NEW YORK, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Emerging Pictures, the New York-based
digital cinema network, announced today that "Full Grown Men" is the winner
of the 2007 Sundance Channel Audience Award for the year-long "indieWIRE:
Undiscovered Gems" film series. Directed by David Munro, "Full Grown Men"
took home the coveted prize that earns its filmmakers the opportunity for a
theatrical release through Emerging Pictures with a $50,000 marketing
budget, and an additional $50,000 license fee for the television premiere
on Sundance Channel.
An official selection in major film festivals (including Tribeca and
Mill Valley), "Full Grown Men" is the bittersweet tale of a young man who
learns the hard way that the best years of his life may still lie ahead of
him. Starring Matt McGrath ("Broken Hearts Club"), Judah Friedlander
("American Splendor"), Amy Sedaris ("Strangers With Candy"), Alan Cumming
and Debbie Harry, the movie has been hailed by critics and audiences as a
very funny, tough-minded film - some comparing it to "Sideways."
"Full Grown Men" is the story of Alby Cutrera, a man who yearns for a
time when life was carefree and action figures were twelve inches tall.
When his wife insults him for being more of a playmate than a father to his
young son, Alby heads for safety and tracks down his boyhood pal Elias
whose memory of their younger days is considerably less rosy. They set out
on a road trip to Diggityland, their favorite place as kids, but simpler
times turn complicated as the two friends confront the landmines of their
past. Journeying through Florida, they encounter a cast of wounded roadside
romantics, each one shedding light on the perils of not letting go,
imparting lessons about growing up and moving on.
The "Undiscovered Gems" series is based on indieWIRE's annual list of
the top 15 films from major festivals around the world that have yet to
find a theatrical distributor; the series is co-sponsored by The New York
Times and Emerging Pictures, in association with Sundance Channel.
Audiences rate the films at each of the venues, with the highest scorer
winning the Sundance Channel Audience Award.
The 2007 series kicked off in February with Steve Barron's "Choking
Man," followed by Erwin Wagenhofer's "We Feed The World" in March, Goran
Dukic's "Wristcutters" in April, Julia Kwan's "Eve and the Firehorse" in
May, The Brothers Nee's "The Last Romantic" in June, Randy Walker and
Jennifer Shainin's "Apart From That" in July, Amir Muhammad's "The Last
Communist" in August, Olivier Masset-Depasse's "Cages" in September, and
culminating with David Munro's "Full Grown Men" in October. With support
from Sundance Channel, the audience award-winning filmmaker gets a
theatrical release in a minimum of five U.S. cities during 2008, as well as
an exclusive television broadcast on Sundance Channel.
Using Emerging's digital technology, the series brings one film per
month from indieWIRE's annual list to theaters in a minimum of 10 to 15
cities, including Cinema Village in New York City; Theater N in Wilmington,
DE; Cinema Paradiso in Ft. Lauderdale, Lake Worth Playhouse in Lake Worth,
and the Tropic Cinema in Key West, FL; Capawock Edgartown in Martha's
Vineyard, MA; Galaxy Cinema in Cary, NC; Raue Center for the Arts in
Crystal Lake, IL; Frontier Caf� and Cinema in Brunswick, ME; and Time &
Space Ltd. in Hudson, NY.
Now in its eleventh year, indieWIRE is the leading source of news and
information for the independent film community, offering comprehensive
coverage of independent, documentary and foreign language films, including
industry news, film festival reports, filmmaker interviews and movie
reviews. Its Web site (http://www.indiewire.com) includes special reports
from high- profile film festivals, filmmaker and industry blogs, as well as
resources and tools for emerging and established filmmakers. Awarded the
Webby for best film site, indieWIRE was lauded as a "must read" by Variety,
branded the "online heartbeat of the world's independent film community" by
Forbes, and dubbed "best indie crossroads" by Roger Ebert.
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About Emerging Pictures
Emerging Pictures was founded in 2002 by Barry Rebo, Giovanni Cozzi and
Ira Deutchman to create a new theatrical distribution network for
independent, international and documentary films through the use of digital
technology. Emerging has grown into a distribution, marketing and
exhibition company through its network of theaters, Emerging Cinemas, which
bring first-run arthouse cinema to cities and communities that would
otherwise not usually have access to such films. Additionally, Emerging
Cinemas continues to build on its programs that syndicate specially curated
film festivals around the country. These festivals are curated by some of
the most prestigious film organizations in the country including the Full
Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Latinbeat Film Festival with the Film
Society of Lincoln Center, and the indieWIRE Undiscovered Gems festival.
About Sundance Channel
Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel is the
television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something
different. Bold, uncompromising and irreverent, Sundance Channel offers
audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries, and
original programs, all uncut and commercial free. Launched in 1996,
Sundance Channel is a venture of NBC Universal, CBS and Robert Redford.
Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance
Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance
mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression. Sundance Channel's
website address is www.sundancechannel.com.
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