‘Man’s’ indie distrib plan

More movies planned in 'one-night' filming format

HOLLYWOOD — Indie film distribbers Ari Newman and Gregory Cascante have picked up worldwide theatrical rights to Straw Weisman’s movie “Man of the Year.”

Pic was shot in 12 hours with 25 actors and 20 cameras and features the improvisational talents of an ensemble cast including John Ritter, Playboy Playmate Heidi Mark and TV personality Leeza Gibbons .

Action takes place at a Hollywood Hills party celebrating the career of Bill (Ritter), which degenerates into a night of drugs, gambling and infidelity.

Pic premiered at the recent Santa Monica Film Fest. A theatrical release is planned for this summer, starting in Los Angeles.

Plans are under way for the development of three to four more “one-night movies” with proposed production starting later this year.

Newman’s releasing banner is Media Financial Intl., which he founded on the heels of his first two films — “Next Stop Wonderland” (Miramax 1998) and “Squeeze” (Miramax 1997).

Cascante, a 30-year industry veteran whose career includes the release of “9½ Weeks” and “Lawnmower Man,” said, “We’re excited at the prospect of taking ‘Man of the Year’ out to the foreign marketplace. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere.”

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