SPECIALTY BOX OFFICE: This Weekend’s ‘Undefeated,’ ‘Bullhead,’ ‘On The Ice,’ ‘Michael,’ ‘Putin’s Kiss’

By | Tuesday February 14, 2012 @ 2:43pm PST

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.

Undefeated
Director: Dan Lindsay, TJ Martin; Theatrical Release Date: February 17, 2012; Distributor: The Weinstein Co.; Awards: 2012 Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature Nomination

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’…”
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‘On The Ice’ Sets Distribution Through PMK*BNC Films, With Help From Sundance

By | Wednesday December 7, 2011 @ 7:14am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After debuting at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and then playing over 30 festivals, the Andrew Okpeaha MacLean-directed On The Ice will find its way to theaters early next year. The film will be released theatrically by On the … Read More »

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