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Cinedigm Partners With Slamdance Film Festival

6 Jun, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Multiplatform movie distributor Cinedigm has inked a distribution deal with Slamdance, operator of an eponymous indie film festival run concurrently with Sundance in Park City, Utah.

Beginning June 11, Cinedigm will distribute digitally indie title Stranger Things and documentaries Hybrid and The First Season, the latter launching in September.

Set in a remote village on the south coast of England, Stranger Things tells the story of Oona, a young woman who develops an unusual bond with a streetwise homeless man after returning to her childhood home. The film, described by Filmmaker Magazine as “a delicately beautiful debut feature,” stars Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions, The Dictator) and is Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal’s directorial debut.

Winner of the Truer Than Fiction Award at the 2002 Independent Spirit Awards, Hybrid explores the life of Milford Beeghly, an Iowa farmer who led the charge for hybrid corn during the 1930s.

The First Season tells the story of Paul and Phyllis van Amburgh who spend their life savings on a dream: starting a small, family farm. With three children, a fourth on the way and their savings depleted, the van Amburghs are forced to confront the risks and challenges of living their dream. The doc is producer Rudd Simmons’ (“Boardwalk Empire”) directorial debut.

Entering its 20th year, the Slamdance Film Festival has served as a launching pad for many respected filmmakers’ careers, including Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Behn Zeitlin, Lynn Shelton and Jared Hess.

“The partnership between Cinedigm and Slamdance is a natural,” said Erick Opeka, SVP of digital for Cinedigm. “We expect to have great success in launching their films on a variety of established and emerging digital platforms.”

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