Zeitgeist spirits rights to Riker’s ‘City’

American indie favorite on fest circuit

NEW YORK — Zeitgeist has acquired the North American rights to David Riker’s Spanish lingo American indie “La Ciudad” (“The City”) for limited release in October.

The B&W film has been a favorite on the festival circuit, picking up awards at the Taos Talking Pictures, Human Rights Watch, South by Southwest, Santa Barbara and San Sabastian fests, among others.

Four stories in one

Set in modern-day Spanish Harlem, pic is a collection of four short stories detailing the lives of poor and disenfranchised Latin Americans.

Separate from its fall art-house run, the film, which was financed by public television’s Independent Television Service, may have an additional release in predominantly Spanish-speaking neighborhoods across the US.

Student film roots

A former photographer, Riker’s previously directed the feature-length docu “Roxbury, USA” and the short-subject documentary “The Many Faces of Paper.” “La Ciudad” is based on the 37-year-old filmmaker’s award-winning short film of the same name, which he completed in 1995 as part of his graduate degree in film at NYU.

The deal was negotiated between “La Ciudad” exec producer Andrew Hurwitz of Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein and Rob Marcus, in-house counsel for Zeitgeist co-prexys Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo.