Miramax gets ‘Down’ with tyro filmmaker

Sundance-winner Isacsson to helm comic love story

NEW YORK — Miramax Films will produce “Down to You,” the feature debut of writer/director Kris Isacsson.

Isacsson previously worked for the studio as an assistant to exec vice president of production and development Jack Lechner.

A comic love story, “Down to You” will be produced by the husband-and-wife team Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente of Gotham-based Open City Films. Kliot and Vicente just wrapped Tony Bui’s “Three Seasons,” the first American feature made in Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War, for October Films. “Seasons” features Harvey Keitel.

Miramax senior VP of production Bobby Cohen will be the exec in charge of production on “Down to You,” a young man’s journey into the past to unravel the demise of his first romance.

Isacsson’s short “Man About Town” won the best short award at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Miramax by Steven Hutensky, senior VP for business and legal affairs. Attorney John Sloss negotiated on behalf of Isacsson, who is represented by Endeavor.

Open City was repped by Carlos Goodman of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols & Adler.

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