Visit Films, a worldwide film sales company, is looking for an office coordinator. The position will require the candidate to provide basic support to Visit’s four full time employees as well as office management. Additional work will include assisting the sales team in market preparation, database management and scheduling. The ability to learn and adapt to the demands of the job can be more important than experience in a similar position. Starting salary is in the mid 20’s and will include health care, dental and other benefits. This is a full time position in Brooklyn. Cover letter and resume should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking for someone to start immediately.
Film Movement captures ‘Hearts’
Gallic romantic comedy to get North American release
By JOHN HOPEWELL
New York-based specialty label Film Movement has acquired North American rights to ‘The Queen of Hearts,’ the directorial debut of French thesp-turned-helmer Valerie Donzelli.
Film Movement will give ‘Hearts’ a fourth quarter theatrical opening in New York, a limited national roll-out after that, and a day-and-date cable video-on-demand premiere.
One of a growing breed of arresting young Gallic distaff directors — think Celine Sciamma, Katell Quillevere — Donzelli also wrote ‘Hearts.’
A jaunty, Paris-set romantic comedy, ‘Hearts’ turns on thirtysomething Adele, played by Donzelli, who, dumped by her boyfriend, flings herself at pretty well any man she meets, ignoring Mr. Right.
Jeremie Elkaim plays all three of her lovers. France’s Les Prods. Balthazar produced.
Released February 2010 in Gaul, ‘Hearts’ did only niche local box office, selling 27,744 tix (around $240,000). But, playing Locarno’s Filmmakers of the Present competition, it went on to build a growing fest rep and garner upbeat reviews with slots at the Mumbai, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Mill Valley and St. Louis fests.
Variety called it ‘an endearingly goofy spin on looking-for-love-in-the-big-city comedies.’
Donzelli has just wowed critics with her second film as a director, ‘Declaration of War,’ again co-starring Elkaim, which opened May’s Cannes Critics’ Week.
The North America deal on ‘Hearts’ was negotiated between Film Movement prexy Adley Gartenstein and VP, acquisitions and distribution Rebeca Conget and Ryan Kampe of Visit Films.
‘Talented French actress Valerie Donzelli has directed herself in an utterly charming and whimsical comedy that is both sexy and touching without ever getting sentimental. We’re delighted to be distributing this promising new director’s feature film debut,’ Gartenstein said.
2 September, 2010 | By Jeremy Kay
Ryan Kampe and Sylvain Tron of New York-based Visit Films will commence sales next week on Small Town Murder Songs and Look, Stranger.
Ed Gass-Donnelly wrote and directed Small Town Murder Songs, which will receive its world premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema section.
The modern gothic tale of crime and redemption stars Peter Stormare as an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life. Aaron Poole, Jill Hennessey and Martha Plimpton round out the key cast.
Look, Stranger is written and directed by Arielle Javitch and screens in the Discovery section. The story centres on a woman who makes the dangerous journey home from a refugee camp and stars acclaimed Romanian actress Anamaria Marinca. Lisa Muskat produced.
Javitch was supported in production by the Sundance Institute / Anneberg Foundation, Cinereach, New York State Council On The Arts, and the Berlinale Talent Campus.
Visit Films will also be supporting a number of other recent titles, including Sarajevo competition winner Tilva Rosh, Locarno competition title Cold Weather, and Cannes Critic’s Week premiere The Myth Of The American Sleepover.
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NY-based Visit establishes boutique sales arm
by Jeremy Kay, Los Angeles
Visit Films, the New York-based production company run by former Focus Features International distribution employee Ryan Kampe and commercials producer and creative executive Sylvain Tron, has launched the boutique sales agency Visit Sales.
The company will specialise in finding foreign distribution channels for independent American projects and the partners will attend Cannes to establish ties with distributors.
Visit Sales will launch its inaugural roster at the AFM in November. Its slate includes Steve Barron’s 2006 Gotham Award winner Choking Man and the upcoming LA Film Festival competition entry Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery Of America.
‘There is a place in the marketplace for small American films that is currently being under-represented,’ Kampe and Tron said. ‘As film-makers ourselves, we know the value of even a number of small sales on these films. The niche that we want to fill is to be able to bring high quality low cost titles to distributors throughout the world.
‘By keeping overhead low on our side, the pricing and terms can be very competitive. The key for us is in volume, which we hope will help our partners fill the product needs that they have. We will be focusing on international sales and will in certain situations also sell domestic rights.’
Visit Sales is actively looking for American films that have had a successful run on the festival circuit to add to the slate.
Kampe and Tron established Visit Films in December 2005. Its first production was The Big Bad Swim, which premiered at Tribeca 2006. The development slate includes the Louisiana-set post-Katrina drama The Good Forest, friendship drama Entry Level, and the dark family drama A Simple Love Story.