We received some exclusive breaking news this morning as IFC Films, one of the leading distributors for independent and foreign films, and MPI Media Group, one of the largest and most successful independent producers and distributors of movies, today announced an agreement that gives MPI U.S. home entertainment distribution rights for IFC Films’ future slate of movies. Through the deal, MPI acquires the rights to distribute IFC titles on physical DVD. What does this mean? LOADS more horror coming your way to theaters, VOD and then to DVD/Blu-ray! HEAVEN SWEET HEAVEN! IFC has a ton of movies on their plate ranging from Sauna to Antichrist, while MPI has Plague Town and Ti West’s The House of the Devil – but read on to see the first slate of releases and for the rest of the announcement.
The announcement was made today by IFC Films’ Executive Vice President Lisa Schwartz and Greg Newman from MPI Media Group.
MPI will distribute films from both IFC in Theaters and IFC Festival Direct. IFC In Theaters brings critically-acclaimed independent movies to on demand viewers at home the same day they premiere in theaters; IFC Festival Direct is an electronic film festival available at the touch of a remote button offering films that have premiered at major film festivals to on-demand audiences.
“We’re delighted to join with MPI as we continue our mission of bringing quality independents films to consumers,” said Lisa Schwartz, IFC Films’ executive vice president of sales and business development. “We have found a great home for our movies and a terrific partner with MPI.”
Malik Ali, CEO of MPI Media Group, said “We are very pleased to be working with IFC. They are a true force in independent cinema and an innovator in making film accessible via their diverse delivery platforms. We are happy to be playing a part in bringing this incredible product line to the retail marketplace.”
FIRST SLATE OF IFC FILMS HORROR RELEASES
Street date: August 11, 2009
From The Producer Of The Original TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE and based on a terrifying true story.
In 1975, the small town of Sublime, Texas had an encounter with a creature so horrifying that it remains legend today: Deep in the woods along the Navidad River, someone – or something – has left its lair to rip a trail of ferocious carnage through the local population. Is it man, monster or Lone Star myth? And in a rural community commanded by the Bible, corrupted by moonshine and ruled by rifles, can anything stop the vengeance of a beast unleashed? “Pass the popcorn and hook that speaker to the driver’s side window,” raves Film Threat. “THE WILD MAN OF THE NAVIDAD has a lot of heart and captures the essence of `60s and `70s grindhouse/drive-in horror!”
Street date: September 29, 2009
Four mathematicians who do not know each other are invited by a mysterious host on the pretext of resolving a great enigma. The room in which they find themselves turns out to be a shrinking room that will crush them if they do not discover in time what connects them all and why someone might wish to murder them.
Street date: September 14, 2009
A young film student has a one-night stand with an aspiring actress. The next morning, there is a video camera pointed at their bed. But rather than a sex tape, they find what appears to be a brutal snuff movie starring themselves as the killers. They have no memory of the murders and there is no evidence of the carnage. Do the answers to this waking terror wait in the student’s own work, or could the line between reality and illusion slice straight to the edge of madness? Jason Scott Campbell and Nicole Roderick star in this mind-bending shocker that Horror Talk calls “a thinking man’s horror film in the realm of DONNIE DARKO. Writer/director Dylan Bank makes a fearless, stylish debut, fusing psychosexual horror and indie auteur cinema!”
Street date: September 15, 2009
Based On The Shocking True Story Of The Most Bizarre Terrorist Act Of Our Time
In 2000, a group of masked men invaded the home of a poor family in rural Columbia. They then attached a bomb encased in PVC-1 tubing around the mother’s neck and demanded 15 million pesos. The family would be told by phone where to bring the money. If the ransom were not delivered according to exact instructions, the collar bomb would be detonated. Greek/Columbian writer/director Spiro Stathoulopoulos films the story of this harrowing ordeal in one unbroken take for an unprecedented achievement in real-time suspense that stunned audiences at the Cannes Film Festival. “PVC-1 is an amazing nail-biter and a complete miracle,” raved Latino Review. “You won’t see a better thriller from Hollywood this year!”