ALLIANCE DRAWS 2

Nabs offshore rights to Sundance preems

Alliance Communications has recently acquired foreign distribution rights to two U.S. indie pics premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. The move brings to five the number of Alliance titles set to unspool at the January fest in Park City.

The Toronto-based company’s Alliance Independent Films division has just closed a deal to rep the lesbian coming-of-age drama “All Over Me,” directed by first-timer Alex Sichel. The film stars Alison Folland (“To Die For”), Tara Subkoff (“When the Bough Breaks”) and Wilson Cruz (“My So-Called Life”). The screenplay is by Sichel’s sister Sylvia.

Acquired for U.S. distribution by Fine Line Features in June (Daily Variety, June 12), “All Over Me” is produced by Dolly Hall.

Alliance will also handle overseas sales of Matthew Carnahan’s “Black Circle Boys,” starring Scott Bairstow, Eric Mabius, Subkoff and singer Lisa Loeb. A previously announced deal for Initial Entertainment Group to distribute “Black Circle Boys” overseas recently fell through.

The film, about a troubled youth who is seduced by a satanic cult in Seattle, is produced by Lysa Hayland and Raquel Carreras.

Meanwhile, Alliance financed three films that also will receive their U.S. premieres at Sundance:

* “Lilies” – Directed by John Greyson, the drama debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and went on to win four 1996 Genie Awards, including best picture. The film has grossed $125,000 for Alliance in Canada.

* “Joe’s So Mean to Josephine” – The Peter Wellington-helmed romance, which won the Genie for best first feature, stars Sarah Polley, Eric Thal and Don McKellar.

* “His and Hers” – Hal Salwen’s followup to “Denise Calls Up” is Alliance’s first production with no Canadian content. The romantic comedy stars “Denise’s” Liev Schreiber and Caroleen Feeney.

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