KimStim, a Brooklyn based arthouse distributor, has secured the North American rights to Berlin Film Festival award-winning film, An Elephant Sitting Still, from director Hu Bo. Set in a mid-sized Chinese city over the course of single day, the film follows four characters trying to escape from their problematic small-town life of economic depression and social malaise. In the end, they decide to escape to the city of Manzhouli, where they hope to see an elephant that simply sits, unfazed and impervious to the world. The pic not only marked Bo’s directorial debut but it was also his final piece as the filmmaker and author took his own life at age 29. KimStim is planning to release the film in theaters this Fall. KimStim’s Ian Stimler negotiated the deal with Rediance’s Founder and CEO Meng Xie.
Abramorama has picked up the Deer Tick music documentary Straight Into A Storm, which will be released theatrically starting on June 15 in New York at the Roxy Cinema Tribeca. The film will also hit cities that Deer Tick will play on their upcoming tour in addition to other key markets. Directed by William Miller, the pic centers around Deer Tick’s 2014/15 10th anniversary run in New York City. Anchored by a fan chosen set list and New Year’s Eve performance, the film weaves in and out of time over the last 10 years utilizing never before seen archive footage from their early days to the successful touring/recording band they are now – and everything in between. Jason Diamond, Josh Diamond, and Miller produced the doc.