Written by: FFT Webmaster | March 1st, 2011
*Newly Acquired Films Starring Zach Braff, Vincent Gallo and Zoe Kravitz*
and Featuring Filmmakers Including Jerzy Skolimowski, Vincent D’Onofrio and
Slate to Premiere On Multiple Platforms, Including National Video-on-Demand
and Theatres Across the Country, Supported by Founding Partner American
[New York, NY] – Tribeca Enterprises today announced that
Tribeca Film will expand to commercially release 26 films over the next
year, more than double the number of titles released in 2010. The
comprehensive distribution label for independent film also announced that it
acquired U.S. rights to nine new titles to be released across multiple
platforms. The curated selection of films includes many genres and
including Zach Braff, Vincent Gallo and Zoe Kravitz and filmmakers such as
Peter Mullan, Jerzy Skolimowski and Vincent D’Onofrio.
Following its launch in March 2010, Tribeca Film has grown to a year-round,
full-service distribution label that delivers quality independent films to
audiences through innovative strategies bolstered by its partnership with
American Express. Tribeca Film’s significant expansion is highlighted by
Tribeca’s continued relationship with Comcast, one of the nation’s leading
providers of entertainment and supporter of independent film.
Tribeca Film plans to release the following titles theatrically, on
video-on-demand and via other platforms throughout the coming year:
·Beware the Gonzo – From director and writer Brian Gobuloff
(writer of *The Basketball Diaries*) comes a teen-angst comedy about an
underground newspaper aiming to give voice to high school misfits. The film
stars Zoe Kravitz, Ezra Miller, Jesse McCartney, Amy Sedaris, Campbell
Scott, and James Urbaniak.
·The Bleeding House – Written and directed by comic book writer
and first time filmmaker Philip Gelatt, this taut horror thriller is an
original take on the home invasion genre about a family with a haunted past
visited by a sweet-talking Texan killer who has come for retribution.
·Brother’s Justice – This Hollywood satire marks Dax Shepard’s
directorial debut and is co-directed by David Palmer. The film follows
Shepard as he makes the rash decision to abandon comedy in pursuit of his
true dream: to become an internationally-renowned martial arts star. Winner
of the audience award at the Austin Film Festival and an official selection
of the Hollywood Film Festival, it features performances by Tom Arnold,
Bradley Cooper, David Koechner, Michael Rosenbaum and Nate Tuck.
·Don’t Go in the Woods – Vincent D’Onofrio makes his feature-length
directorial debut with this uproarious rock ‘n’ roll horror musical
about the fate of a young band seeking a quiet place to write songs
in the wrong neck of the woods. The film has screened at the Woodstock Film
Festival, the Sarasota Film Festival and the Savannah Film Festival.
·Grave Encounters – Directed and written by first time filmmakers
the Vicious Brothers, this cinéma-vérité style supernatural thriller follows
a ghost-hunting reality television show host and crew as they shoot an
episode inside an abandoned psychiatric hospital, where unexplained
phenomena have been reported for years. All in the name of good television,
they voluntarily lock themselves inside the building for the night and begin
a paranormal investigation, capturing everything on camera. They quickly
realize that the building is more than just haunted – it is alive – and it
has no intention of ever letting them leave.
·The High Cost of Living – Director Deborah Chow’s dark romantic
drama about intertwined fates centers on the burgeoning relationship between
an unlikely pair. Nathalie (Isabelle Blais) is expecting her first child,
and Henry (Zach Braff) is on his way to his next drug deal. Their paths
fatefully collide one night in an event that will irrevocably change their
lives. The film was an official selection of the Toronto Film Festival.
·NEDS – Peter Mullan’s third feature as a writer and director,
after *Orphans* and *The Magdalene Sisters*, is a violent 1970s
coming-of-age drama set in a gritty section of Glasgow. *NEDS* won Best Film
at the San Sebastian Film Festival and was chosen Best Film at the 2011
London Evening Standard Awards.
·Ultrasuede – In Search of Halston. No one represented the 1970s
quite like legendary designer Halston. In this stylish documentary,
director Whitney Sudler-Smith takes a fabulous fun-and-fact-filled journey
through Halston’s life and times. Interviews with friends and witnesses
(including Liza Minnelli, Diane Von Furstenberg, André Leon Talley, Anjelica
Huston, Bob Colacello and Billy Joel, among others) round out this
glittering evocation of the man who defined the decadent era.
