First spin at Sundance

NEW YORK — TSG Pictures, the new distribution arm of Gotham indie the Shooting Gallery, has made its first acquisition. TSG Pictures prexy Eamonn Bowles has acquired the Irish hit “I Went Down,” which makes its North American premiere Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival.

Directed by Paddy Breathnach, “I Went Down” stars Brendan Gleeson (“Braveheart”) and newcomer Peter McDonald. Written by Conor McPherson, pic tells the story of a duo asked to perform a simple task to pay off a debt to a crime boss, who find themselves in a darker, more complex situation.

” ‘I Went Down’ is a total breath of fresh air that heralds a new direction in Irish film,” Bowles said. “Paddy, Rob and Conor are an incredibly talented team.”

A veteran arthouse exec who has worked for the Samuel Goldwyn Co., Miramax Films and October Films, Bowles joined TSG Pictures earlier this month.

“We’re thrilled to be associated with the Shooting Gallery,” producer Robert Walpole said. “They promise to be a major force in film distribution and we’re extremely happy to be their first acquisition.”

“I Went Down” was exec produced by Mark Shivas for BBC Films, Rod Stoneman for the Irish Film Board and David Col-lins.

TSG Pictures also has Bob Gosse’s “Niagara, Niagara” making its North American debut in the American Spectrum category at Sundance. The film stars Robin Tunney, who won the best actress award in Venice for her role, and Henry Thomas.

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