Sundance Channel Acquires Television Rights to Oscar(R)-Winning Short Ryan

10 Mar, 2005, 00:00 ET from Sundance Channel

    NEW YORK, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Sundance Channel has acquired the pay
 television rights to the Oscar winning film Ryan directed by Chris Landreth.
 The film won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated) and will
 premiere on Sundance Channel third quarter 2005.
     Ryan, directed by Chris Landreth, is based on the life of Canadian
 animator Ryan Larkin.  Thirty years ago, at the National Film Board of Canada,
 Larkin produced some of the most influential animated films of his time.
 Today, he lives on welfare and panhandles for spare change in downtown
 Montreal.  Landreth's film explores Larkin's evolution from artistic genius to
 poverty.
     In Ryan, the voices of Ryan Larkin and the people who have known him speak
 through strange, twisted, broken and disembodied 3D generated characters,
 whose appearances are bizarre, humorous or disturbing.  Although incredibly
 realistic and detailed, Ryan was created and animated without the use of live
 action footage, rotoscoping or motion capture; instead it was derived from an
 original, personal, hand animated three-dimensional world which Landreth calls
 'psychological realism.'
     Ryan is produced by Steven Hoban and Mark Smith (Copper Heart
 Entertainment) and Marcy Page (National Film Board of Canada), in association
 with Seneca College Animation Arts Centre, with the participation of the
 Canada Council for the Arts.
     Ryan will screen at the upcoming New Directors/New Films film festival at
 the Film Society of Lincoln Center in April, 2005.
     The deal was negotiated by Christian Vesper, Vice President Acquisitions,
 Sundance Channel and Christina Rogers of the National Film Board of Canada on
 behalf of the film.
     Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel brings
 television viewers daring and engaging feature films, shorts, documentaries,
 world cinema and animation, shown uncut and with no commercials.  Through its
 original programs, Sundance Channel connects viewers with filmmakers, the
 creative process, and the world of independent film.  Launched in 1996,
 Sundance Channel is a venture between NBC Universal, Robert Redford, and
 Showtime Networks Inc.  Sundance Channel operates independently of the
 non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the
 overall Sundance mission of supporting independent artists and providing them
 with wider opportunities to present their work to audiences.
     Copper Heart Entertainment is one of Canada's most diverse independent
 production companies, run by one of Canada's most prolific producers, Steven
 Hoban. It is devoted to making independent, commercially accessible features
 and large format (i.e. Imax(R)) films, as well as television productions.
 Copper Heart Entertainment also continues to produce highly innovative and
 leading-edge animation projects.
     Now in its 65th year, the National Film Board of Canada has produced more
 than 10,000 films and won more than 4,500 awards, including 11 Oscars(R). As
 Canada's public film producer, the NFB produces and distributes distinctive,
 culturally diverse, challenging and relevant audiovisual works that provide
 Canada and the world with a unique Canadian perspective. For more information
 on the NFB visit http://www.nfb.ca.
 
 

SOURCE Sundance Channel
    NEW YORK, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Sundance Channel has acquired the pay
 television rights to the Oscar winning film Ryan directed by Chris Landreth.
 The film won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated) and will
 premiere on Sundance Channel third quarter 2005.
     Ryan, directed by Chris Landreth, is based on the life of Canadian
 animator Ryan Larkin.  Thirty years ago, at the National Film Board of Canada,
 Larkin produced some of the most influential animated films of his time.
 Today, he lives on welfare and panhandles for spare change in downtown
 Montreal.  Landreth's film explores Larkin's evolution from artistic genius to
 poverty.
     In Ryan, the voices of Ryan Larkin and the people who have known him speak
 through strange, twisted, broken and disembodied 3D generated characters,
 whose appearances are bizarre, humorous or disturbing.  Although incredibly
 realistic and detailed, Ryan was created and animated without the use of live
 action footage, rotoscoping or motion capture; instead it was derived from an
 original, personal, hand animated three-dimensional world which Landreth calls
 'psychological realism.'
     Ryan is produced by Steven Hoban and Mark Smith (Copper Heart
 Entertainment) and Marcy Page (National Film Board of Canada), in association
 with Seneca College Animation Arts Centre, with the participation of the
 Canada Council for the Arts.
     Ryan will screen at the upcoming New Directors/New Films film festival at
 the Film Society of Lincoln Center in April, 2005.
     The deal was negotiated by Christian Vesper, Vice President Acquisitions,
 Sundance Channel and Christina Rogers of the National Film Board of Canada on
 behalf of the film.
     Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel brings
 television viewers daring and engaging feature films, shorts, documentaries,
 world cinema and animation, shown uncut and with no commercials.  Through its
 original programs, Sundance Channel connects viewers with filmmakers, the
 creative process, and the world of independent film.  Launched in 1996,
 Sundance Channel is a venture between NBC Universal, Robert Redford, and
 Showtime Networks Inc.  Sundance Channel operates independently of the
 non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the
 overall Sundance mission of supporting independent artists and providing them
 with wider opportunities to present their work to audiences.
     Copper Heart Entertainment is one of Canada's most diverse independent
 production companies, run by one of Canada's most prolific producers, Steven
 Hoban. It is devoted to making independent, commercially accessible features
 and large format (i.e. Imax(R)) films, as well as television productions.
 Copper Heart Entertainment also continues to produce highly innovative and
 leading-edge animation projects.
     Now in its 65th year, the National Film Board of Canada has produced more
 than 10,000 films and won more than 4,500 awards, including 11 Oscars(R). As
 Canada's public film producer, the NFB produces and distributes distinctive,
 culturally diverse, challenging and relevant audiovisual works that provide
 Canada and the world with a unique Canadian perspective. For more information
 on the NFB visit http://www.nfb.ca.
 
 SOURCE  Sundance Channel