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Tribeca Film Acquires Rock Road Movie Janie Jones

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 10, 2011 at 3:52AM

New indie distributor Tribeca Film continues its buying spree, acquiring all U.S. rights to road movie rock musical Janie Jones, starring actor-singers Abigail Breslin and Alessandro Nivola as a father-daughter act. Elisabeth Shue plays Breslin's mom, who goes into rehab. The film debuted in Toronto last September. Tribeca plans to open the Unified Pictures film this summer in major cities as well as other platforms such as VOD. Filmmaker David M. Rosenthal wrote and directed the film based on his own experience.
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Thompson on Hollywood

New indie distributor Tribeca Film continues its buying spree, acquiring all U.S. rights to road movie rock musical Janie Jones, starring actor-singers Abigail Breslin and Alessandro Nivola as a father-daughter act. Elisabeth Shue plays Breslin's mom, who goes into rehab. The film debuted in Toronto last September. Tribeca plans to open the Unified Pictures film this summer in major cities as well as other platforms such as VOD. Filmmaker David M. Rosenthal wrote and directed the film based on his own experience.

Tribeca recently acquired Last Night and The Bang Bang Club.

“Janie Jones is especially notable as a showcase for the extraordinary talents of Alessandro and Abigail, whose on-screen musical performances are nothing short of revelatory,” said Geoffrey Gilmore, Tribeca Enterprises' chief creative officer. “David Rosenthal has brought to life an inspiring and warm-hearted story that we are proud to present to audiences through Tribeca Film along with our founding partner, American Express.”

Unified Pictures' Keith Kjarval and Eric Bassett are producers. The original score is by Eef Barzeley of the alt-country band Clem Snide.

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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.