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Grandview Pictures takes on ‘Skins’

Pic sophomore film of 'Smoke Signals' Eyre

Jon Kilik’s Grandview Pictures will produce helmer Chris Eyre’s (“Smoke Signals”) sophomore film project, “Skins.”

The film will be produced through Kilik’s first-look deal with Overseas Filmgroup, in a co-production ar-rangement with Canadian cabler Aboriginal People’s Television Net-work.

Negotiations are under way with Academy Award nominee Graham Greene (“Dances With Wolves”) and rising star Adam Beach, who starred in “Smoke Signals” and is currently shooting a lead role in John Woo’s “Windtalkers” opposite Nicolas Cage.

“Skins,” based on the novel by award-winning poet Adrian Louis, is the story about two Sioux Indian brothers — the younger one a tribal cop, the other an alcoholic who is slowly dying from cirrhosis of the liver.

Eyre’s debut, “Smoke Signals,” won the Audience Award and the Film-maker’s Trophy at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

APTN’s involvement marks the first significant Native American co-production in the development of films about native peoples. APTN will license the film for broadcast in Can-ada.

William Vince, head of Mulberry Films, facilitated the deal between APTN and Overseas Filmgroup.

Native Canadian Brenda Chambers will serve as an associate producer on the project. Stefany Matthias, one of the Chiefs of the Squamish Nation, will serve as an advisor to the project.

“This is an exciting project to launch our production relationship with Jon Kilik,” said Overseas co-chairman Robbie Little. “I’ve been a fan of Chris Eyre’s since ‘Smoke Signals’ and the strong material only further solidifies the quality of this project.”

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