CINEDIGM TO RELEASE DRAFTHOUSE FILMS SLATE OF FILMS TO HOME ENTERTAINMENT CHANNELS
September 04, 2013
The distribution arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is known for critically-acclaimed and provocative films
Los Angeles, CA, September 4, 2013 (NASDAQ: CIDM): Cinedigm announced today that it has partnered with Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, to release a slate of critically-acclaimed films across all home entertainment channels. Platforms will include DVD/Blu-ray, broadcast television, subscription VOD, cable VOD, and digital platforms.
Drafthouse Films is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world. Following the earnestly simple motto of "sharing the films we love with widest audience possible," Drafthouse Films debuted in 2010 with the theatrical release of the controversial black comedy FOUR LIONS, which was named one of Time Magazine's "Top 10 Films Of The Year." The following year, Drafthouse title BULLHEAD, the widely-praised Belgian drama, received an Academy Award® nomination for Outstanding Foreign Film. Recently, Drafthouse released THE ACT OF KILLING, a chilling documentary which led acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog to proclaim, "I have not seen a film as powerful, surreal, and frightening in at least a decade... unprecedented in the history of cinema." The film continues to shine in theaters across the US, and Drafthouse has recently announced a unique partnership with VICE and VHX to offer free downloads of THE ACT OF KILLING to audiences across Indonesia, where the events in the film take place. Going forward, Drafthouse plans to release 10-12 films in theaters in 2014.
"We have long been huge fans of the Alamo Drafthouse brand, and since its inception a few years ago, have been continually impressed by the taste and vision of Drafthouse Films," said Cinedigm Entertainment Group Co-President Susan Margolin. "We are thrilled to partner with Tim League, James Shapiro and the talented Drafthouse team to bring the highly distinctive voice of the Drafthouse Films brand to home audiences beginning this January. It's a great fit."
"It's exciting to be in partnership with Cinedigm," said James Emanuel Shapiro, Chief Operating Officer of Alamo Drafthouse. "Its commitment to building the brand through innovation is impressive. The Drafthouse Films team is honored to work with them and we really feel like the sky is the limit!"
The partnership between Cinedigm and Drafthouse will begin in January 2014 with the pre-theatrical VOD release of SXSW award-winner CHEAP THRILLS, starring Ethan Embry, Pat Healy, and Sara Paxton, followed by a theatrical release in February. Other upcoming films include Ari Folman's THE CONGRESS, which premiered at Cannes and stars Robin Wright Penn; acclaimed Cannes premiere BORGMAN, and Ben Wheatley's latest film, A FIELD IN ENGLAND.
Over the past decade, Cinedigm has led the digital distribution revolution that continues to transform the media landscape. In addition to its pioneering role in transitioning movie theatres from traditional film prints to digital distribution, Cinedigm continues to advance worldwide cinema modernization with its suite of software products allowing exhibitors and distributors to manage their newly digital businesses with efficiency, insight and certainty. And, as the leading distributor of independent content in the world, Cinedigm collaborates with producers and the exhibition community with unequalled transparency to market, source, curate and distribute quality content across all digital platforms to targeted and profitable audiences.
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ABOUT DRAFTHOUSE FILMS
Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world. Following the earnestly simple motto of "sharing the films we love with widest audience possible," Drafthouse Films debuted in 2010 with the theatrical release of Four Lions which was named of Time Magazine's "Top 10 Films Of The Year." The 2012 release slate includes the acclaimed Best Foreign Language Oscar®) Bullhead, the internationally celebrated Danish comedy Klown (currently slated for a Warner Bros/Todd Phillips produced US remake), Cannes Film Festival 2013 Official Selection Nothing Bad Can Happen, the 40th anniversary restoration of landmark Australian thriller Wake In Fright, the Werner Herzog/Errol Morris produced documentary The Act Of Killing and British auteur Ben Wheatley's psychedelic trip into magic and madness A Field In England. Drafthouse Films distributes films theatrically, through home video, VOD and their direct-to-consumer platforms integrating into the ever-growing Alamo Drafthouse entertainment lifestyle brand, which along with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas includes: Mondo, the collectible art boutique; Fantastic Fest, the largest international genre film festival in the US; and the pop culture website Badass Digest.
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