IFC Acquires Top Indie Titles In New Deal With Artisan Entertainment

Titles Include: “Buena Vista Social Club,” “Permanent Midnight,” “The Limey” and “Trees Lounge”

The Independent Film Channel (IFC) has acquired eight feature titles from top indie distributor Artisan Entertainment. The films will premiere on IFC beginning 2001, and will continue to air on the network through 2004.

“From day one we’ve stressed that IFC is about bringing the best of indie film into the viewer’s home and this deal with Artisan further establishes IFC as the leader in this category,” commented George Lentz, Director, Film Acquisitions. “We’re also thrilled to be back in business with Amir Malin [Co-CEO, Artisan Entertainment] with whom Bravo and IFC have had a long relationship, dating back to his days at Cinecom and then at October. It’s a great deal for us.”

Titles that will be added to IFC’s rapidly growing film library include 2000 Oscar nominee, Buena Vista Social Club, directed by Wim Wenders; Steven Soderbergh’s The Limey; Atom Egoyan’s Felicia’s Journey; Permanent Midnight starring Ben Stiller; Darren Aronofsky’s Pi; Paddy Breathnach’s I Went Down; Ken Loach’s My Name is Joe; and Trees Lounge, directed by Steve Buscemi who also stars with recent Oscar-nominee Chlok Sevigny.


Stephanie DeCanditis