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. About indieWIRE 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. About The New York Times Company The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), a leading media company with 2006 revenues of $3.3 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 15 other daily newspapers, nine network- affiliated television stations, two New York City radio stations and 35 Web sites, including NYTimes.com, Boston.com and About.com. The Company's core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high- quality news, information and entertainment. 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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