film. Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver and Michael Zegen co-star. Baumbach, Lila Yacoub, Scott Rudin, and Rodrigo Teixeira produced the picture, with Fernando Loureiro and Lourenço Sant’ Anna executive producing for RT Features. FRANCES HA made its world premiere at the 2012 Telluride Film Festival and also played at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month.
New York, NY (September 19, 2012) – IFC Films has acquired from Myriad Pictures the U.S. distribution rights to Director/Writer Ruba Nadda’s (Cario Time) thriller Inescapable, which premiered as a Gala Presentation at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. The film stars Alexander Siddig (Cario Time, Kingdom of Heaven), Joshua Jackson (Lay the Favorite, “Fringe”) and Marisa Tomei (Crazy, Stupid Love., The Wrestler, My Cousin Vinny). Thefilm was produced by Daniel Iron (Citizen Gangster, Cairo Time, Away From Her, The Bang Bang Club, The Red Violin) and Lance Samuels (The Bang Bang Club). Christine Vachon (Boys Don’t Cry, Far From Heaven), of Killer Films, Kirk D’Amico (Margin Call, The Good Girl) of Myriad Pictures and Mark Slone of Alliance Films serve as Executive Producers. Alliance Films is distributing Inescapable in Canada.
UPDATE, 12:19 PM: This is the time of a big movie festival when IFC starts taking off the table the titles that didn’t turn into big theatrical release auctions. The company made a big play Tuesday for the Neil Jordan-directed vampire tale Byzantium, and now the distributor is this close to closing a deal on the Noah Baumbach-directed black-and-white film Frances Ha. We’ll post when it’s final.
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TORONTO, CANADA (September 13, 2012) – IFC Films announced today from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival that the company is acquiring all North American rights to director Mira Nair’s THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST starring Liev Schreiber, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, and Riz Ahmed in the title roles.
New York, NY (August 20, 2012) – IFC Films announced today the company is acquiring all U.S. rights to director Donald Rice’s romantic comedy CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING. Rice and Mary Henely-Magill wrote the screenplay, which is based on Julia Strachey’s 1932 novel of the same name. The film stars Elizabeth McGovern, Felicity Jones, Luke Treadaway, Mackenzie Crook, Zoe Tapper, and Ellie Kendrick. Teun Hilte produced for Yellow Knife. CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING had its world premiere earlier this year at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.
In the film, bride-to-be Dolly (Jones) is hiding in her bedroom on her bitterly cold wedding morning, swigging a bottle of rum, and dreaming of the romantic summer she spent with Joseph (Treadaway). Long-lost cousins and eccentric aunts are arriving at the house every hour, and the downstairs living rooms are buzzing with speculation as to the bride’s whereabouts. Exasperated by her daughter’s absence, Dolly’s scatterbrained mother Hetty (McGovern) is at her wit’s end, scurrying around the house trying to quell the relatives’ suspicions. Hetty has perfected all of the day’s arrangements, but her plans can’t prepare everyone for the one arrival she was not expecting: Joseph himself.
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: “Donald Rice has made a beautiful crafted film featuring wonderful performances from Felicity Jones, Elizabeth McGovern and Luke Treadaway. The film’s romanticism will appeal to even the stoniest heart. We look forward to bringing this film
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Welcome To The Punch, the British thriller written and directed by Eran Creevy. Mark Strong stars as a former criminal forced to return to the underworld, and James McAvoy is a detective who been on his trail for a long time. The duo discovers a conspiracy that forces them to work together. IFC bought the rights from Worldview Entertainment; the deal was negotiated by Sundance Selects/IFC Films’ Jeff Deutchman with CAA on behalf of Worldview. IM Global has international rights. Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh of Between the Eyes and Brian Kavanaugh Jones of Automatik produced. Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Maria Cestone and Sarah Johnson Redlich executive produced with Ridley Scott and Liza Marshall of Scott Free Productions, Xavier Marchand of Momentum Pictures, and Stuart Ford of IM Global.