'School' in session via Arthouse Films


NEW YORK -- Arthouse Films has nabbed worldwide rights to "The Cool School: How Los Angeles Learned to Love Modern Art," a documentary narrated by Jeff Bridges.

Morgan Neville's feature includes interviews with Dennis Hopper, Frank Gehry, Dean Stockwell, Roy Lichtenstein and several other artists about Los Angeles' seminal Ferus Gallery and its impact on the post-World War II art world.

The docu had its world premiere in competition at this month's Los Angeles Film Festival. It examines the work of Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Ed Kienholz, Craig Kauffman, Wallace Berman, Ed Moses and Robert Irwin and other notable artists whose careers were launched from the gallery during its 1957-68 heyday.

Arthouse plans a national platform release of the film early next year, followed by a DVD release via its home video arm. The film will also be broadcast as part of PBS' Independent Lens series during the 2007-08 season.

The film was produced by Independent Television Service and Tremolo Prods. in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting. Neville and Kristine McKenna served as producers, and Cedd Moses executive produced.

The deal was negotiated by Arthouse head of acquisitions and production
David Koh with Lilly Bright of Curiously Bright Entertainment and Julie Goldman of Cactus Three on behalf of the filmmakers.