NEW YORK, NY – May 9, 2013 – Kino Lorber is pleased to announce that it has signed an exclusive agreement to distribute selected titles from Adopt Films on home media and digital platforms. Adopt is a leading theatrical distributor of critically acclaimed world cinema and documentary features. Designed to cover packaged media (Blu-ray and DVD), all digital markets and educational rights, this deal is set to begin with the DVD and Blu-ray release of Christian Petzold’s Barbara and The Taviani Brothers’ Caesar Must Die. Adopt Films, which specializes in international and independent American cinema, will continue to release between 8 and 12 new titles per year, all of which are expected to open in select theaters nationwide. The company was co-founded by industry veteran Tim Grady, President of Adopt, and art house pioneer Jeff Lipsky, who heads distribution. Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Caesar Must Die and Christina Petzold’s Barbara are two of an impressive list of films that also include Ursula Meier’s Sister, a 2012 Berlin Competition Silver Bear winner, and Miguel Gomes’ Tabu, the winner of the Alfred Bauer Prize and the FIPRESCI international critics award also at the 2012 Berlinale.
New York, NY – April 4, 2013 – Kino Lorber is proud to announce that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Artsploitation Films as exclusive home entertainment distributor of Artsploitation’s label in the U.S. and Canada. Kino Lorber will handle distribution of Artsploitation’s catalog and new releases in packaged media (Blu-ray and DVD) and to all major digital platforms. Artsploitation Films, which specializes in unsettling and provocative films from around the world, plans to release between 12-18 new titles per year, all of which will play the North American festival circuit, and at least half of which are expected to be released theatrically nationwide.
Hyde Park Names Stephen Gary VP
Ahead of Cannes, Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment Group has picked Stephen Gary as VP of its international sales division. He comes from IM Global, where he worked on titles like Before Midnight Dead Man Down. He’ll report to Hyde Park International’s president Eric Christenson. The company’s current slate includes Every Secret Thing with Diane Lane and Elizabeth Banks, Adult World with Emma Roberts and John Cusack and Sunlight Jr. with Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon, as well as an untitled Elmore Leonard project that stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes and Tim Robbins. Gary’s career began in the global finance and distribution department at William Morris Endeavor and includes a stint at Essential Entertainment, where he executed sales on The Expatriate and Barney’s Version. - Joe Utichi
Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. rights to Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries And Mentors Of Ricky Jay, an intimate look at the best-selling author, historian, actor, and artist told largely in Jay’s own voice. The film, which debuted …
New York, NY – February 8, 2013 – Kino Lorber is pleased to announce that it has acquired all U.S. rights to Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess, which premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival. This fourth film from acclaimed indie auteur Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation, Beeswax) is an exceptionally inventive comedy that won the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award honoring a film whose theme is science or technology. It was also previously awarded a Tribeca Film Institute Sloan grant in 2012. Computer Chess will have its International Premiere next week at the Berlin Film Festival and will also be presented in the U.S. at the upcoming South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin. A national theatrical release is planned for mid summer or early fall.
Kino Lorber, Inc. is proud to announce the acquisition of theatrical U.S. rights to writer / director Joan Carr-Wiggin’s crowd-pleasing comedy if i were you, starring Marcia Gay Harden, Leonor Watling, and Aidan Quinn. The film will be released theatrically in select cities across the nation on March 15, 2013. Kino Lorber’s CEO Richard Lorber negotiated the deal with producer David Gordian of Paragraph Pictures.
New York, NY – November 12, 2012 – Kino Lorber, Inc. (www.kinolorber.com) is proud to announce the acquisition of all North American rights to Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet, a moving documentary about maverick guitarist Jason Becker, a legend in the US music scene who has lived with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), for the last two decades.
Directed by first-timer Jesse Vile, Jason Becker tells the story of a man who refuses to give up on his outstanding talents despite incredible odds. When doctors diagnosed the 19-year-old rock star with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, they said he would never make music again – and that he wouldn’t live to see his 25th birthday. Twenty-two years later, Jason Becker is alive and making great music, having released a total of five albums since being diagnosed with ALS. His latest work, “Boy Meets Guitar – Volume 1 of the Youngster Tapes,” was released earlier this year.
Winner of a Special Jury Prize (Golden Starfish Award) at this year’s Hamptons International Film Festival, Jason Becker will begin its theatrical run on December 14 at New York’s Cinema Village. The film also won a Special Jury Prize at this year’s CineQuest, in Silicon Valley, and was selected for this year’s DocNYC.
Kino Lorber has acquired all North American right to Violeta Went To Heaven, Andrés Wood’s biopic of musician, folksinger and poet Violeta Parra. Winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize at this year’s …
Hong Sang-soo’s In Another Country stars Isabelle Huppert and is playing in the competition section at the Cannes Film Festival. Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. rights and plans a fall festival circuit and national theatrical rollout later in …
SPECIALTY BOX OFFICE: This Weekend’s ‘Undefeated,’ ‘Bullhead,’ ‘On The Ice,’ ‘Michael,’ ‘Putin’s Kiss’
Two Academy Award-nominated films are on this weekend’s offerings of specialty releases. Undefeated directors Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin shared with me their charmed experience bringing their Oscar-nominated doc to the screen, while Bullhead director Michael R Roskam gave me insight into the maze of funding he exploited behind his feature heading to theaters Friday. On The Ice producer Cara Marcous offers her take on self-distribution. Strand Releasing’s Marcus Hu talks about walking a fine line releasing Michael, a film with good word of mouth but a taboo subject. And distributor Kino Lorber shares its marketing outreach to maximize its roll out of doc Putin’s Kiss.
One of two specialty Oscar-nominees coming out this week, the trajectory of this project from concept to completion is the sort of thing aspiring filmmakers dream of. After moving to Los Angeles, producer Rich Middlemas met up with Dan Lindsay for breakfast. The two lamented having to “find permission” to make a film. Lindsay told Deadline, “So we said, ‘let’s just find something and do it’…”
Kino Lorber has picked up U.S. and Canadian rights to 5 Broken Cameras, the documentary about a Palestinian family and its part in protesting the Israeli occupation of its village. The film won the World Cinema Directing Award at Sundance …
Kino Lorber has landed North American rights to Putin’s Kiss, a feature-length documentary that follows the coming of age of a young woman set against the backdrop of contemporary Russian politics. Masha is a rising member of a political youth organization connected with the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin — until …