A platter of red and white cupcakes greeted viewers of Under Great White Northern Lights
By :Billy Gil | Posted: 10 Mar 2010
Lots going on in the indie film world today:
• Gravitas Ventures has signed a deal with Lux Digital Pictures to bring two documentaries to video-on-demand providers. American Grindhouse, about the history of exploitation films, premieres March 13 at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, then will debut on VOD thorugh Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. And, likely this summer, Nightmares in Red White and Blue, about evolution and history of the American horror film, will hit VOD as well.
• Film Movement has acquired the Cannes and Toronto Official Selection Jaffa, a Hebrew-language film from Israel about families and prejudice. The film will se a limited theatrical run and will premiere on VOD in the late summer of 2010.
• Last night I had the distinct pleasure of seeing the new White Stripes documentary film about their tour of Canada, Under Great White Northern Lights. Filmmaker Emmet Malloy was on deck after the screening at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., to discuss the film, which celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the best rock band of the new millennium. The film features astonishing performances from their 2007 Canadian tour of standouts such as “Little Ghost,” “I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself” and “Seven Nation Army,” as well as rare early footage of the band and footage from “side shows” the band did in remote towns of Canada. The absorbing film ends with an emotional moment with hyperactive Jack White and reticent Meg White coming to terms with the end of their tour and 10 years moving from husband and wife, to “brother and sister,” to friends and bandmates. The film hits DVD ($19.98), Blu-ray ($24.98) and in audio form, on CD, LP and boxed set, March 16 from WEA/Reprise.
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