FilmDistrict acquired U.S. rights to the Colin Trevorrow-directed film Safety Not Guaranteed, which debuted at Sundance last Sunday at the Library Center Theatre. The romantic comedy starts when three magazine employees investigate a personal ad placed in the paper, in which a guy seeks a partner for time travel.
Park City, UT – January 28, 2012– The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today they have acquired US rights to COMPLIANCE, a harrowing thriller from writer/director Craig Zobel, that bowed last week at the Sundance Film Festival to controversy and critical acclaim. Magnolia previously collaborated with Zobel on Great World of Sound, which premiered at Sundance in 2007. COMPLIANCE was produced by Sophia Lin, Lisa Muskat, Tyler Davidson, Theo Sena and Zobel. The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley with John Sloss and Dana O’Keefe of Cinetic Media. Magnolia is planning a theatrical release later this year.
Park City, UT – January 27, 2012 – Participant Media and AFFRM (African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement) have jointly acquired U.S. theatrical rights to MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, an elegant and emotional drama chronicling a woman’s separation from her incarcerated husband and her journey to maintain her marriage and her identity. Written and directed by AFFRM founder Ava DuVernay, the film was produced by DuVernay and Howard Barish with producer Paul Garnes.
Staring into the hollow end of her husband Derek’s eight-year prison sentence, Ruby Sexton fights to support him on the inside and survive her own identity crisis on the outside. Through a chance encounter and a stunning betrayal that shakes her to the core, Ruby is propelled in new and, often frightening, directions of self-discovery.
AFFRM will distribute the film theatrically later this year, activating marketing and promotional support through its broad grassroots collective powered by the nation’s top black film organizations. AFFRM’s inaugural feature through this innovative model was the critically-acclaimed drama, “I Will Follow,” released in March 2011. In December 2011, AFFRM distributed last year’s Sundance World Cinema Drama Audience Award winner, “Kinyarwanda.”
PREVIOUS, BREAKING: We’re hearing that IFC has scored another picture, its third in 12 hours, acquiring rights to the lauded documentary How To Survive A Plague for its Sundance Selects label. The David France-written and -directed film charts the remarkable story of how ACT-UP and Treatment Action Group overcame a pattern of apathy by politicians toward an AIDS scourge that was ravaging the gay community. Their activism and inventiveness transformed a death sentence into a manageable and treatable disease by infiltrating the pharmaceutical industry and identifying new drugs and speeding them through the trial phase to AIDS sufferers in short order. The docu got a rousing response when premiering Sunday at Temple Theater. Submarine brokered the deal.
Park City, UT (January 26, 2012) – Sundance Selects announced today from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to David France’s documentary HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE. The film, with a screenplay by France, T. Woody Richman, and Tyler H. Walk, wasproduced by France and Howard Gertler. Joy Tomchin and Dan Cogan executive produced the project, which was made in association with Ford Foundation/JustFilms, Impact Partners, and Little Punk.
Leading distributor VVS Films, announced today that they have acquired all Canadian rights to Nicholas Jarecki’s ARBITRAGE, starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Nate Parke, and Laetitia Casta.
EXCLUSIVE: As the Sundance Film Festival ponders how it will honor indie icon Bingham Ray — word is festival director John Cooper will read a eulogy penned by some of Ray’s friends during Saturday’s awards ceremony — Oscar-nominated Moneyball producer Rachael Horovitz has written a remembrance of her longtime friend and colleague. Ray died Monday after falling ill unexpectedly just before he was due in Park City.
I met Bingham in the fall of 1996 when I went to the Toronto Film Festival as vp of acquisitions for Fine Line Features. Having previously been an independent producer of low-budget movies, I’d heard of this legendary figure, but had never gotten close enough to introduce myself. It was in the middle of the night at my first Dart Party (a Bingham tradition) that I got my chance and we began the conversation that continued until just a few weeks ago (see Lesson #4). Our friendship spanned some pretty rough times for each of us but, also, as was clear to me while his great life ended this past Monday, many of my best times were in his company: watching the sun burst into being on early May mornings in Cannes, closing Michael Stipe’s annual New Year’s party with a dance in the middle of a Soho sidewalk, brushing off the bitter chill of Park City winds, laughing out loud about unfaithful bosses and colleagues and their inanity, taking in the deeply nourishing air of a Telluride afternoon.
Bingham taught me much of what I know about life and the film world. Here are a few of the basic lessons I learned from the man:
(Sundance Film Festival — January 26, 2012) Submarine Entertainment announced today that National Geographic Channel (NGC) has purchased television rights for the feature documentary Chasing Ice by Jeff Orlowski from Exposure, LLC following its Sundance Film Festival screening in the US Documentary Competition category. It was announced tonight by NGC Executive Vice President of Programming Michael Cascio and Josh Braun & David Koh of Submarine Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: Rough House Pictures has come aboard to present The Comedy, the provocative film starring Tim Heidecker that’s playing here in Park City. He plays Swanson, a hipster insulated by privilege but living in a social bubble of recreational cruelty with his clique of friends.
Park City/Los Angeles/Toronto – January 26, 2012 – Leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) is pleased to announce that it has acquired the North American distribution rights to Kieran Darcy-Smith’s directorial debut Wish You Were Here. Brokered by Sejin Park, eOne’s VP, Worldwide Acquisitions and Natja Noviani Rosner, LevelK’s Sales Director, the deal covers rights to the film in all media.