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Sidewalk Stories | Blu-ray Review

28 October 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Beautifully restored and available for the first time on Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber’s distribution deal with Carlotta Us, the Cannes premiered 1989 directorial debut of American director Charles Lane, Sidewalk Stories, arrives for recapitulation into the cinematic zeitgeist. A black and white silent film that’s an homage, and somewhat mutated modernization of Chaplin’s classic film, The Kid (though it’s sound design would be more akin to Chaplin’s Modern Times), Lane’s heartfelt and endearing film plays like a time capsule love letter to the eternal city. At the same time, it represents a chapter in the enduring evolution of the representation of the homeless, a changing landscape often unnoticed, a detail written off as an unavoidable constant.

A homeless street artist (Charles Lane) lives off the meager sum he receives while drawing portraits, though he faces stiff competition from neighboring peers. One evening, he witness »

- Nicholas Bell

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Broad Green Pictures takes Samba for Us

18 September 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gabriel Hammond and Daniel Hammond’s ambitious company continues to build its distribution pipeline and has announced the second major acquisition of a Toronto title within a week.

Broad Green plans to release Samba theatrically in the second half of 2015. The film received its world premiere in Toronto and marks Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s follow-up to their 2012 smash The Intouchables.

Earlier this week it emerged that the company had taken Us rights to Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes.

Samba stars Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahiin in the tale of a Senegalese worker who battles to stay in France with the help of an immigration worker.

Broad Green brokered the deal with CAA and Gaumont International.

Broad Green’s production slate include recent Toronto world premiere Learning To Drive, as well as 10.000 Km and Green Room.

Paramount announced it will distribute Chris Rock’s comedy Top Five in limited release on December 5 in the Us »

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Charles Lane's 'Sidewalk Stories' Gets Long-Awaited Blu-Ray/DVD Release in October

11 August 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Charles Lane's wonderful and poignant 1989 silent comedy film "Sidewalk Stories," will finally get its long-awaited blu-ray DVD release through Kino Video, on October 7th. The film - about a poor struggling artist who comes upon a lost little girl whose father has just been murdered, and while trying to take care of her, meets a young rich woman who immediately falls in love with this awkward couple - has been rediscovered in the past year as an overlooked gem of a movie. Read our recent coverage of its re-release here and here. The DVD will include a new 2K restoration, an audio commentary by Charles Lane and composer Marc Marder, who wrote the soundtrack for the »

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Director Charles Lane on Why/How His Silent Classic 'Sidewalk Stories' Became a "Lost" Classic (Screening at Reelblack 6/25)

17 June 2014 9:24 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Charles Lane’s "Sidewalk Stories" was released in November, 1989 by Island Pictures to wide acclaim.  It’s filmmaker, Charles Lane, was courted by Hollywood, where he made one film ("True Identity") and co-starred in another ("Posse") then disappeared.  "Sidewalk Stories" aired once on PBS, but was never re-released or distributed on VHS or DVD.  It is considered a “lost” classic.   Until now. Reelblack, Philly's #1 promoter of African-American Film, closes its 11th Season with a special 25th Anniversary screening of the indie classic "Sidewalk Stories."  Recently restored from the original negative, »

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