Lorber Films has picked up all US rights to three films bound for SXSW: Taqwacore: The Birth Of Punk Islam, Reel Injun, and Sound Of Insects.
Lorber Films, now a specialty releasing arm of Kino Lorber after Lorber HT Digital’s holding company Hidden Treasures acquired Kino International late last year, has set a June release at MoMA in New York for Reel Injun.
Cree film-maker Neil Diamond examines Hollywood’s depiction of Native North Americans and the film will receive its US premiere. Lorber Films acquired rights from the National Film Board Of Canada on behalf of Rezolution Pictures International.
Omar Majeed’s documentary Taqwacore: The Birth Of Punk Islam explores the US-based muslim punk scene and will receive its North American premiere. Lorber Films licensed rights from EyeSteelFilm.
Peter Liechti’s documentary Sound Of Insects looks at the legacy of a suicide who left behind a set of detailed notes. It gets its North American premiere and is based on the book Miira Ni Narumade by Shimada Masahiko. Lorber Films brokered the deal with Autlook Filmsales.
Kino Lorber vice-president Elizabeth Sheldon negotiated the deals and will attend the Austin festival with co-president. Richard Lorber and manager of theatrical distribution Kate Brokaw.
“SXSW has emerged as one of the most important film festivals worldwide, unique in its DNA brew of film, technology and music,” Lorber said. “It embodies the future of our industry, so we are paying intense attention to films premiering there, with exemplary cases in the ones that we have acquired.