'Easter' acquired as company's first project

Caroline Kaplan has left her post as IFC senior veep of production and acquisitions to launch Manhattan-based production company Applehead Pictures with Ellen Barkin and her brother George Barkin.

Kaplan is a 14-year alum of IFC, active in everything from the launch of its cable network to the financing and distribution of several films including “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Monsoon Wedding” and “Pieces of April.”

Company has acquired screen rights to the Richard Yates novel “The Easter Parade” as its first project, with George Barkin writing the script. “Easter” follows the paths of two sisters over 40 years, from WWII to the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s.

“This is a substantial project we’re starting with,” said Ellen Barkin, the actress who’ll be making her debut as a producer.

Kaplan, who before IFC worked four years at Bravo, was brought together with the Barkin siblings by John Sloss, the attorney who reps all three and who facilitated the book acquisition.

“My brother and I talked about setting up a company to make the movies we like to see, and we discovered that Caroline was an integral part of many of them,” Ellen Barkin said. “When John put us together, we found ourselves on the same page … .

“Caroline’s relationships with directors and writers will give us the chance to grow Applehead into a place where certain projects come our way first. We’ll have the ability to develop and nurture them.”

Ellen Barkin and Kaplan said they will seek out financing on a project-by-project basis. Not all their projects will be specialty films.

George Barkin is a former editor for National Lampoon and High Times magazines who has written several scripts.

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