Film Acquisition Rundown: Big SXSW Buys, Gunpowder & Sky Gets ‘Below Her Mouth’ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Big SXSW Buys, Gunpowder & Sky Gets ‘Below Her Mouth’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Gunpowder & Sky Distribution has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to April Mullen’s “Below Her Mouth.” Shot entirely with a female crew, the film tells the story of an unexpected romance between two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2016, and it went on to screen at Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Mar Del Plata International Film Festival, and Goteborg Film Festival. It will also play at BFI Flare: London’s Lgbt festival in March.

Gunpowder & Sky Distribution will release the film on April 28, 2017, theatrically and across all major On Demand platforms, including iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV, Verizon FiOS, and DirecTV.
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John Coltrane Documentary ‘Chasing Trane’ Gets Release Date

John Coltrane Documentary ‘Chasing Trane’ Gets Release Date
Abramorama will handle the North American theatrical distribution of John Scheinfeld’s “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary.”

The film will hit theaters in April after premiering at the Telluride Film Festival in September, followed by showings at the Toronto International Film Festival, Idfa, and Doc NYC. It includes interviews with Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Cornel West, President Bill Clinton, and Common, with Coltrane’s own words spoken by Denzel Washington.

The film is produced by Spencer Proffer, John Beug, Scott Pascucci, and Dave Harding. “Chasing Trane” will be released theatrically beginning in New York on April 14, with Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and additional cities to follow.


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Coltrane, an iconic saxophone player credited with revolutionizing jazz during the 1950s, died of liver cancer in 1967 at the age of 40. He did not do any television interviews during his lifetime and only gave a handful of radio interviews,
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Abramorama To Distribute John Coltrane Docu ‘Chasing Trane’

Abramorama will handle the North American theatrical distribution of John Scheinfeld's documentary Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary. With interviews by Wynton Marsalis, President Bill Clinton, Sonny Rollins, Dr. Cornel West and Common, Trane played to good notices at Telluride, Toronto and Doc NYC, among other fests. Chasing Trane is produced by Spencer Proffer, John Beug, Scott Pascucci and Dave Harding, and is set for a theatrical release in New York on…
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3D in the 21st Century. On Shooting "Cave of Forgotten Dreams"

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On Shooting Cave Of Forgotten DREAMSby Peter ZeitlingerWe shot Cave of Forgotten Dreams on Si 2K cameras, GoPros and two tiny Canon amateur cameras.We decided to shoot in 3D only a few weeks before we began production. My contacts at Pille Film and P+S Technik in Germany (who developed a system to handle Si 2K cameras for Slumdog Millionaire) were very useful for finding the state of the art in high-end small camera technology. Their publications all over the world promised to provide us with all the tools we would need in the cave, such as light weight Steadycam 3D rig by P+S and a small recorder for the SI2K streams by Pille. Unfortunately, both companies left us shortly before the shoot because they felt they were “not ready to guarantee us 100% of function of their prototypes.” Even I told them we had no choice: we don´t need a 100% guarantee,
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Awards Season Roundup -- Cinema Eye, Documentary and Much More!

This is a tough awards season! Lots of great movies to see, so little time! I'm catching up like crazy before we vote for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards for the Broadcast Film Critics Association. So I apologize if I haven't updated you with the latest on the awards season 2013-2014! And there were many award-giving bodies announcing nominations.

We already told you about the Rome Film Festival and the Film Independent Spirit Awards, now let's talk about the 2013 Gotham Awards, the Ida Documentary Awards, the Cinema Eye, and the Producers Guild announcing its best documentary choices.

First stop, we have the 2013 Gotham Awards where Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" topped the nominations with three nods including best feature, best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and breakthrough actor for Lupita Nyong'o.

Winners will be announced on Dec. 2nd where Richard Linklater, Forest Whitaker, and Katherine Oliver (head of the NYC
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"Searching for Sugar Man" Receives Top Honors at Ida Documentary Awards

One of my favorite documentaries this year, "Searching for Sugar Man," received top honors at the 2012 Ida Documentary Awards winning the Best Feature prize. The documentary about the search for the elusive musician, Rodriguez, is truly a brilliant film illuminating failed dreams and eventual redemption.

Here's the complete winners list of the 2012 Ida Documentary Awards:

Career Achievement Award

Arnold Shapiro

Jacqueline Donnet Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award

David France

Pioneer Award

Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program And Fund

Best Feature Award

Searching For Sugar Man

Director/Producer/Writer: Malik Bendjelloul

Producer: Simon Chinn

Executive Producer: John Battsek

Red Box Films, Sony Pictures Classics

Best Short Award

Saving Face

Director: Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Producers: David Coombe, Daniel Junge, Alison Greenberg, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Sabiha Sumar

Co-Producers: Aaron Kopp, Fazeelat Aslam

Senior Producer: Lisa Heller (HBO)

Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins (HBO)

HBO Documentary Films, Milkhaus, LLC, and JungeFilm, LLC

Best Limited Series Award
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