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  • The Orchard Acquires “Under The Eiffel Tower” At Cannes

    May 19, 2017

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    The Orchard Acquires “Under The Eiffel Tower” At Cannes

    May 19, 2017

    CANNES, France – May 19, 2017 The Orchard has acquired all worldwide rights to director Archie Borders’ forthcoming film Under The Eiffel Tower. Written by Borders and David Henry, the film stars Emmy-nominee Matt Walsh (Veep), Cesar Award-winner Judith Godrèche (L’auberge espagnole), Ary Abittan (Qu’est-ce qu-on a fait au bon Dieu), David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer), Gary Cole (Talladega Nights), Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) and Michaela Watkins (Casual). Godrèche is producing, along with Michael Fitzer, Stacey Parks and Erin Roark. Executive producers are Paul Davidson, Danielle DiGIacomo and Brad Navin. Currently prepping for a July production start in France, The Orchard is targeting a 2018 release for the film.

    A bourbon salesman (Walsh) fighting off 50, unexpectedly proposes and is rejected by his best friend’s 24-year-old daughter under the Eiffel Tower. The soul crushing event sparks a wine-fueled ‘coming of middle age’ jaunt across the French countryside, a surprising friendship with a local footballer (Eggold) and sparks romantic possibilities with a beautiful and independent French woman (Godrèche).

    Under The Eiffel Tower represents the perfect combination of France, wine and a stellar ensemble cast,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s EVP, Film and Television. “We are thrilled to be working with Archie, Judith, Matt, Stacey and the rest of the team to bring this endearing comedy to audiences.”

    The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo, vice president of acquisitions for The Orchard, with Paradigm on behalf of the filmmakers.

    About The Orchard

    The Orchard, celebrating 20 years in business, is a pioneering independent film, TV and music distribution company that operates in over 25 global markets. The company, founded as a music distributor in 1997, is a groundbreaking leader in the film and television distribution space, known for its innovative technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. Upcoming film releases include The Hero, Trophy and Super Dark Times. The company’s film division has enjoyed such recent successes as the Academy Award-nominated documentaries Cartel Land and Life, Animated; Taika Waititi’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers, Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay, Antonio Campos’ Christine and Pablo Larrain’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated Neruda. The company is currently in theaters with Oren Moverman’s The Dinner and Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent. For more information on The Orchard, please visit www.theorchard.com.

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  • The Orchard Acquires finetunes GmbH and Phonofile AS

    May 04, 2017

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    The Orchard Acquires finetunes GmbH and Phonofile AS

    May 04, 2017

    Leading German and Nordic independent digital distributors join The Orchard’s global team in landmark deal

    The Orchard, a global leader in independent music, video and film distribution, today announced that it has agreed to acquire a pair of leading European independent music distributors – finetunes GmbH of Germany and Phonofile AS of Norway – from holding company SendR SE.

    Under the deal, both finetunes and Phonofile will become wholly owned subsidiaries of The Orchard, giving The Orchard an expanded local presence in its European operations.

    Labels distributed by finetunes and Phonofile will gain access to The Orchard’s enhanced services in over 25 territories worldwide, offering physical sales and distribution, global digital marketing, playlist promotion, interactive marketing, digital advertising, synch licensing, video services, performance/neighboring rights collections, and artist royalty processing and more.

    Commenting on the acquisition, finetunes Founder and Authorized Officer Oke Göttlich said, “Today is a big day for our finetunes family. We feel confident that our labels will be best positioned for a healthy and prosperous future alongside The Orchard, who is dedicated to serving independents on a global level.”

    “We’re honored to welcome finetunes and Phonofile to The Orchard family. Their addition greatly enhances our local representation in two of Europe’s key digital entertainment markets,” said Brad Navin, CEO of The Orchard. “Both teams are extremely knowledgeable and passionate, and they do an excellent job representing some of the most prestigious and important independent labels in Germany and the Nordics respectively. In joining together, we believe we have an exciting opportunity to provide even greater levels of service and global reach to our local clients.”

    “The addition of these two respected companies to The Orchard further establishes our strong service offering across the continent and beyond,” said Manlio Celotti, Managing Director of The Orchard Europe. “The Orchard’s independent spirit and structure makes this acquisition a true ‘win-win’ for all involved. We look forward to driving growth opportunities for the expanded client base both at home and abroad.”

    finetunes and Phonofile combined their ownership in 2016 under the SendR umbrella – a holding company that is predominantly owned by finetunes founders Henning Thieß and Oke Göttlich, and that also includes shareholders such as FONO (the Norwegian independent record labels’ association) and NOPA (the Norwegian association for music composers and lyricists).

