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Fellini and Lennon Films Open New Video Line

5 Sep, 2002 By: Hive News

The newest kid on the video company block is starting its label with films about Federico Fellini and John Lennon.

Industry veterans Larry Rattner and Steven Mackler have announced the formation of Choices Select, which will concentrate on the acquisition and distribution of specialized feature films and documentaries. Choices Select is the latest label from the partners who also distribute the World Almanac Video label.

The founders expect Choices Select to release two titles per month.

The premiere titles to be released under the Choices Select banner include the critically acclaimed features Intervista, a film by and about legendary filmmaker Federico Fellini, and The Hours and Times, about John Lennon and Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Both titles, which will be available for the first time on DVD, are slated for a street date of Oct. 29.

Intervista follows the making of a documentary by Fellini that also serves as his semi-autobiography. Fellini's mind wanders to various events in his life which demonstrate his fascination with filmmaking and his unique modus operandi. Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg, stars of La Dolce Vita, co-star in the film. DVD special features will include interviews with Ken Wlaschin, the director of creative affairs for The American Film Institute, and I Fellini author Charlotte Chandler.

The Hours and Times is a glimpse at the genuine yet tense friendship of John Lennon and the Beatles manager Brian Epstein, which has long been the subject of speculation and myth. Written and directed by Christopher M?nch, the film is a fictional account of what may have transpired between the men during a four-day holiday. DVD special features will include the featurette “The Making of The Hours and Times” as well as a commentary by Christopher M?nch.

In addition to his duties with Choices Select and the World Almanac labels, Rattner has gained a reputation as a leading independent producer. Most recently he produced the feature Dahmer.

Mackler teamed with Rattner following a run with his own video label formed under his Bedford Entertainment in 1995. He also served as co-founder of Triboro Entertainment, a company that acquired and produced product for the U.S. home video market. Among the more than 60 films distributed by the company was Ang Lee's first motion picture, Pushing Hands. Throughout his two-decade career, Mackler has also produced numerous films, including Widow's Peak, starring Mia Farrow and Natasha Richardson.

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