Plus… Focus World acquires Puerto Ricans In Paris; Abramorama to release Rock In The Red Zone; The Bequest begins Canada shoot; and more.
- Wolfe Releasing has acquired North American rights from RJ Millard of Obscured Pictures to Joey Kuhn’s Upper East Side gay love triangle drama Those People ahead of a screening at the NewFest New York LGBT Film Festival this weekend. The film will open on DVD, VOD and multiple digital platforms in the second quarter of 2016, including a limited theatrical release in top markets. Jonathan Gordon, Jason Ralph, Haaz Sleiman, Britt Lower, and Meghann Fahy, Chris Conroy and Allison Mackie star (pictured).
- Producer Christine Guenther in Berlin, producer Chevy K Chen in Los Angeles and filmmaker Susan Korda in New York have launched the production label Fireglory aimed at creating independent films guided by an emphasis on equal opportunities for female filmmakers. Documentary Cassette from Zack Taylor is in post and Salomea’s Nose by Korda is ready for release.
- Focus World has acquired US rights from UTA to Ian Edelman’s Puerto Ricans In Paris. Luis Guzmán, Edgar Garcia, Alice Taglioni, Miriam Shor and Frédéric Anscombe star with Rosario Dawson and Rosie Perez. The film premiered at the 2015 LA Film Fesival.
- Abramorama will release Laura Bialis’ documentary Rock In The Red Zone theatrically nationwide. Abramorama plans a November 12 New York debut followed by Los Angeles on December 2 with additional cities to follow.
- The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) has added Michael Moore to its roster of Produced By: New York Conference speakers on October 24 alongside FilmBuff CEO Janet Brown and Room star Jacob Tremblay.
- Principal photography has begun near the town of Britt, Ontario, on psychological thriller The Bequest. Jeff Kopas directs from a screenplay he wrote with Doug Taylor. Ryan Reaney and Robert Budreau of Lumanity Productions produce with Kopas for Vitality Productions. David Anselmo and Marina Cordoni are executive producers.
- Amasia Entertainment principals Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo have promoted Jonathan Bader to chief administrative officer, Kathryn Lyn to director of development and Brad Liberti to production and development coordinator. Amasia produced Toronto closing night film Mr. Right.
- Voyage Media has launched a web platform that its principals claim will change how creators hone their craft and bring television and film projects to market. The service enables individuals to connect directly with specialist producers, watch training videos and have their projects developed, packaged, financed and distributed.