American Film Market 2009

AFM runs Nov. 4-11 in Santa Monica

The Hollywood Reporter is on the scene covering this year's American Film Market. Download each day's special edition in PDF format here.

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Nov. 15

Myriad racking up AFM sales
In the wake of the American Film Market, Myriad Pictures has racked up sales in multiple territories for Cheryl Hines' "Serious Moonlight" and Sebastian Gutierrez's "Women in Trouble" as well as presales for the Ewan McGregor starrer "The Electric Slide." Full story

Nov. 9

Three films heating up at AFM
As the annual American Film Market winds down, a trio of English-language pics have caught the eye of U.S. buyers. Fittingly, given Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group's purchase last year of the Peter Jackson-produced sci-fi tale "District 9," all three come in defined genres. Full story

Jake Gyllenhaal cracking the 'Code'
Philippe Rousselet and Mark Gordon are unlocking the code. The pair is joining to produce, and Jake Gyllenhaal is in negotiations to star in, the sci-fi thriller "Source Code." The project marks the first production for Rousselet's Vendome Pictures, a commercially oriented banner the international film veteran launched this year. Full story

Kenny Chesney concert to hit theaters
Feeling a little bit country, Sony Pictures said Sunday that it will bring popular performer Kenny Chesney to movie theaters in April in a limited-engagement concert film, "Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D." Full story

'Planet 51' grew from roots at AFM
The American Film Market is certainly the market place where small acorns occasionally grow into large oaks, and "Planet 51" is certainly a product of that system. Full story

A cautious thumbs up at American Film Market
As the annual exodus of American Film Market attendees began Sunday, sellers who arrived with glossy slates and the hope things are getting rosier seemed satisfied with the level of activities. Full story

Invincible Pictures has apps to buy, rent films
Invincible Pictures used the American Film Market to announce the launch of FlixFling, an iPhone application for renting and purchasing films. Full story

Carlos the Jackal pic heads to TV, theaters
Terrorist Carlos the Jackal is coming to the Sundance Channel and then to U.S. theaters via IFC Films. Full story

CJ closes deals on two pics
Korean sales banner CJ Entertainment is reporting brisk business on its slate of movies to other Asian territories. Full story

Commentary: Here's hoping indie film industry can retrofit its financing puzzle pieces
Despite the problems that plague the entertainment biz -- piracy, broken economic models, fewer funding sources, runaway production, labor strife, vapid vampire pics or whatever -- the industry still ticks along without TARP money or other handouts, writes ELIZABETH GUIDER. Full story

Q&A: Peter Timm
Born and raised in East Berlin, director Peter Timm experienced firsthand the cold reality of the German Democratic Republic. But in his new film, "Beloved Berlin Wall," which Bavaria Film International is selling at AFM, Timm takes a lighter look at the serious subject of a divided Germany. Full Q&A

Q&A: Stuart Ford
Arguably no one has seen -- and epitomized -- the ebb and flow of foreign sales more than Stuart Ford. As an executive in the acquisitions and then the international divisions of Miramax during that company's heyday in the late '90's and early 2000's, he helped shepherd deals for blockbuster titles ranging from "Shakespeare in Love" to "Chocolat." QFull Q&A

Nov. 8

Ray Winstone takes 'Snow' day
Ray Winstone is attached to star in Stuart St. Paul's "Red Snow" as an ex-SAS officer tracking down his missing daughter in the snow forests of a remote town in north Canada. Full story

Interesting film fare for sale at AFM
The American Film Market just wouldn't be the AFM without the so-called lobbyists. They are the guys who've earned that moniker because of their use of the Loews hotel as one all-mighty pitching floor. And this year's potpourri of players is as mixed and as colorful as ever. Full story

No more easy money at AFM, panel says
The dumb money has been flushed from the system, and going forward, the surviving players in the independent film sector will take a much more sober, financially sound approach. That was the dominant sentiment that emerged from the American Film Market's annual Finance Conference that might well have been dubbed "The Morning After."  Full story

Nov. 6

Q&A: Paul Schrader
Veteran Hollywood writer-director Paul Schrader is frequently seen in India these days. Last summer, he held a workshop at the Cinefan festival in New Delhi while this week he heads the jury at the 11th Mumbai Film Festival that concludes on Nov. 6. Schrader sat down with THR India correspondent Nyay Bhushan in Mumbai to discuss how times are changing for the film business, both in Hollywood and Bollywood, and where he stands in this cross-cultural mix. Full Q&A

