'Fruitvale Station,' Ira Sachs' 'Love Is Strange' Added to Altitude Film's Debut U.K. Release Slate

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"Fruitvale Station"

The startup division of British company Altitude Film Entertainment builds debut theatrical release slate for 2014 and beyond.

Ira SachsLove Is Strange, starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and Marisa Tomei and Ryan Coogler’s Cannes prize winner Fruitvale Station are among the titles added to the debut release slate for Altitude Film Distribution (AFD).

The startup U.K. theatrical division of Altitude Film Entertainment, the U.K. film company launched last year by Will Clarke -- founder of British indie distributor Optimum Releasing, which was sold to StudioCanal -- now has eight movies ready to rollout.

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Sony Pictures Classics has Love is Strange for North America and other territories.

Also slated for a jaunt to British movie houses courteously of Altitude is All Cheerleaders Die, written and directed by Lucky McKee (The Woman) and Chris Sivertson (I Know Who Killed Me), which opened the midnight madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival 2013 and The Nightmare, a non-fiction horror film about the terrifying visions experienced by the victims of the surprisingly common phenomenon of sleep paralysis.   Rodney Ascher mixes existing footage with cinematic recreations.

Altitude has also take U.K. distribution rights to Nick Read's Bolshoi Babylon, a behind-the-scenes documentary about Russia's famous dance institution, a project Altitude’s sales division is touting to buyers at this year’s EFM.

The titles join three previously announced debut slate titles; documentary 20 Feet from Stardom from Morgan Neville (Crossfire Hurricane) about backup vocalists, the untitled Amy Winehouse documentary, directed by Asif Kapadia (Senna) and The Loch, a character-driven horror thriller co-produced by Altitude Film Production with James Watkins (The Woman in Black), co-written by Watkins with Simon Duric who will also direct.

Altitude Film Entertainment chairman and joint CEO Will Clarke said: “For Altitude to be working with such highly talented, original and award-winning filmmakers with our first release slate is a fantastic position to be in. Ira Sachs, Ryan Coogler, Rodney Ascher, Asif Kapadia and Nick Read, are very different filmmakers in their creative style, but their films are, in their own ways, important, insightful, original and in pure terms, entertaining, and this is what Altitude wants to bring to UK audiences.”

Altitude Film Production has taken four films into production in just over a year including Big Game directed by Jalmari Helander, starring Samuel L Jackson and is currently halfway through its shoot. In addition to James McAvoy starrer Filth, Altitude has also produced The Hooligan Factory from emerging British filmmakers Nick Nevern and Jason Maza and Outpost 37 directed by Jabbar Raisani