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U.S. Distributors: Zeitgeist's BCNY Breaks Records

Photo of Sydney Levine By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz April 29, 2011 at 2:30AM

Bill Cunningham New York broke all house records at Film Forum and we’re still playing in 3 theatres in Manhattan. We’ve already opened in 30 cities and it’s doing well everywhere. Our rollout will be in over 200 cities. BCNY appeals to people who love fashion because it’s so much fun to watch and it’s crossing over because audiences are moved and inspired by Bill’s simplicity and humility and passion for his work. He’s a beacon in these cynical times!
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Bill Cunningham New York broke all house records at Film Forum and we’re still playing in 3 theatres in Manhattan. We’ve already opened in 30 cities and it’s doing well everywhere. Our rollout will be in over 200 cities. BCNY appeals to people who love fashion because it’s so much fun to watch and it’s crossing over because audiences are moved and inspired by Bill’s simplicity and humility and passion for his work. He’s a beacon in these cynical times!

So says Nancy Gerstman, Co-President of Zeitgeist who along with partner Emily Russo have run the New York based company for more than 20 years. They have kept true to their 1988 vision which differentiates them by focusing on the more discriminating and adventurous filmgoer, whose needs were not being met by traditional “arthouse” fare. Zeitgeist films are strongly auteur-driven and have a distinct visual style and unique content.


Zeitgeist's N.Y. Offices

BCNY has an impressive track record:
Opening Night - New Directors/New Films Film Festival - New York

Winner - Audience Award - Best Documentary - Melbourne Film Festival

Winner - Audience Award - Best Documentary - Sydney Film Festival

Winner - Best Storytelling For Documentaries - Nantucket Film Festival

Winner - Best First Documentary - Abu Dhabi Film Festival

By April 29, 2011 it has taken in $731,236 and is expanding to 40 screens this Friday. Take a look at the playdates here.

Zeitgeist acquires films meeting the criteria of their own passion for the film, its quality and prestige, and its marketability. Their collection of the best in independent and international cinema has been accumulated by working with the most talented and innovative filmmakers in the U.S. and abroad. Their catalog includes numerous festival award winning films such as
2002 Academy Award winning Best Foreign Language Film, Nowhere In Africa



2005 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Sophie Scholl–The Final Days



1997 winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Taste Of Cherry



1991 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Poison



The successufl theatrical re-issue of The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (both an Academy Award nominee and Palme d’Or winner, 1964/re-released 1996).



The Zeitgeist film library also includes hugely popular documentaries such as The Tree by Julie Bertulucci, Vision by Margaretha von Trotta, Into Great Silence, The Corporation and Ballets Russes as well as films by such renowned directors as Atom Egoyan, Todd Haynes, Francois Ozon, Derek Jarman, Yvonne Rainer, Abbas Kiarostami, Deepa Mehta, Christopher Nolan, Jan Svankmajer and the Brothers Quay.

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