AFM pics grab some of 'New Moon's' spotlight
You can almost hear the refrain like there's a carnival barker stalking the halls of the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica. With "Twilight" fever regripping the nation -- Chapter 2, "New Moon," rises Nov. 20 -- many of the projects on display at AFM are spinning any "Twilight" connection they can find to hawk their wares. Full story

F&ME game for 'Street Kids United'
U.K. sales, finance and production house F&ME is looking to kick up a different set of dancing heels with "Street Kids United," a feature documentary about Street Child World Cup soccer tournament in 2010. Full story

Vietnam Media Corp., Singapore's Mega pact
Vietnam Media Corp. and Singapore's Mega Media have joined forces to back Vietnamese filmmaker Nguyen Phan Quang Binh's "The Immense Floating Life." Full story

'Take Off' is an AFM show-off
Korean sales banner Showbox said Friday that local boxoffice hit "Take Off" has, well, taken off with AFM buyers. Full story

Gough to direct fast-tracked 'Drought'
Plans for another ecological action horror set in a terrifying post-apocalyptic world are being fast-tracked in the wake of the John Hillcoat-directed adaptation of Cormac McCarthy novel "The Road" and "2012," from Roland Emmerich. Full story

Nov. 5

Q&A: Stewart Till
Two days into his new role as Icon U.K. CEO, Stewart Till arrived in Santa Monica for the American Film Market having spent the 12-hour flight from the U.K. prepping for battle. He spoke with THR's Stuart Kemp about his ambitions. Full story

'Bodyguards' sells at AFM
Big-budget Chinese period thriller "Bodyguards and Assassins" has been sold by We Distribution to four territories at the beginning of the AFM. Full story

Hyde Park, Imagenation 'Street Dancing'
Songwriter-producer Dave Stewart has teamed with Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Entertainment and Imagenation Abu Dhabi through the pair's newly created strategic alliance with Media Development Authority of Singapore to make "Street Dancing." Full story

Will French brings $50 mil to AFM
Producers looking to shoot in the U.S. will be buoyed by the efforts of Will French, co-founder and president of tax credit-based financing leader Film Production Capital, who arrives in town with more than $50 million. Full story

Fortissimo inks deal with CJ Ent.
International sales and financing company Fortissimo Films and South Korean entertainment giant CJ Entertainment are joining forces, signing on for a deal that will cover areas ranging from distribution to development. Full story

Method Man digs 'Mortician' role
Hip-hop star Method Man ("The Wackness") and Angelic Zambrana ("Precious") have joined the cast for "The Mortician 3D." Full story

Myriad to release 'Cry of the Owl'
Myriad Pictures, which first offered the psychological thriller "Cry of the Owl" for presale at the 2007 Cannes Film Market, plans to release the film itself in U.S. theaters this fall. Full story

Ken Loach taking 'Route Irish'
Ken Loach is reuniting with cinematographer Chris Menges on his latest film titled "Route Irish," penned by the filmmaker's longtime writing partner Paul Laverty and produced by Rebecca O'Brien. Full story

MDA funding 'Neon Sign'
The Media Development Authority of Singapore said Korean director Pil Gam-Sung's "Neon Sign" will be the first film out of the gate from its film fund launched in Cannes this year. Full story

U.K. financier takes 13 film titles
A clutch of 13 film titles -- some dating back a decade -- has been shifted to British-based sales and financier Intandem from U.S. sales label Seven Arts. Full story

'Ring' director to helm 'Voice'
Hideo Nakata, who directed the original Japanese version of "The Ring" and the second English version "The Ring Two," has been tapped to direct Zanuck Independent's supernatural thriller "Voice From the Stone." Full story

Nov. 4

Zhang Ziyi on board for 'Flower'
Zhang Ziyi is joining Wendi Murdoch and Florence Sloan in producing "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," an English-language drama starring Zhang. Wayne Wang has come aboard as director. Full story

Legal troubles for Capitol execs
Even as Capitol Films pursues international sales for a slate of movies at AFM this week, legal battles for the men who head the company are heating up. Full story

Four join cast of Abe Sylvia's 'Dirty Girl'
Juno Temple, Sally Hawkins, William H. Macy and Lisa Kudrow have joined the cast of Abe Sylvia's