Arthouse picks up Chuck Close doc

Distributor will launch film theatrically next year

NEW YORK -- Contemporary artist Chuck Close will have his own portrait placed on display by Arthouse Films.

The indie distributor has acquired worldwide rights to the Marion Cajori's feature-length documentary "Chuck Close." The film, completed last year shortly before Cajori's death, looks at the artist's working process through interviews with Close and his wife, Robert Rauschenberg, Philip Glass, Kiki Smith and other artists.

Arthouse will launch the film theatrically early next year, followed by a DVD release. The film also will be distributed by Mongrel Media in Canada; Revolver Entertainment in the U.K. and Ireland; and Madman Entertainment in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa through Arthouse output deals.

The deal was negotiated by Arthouse/Curiously Bright Entertainment's David Koh and Lilly Bright with Cajori's estate and the Art Kaleidoscope Foundation's Isabel Jay and George Griffin.
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