Gotham sees ‘Light,’ sets new pic fund

CANNES — Gotham Entertainment Group will produce “Mountain of Light,” a $5 million feature based on Allen Paul’s book “Katyn,” about Stalin’s World War II massacre of 15,000 Polish officers in a Russian forest.

Gotham is also creating a $10 million film facility to produce independent films that will be funded by Steve Sparks, principal of Los Angeles-based Sherwood Financial Group. Sparks was introduced to Gotham through the company’s recently hired director of new business development, Andrew Bloomenthal, and its head of production, Chris Daniel.

“Mountain” will be co-produced by Katyn Inc., which owns the rights to Paul’s screenplay. It will follow a love triangle in which a husband and wife and their good friend are separated by war.

Gotham co-founder Patrick McDarrah will produce “Mountain” with Gotham’s director of production John von Sothen.

Founded in 1995 by former Miramax execs McDarrah and Joel Roodman, Gotham produced Roland Joffe’s “Goodbye, Lover” with Regency Vision. Starring Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney and Don Johnson, “Lover” will be released by Warner Bros. this fall.

Together with partner Kardana Films, Gotham recently completed principal photography on Philip Haas’ “The Blood Oranges.”

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