    About finetunes:

    We are passionate about music, artists and labels. Since 2003 our focus has been to create fair and innovative music-driven success stories for independent labels and licensing partners. With offices in the UK, USA, France and Germany we aim to provide successful marketing solutions for our products through daily, dedicated work with a personal touch. Transparency and innovation are not just buzzwords but some of the main pillars finetunes as a company is built on.

    About Phonofile:

    Phonofile (since 1999) is a successful and profitable digital pioneer, and the biggest of its kind in the leading Nordic markets. Our highly skilled team strive to provide independent labels and their artists with the best possible knowledge and tools for understanding and acting in the constantly changing world of digital music. From offices in Oslo, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, London and New York we distribute music from our innovative and ambitious labels to the whole world.

    About The Orchard:

    The Orchard, celebrating 20 years in business, is a pioneering music, film and video distribution company operating in more than 25 global markets. With a holistic approach to sales and marketing combined with industry-leading technology and operations, The Orchard amplifies reach and revenue across hundreds of digital, physical and mobile outlets around the world. The Orchard streamlines content owners’ business complexity with an intuitive client dashboard, comprehensive rights management and tailored client support. Founded in 1997, The Orchard empowers businesses and creators in the entertainment industry. For further information, please visit www.theorchard.com.

    About SendR:

    SendR – through its affiliate companies – is a digital distributor and license exploitation enabler. SendR currently enables the non-physical exploitation of more than a million media assets (audio- and video-tracks) with about 450 licensees (including Apple iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, Spotify, YouTube etc.). The services offered by its affiliate companies cover the entire value chain for digital media (esp. audio and video) content. Its affiliate companies are both provider and supplier for artists, record labels, licensed digital services providers and private consumers.

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  • The Orchard Lands Joachim Trier’s Supernatural Thriller “Thelma”

    Apr 20, 2017

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    The Orchard Lands Joachim Trier’s Supernatural Thriller “Thelma”

    Apr 20, 2017

    Los Angeles, CA – April 20, 2017 – The Orchard has acquired all North American rights to Joachim Trier’s supernatural thriller Thelma. The film was written by Trier and Eskil Vogt and stars Eili Harboe, Okay Kaya, Ellen Dorrit Petersen and Henrik Rafaelsen. The producer is Thomas Robsahm and executive producers are Trier, Vogt and Sigve Endresen of Motlys. Co-producers are Le Pacte (France), Snowglobe and Copenhagen Film Fund (Denmark), Film i Väst, Filmpool Nord and B-Reel (Sweden). The film is financed with support from The Norwegian Film Institute, The Danish Film Institute, The Swedish Film Institute. Nordic Film & TV Fund, Eurimages and Creative Europe. World sales by Memento Films International.

    The Orchard, who previously teamed with Trier on his film Louder Than Bombs, plans a theatrical release for the Norwegian-language film.

    Thelma is a romantic supernatural thriller about a young woman who falls in love and discovers that she has terrifying and inexplicable powers.

    “Working with Joachim on Louder Than Bombs was a wonderful experience and gave us the opportunity to witness, up close, his unmatched visionary talent and passion for the stories he tells,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s EVP Film and Television. “Thelma represents the next evolution of his growth as a filmmaker and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of that journey.”

    Producer Thomas Robsahm said: “We are happy to work with The Orchard again and we are excited about reaching out to audiences in the US again with Triers’ new film. This is a new direction for him, aiming at a younger audience with genre elements. It´s been a pleasant process including lots of SFX and VFX, which is quite new to us both, even though we did get a taste of it on Louder Than Bombs.”

    The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo, Vice President of Acquisitions for The Orchard, with Emilie Georges, President of Memento Films International, and Mathieu Delaunay on behalf of the filmmakers.

    ABOUT THE ORCHARD

    The Orchard, celebrating 20 years in business, is a pioneering independent film, TV and music distribution company that operates in over 25 global markets. The company, founded as a music distributor in 1997, is a groundbreaking leader in the film and television distribution space, known for its innovative technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. Upcoming film releases include Oren Moverman’s The Dinner, Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, The Hero, Trophy and Super Dark Times. The company’s film division has enjoyed such recent successes as the Academy Award-nominated documentaries Cartel Land and Life, Animated; Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers, Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay and Antonio Campos’ Christine. The company is currently in theaters with Pablo Larrain’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated Neruda. For more information on The Orchard, please visit www.theorchard.com.

