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    iW NEWS | NeoClassics Takes Slamdance Thriller "Crooked Lake"

    Worldwide rights (excluding Canada) for Slamdance action/thriller "Crooked Lake aka Portage" have been acquired by Canadian-based distributor NeoClassics Films Ltd. The film, written and directed by Matthew Miller, Sascha Drews and Erzra Krybus. is described as "a coming of age story about four 14-year-old girls who encounter death and overcome extreme adversity on a Summertime canoe trip to the north woods, where everything that can go wrong does." NeoClassics plans a June theatrical release in the States in "key cities" in June. Based in Vancouver with operations run from the Culver City offices of its U.S. subsidiary, NeoClassics is initia...

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    iW NEWS | Palm Gets "We Are Together"

    Palm Pictures has announced its acquisition of North American rights to Paul Taylor's "We Are Together," the acclaimed documentary about orphans in Africa striving to overcome hardship and become achieve success as a singing group. A festival favorite, the film was an audience award winner at IDFA, Tribeca, Edinburgh, and other festivals. It is set for a May 2008 theatrical release. Produced by Taylor and Teddy Leifer, the film is a RISE films production in association with HBO Documentary Films and The Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundation. It is receiving support from Alicia Keys and her Keep A Child Alive Foundation, as well as pro...

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    iW NEWS | Vantage Announces "Teen" Deal

    Calling "American Teen," "The most entertaining and uplifting film we saw at Sundance," Paramount Vantage president Nick Meyer announced the acquisition of Nanette Burstein's documentary today. The announcement confirmed that the company acquired worldwide distribution rights, excluding the U.K. for the film, about a group of teenagers in their senior year of high school in a small Indiana town. Produced by Nanette Burstein, Jordan Roberts, Eli Gonda and Chris Huddleston, the film is an A&E Indiefilms Presentation of a Firehouse Films and Quasiworld Entertainment production in association with 57th and Irving. Cinetic and CAA negotiated the d...

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    iW NEWS | NonStop Takes "Blood Brothers"

    NonStop Sales has picked up the international rights to Belgian director Arno Dierickx's drama "Blood Brothers." "Brothers," based on the true murder case of wealthy brothers Arnout and Victor van Riebeeck, was produced by Rinkel Film & TV Productions BV. [Peter Knegt]

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    iW NEWS | "Derek" Deal at Sundance

    Isaac Julien's "Derek" has been acquired by Andrew Herwitz's The Film Sales Company in a deal for U.S. distribution rights and worldwide sales rights (with the exception of the U.K.). Narrated and written by Tilda Swinton, the film is having its world premiere in the Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema Documentary Competition and will have a specialized theatrical release later this year. It is set to screen in the Panorama section at the upcoming Berlinale. The documentary, which looks at the life of artist and filmmaker Derek Jarman, was funded by Film London, Channel 4, MoMA and the Sundance Documentary Fund. It was produced by Eliza Mel...

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    PARK CITY '08 9:22 p.m. | "American Teen" Nearing Paramount Vantage Pact

    Inside sources indicate that Paramount Vantage is nearing a deal for Nanette Burstein's "American Teen" after protracted negotiations that began with a number of would-be buyers -- including Sony Pictures Classics and Fox Searchlight ---immediately following the Friday's Sundance Film Festival prem...

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    iW NEWS | Searchlight Gets "Choke"

    The day after the world premiere of Clark Gregg's "Choke," Fox Searchlight acquired the film at the Sundance Film Festival and is expected to formally announce the deal soon. Described by Sundance as, a "dark comedy about mothers and sons, sexual compulsion, and the sordid underbellly of Colonial th...

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    iW NEWS | Overture Takes Pellington's "Poole"

    Mark Pellington's "Henry Poole Is Here" has been acquired by Overture Films in a deal for U.S. rights brokered with Lakeshore Entertainment. The film, which debuted on Monday afternoon in Park City, stars Luke Wilson as, in the words of an announcement, "a disillusioned man who goes hiding in placid suburbia only to discover he cannot escape the forces of hope." Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Richard Wright along with Gary Gilbert and Tom Lassally produced the film for Lakeshore. It was written by Albert Torres and also stars Radha Mitchell, George Lopez, and newcomers Rachel Seiferth and Morgan Lily. "We were moved by Mark Pellington's poi...

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    iW NEWS | Focus Gets "Hamlet 2" for $10 Million

    Andrew Fleming's "Hamlet 2" has been acquired by Focus Features in a $10 million worldwide deal swiftly sealed within 12 hours of the film's world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was produced by L+E Pictures' Eric Eisner & Leonid Rozhetskin and Aaron Ryder, from an original script by Fleming and Pam Brady. In the words of a description, "In the irreverent comedy, a failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama teacher (Steve Coogan) rallies his Tucson, AZ students as he conceives and stages a politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet. Cast joining Coogan include David Arquette, Melonie Diaz, Catherine Keener,...

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    iW NEWS | POV Lands "Traces of the Trade"

    Katrina Browne's "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North" has scored a deal with PBS's "POV," she announced on Monday night at the film's first screening at the Sundance Film Festival. Screening in the documentary competition, the film is an exploration of the first-time filmmaker's family history. Browne's ancestors, the deWolfs, were the largest slave-trading family in United States history. From 1769 to 1820, three generations of De Wolfs brought over more than 10,000 Africans. Browne wrote to more than 200 family descendents, inviting them to join her in on a journey to trace the family's legacy in a trip from Ghana to Cuba. Nin...

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