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Rogue Arts and Fairway Film Alliance form Partnership to Create a New Landscape for the Indie Filmmaker

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by Sydney Levine
February 19, 2013 3:00 PM
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The Kid: Chamaco, directed by Mexican producer Miguel Necoechea starring Martin Sheen, Kirk Harris and Gustavo Sanchez Parra.

Indie Film Distribution/Production Company Rogue Arts has just signed a partnership agreement with Fairway Film Alliance to distribute films globally.   The partnership began at AFM where three of Rogue Arts new titles were launched successfully.   "We are creating these kind of relationships in order to be completely transparent with both our investors and our filmmakers.    It is a great time of growth in our company", stated company founder, Kirk Harris.   "Our goal is a new type of company where partnership with the filmmaker really means both the filmmaker and the distributor benefit from the proceeds and know step by step what is occurring with the films," stated Don Franken, also a Principal at Rogue Arts.  

Rogue Arts has produced 8 films and Rogue Arts and Fairway Films Alliance has handled the distribution of more than 50 titles.   Founded as a production company in 2004 by Actor/Filmmaker Kirk Harris, company executives now include Celebrity sports talent and marketing agent Don Franken, Retired Navy Special Forces SWCC Vernon Mortensen and Fairway Films Alliance's Marty Poole.  "With over 20 years working film in film sales, and also as a filmmaker, I felt it was time to create a company by, with, and for the filmmaker" stated Fairway Films Alliance founder, Marty Poole.  Another feature of the Rogue Arts and Fairway Film Alliance partnership is the unique blend of world sales, theatrical booking, digital content knowledge and PR and Marketing experience the principles have.  

Recent produced titles include: The Kid: Chamaco, directed by celebrated Mexican producer Miguel Necoechea starring Martin Sheen, Kirk Harris and Gustavo Sanchez Parra.   They also include the freshly completed Western Thriller The Sorrow,  directed by Rogue Arts' Vernon Mortensen and starring Harris, John Savage and Michael Madsen.  

Noted distribution titles include:  "Flickering Lights" from Academy Award Winning Anders Thomas Jensen and starring Ulrich Thomsen and Mads Mikkelsen.  Wim Wenders presents Michael Meredith's "Three Days of Rain" starring Peter Falk, Blythe Danner and Lyle Lovett and last but not least,  "Spooky House" from director William Sachs starring Ben Kingsley and Mercedes Ruehl.  

Rogue Arts titles have screened at the Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, Slamdance and Venice Film Festivals.  

Recent titles that premiered at AFM were the FX action film "Time Warrior", Terrorist subway thriller "Red Line" and "The Sorrow".   "Time Warrior" and "Red Line" were acquired through a new strategic alliance with the San Diego Film Festival to provide distribution for some of their premiere entries. 

Additionally, Rogue Arts has two TV series in development as well as several feature projects of varying budgets in the pipeline.  

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