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Direct to VOD: Cinetic's Film Buff Launches with New Orleans Mon Amour

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 6, 2009 at 2:20AM

More and more, movies that ordinarily would get a theatrical release are taking the direct train to VOD. In this instance, writer-director Michael Almereyda's New Orleans Mon Amour, which was filmed in post-Katrina New Orleans with real folks as well as a few good actors, played the 2008 fest circuit, including SXSW. Now the hurricane recovery drama (which conjures up the post-atomic classic Hiroshima Mon Amour) will make its debut July 15 on Cable VOD via the new channel Cinetic Film Buff, followed by portals iTunes and Amazon VOD.
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More and more, movies that ordinarily would get a theatrical release are taking the direct train to VOD. In this instance, writer-director Michael Almereyda's New Orleans Mon Amour, which was filmed in post-Katrina New Orleans with real folks as well as a few good actors, played the 2008 fest circuit, including SXSW. Now the hurricane recovery drama (which conjures up the post-atomic classic Hiroshima Mon Amour) will make its debut July 15 on Cable VOD via the new channel Cinetic Film Buff, followed by portals iTunes and Amazon VOD.

Ex-SXSW programmer Matt Dentler plans to release five new or library films via Cinetic Film Buff every month, reported Mike Jones at CineVegas:


Cinetic is in talks with several distribs to mine their libraries for VOD release, including the troubled New Yorker Films.


After starting off writing for the studios, Almereyda has enjoyed a run as an idiosyncratic indie director of both docs and features. He's best known for his bold 2000 contemporary retelling of Hamlet, starring Ethan Hawke, which screens at Lincoln Center this month as part of their tribute to William Shakespeare.

Set a year after the hurricane, New Orleans Mon Amour stars Christopher Eccleston (Jude) as a surgeon (strangely named Dr. Jekyll) who is trying to reboot his old practice in the wealthy Garden District. Newly remarried to his ex-wife (Laurie Fox), he nonetheless hooks up with ex-lover Hyde (!), now a 9th Ward relief worker (Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss). They find that the more they try to solve New Orleans' problems, the more they create for themselves. The film also features Deadwood star Dayton Callie.

Here's an exclusive New Orleans Mon Amour clip:


Originally posted on Variety.com

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.