Tribeca Film will release the following on VOD and other platforms:
·Essential Killing – A gripping adventure thriller directed by
acclaimed Polish auteur Jerzy Skolimowski. A captured Taliban fighter
(Vincent Gallo) is interrogated, tortured and then moved to an unnamed snowy
detention camp in Europe. Following an accident involving his transport
convoy, he becomes an escaped convict on a continent he does not know.
Essential Killing world premiered In Competition at the Venice International Film
Festival, and won the Special Jury Prize and Best Actor for Vincent
Previously announced titles from Tribeca Film include the following, which
will be released in theatres in multiple markets, as well as via VOD and
·The Bang Bang Club – Award-winning documentary filmmaker Steven
Silver makes his feature directorial debut with this electrifying tale of a
young band of war photographers who documented the last days of apartheid in
South Africa. Based on a true story, the film stars Ryan Phillippe, Malin
Akerman and Taylor Kitsch and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
·Janie Jones – Directed by David M. Rosenthal, *Janie Jones*
is acharming rock ‘n’ roll road trip drama about a father and daughter
finding their way to each other. The film stars Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola,
Elisabeth Shue and Brittany Snow and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
·Last Night – Director Massy Tadjedin makes her directorial debut
with a carefully crafted romantic drama about two couples confronting
temptation and the limits of fidelity over the course of one night. Starring
Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet, the film
was an official selection at the Toronto, Venice and Rome Film Festivals.
Fourteen more titles will be added to the Tribeca Film slate in the coming
“With the rapidly evolving landscape, Tribeca Film provides strategic
opportunities and plans to customize campaigns using new platforms for
distribution,” said Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal. “We see real
opportunities for filmmakers and audiences.”
Upon its initial launch, Tribeca Film delivered an inaugural slate of 12
titles nationwide through a network of multi-platform distribution
partnerships, beginning with an initial release via cable and telco
video-on-demand and satellite pay-per-view in Spring 2010. The films were also distributed
digitally via Amazon.com, the Apple iTunes Store, Netflix Streaming and
Vudu, with select titles airing on Showtime. The independent label also
released 11 of the films in limited theatrical engagements and partnered
with New Video to launch the Tribeca Film home video label. The continued
expansion of Tribeca Film attests to Tribeca Enterprises’ goal of redefining
traditional models of independent film distribution and release patterns
and, in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival and other of its media
holdings, creating new opportunities and discovering new audiences for
“Tribeca Film had a terrific launch in 2010, releasing an exciting selection
of quality independent films,” said Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer at
Tribeca. “In 2011, we look forward to continuing to respond to the
contemporary challenges of distribution today and are especially excited to
be on the cutting edge working to develop new scenarios. We value our
relationships with our distribution partners, the unique role played by
American Express, and the talented filmmakers we have the pleasure of
American Express is an important and unique element of Tribeca Film.
American Express has reinforced its commitment to providing independent
filmmakers with new platforms to deliver compelling stories to audiences,
and Cardmembers, everywhere. In its second year, Tribeca Film will continue
to leverage the unique marketing force of American Express to create
customized release patterns that are filmmaker-friendly and provide
audiences with access to films they otherwise might not have the opportunity
About Tribeca Film
Tribeca Film is a comprehensive distribution label dedicated to acquiring
and marketing independent films across multiple platforms, including
theatrical, video-on-demand, digital, home video and television. It is an
initiative from Tribeca Enterprises designed to provide new platforms for
how film can be experienced, while supporting filmmakers and introducing
audiences to films they might not otherwise see. American Express continues
its support of Tribeca and the independent film community by serving as the
Founding Partner of Tribeca Film.
About Tribeca Enterprises
Tribeca Enterprises is a diversified global media company based in New York
City. Established in 2003 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig
Hatkoff, the company currently operates a network of branded entertainment
businesses including the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival
International, Tribeca Cinemas, and the newly announced distribution
initiative, Tribeca Film. The Company’s mission is to provide artists with
unique platforms to expand the audience for their works and to broaden the
access point for consumers to experience independent film and media.
Jonathan Tisch, through Walnut Hill Media, is a minority investor in Tribeca
Enterprises and is a member of the Board of Directors.