'Ballast,' IFC go steady


NEW YORK -- "Ballast," Lance Hammer's Southern drama that won two awards at last month's Sundance Film Festival, has been picked up by IFC.

The Rainbow Media division has scooped up all North American rights in a deal said to be valued in the six-figure range. The company is expected to release the movie on First Take, its day-and-date label that releases movies theatrically, on the IFC network and on a VOD platform. William Morris Independent repped the film.

"Ballast" focuses on a poor Mississippi Delta family and the tragedy that befalls them. The film, which stars a number of nonprofessional actors, won a director award for Hammer and a cinematography award for Lol Crowley.

The film also will screen at this month's Berlin International Film Festival, a rarity for a film that premiered in Park City.

WMI sold international rights to Celluloid Dreams on the eve of Sundance.