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  • The Orchard & First Look Media’s TOPIC Capture “The Work”

    Apr 07, 2017

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    The Orchard & First Look Media’s TOPIC Capture “The Work”

    Apr 07, 2017

    Los Angeles, CA – April 7, 2017 – The Orchard and TOPIC, First Look Media’s new entertainment studio, have partnered to acquire all North American rights to Jairus McLeary and Blanketfort Media’s The Work, winner of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary. The Orchard plans a theatrical release this fall.

    Co-directed by Gethin Aldous, The Work is an immersive film shot entirely inside Folsom Prison where convicts and civilian volunteers run a one a kind social justice program. Offering a powerful and rare look past the cinder block walls, steel doors and dehumanizing tropes in our culture, The Work reveals a movement of change and redemption that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

    Producers are Alice Henty, Jairus McLeary, Eon McLeary, Miles McLeary and Angela Sostre and executive producers are James McLeary, Rob Allbee and Aldous.

    Jairus McLeary is a court videographer and filmmaker. The Work is his first documentary. He spent several years gaining the trust of the convicts and prison administration in order to film. Gethin Aldous directs motion capture for a major video gaming company. After his own experience at Folsom he joined forces with Jairus. This is his second documentary feature.

    “The Orchard was blown away by the power and intimacy of The Work, a film that presents prison, violence, masculinity, and vulnerability in an unprecedented way,” said Danielle DiGiacomo, Vice President of Acquisitions for The Orchard. “We are so excited to be partnering with First Look Media’s new Topic studio to bring this film to viewers across all different platforms, and to create meaningful and important discussions around it.”

    “As we continue to accelerate our efforts in supporting more and more creative voices through Topic, we’re thrilled to partner with The Orchard to acquire this amazing film” said Ryan Heller, VP of Acquisitions at First Look Media. “The intimate cinematic lens through which Jairus and Gethin share these inmates’ stories provides for a riveting, thought-provoking and incredibly emotional documentary.”

    “I am beyond thrilled to be working with The Orchard and First Look Media to help us tell this story about what happens when people make the choice to come together and pick up their individual piece of a much larger problem,” said Jairus McLeary

    The deal was negotiated by DiGiacomo for The Orchard and Heller for First Look Media with Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company on behalf of the filmmakers.

    ABOUT THE ORCHARD

    The Orchard, celebrating 20 years in business, is a pioneering independent film, TV and music distribution company that operates in over 25 global markets. The company, founded as a music distributor in 1997, is a groundbreaking leader in the film and television distribution space, known for its innovative technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. The Orchard’s film division has enjoyed such recent successes as the Academy Award-nominated documentaries Cartel Land and Life, Animated; Taika Waititi’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers, Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay and Antonio Campos’ Christine. The company is currently in theaters with Pablo Larrain’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated Neruda and will soon release Oren Moverman’s anticipated film The Dinner.

    ABOUT TOPIC

    Topic is the ambitious new storytelling brand and entertainment studio from First Look Media dedicated to supporting creators at the forefront of culture. From Academy Award®-winning films (Spotlight) to television, audio and digital, we explore a wide range of subject matter, both fiction and nonfiction. Our approach – challenging, compelling and unconventional – reflects our commitment to discovering and amplifying independent new voices, and supporting established ones.

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  • The Orchard Lands Academy Award®-Nominee Raoul Peck’s “The Young Karl Marx”

    Mar 28, 2017

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    The Orchard Lands Academy Award®-Nominee Raoul Peck’s “The Young Karl Marx”

    Mar 28, 2017

    Los Angeles, CA – March 28, 2017 – The Orchard has acquired all US distribution rights to Academy Award-nominee Raoul Peck’s The Young Karl Marx. On the heels of his Oscar nomination for the acclaimed documentary I Am Not Your Negro, Peck’s latest film premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. Directed, produced and co-written by Peck (with Pascal Bonitzer), the film stars August Diehl, Stefan Konarske and Vicky Krieps. The producers are Nicolas Blanc, Remi Grellety, Robert Guediguian and Peck. The Orchard plans a theatrical release for the film this fall.

    The Young Karl Marx explores the origins of the international Socialist movement, the emergence of the Communist League and its founding document, the Communist Manifesto written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The film paints a portrait of those two impetuous young men who, with the support of Marx’s wife Jenny, passionately believe in the vision of a humane society and the revolutionary power of the abused and oppressed.

