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    iW NEWS | Magnolia Sets Dates for "Cashback" and "Closing Escrow"

    Magnolia Pictues has announced plans for Summer day-and-date releases of Sean Ellis' "Cashback" and Armen Kaprelian's "Closing Escrow." Ellis' "Cashback," which debuted at 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, will debut on HDNet on July 18 and in theaters two days later, hitting DVD on July 24t...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Set To Take "Hannah" to Theaters

    IFC First Take has set an August 22nd release date for Joe Swanberg's "Hannah Takes The Stairs," which debuted in March at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin. The latest film from a loose collective of filmmakers, nicknamed Mumblecore (or sometimes Mumblecorps), Swanberg's "Hannah" stars actors Greta Gerwig and Kent Osbourne alongside a host of American indie filmmakers, including Mark Duplass, Andrew Bujalski, and Ry Russo-Young. In "Hannah," Gerwig stars as a post-college woman who dates three very different colleagues that work together. Duplass plays a cool former musician, Bujalski is an intellectual workaholic and Kent Osborne is somewher...

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    iW NEWS | Arthouse Goes to "Cool School"

    Arthouse Films has announced its acquisition of worldwide rights to Morgan Neville's "The Cool School," debuting in the documentary competition this week at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The story of L.A.'s influential Ferus Gallery which, from 1957 - 1968, nutured artists such as Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Craig Kauffman, Wallace Berman, Ed Moses and Robert Irwin, the film is narrated by Jeff Bridges and will be released in theaters early next year and will also air nationally on PBS' Independent Lens. The deal was negotiated by David Koh from Arthouse Films and Lilly Bright from Curiously Bright Entertainment along with Julie Goldman of Cact...

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    iW NEWS | Cinema Guild Gets "Yella"

    Christian Petzold's "Yella," from the 2007 Berlinale, has been acquired by The Cinema Guild in a deal for U.S. distribution rights. Described as "a daring metaphysical thriller about a young woman's efforts to escape her past," the film will open in theaters later this year. At the Berlin International Film Festival, lead actress Nina Hoss won the Silver Bear for best actress. Ryan Krivoshey, Director of Distribution for The Cinema Guild negotiated the deal with Michael Weber for The Match Factory. "'Yella' is an extraordinary film that uses the conventions of a Hollywood thriller to offer a bracing critique of our capitalist society," commen...

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    iW NEWS | Maya Acquires "August" at LA Film Fest

    Chris Eska's first feature "August Evening" has been acquired by Moctesuma Esparza's upstart distribution company Maya Entertainment, in a deal signed after the film's debut this week at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The LAFF competition title is the story of an undocumented worker and his widowed daughter-in-law dealing with a tragedy. "We're excited to launch our distribution division with a beautiful film like 'August Evening'," said Esparza, compay co-chairman and CEO, in a statement. "We're confident it will satisfy both traditional art house audiences and break through to the mainstream Latino market, achieving both critical and financ...

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    iW NEWS | Koch Lorber and Red Envelope Take "Water Lilies"

    All U.S. and Canadian rights to Celine Sciamma's "Water Lillies" (La Naissance des Pieuvres) have been acquired in a joint deal by Koch Lorber Films and Red Envelope Entertainment, the companies announced Monday. The film, set in the summer at a suburban Parisian municipal swimming pool, debuted in the Un Certain Regard section at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Richard Lorber from Koch Lorber and Liesl Copland from Red Envelope negotiated the pact with Film Distribution's Nicolas Brigaud-Robert and Didar Domehri. Koch Lorber is planning a national theatrical release beginning early next year, followed by a DVD release later in the year. [...

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    iW NEWS | IFC First Take to Scare Up "The Last Winter"

    All North American rights to Larry Fessenden's eco-horror thriller "The Last Winter" have been acquired by IFC Entertainment under its day and date distribution banner IFC First Take, the company's president Jonathan Sehring has announced. Arianna Bocco, Vice President of Acquisitions and Productions negotiated the acquisition of the film with Sarah Lash from Cinetic Media who represented the filmmakers. The film, which premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival and will screen at this week's Los Angeles Film Festival, centers on a team of people working to exploit oil resources in Alaska and become tormented by an unseen entit...

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    iW NEWS | Anywhere Road and Red Envelope Take U.S. and Canadian Rights to "Antonia"

    New San Francisco-based distributor Anywhere Road and Red Envelope Entertainment have acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to writer/director Tata Amaral's Brazilian musical drama "Antonia," Robert Ogden Barnum, president of Anywhere Road and Bahman Naraghi, head of Red Envelope Entertainment announced...

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    iW NEWS | Artistic License Picks Up "If I Didn't Care"

    Artistic License Films has acquired Benjamin Cummings and Orson Cummings' feature "If I Didn't Care" and plans an August 3rd roll out of the film in select New York City and Long Island theaters followed by a nationwide push, the company announced Monday. The film, which premiered at last year's Hamptons International Film Festival is described as a "Hitchcockian film noir/thriller set in the exclusive resort community of The Hamptons starring Bill Sage ("Flirt")." The story revolves around "trophy husband" David Meyer's ill-fated attempt to produce an heir which leads to infidelity, murder and tragic consequences. "Ben Cummings and Orson Cum...

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    First Run Thumps "For the Bible Tells Me So" for North America

    First Run Features has acquired North American rights to Daniel Karslake's Sundance '07 doc "For the Bible Tells Me So," the company's Vice President Marc Mauceri announced Tuesday. The film will roll out theatrically beginning in October. Cinetic Media represented the filmmakers in the sale. The doc reconciles homosexuality with the traditional reading of scripture through the personal stories of such figures as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson and the Gephardt family. "We are so proud to be bringing 'For the Bible Tells Me So' to North American audiences," said Mauceri in a statement. "Not only is it an important film...

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