IFC In Theatres Adds Drama "Wild Tigers I Have Known" to Day and Date Slate
January 30, 2007 – New York, New York – IFC Entertainment announced today that it has acquired North American rights to the coming-of-age drama Wild Tigers I Have Known from Genius Products. The film will join the groundbreaking day and date distribution banner IFC In Theatres where it will simultaneously premiere theatrically and on local cable's On Demand platform. IFC is eyeing a February 28th release date for the film.
Commenting on the acquisition, IFC Entertainment President Jonathan Sehring said, "Wild Tigers is a one-of-a-kind coming of age story that connects with audiences on many levels. Combining great acting with a powerful and poignant story, we feel it will be widely embraced as a trendsetting film."
The Film has been a Festival favorite, securing the Special Jury Prize for Originality at The Sarasota Film Festival 2006 and playing to acclaim as an Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival 2006, Seattle International Film Festival, London International Film Festival, Cinevegas, Locarno, Outfest, Provincetown and New Directors/New Films.
Written and Directed by Cam Archer ("Godly Boyish" "Bobbycrush"), Wild Tigers is Exec Produced by Academy Award® nominees Gus Van Sant ("Drugstore Cowboy," "My Own Private Idaho" "Finding Forrester") and Scott Rudin ("Closer," "Failure to Launch") along with Archer, who was recently named one of the Top 25 Faces to Watch by Filmmaker Magazine. The film was also Exec Produced by Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy, who also produced the award winning film "Old Joy."
Wild Tigers stars Malcolm Stumpf ("The Next Best Thing"), Fairuza Balk, Patrick White as Rodeo in his debut performance and recently received a 2007 Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Cinematography (Aaron Platt). This acquisition brings the IFC nomination count to eleven.
In the film, Logan is a soft spoken and lonely 13 year old boy with a crush. Unlike his equally lonely friend Joey, who obsesses over the sexual exploits of the popular boys, Logan is fixated on the boys themselves, particularly Rodeo Walker. Rodeo is the only one of the group of cool kids who shows any friendliness towards Logan, in other words, he doesn't go out of his way to make Logan's life miserable. As they strike up a mismatched friendship, Logan's infatuation with Rodeo inspires him to create a new persona named Leah. Leah and Rodeo grow close through whispered late night phone calls, and when Leah agrees to meet Rodeo face to face it is Logan who must finally prove that he can ask for what he so achingly wants.
As IFC Entertainment approaches the one year anniversary of its day and date program, In Theatres remains the first and only film distribution label fully dedicated to the day and date concept and executing a broad multi-picture strategy.
Maximizing the use of Video On Demand technology, IFC has created the first centralized destination for independent films, providing a strong voice to the many critically acclaimed independent films that are shown in New York, Los Angeles, and various Film Festivals, but lost within the marketplace each year.
The deal was negotiated by Elizabeth Nastro and Ryan Werner for IFC with Genius Products and Executive Producers Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy.
ABOUT IFC IN THEATRES AND IFC ENTERTAINMENT
IFC In Theatres is the day and date distribution arm of IFC Entertainment. In Theatres releases twenty-four films a year, theatrically across the country and simultaneously on VOD through the IFC In Theatres service currently available with Comcast and Cablevision. IFC Entertainment also consists of IFC Films, a traditional distribution company, and the new IFC Center in Greenwich Village. IFCE is a Rainbow Media company. Recent and upcoming IFC in Theatres films include: The Aura, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Family Law, An Unreasonable Man and Close to Home.
ABOUT RAINBOW MEDIA HOLDINGS LLC
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media creates and manages some of the country's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands including popular national and regional television channels AMC, fuse, The Independent Film Channel (IFC), WE tv, and three FSN affiliated regional sports networks managed by Rainbow Sports Networks. The company also manages Mag Rack and SPORTSKOOL, two original on-demand networks; VOOM HD Networks, the largest and most diverse suite of high definition channels available anywhere; IFC Entertainment, its film distribution, production and exhibition division; Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales division; and Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company.