‘Map’ finds direction at Manhattan

Taos Fest winner still searching for int'l distrib

Manhattan Pictures Intl. acquired all North American rights to Holedigger Films’ “Off The Map.” Directed and produced by Campbell Scott, pic stars Joan Allen and Sam Elliott.

“Off the Map” is the tale of an IRS auditor who finds his life transformed while trying to investigate why a New Mexico family has gone years without filing a return.

Negotiations between Manhattan’s Paul Cohen and Holedigger’s George Van Buskirk began at January’s Sundance Film Festival, where the film premiered.

The duo closed their deal at the Taos Talking Pictures Festival, which wrapped last weekend. There, the film opened the fest and Scott received the Maverick Award.

Pay dirt

On April 12, “Off The Map” also took the fest’s top prize, the Taos Land Grant Award. Scott received a dirt-filled bottle to represent the five acres of land he now holds in Taos County.

Cohen and producer Van Buskirk are now working to secure an international deal for “Off The Map.”

Adapted by Joan Ackermann from her own play, “Off The Map” also stars J.K. Simmons, Jim True-Frost, Amy Brenneman and Valentina de Angelis. David Newman and Jonathan Filley executive produced.

Holedigger is a partnership between Van Buskirk and Newman. Shingle also produced Manhattan’s summer release, “The Secret Lives of Dentists,” directed by Alan Rudolph. It stars Scott and Hope Davis.

Holedigger also produced “Roger Dodger,” which Scott starred in and executive produced.

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