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Newly formed indie distributor Greenwich Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Itzhak, Alison Chernick’s documentary about violinist Itzhak Perlman.
The doc, which screened as the opening night film at the Hamptons International Film Festival and also played DOC NYC and the Palm Springs International Film Festival, will be released theatrically beginning March 9 in New York and will later be broadcast on PBS’ American Masters.
Itzhak was produced by Chernick and executive produced by Michael Kantor and Penny Lieberman and is a co-production of Voyeur Films and American Masters Pictures.
New York-based Greenwich Entertainment was launched in September by art house veteran Edward Arentz, formerly of Music Box Films, in partnership with an investment fund run by Edmondo Schwartz.
“We’re delighted to have Itzhak as our inaugural release. Alison has created an enchanting portrait of a virtuoso that will charm Mr. Perlman’s legions of fans and make many more,” Greenwich co-managing director Edward Arentz said in announcing the acquisition.
The filmmakers were represented by Cinetic / Submarine, which negotiated the deal with attorney Greg S. Bernstein on behalf of Greenwich.
Upcoming Greenwich releases also include Three Peaks, The Invisibles and Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood.