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Jarecki Talks Political Campaign for Sundance Doc Winner 'The House I Live In' - Coming to Digital and VOD Platforms January 15

UPDATE: Eugene Jarecki's incisive and incendiary "The House I Live In" arrives on all digital and VOD platforms on January 15. FilmBuff is handling the release, following its theatrical run last October...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2012 12:26 PM
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'Indie Game: The Movie' Filmmakers Share Self-Distribution Wisdom in Blog Series

After taking their film "Indie Game: The Movie" to Sundance and SXSW, directors/producers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky ventured into self-distribution territory. An increasingly popular question for filmmakers who first find support through crowd-funding ("Indie Game" used Kickstarter), is how to continue the momentum once you have the film? This "Indie Game" series may hold some answers.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 21, 2012 4:29 PM
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EXCLUSIVE CLIP & Interview with 'Starlet' Director Sean Baker on Keeping it Vérité with Dree Hemingway

Sean Baker's second feature, "Prince of Broadway," a micro-budget vérité film shot in New York City's wholesale fashion district, won a slew of festival awards after its debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2008 (winning Best Narrative Feature) and landed on many Best of 2010 lists...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2012 2:04 PM
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Lionsgate and Roadside Getting Into Jeff Nichols' 'Mud' for US Distribution

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are in discussions to take US rights to director Jeff Nichols' "Mud," which debuted at Cannes. The coming-of-age story, set in Arkansas, stars Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon and Michael Shannon. The distributor/partners also teamed on "Margin Call" and upcoming "Arbitrage," starring Richard Gere.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 16, 2012 1:26 PM
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Lipsky's Adopt Films Acquires 'Molly's Theory of Relativity,' Directed by Lipsky

Writer-director Jeff Lipsky's "Molly's Theory of Relativity" has gone to his new company Adopt Films for US distribution, set for March 2013. The film about "the economy, how we value and measure the pride we take in what we choose to do for a living, the unbreakable bonds of family, and the notion that death is merely a relative thing" stars Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Reed Birney, Daisy Tahan and Rebecca Schull. Nick Athas and Inna Braude produced.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 6, 2012 1:40 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Lionsgate adds 'Catching Fire' Cast, Seeks New Director for 'Mockingjay'; Depp Joins Anderson; Radcliffe & Kazan Say Yes to 'F Word'

Amanda Plummer ("Pulp Fiction," "The Fisher King") is signing on to play Wiress in "Catching Fire." This follows the announcement of Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee and Jena Malone as Johanna in "The Hunger Games" sequel with Jennifer Lawrence and new director Francis Lawrence. Lionsgate is rushing the film to shoot this fall for a November 22, 2013 release.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • July 17, 2012 1:44 PM
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Weekend Preview: 'Trishna,' 'Farewell My Queen,' 'Alps' & 'The Imposter' Join 'Ice Age' At the Box Office

With Comic-Con occupying the fanboys, there's a great selection of limited-release indie and foreign films arriving this weekend to satiate hungry cinephiles...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 12, 2012 2:17 PM
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Broadway Star Nina Arianda Joins Director Sean Durkin for Janis Joplin Biopic

Janis Joplin is getting the big screen treatment and will be brought to life through Tony Award winning actress Nina Arianda (she won for "Venus in Fur"). "Martha Marcy May Marlene" director Sean Durkin will helm the project, which is scheduled to begin in early 2013. Producer Peter Newman & co. have spent over a decade...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 10, 2012 1:32 PM
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Drafthouse Films Partners with Distrify for 'Klown,' Maximizes Profits Through Incentivized Sharing

The Alamo Drafthouse's distribution arm Drafthouse Films announces their partnership with digital distribution platform Distrify, which allows viewers to share content via a direct purchase link. Drafthouse's canoe comedy "Klown," from Danish director Mikkel Nørgaard...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 10, 2012 12:17 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Starts off Strong

Sundance and Cannes sensation “Beasts of the Southern Wild” successfully crossed from being a festival hit to early stage arthouse success with very good NY/LA platform openings, giving it a real shot for broader audience...
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 2, 2012 4:18 PM
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