New Films takes flyer on 'Flying Lessons'


CANNES -- New Films International has acquired U.S. and international theatrical distribution rights to Derek Magyar's "Flying Lessons" and Connie Stevens' "Saving Grace B. Jones." New Films Cinema will release both films in U.S. theaters.

Maggie Grace, Christine Lahti and Hal Holbrook star in "Lessons," the story of a 25-year-old woman who returns to her small hometown and tangles with old friends and lovers, her mother and an Alzheimer's Disease patient.

"Jones" stars Tatum O'Neal, Penelope Ann Miller, Rylee Fanslar and Michael Biehn in the story of a grieving 10-year-old in 1951 New York City who is thrust into small-town middle America after witnessing a murder.

"I am very happy to be associated with New Films International," Stevens said. "They are an aggressive and talented young company on the rise, with an eye for tasteful and provocative films."

The deals were negotiated by New Films Cinema execs Ron Gell and Straw Weisman.

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"Both 'Flying Lessons' and 'Saving Grace B. Jones' represent powerful collaborations between writer, director and proven Academy Award-caliber stars," Weisman said. "We are very proud to be in business with these filmmakers and these films.
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