Kino acquires 'Momma's Man'

Nabs U.S rights to Azazel Jacobs' darkly comic drama

NEW YORK -- The latest film to be rescued from financially troubled ThinkFilm's slate is the 2008 Sundance premiere "Momma's Man."

Kino International has acquired U.S. rights to Azazel Jacobs' darkly comic drama about a man (Matt Boren) who visits his parents on a New York business trip and decides to stay, leaving his wife and child behind. The director's parents, underground filmmaker Ken Jacobs and Flo Jacobs, play the parents in the film.

Kino was an early bidder on the film up until ThinkFilm announced it acquired North American rights in March. The indie distributor returned to the negotiating table around three weeks ago after a call from the filmmakers, says Kino president Donald Krim. The fate of several other ThinkFilm acquisitions this year remains unclear.

Despite the March acquisition announcement, Hunter Gray (who produced the project with Alex Orlovsky and exec producer Paul Mezey) says negotiations were ongoing with ThinkFilm but never materialized into a deal. Canadian rights are still available.

An Aug. 22 New York and Sept. 5 L.A. release are planned, followed by a platform rollout in urban areas and an early 2008 DVD release.

Krim negotiated the deal with Cinetic.