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CANNES — Arthouse Films, in association with Curiously Bright Entertainment and Netflix’s Red Envelope Entertainment, has nabbed North American theatrical and DVD rights to the documentary “A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Andy Warhol Factory.”
New York-based Arthouse also took on worldwide sales duties to the Esther B. Robinson docu.
“Factory” tells the mysterious story of Williams, Warhol’s onetime lover and a member of the artist’s ’60s-era entourage who disappeared at age 26. Footage that Williams shot is featured by Robinson, Williams’ niece, as well as interviews with Warhol “superstars” and colleagues such as Billy Name, Danny Fields, Brigid Berlin, Paul Morrissey, Chuck Wein and members of Williams’ family.
“Factory” won the Teddy Award at February’s Berlin International Film Festival and was named Best New York Documentary at this month’s Tribeca Film Festival. It’s part of the domestic and international sales lineup of Josh Braun at Submarine Entertainment.
The film was produced by Robinson, Doug Block and Tamra Raven and executive produced by Sasha Robinson. It was produced in association with Chicken And Egg Pictures.
Arthouse Films is an indie producer and distributor handling 15-20 titles per year; it recently partnered with Los Angeles-based financing, production and distribution outfit Curiously Bright. Arthouse features include “Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe.”
Netflix division Red Envelope partners with theatrical distributors to acquire films for Netflix subscribers and DVD release. Films include “The Puffy Chair,” acquired with Roadside Attractions; “Sherrybaby” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal; the documentary “This Film Is Not Yet Rated,” with IFC Films; and actress-director Julie Delpy’s comedy “2 Days in Paris,” with Samuel Goldwyn Films.
The “Factory” deal was negotiated by Braun of Submarine and attorney Dan Satorius of Lommen Abdo on behalf of the filmmakers. They negotiated with Arthouse head of acquisitions and production David Koh; partner Lilly Bright and her Curiously Bright company; and Red Envelope Entertainment head of acquisitions and distribution Liesl Copland and head of business affairs Thom Zadra.
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