'Black' set to hit theaters this fall
Apparition, the domestic distribution company run by Bob Berney and Bill Pohlad, will conjure up “Black Dynamite” in theaters this fall.The blaxploitation spoof bowed in Sundance’s Midnight section this year and was bought by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group, which handles all domestic ancillaries for Apparition’s releases. In this case, Sony brought Apparition one of their titles to distribute theatrically. “Dynamite” was helmed and co-written by Scott Sanders and stars Michael Jai White, who also co-wrote along with co-star Byron Minns. Producers are Jon Steingart and Jenny Wiener Steingart of Gotham-based Ars Nova. “Both Scott and Michael really know every film in the (blaxploitation) genre and every little detail,” said Berney, who saw the film at Sundance and has been following it while building his new distribution company. “Even the strangest stuff in the film has been seen or done in those films. It’s a sort of ‘Austin Powers’ period comedy that appeals to younger audiences.” Pic will have a platform release starting on Oct. 16. Berney added the pic already has a fan base. “The filmmakers have done so much, it makes it easy to really partner with them and use their materials,” he said. “They really know their audience and what they want to do.” “Dynamite” is Apparition’s fourth title announced for release this year. Slate already includes Jane Campion’s “Bright Star,” Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” with Brad Pitt, and “The Young Victoria,” starring Emily Blunt. Berney said the pic will complete this year’s lineup, but with the Toronto film fest looming, he didn’t rule out the possibility of a fest acquisition that might need an Oscar qualifying run. “Dynamite” won the Seattle film fest’s audience award and played at others including Tribeca and CineVegas.