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Sundance: Why Wait For The Fest? Gravitas Ventures Nabs VOD For Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City,’ Shane Carruth Self Distribs ‘Upstream Color’

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: After the backers of the Ashton Kutcher-starrer jOBS made a service distribution deal with Open Road well before that film closes Sundance, two other festival films have worked out distribution in advance of their Park City screenings. Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide VOD to Sound City, the documentary by Nirvana and Foo Fighters rock god Dave Grohl that features other music legends who made their careers in America’s great unsung recording studio, Sound City. Neil Young, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, Lars Ulrich, and Mick Fleetwood are among those onscreen. Following its Sundance debut, the film will bow worldwide via cable, satellite, telco, online, hotel, and airline VOD operators on February 1. It’ll also get some kind of theatrical release in North America through Variance Films. Read More »

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Berlin Film Festival Firms Up Panorama Section, Adds Two James Franco Pics

The Berlin Film Festival has completed the lineup for its Panorama and Panorama Special program. Thirty-one features from 23 countries will make up the sections which organizers say “bring back memories of the early 1980s to the mid 1990s when U.S. independent cinema was a trademark” of the sidebar. Among the U.S. entries are Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, Travis Mathews and James Franco‘s Interior. Leather Bar. and Maladies starring Franco, Catherine Keener and David Strathairn. The main Panorama section will open with Georgian director Zaza Rusadze’s debut, A Fold In My Blanket and the Panorama Special will open with Nanouk Leopold’s Dutch-German co-production It’s All So Quiet, starring the recently deceased Jeroen Willems. Previously announced titles in the section include Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Don Jon’s Addiction. The fest runs February 7-17. Click over for the full list of new additions. Read More »

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