Sign Up for the Daily Filmfodder Newsletter       

Independent Film News

"TV Set" and "Grace" Get Distribution

ioan gruffudd.JPGIn an effort to save you a few mouse clicks, I'm combining today's news of distribution deals. Word is that The TV Set was picked up by ThinkFilms and Amazing Grace will be released by the duo Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions.

The TV Set puts a novice writer (David Duchovny) trying to find a break through an endless stream of stars, managers and one nasty network executive (Sigourney Weaver). Ioan Gruffudd (pictured) and Judy Greer also star. Directed by Jake Kasdan, the film's a comedic take on the dog-eat-dog world of network television. He knows what he's talking about, too; Kasdan's worked on shows like Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared.

Drawing buzz at Tribeca this year, TV should make a Spring 2007 appearance in theaters. ThinkFilm doesn't even have time for it until then, anyways. Their hands are full with Half Nelson at the moment and the upcoming Shortbus.

I have absolutely nothing to base this on, but for some reason I see it being a Christopher Guest-ish Best In Show/A Mighty Wind sort of comedy. Am I way off base with that one?

And just before it opens the Toronto Film Festival, Samuel Goldwyn Films is teamed up with Roadside Attractions and Walden Media to get Amazing Grace into theaters around the same time. Actually, they're already planning a release date that coincides with the 200th anniversary of the date the British Parliament voted to abolish slavery throughout the empire (which is February 23, if you're curious).

Why that date? Grace is the story of William Wilberforce, the abolishonist who spear-headed the vote. Ioan Gruffudd is in a good place career-wise, as he stars in this flick, too. Not a bad week when two of your films get major distribution deals! Albert Finney and Romola Garai star in Grace as well.

If you can't wait, keep an eye on upcoming festivals; they'll each continue to make the rounds. But at the very least, rest assured that you'll be able to catch them both in another six months or so.

Read: The TV Set, Amazing Grace

Posted by Lisa on September 1, 2006 11:48 PM
Permalink | Email to a Friend | Add to | Digg This


-- Posted by: dwmhgef at July 5, 2007 01:56 AM


-- Posted by: dwmhgef at July 5, 2007 01:56 AM


-- Posted by: dwmhgef at July 5, 2007 01:56 AM

Got something to say? Post a comment:

Subscribe to this post's comments feed Subscribe to this post's comments feed   (What's this?)

More Recent Stories:
Palm and Netflix Pen Messy Deal for Rockumentary
ShoWest Panel: How Indies Got Their Groove Back
Tribeca Announces 2007 Lineup
Casting News: Howard in "Teardrop Diamond"
Two Spanish Films To Find U.S. Screens
Director Craig Brewer Talks to IFC
Friday Festival Frenzy: HotDocs and AFI Dallas
Casting News: Ethan Hawke in "Staten Island"
Film Racing: How Fast Can You Shoot?
2007 Independent Spirit Awards: Sunshine Sweeps