    “There’s no question that Raoul Peck is a filmmaker of astounding vision and talent and The Young Karl Marx is no exception,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s EVP Film and Television. “We’re personally thrilled to be working with Raoul and his producing team to bring his newest film to audiences later this year.”

    Said Peck: “A few years back, while the world was going through yet another financial crisis, I felt the need to go back to the basics: The analysis of the violent capitalist society we are still embedded in, through these three young Europeans of wealthy families (Karl, Friedrich and Jenny) who decided to change this utterly unequal world. And they eventually did; though not the way they imagined it. I am thrilled to be working with The Orchard to bring the film to the American audience later this year.”

    The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo, Vice President of Acquisitions for The Orchard, with ICM Partners and Films Distribution on behalf of the filmmakers.

    ABOUT THE ORCHARD

    The Orchard, celebrating 20 years in business, is a pioneering independent film, TV and music distribution company that operates in over 25 global markets. The company, founded as a music distributor in 1997, is a groundbreaking leader in the film and television distribution space, known for its innovative technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. The Orchard’s film division has enjoyed such recent successes as the Academy Award-nominated documentaries Cartel Land and Life, Animated; Taika Waititi’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers, Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay and Antonio Campos’ Christine. The company is currently in theaters with Pablo Larrain’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated Neruda and will soon release Oren Moverman’s anticipated film The Dinner. For more information on The Orchard, please visit www.theorchard.com.

    ABOUT FILMS DISTRIBUTION

    Films Distribution is an international sales agency based in Paris operating since 1997. Each year, the company launches 25 to 30 new titles in the most prestigious festival selections around the world. The current line-up includes Academy Award winner Son Of Saul, Austrian runaway hit and genre movie Goodnight Mommy, Nanni Moretti’s celebrated Mia Madre, and this year’s foreign language box office success The Innocents as well as this year’s Cannes awarded film, and Filipino Oscar entry, Ma’ Rosa.

    In addition to its Paris office, in 2008, Films Distribution has set up FILMS BOUTIQUE a Berlin based subsidiary, focused on world movies and discoveries and, in 2014, BE FOR FILMS, a sales agency based in Brussels and handling European cross-over movies. In 2016 it started operations in London through a new start up label, FILM CONSTELLATION, dedicated mostly to English speaking features.

    www.FilmsDistribution.com

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  • The Orchard Promotes Cat Kreidich to SVP, Global Account Management

    Mar 13, 2017

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    The Orchard Promotes Cat Kreidich to SVP, Global Account Management

    Mar 13, 2017

    March 13, 2017, New York, NY – Independent distributor and label services company The Orchard announces the promotion of Cat Kreidich to Senior Vice President, Global Account Management.

    In this role she is responsible for managing and maintaining The Orchard’s relationships with its retail partners. This includes overseeing commercial strategy, digital sales, retail marketing, account operations, curation, playlisting and audience development. In her new post she will continue to help grow The Orchard’s business and drive revenue opportunities with existing clients and evolving market players. She reports to COO Colleen Theis.

    Stated Theis, “Cat is an accomplished leader on our team and she has been an instrumental contributor to The Orchard’s continuing growth and success. During her tenure, her responsibilities have evolved and grown, rising from head of North American digital sales in a download-focused market to global oversight of an increasingly complex multi-national consumer retail offering. We are thrilled to have her taking on this expanded role.”

    A native of New York City, Cat has 18 years’ experience in music. Prior to joining The Orchard in 2011, she was the North American digital lead at ADA Distribution (WMG). She also worked as head of sales at Ultra Records, in physical retail marketing at Caroline Distribution (EMI), and in radio promotion at Virgin Records. She started her career in new media at Universal/Motown Records.

    About The Orchard

    The Orchard, celebrating 20 years in business, is a pioneering music, film and video distribution company operating in more than 25 global markets. With a holistic approach to sales and marketing combined with industry-leading technology and operations, The Orchard amplifies reach and revenue across hundreds of digital, physical and mobile outlets around the world. The Orchard streamlines content owners’ business complexity with an intuitive client dashboard, comprehensive rights management and tailored client support. Founded in 1997, The Orchard empowers businesses and creators in the entertainment industry.

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  • The Orchard Captures “Super Dark Times”

    Mar 07, 2017

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    The Orchard Captures “Super Dark Times”

    Mar 07, 2017

    Los Angeles, CA – March 7, 2017 – The Orchard has acquired worldwide distribution rights to director Kevin Phillips’s debut feature Super Dark Times. The film, which debuted at the Rotterdam Film Festival in January, will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. Starring Owen Campbell (“The Americans”), Charlie Tahan (“Wayward Pines”), and Elizabeth Cappuccino (“Jessica Jones”), Super Dark Times was written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, produced by Richard Peete (Neighborhood Watch), Jett Steiger (Ways & Means) and Edward Parks (Higher Content), with executive producers Cameron Lamb, William Hall (Lila 9th Productions) Niraj Bhatia and Dan Burks (Om Films). The Orchard plans a theatrical release for the film later this year.

