The Independent Film Channel(IFC) announced today (Dec 16) a multi-platform distribution plan for ADecade Under The Influence, theextensive account of cinema in the 1970s that was film-maker Ted Demme'slast project before he died. The picture, which was co-directed by RichardLaGravenese who made Living Out Loud, is set to premiere in the Documentary Competition category at the 2003Sundance Film Festival in January.

An IFC Original produced bythe network, A Decade Under The Influence will roll out in theatres through sister company IFC Films in thespring, after which it will be presented as a three-part television series onIFC TV, with additional interviews and behind the scenes material. The serieswill air each night from Aug 21-24 and be accompanied by a celebration of filmsfrom the era. Exclusive Broadband content will coincide with the televisionpremiere as well as a subsequent VOD release.

"This film is truly alove letter about an amazing era in film," Alison Bourke, executiveproducer for IFC, said "It's for people who love movies and want tohear stories that audiences haven't heard before. It's the perfectproject to fulfill IFC's original programming mandate and it lends itselfwell to various forms of distribution so we can reach the widest audiencepossible."

The documentary featuresinterviews with, among others, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, PeterBogdanovich, Ellen Burstyn, Julie Christie, Pam Grier and Dennis Hopper. Demmeand LaGravenese shared interviewing duties with film-makers and journalistsincluding Neil LaBute, Alexander Payne and Scott Frank.