Tilda Swinton & Alan Cumming Feature Docs Eye Funding At Sheffield Doc/Fest

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Feature documentaries from stars including Tilda Swinton and Alan Cumming as well as producers such as Searching For Sugarman’s John Battsek and Shooting Bigfoot’s Morgan Matthews are some of the high-profile projects searching for funding at this year…

‘Studio 54’ Acquired by Kino Lorber, Zeitgeist Films

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Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber have acquired the U.S. rights to Matt Tyrnauer’s “Studio 54,” it was announced Monday.

The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and also recently played at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. The deal was finalized during the Cannes Film Festival with A&E IndieFilms.

Tyrnauer produced “Studio 54” with Altimeter Films partner Corey Reeser and Passion Pictures’ John Battsek. Executive producers are A&E’s Molly Thompson, Robert Sharenow and Elaine Frontain Bryant alongside Andrew Ruhemann at Passion Pictures.

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The film tells the story of Studio 54, a nightclub that was only open for 33 months in the late 1970s in New York City. Using footage and stills, Tyrnauer takes audiences through the historic rise and fall of the club.

Tyrnauer previously directed “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City,” and “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood.”

“I’m extremely pleased to be working with Zeitgeist and A&E IndieFilms on the release of ‘Studio 54.’ I’ve long admired their taste, and their discerning eye is perennially among the best in independent cinema today,” said Tyrnauer. “‘Studio 54’ and Zeitgeist are a perfect pair for this theatrical odyssey into the very different world, not that long ago, when a disco swept the world and changed the culture. I’m so pleased they are providing a platform for me to tell Ian and Steve’s remarkable story.”

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The deal was negotiated by Richard Lorber, CEO of Kino Lorber, with Cinetic Media on behalf of A&E IndieFilms and Altimeter Films.

“Studio 54” will be released in theaters in the fall of 2018 followed by an awards campaign and VOD release.

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Obama Doc ‘The Final Year’ Heads to Magnolia Pictures

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Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the HBO documentary “The Final Year,” which chronicles President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team during their last year in office.

Directed by Greg Barker, “The Final Year” was produced by Julie Goldman and John Battsek and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last month.

It will next screen as the Opening Night Selection of DOC NYC on November 9. Magnolia will then launch a multi-city theatrical release on Jan. 19, nearly one year after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

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HBO will then debut “The Final Year” on the network in the second quarter of the year.

The film offers a behind-the-scenes look at key members of Obama’s foreign policy team, including Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, Deputy National Security Adviser and presidential confidant Ben Rhodes, as well as National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Obama himself.

“Many television series and films have attempted to capture the triumphs and failures that occur daily within the West Wing, but none have taken as humanistic an approach as ‘The Final Year,’” Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles said in a statement. “Greg Barker has crafted an essential, fly-on-the-wall account of one of the most consequential years of any presidential administration.”

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The deal was negotiated by Magnolia co-EVP Dori Begley and Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden, with Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.

Magnolia Pictures International will be handling sales outside of the U.S.

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