Errol Morris' 'Tabloid' and new 'Corman' documentary find pre-Sundance acquisition homes
Sundance hasn't even begun, and the acquisitions are coming fast and furious. By the time we actually reach Park City, the only thing still for sale is going to be Kevin Smith's "Red State" at the rate things are going right now.
I'm looking forward to the Roger Corman documentary "Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel," and I'm curious to see how good a job it does of covering new ground on this heavily covered career. The film premieres at Park City this coming Friday, and A&E already purchased the TV rights. There's no word on when they'll air the film, but I'm sure they're hoping to get a theatrical run with it first.
Meanwhile, in a very unusual move, Oscilloscope Laboratories has picked up the rights to Marc Singer's film "Dark Days," which I loved when it played Sundance… back in 2000. It won some major awards that year, and Palm Pictures ended up releasing it theatrically and on DVD. It's currently out of print, though, which is why Oscilloscope stepped up.
Here's what the director and Oscilloscope founder Adam Yauch had to say about this unusual deal:
Marc Singer said, “Oscilloscope was my first choice to re-distribute ‘Dark Days.’ If they had refused, my next move was to take the film out of circulation while I bombarded them with phone calls everyday or for months on end until they gave in. I’m thrilled it worked out the way it did – it saved me one hell of a phone bill.”
Adam Yauch, head of O-Scope said, “Marc is not only a great filmmaker, but also a friend, and that's how we like to do things around here. Years ago, he gave me a big ass bullet shell from a sunken WWII sub that he acquired while scuba diving off of Long Island. Am I allowed to tell people about that? Or is that top secret? It's about three inches wide and about ten inches long, and has the following inscribed on the end "W.N.Y 4,190 -- E.C.P. S.P.F. -- 3 Pdr." If anyone out there knows what these inscriptions mean please contact me. PS. I really like ‘Dark Days’ a lot.”
I love "Dark Days." It's a mesmerizing documentary about life in the tunnels under the New York subways, and the score by DJ Shadow is just as hypnotic as the heartbreaking imagery that fills the movie.
And while we're talking acquisitions, Errol Morris is going to be releasing his latest film "Tabloid," which I liked a lot at Toronto this year, through Sundance Selects, the IFC division that is running the VOD premieres simultaneous to the festival this year. "Tabloid" won't be part of this month's package, though. They're looking at a summer release for the film after a few more festival dates. Maybe we'll see it show up at SXSW in March.
Whatever the case, I can highly recommend two of these titles, and I look forward to the "Corman" one. We'll have more Sundance news on pick-ups and where you can see the films we'll be reviewing as the festival kicks off this Thursday night.