    Super Dark Times is set in the mid-1990’s and centered on teenage best friends Zach and Josh. When a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up, the secret drives a wedge between the two boys and propels them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence.

    Super Dark Times is the kind of movie you hope to stumble upon and rarely do – a stylish debut from an assured creative team that feels fresh and new,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s EVP Film and Television. “Kevin Phillips’ engaging film is going to surprise and engross audiences in a big way when we release it later this year.”

    “I couldn’t be more excited to release Super Dark Times with The Orchard,” said Director Kevin Phillips. “This film has a big heart. From the onset we carefully considered every detail in its creation and we are confident that The Orchard will carry that passion into its release.”

    The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo for The Orchard with UTA on behalf of the filmmakers and The Match Factory handling international. Phillips, Collins and Piotrowski are represented by UTA.

    About The Orchard

    The Orchard, celebrating 20 years in business, is a pioneering independent film, TV and music distribution company that operates in over 25 global markets. The company, founded as a music distributor in 1997, is a groundbreaking leader in the film and television distribution space, known for its innovative technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. The Orchard’s film division has enjoyed such recent successes as the Academy Award-nominated documentaries Cartel Land and Life, Animated; Taika Waititi’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers, Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay and Antonio Campos’ Christine. The company is currently in theaters with Pablo Larrain’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated Neruda and will soon release Oren Moverman’s anticipated film The Dinner.

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  • The Orchard Falls For Sundance U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize Winner “Dina”

    Feb 01, 2017

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    The Orchard Falls For Sundance U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize Winner “Dina”

    Feb 01, 2017

    Los Angeles, CA – February 1, 2017 – The Orchard announced today that the company has acquired all North American distribution rights to Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s award-winning documentary Dina. Last Saturday the film was awarded the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize. Produced by Sickles and Santini, Dina’s executive producers are Christine Vachon, Robert Fernandez, Dan Levinson, Dan Cogan, Jenny Raskin and Stephanie Choate. Production companies are Moxie Pictures, Killer Films, El Peligro and Cinereach and the film was financed by Impact Partners and Stephanie Choate. The Orchard is planning a fall release for Dina.

    Dina is Sickles and Santini’s follow-up to Mala Mala, winner of an Audience Award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. The film explores the unconventional romance between Dina and Scott, two people who have never been valued for their eccentricities. Poignantly captured, Dina chronicles their evolving relationship as it develops – celebrating their differences, their quest for sexual intimacy, and honoring an unforgettable heroine as she navigates the ups and downs the couple faces as they make their way towards marriage.

    Dina is a masterful film that achieves cinematic artistry – from cinematography to editing – while capturing a universal story of love, second chances, and at its core, the strength of a remarkable and unforgettable woman,” said Danielle DiGiacomo, The Orchard’s VP of Acquisitions. “The Orchard was immediately taken with it, and we cannot wait for larger audiences to embrace Dina and her world.”

    “After 49 years struggling to find her place in the world, we wanted to make a movie that celebrates Dina’s differences and eccentricities,” said Santini.

    Added Sickles: “We’re honored and excited to know that Dina has found a home with The Orchard. This film is born from a loving team of family, friends, and collaborators, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to share it with the world.”

    The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo for The Orchard with Josh Braun, Ben Braun and Matt Burke of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.

    The acquisition marks the third for The Orchard at this year’s festival, following recent announcements regarding the company’s deals for The Hero and Trophy.

    About The Orchard

    The Orchard is a pioneering independent film, TV and music distribution company that operates in over 25 global markets. The company, founded as a music distributor in 1997, is a groundbreaking leader in the film and television distribution space, known for its innovative technology that provides filmmakers with up-to-the minute trending data and analytics on their projects. The Orchard’s film division has enjoyed such recent successes as the Academy Award-nominated documentaries Cartel Land and Life, Animated. Taika Waititi’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Academy Award-winner Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers, Alex Lehmann’s Blue Jay and Antonio Campos’ Christine. The company is currently in theaters with Pablo Larrain’s critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated Neruda and will soon release Oren Moverman’s anticipated film The Dinner.

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