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    Byer's "AMERICANese" Acquired for IFC First Take Release

    IFC Entertainment has announced a deal for North American rights to Eric Byler's "AMERICANese," which won the audience award and an ensemble acting prize during its world premiere at SXSW this year. It is having its East Coast premiere this weekend at the Hamptons International Film Festival on Long Island, NY. Based on Shawn Wong's novel American Knees, the film was produced by Lisa Onodera and stars Chris Tashima, Kelly Hu, Allison Sie, Ben Shenkman, Sab Shimono and Michael Paul Chan. The film, to be released via the IFC First Take label in theaters and day-and-date via cable VOD, is Byler's follow-up to his 2002 feature "Charlotte Sometime...

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    IFC and Weinsteins Get "Penelope"

    Mark Palansky's "Penelope," a Toronto International Film Festival debut last month, has been jointly acquired by IFC Films and The Weinstein Company, in a deal for North American rights. IFC will lead theatrical distribution with TWC handling home video and TV, according to the annonucement. Starring Christina Ricci (with Reese Witherspoon, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara and Peter Dinklage) and written by Leslie Caveny, the film is described as "A modern-day fairy tale about love and self-acceptance." It was developed and produced by Type A Films, produced and financed by Stone Village Pictures and financed by Grosvenor Park. Producers includ...

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    Zeitgeist Gets U.S. Rights to "Into Great Silence"

    All U.S. rights to Philip Groening's "Into Great Silence" have been acquired by Zeitgeist Films. The company brokered the deal with Bavaria Film International. The film, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and won the documentary World Cinema special jury prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, is a portrait of the Grande Chartreuse monastery in the French Alps. The company is planning a late February/early March 2007 release. Zeitgeist co-president Nancy Gerstman negotiated the deal with Thorsten Schaumann of Bavaria Film International. The company also worked with Bavaria Film on "Nowhere In Africa," winner...

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    Maya Gets First Film, Carla Garapedian's "Screamers"

    Maya Releasing, Moctesuma Esparza's new distribution company, has announced its first acquisition. The company has nabbed Carla Garapedian's modern-day genocide documentary "Screamers," featuring music from System of a Down. The film will have its world premiere at the upcoming AFI Fest in Los Angeles next month. A December opening in Los Angeles is on tap for the film, followed by a national launch in January. In other company news, co-chairman Esparza named Jeff Valdez, the former CEO and Chairman of Si TV, as his co-chairman at Maya Entertainemnt. Michael Harpster and Kevin Benson are on board as Maya Releasing's COO and President, respect...

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    ImaginAsian Gets "Journey From The Fall"

    Earlier this week, ImaginAsian Entertainment, Inc. announced its acquisition of all North American distribution rights to Ham Tran's "Journey from the Fall," which will open the San Diego Asian Film Festival on Thursday. The Vietnamese American film will be released in theaters next Spring, followed yb a DVD and VOD release to follow. The Sundance Film Festival selection won the best cinematography prize at the Milan International Film Festival, the audience award at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and the best actor award for Long Nguyen as well as a special jury award for Ham Tran at the Newport Beach Film Fest...

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    Lynch Acquires New Lynch Film? Filmmaker Planning to Self-Distribute "Inland Empire"

    David Lynch will self-distribute his latest film, "Inland Empire" in the United States and Canada, according to a report by Gregg Goldstein in The Hollywood Reporter. At a press conference in New York on Friday, when asked about the status of a deal for the movie, Lynch said that the film was "technically" without distribution...now the details are becoming clearer. According to the HR story:Lynch will work with well-known theatrical and home video partners to launch his epic fever dream of a film, retaining all rights to the low-budget project in each service deal. The partnerships will be announced within the next week. A release slated bef...

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    Film Movement Takes "A Simple Curve"

    North American film distributor Film Movement has acquired Canadian director Aubrey Nealon's "A Simple Curve," the group recently announced. A winner for best writer/director at the Nantucket Film Festival, the film is the story of Caleb, the son of hippie parents including his carpenter father who lacks any business acumen. When a friend of his father's arrives in the valley to develop a high-end fishing lodge, Caleb sees fortune looming, provided he can keep his father distracted long enough. But a small deception leads to colossal betrayal, and soon Caleb must face the fact that he's "reached that treasured day when a boy becomes man enoug...

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    Fortissimo Lands Guest's "For Your Consideration"

    Fortissimo Films has announced its acquisition of worldwide sales rights, outside North America, for Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration." The company made the deal with Shangri-La Entertainment (which produced the film with Castle Rock Entertainment) following the film's debut at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. Next up for the movie, which takes a comedic look at the movie business, awards season and independent filmmaking, is a screening at the 2006 London Film Festival and screenings at next month's American Film Market. Warner Independent Pictures will open the film in the U.S. on November 17th. "Wouter [Barend...

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    Paramount Vantage Gets "Details"

    Paramount Vantage has announced a pre-emptive purchase of Dan Kay's horror script, "Details." Based on a short story by China Mieville and centering around the psychological phenomenon pareidolia, the script is described as telling, "the terrifying story of a daughter who disappears after having uncovered a demonic force only she can see and the father who stops at nothing to bring her back." Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions will produce the film, with Steven Schneider and Ian Levy serving as executive producers. According to the announcement, Vantage's EVP of Production and Acquisitions Amy Israel; VP of Production Chad Hamilton and Creat...

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    New Yorker Gets Sissako's "Bamako"

    New Yorker Films has announced its acquisition of Abderrahmane Sissako's "Bamako," which is screening early next week at the New York Film Festival. The film, which has already screened at the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, will be released in Februrary 2007. Described as, "The intimate personal story of an African couple on the verge of breaking up is told alongside very public political proceedings. The country’s civil society is taking action against the international financial institutions whom they directly blame for Africa’s woes." It was executive produced by Danny Glover and Joslyn Barnes of Louverture Films, who will join the dir...

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