October rolls with Neil Young docu

October Films is bringing some rock ‘n’ roll into its new Universal home with the acquisition of worldwide rights to Jim Jarmusch’s docu about Neil Young, “Year of the Horse.”

The buy marks the second acquisition October has announced in Cannes under new owner Universal Pictures. The first was “Three Seasons,” Tony Bui’s film shot in Vietnam.

October execs took note of “Horse” at the San Francisco Intl. Film Festival, where the docu world- preemed. It will be October’s first Jarmusch film.

The arthouse distrib wants to release the pic in the fall after it plays a few North American festivals.

Pic chronicles the life and music of Young and his frequent collaborators, the band Crazy Horse, featuring live performances, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews from Europe and the U.S. during the 1996 tour, as well as 1976 interviews. It is shot in both 8 mm and 16 mm.

L.A. Johnson produced; Jay Rabinowitz edited. Rabinowitz and Jarmusch are longtime Young fans. Elliot Rabinowitz, prexy of Shakey Pictures, exec produced.

October co-presidents Amir Malin, Bingham Ray and John Schmidt brokered the deal for the pic with ICM agent Bart Walker, who repped Jarmusch and Shakey.

“I don’t think that we could have better, more attuned people than these guys,” Jarmusch said. “I’m happy to have a chance to collaborate with them.”

The pic will fall into an October slate that includes Susan Streitfeld’s “Female Perversions,” Mike Leigh’s “Career Girls” and Matthew Harrison’s “Kicked in the Head,” which preemed Sunday in the Directors Fortnight here.

Universal announced its acquisition of October just days before the Cannes fest began.

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