, February 3, 2009

Arthouse Films Partners With Sundance Channel for Package of Films

Award-Winning Arts & Culture Docs

February 3, 2009 – New York City – Arthouse Films announced today that it has partnered with the Sundance Channel to broadcast a package of films from its current and upcoming slate. The deal was negotiated by David Koh, Lilly Bright, and Stanley Buchthal on behalf of Arthouse Films & Curiously Bright Entertainment and Christian Vesper, SVP Acquisitions and Programming, and Ian Bricke, Director of Acquisitions on behalf of the Sundance Channel.

The package of Award Winning Arts & Culture documentaries include: Obscene: a Portrait of Barney Rosset & Grove Press by Neil Ortenberg and Daniel O’Connor, Chuck Close documentary by Marion Cajori, Rem Koolhaas: Some Kind of Architect by Markus Heidingsfelder & Min Tesch, Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter by Marion Cajori, Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight by Wendy Keys, Alice Neel documentary by Andrew Neel, Painters Painting: New York School – 1940-1970 by Emile de Antonio, Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World by Mary Lance, and Jack Smith & the Destruction of Atlantis by Mary Jordan.

David Koh & Lilly Bright stated, "We are delighted to work with the Sundance Channel again. They are among one of our favorite channels. It’s a great home for our films and our filmmakers. They draw the perfect audience for Arthouse Films."

Christian Vesper stated, "Sundance Channel is always pleased to be able to air Arthouse Films. Films like these critically acclaimed titles celebrating the artistic process and creative ideas are vital components of Sundance Channel’s foundation and its unflinching role as a leader in cutting-edge programming."

About Arthouse Films:
Arthouse Films is an independent production and distribution label based in NY and LA and acquires, markets, distributes, produces, and co-produces 20+ titles a year. Upcoming Theatrical Releases include Art & Copy by Doug Pray, William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe by Emily Kunstler & Sarah Kunstler, and Herb & Dorothy by Megumi Sasaki. Arthouse is currently in production on a feature length documentary about Jean-Michel Basquiat by Tamra Davis.

About Sundance Channel:
Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different. Bold, uncompromising and irreverent, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries, and original programs, all unedited and commercial free. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC. Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression. SundanceChannel’s website address is www.sundancechannel.com

About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media is a leading producer of targeted, multiplatform content for global distribution, creating and managing some of the world’s most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC (The Independent Film Channel), WE tv, SundanceChannel, IFC Entertainment and VOOM HD Networks. Through IFC Entertainment, Rainbow Media also owns and manages the following: IFC Films, a leading U.S. distributor of independent and foreign film with a unique day and date distribution model, "IFC In Theaters," that makes films available to a national audience by releasing them simultaneously in theaters as well as on cable’s On Demand platform; IFC Festival Direct features titles acquired from major international film festivals and initially offers them exclusively through On Demand; IFC Productions, a feature film production company; and IFC Center, a state-of-the-art cinema in the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village. Rainbow Media also operates Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, an advertising sales company; Rainbow Network Communications, a full service network programming origination and distribution company; and 11 Penn TV, a company that manages Rainbow Media’s NYC studios and post-production facilities.

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