Paladin plans an April theatrical release for A Short History Of Decay, a comedy from writer-director Michael Maren that premiered at the Hamptons Film Festival in October. Bryan Greenberg, Linda Lavin, Harris Yulin, Kathleen Rose Perkins and Emmanuelle Chriqui star in the pic, which centers on a struggling Brooklyn writer (Greenberg) dumped by his girlfriend who must visit his sick father in Florida and discovers his aging parents are in much better control of their lives than he is. The deal was negotiated by Paladin president Mark Urman and attorney Alfred Sapse, who also produced the pic. ARC Entertainment has pacted for all post-theatrical domestic rights.
Ahead of its world premiere tomorrow at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, New York-based indie distributor Paladin has picked picked up Otter 501. The film is the true story of an orphaned otter that is rescued on the Northern California coast, noted Paladin president Mark Urman. Paladin plans a spring release.
Mark Urman’s Paladin made a U.S. distribution deal for Boy, the Taika Waititi-directed film that became a sleeper hit on its home turf in New Zealand. Set in 1984, the film focuses on an 11-year-old (James Rolleston) who grows up in the remote Maori community of Waihau Bay, obsessed with Michael Jackson and imagining that his long-absent father (Waititi) is a world traveler. When dad returns, he’s a lovable loser who served a stretch for robbery. They try to come to grips with one another and develop a relationship. The film played in the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
The Whale, a documentary about a lonely young killer whale who caused upheaval in a small Western Canadian town when he tried to make friends with humans, will be released theatrically by Paladin, company president Mark Urman announced today. Canada-born Ryan Reynolds, fresh off his starring role in Green Lantern, narrates and is an executive producer on the project. The doc will play limited engagements in late summer and expand in the fall. Paladin recently released Tom Shadyac’s documentary I Am and launches Love Etc. on Friday.
EXCLUSIVE: Love Etc., the Jill Andresevic-directed documentary that is the first film production from Jonathan Tisch’s Walnut Hill Media, has been acquired for distribution by Paladin CEO Mark Urman. The documentary made its premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival last fall, where it won the Audience Award for documentary. The film, shot entirely in New York, will debut in exclusive Manhattan engagements in June before Paladin expands around the country through the summer.
Love Etc. tracks five different relationships over the course of a year. The participants include 18-year-old high school sweethearts and an 89-year-old readying for a 50th wedding anniversary. One couple plans a big wedding but struggles after the honeymoon is over. There is a divorced father of teenagers who braves the dating market, as does a single gay man who’s about to become the father of twins. Urman called the film “as poignant, poetic and polished as the best fiction, [with] the added bonus of being completely real.” The film was produced by Jeffrey Stewart (who launched Walnut Hill Media with Tisch in 2008), Chiemi Karasawa and Andresevic. Tisch is exec producer. It was his visit to the City Hall Marriage Bureau to get a license in 2007 that prompted the idea for the film. Paladin is currently in release on the Tom Shadyac documentary I Am, which launched in three cities before opening last Friday in L.A. It bows March 18 in New York.