Maitland enters distrib biz with 'Class'


NEW YORK -- Maitland Primrose Group is launching a film distribution arm with its first acquisition, John Kirby's satirical documentary-musical "The American Ruling Class," featuring appearances by Walter Cronkite, Mike Medavoy, Kurt Vonnegut and the late Robert Altman.

Maitland, parent company of Moving Pictures Media and its Moving Pictures Magazine, acquired worldwide rights to the film and will give it a theatrical release via Maitland Primrose Distribution.

Harper's Magazine's recently retired editor Lewis Lapham wrote and appears in the unconventional docu, which follows two fictional Yale students as they question various notable names about the U.S. class system Stylized musical numbers are included , as are appearances by Pete Seeger, Bill Bradley, James Baker and other top political figures.

The film, which screened at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, will be launched Mar. 23 in Tempe, Arizona with other dates set to follow.