Arthouse finds prod’n oasis at Palm

Co. eyes more projects at Toronto fest, MIFED

HOLLYWOOD — Palm Pictures will handle DVD production and distribution for Arthouse, a 4-year-old New York company specializing in theatrical releases of films by artists such as Man Ray, Stan Brakhage, Harry Smith, Hans Richter and others. Arthouse also will become Palm’s high-end visual arts/fine arts imprint under the deal.

The deal’s first slate of titles will be announced shortly, the companies said. Arthouse has acquired more than 100 titles created by artists over the past several decades. The deal allows Arthouse to tap Palm’s DVD production and distribution expertise, while partnering with a company known through founder Chris Blackwell for its affinity for artsier projects such as the recent “1 Giant Leap” and “Sex and Lucia.”

“Chris and Palm Pictures share the same dedication to the artist, the creative spirit and showcasing the best content utilizing the most advanced technology,” Arthouse co-founder David Koh said. “Together, we will be able to position Arthouse as the most progressive fine arts and visual arts imprint in the world by continuing to release quality titles by some of the most serious artists working visually and getting them out to a wider global audience.”

Koh oversees prod’n

Koh will oversee production for Arthouse, which will have its own acquisitions fund and budget, and serve as co-head of programming. The company’s other co-founder, entertainment attorney Jose Martinez Jr., will serve as Arthouse’s general manager.

Arthouse recently released the theatrical “Jails, Hospitals and Hip Hop,” a feature helmed by Danny Hoch and Mark Benjamin, and is planning to acquire more works at this week’s Toronto Film Fest and at MIFED. Arthouse plans to release eight to 12 titles per year, both on DVD and theatrically.

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