First Run Sponsors Film Festival Award27 Mar, 2009 By: Billy Gil
First Run Features is sponsoring the 2009 Sarasota Film Festival Best Documentary Feature Award, to be presented April 5. Seven films are in the running, and the winner will receive a distribution offer from First Run and a screening during the fall 2009 Stranger Than Fiction series, held at the IFC Center in New York.
First Run, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary as an independent film distributor, also has announced new acquisitions: acclaimed Turkish film Bliss, to open theatrically in Summer 2009; and home video acquisitions The Top Secret Trial of the Third Reich (which details the true story behind the Tom Cruise-starring film Valkyrie), James Castle: Portrait of an Artist, American Outrage, Full Battle Rattle; Inside the Koran and Albert Schweitzer: Called to Africa, all to release on disc and digitally in 2009. Top Secret Trial (DVD $24.95) will street May 19, the same day as Valkyrie (Fox/MGM, DVD $29.98, two-DVD set $34.98, Blu-ray Disc $39.99).