Former Cinema Guild distribution executive Ryan Krivoshey has founded and launched Grasshopper Film, an indie distribution company that plans to release 8-12 titles theatrically per year and more than 50 on VOD, digital and non-traditional outlets. The first title in the new outfit will be Iranian Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi’s Fireworks Wednesday. It will bow March 16 in New York with a national rollout to to follow.

At Cinema Guild, Krivoshey acquired Farhadi’s About Elly in 2014. Fireworks Wednesday, which played the festival circuit in 2006, helped establish Farhadi’s cred ahead of his Oscar Foreign Language winner A Separation in 2012. Movies from filmmakers including Pedro Costa, Lav Diaz, Lisandro Alonso, Matt Porterfield, Thom Andersen, Joaquim Pinto, Jose Luis Guerin and more are confirmed for release via Grasshopper this year across various platforms, the company said this morning in announcing its launch.

“This is a great time for independent film,” Krivoshey said. “In recent years, an incredible community has developed — from funding to festival to art house — that fosters and supports audacious filmmaking in all forms, whether narrative or documentary or something in between. At Grasshopper, we look forward to being part of this community-at-large, to champion works we believe in, and expose them to audiences around the country.”

Grasshopper Film is a partner company of global advisory firm Grasshopper Global.