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‘Eat This’ on menu at Arrow, Sundance

Cabler to air cuisine fare in November on U.S. TV

NEW YORK — Arrow Features has picked up domestic and international rights to Andrew Rossi and Kate Novack’s feature documentary “Eat This New York,” which goes behind the scenes to look at Gotham’s top restaurants and chefs.

In a separate deal, Sundance Channel has acquired U.S. television rights to the pic, which will air in November, ahead of Arrow’s planned theatrical run in January.

Docu, which premiered at the 2002 Hamptons Film Festival, follows two best friends from the Midwest who move to New York to pursue their dream of opening a restaurant, suffering through financial crisis, the loss of their chef and a crumbling relationship.

Their story is interwoven with visits to celebrated eateries like Le Cirque 2000, Cafe Boulud, Balthazar, Gramercy Tavern, Nobu and Jean-Georges, where the filmmakers talk to such foodie tastemakers as Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Danny Meyer and Sirio Maccioni and guidebook guru Tim Zagat.

“Only one out of five new restaurants in New York survives longer than five years,” said Novack. “So the stories of how these restaurateurs made it is about great talent and a lot of luck.”

Arrow will handle theatrical and video/DVD release and will sell the film worldwide through its Paris-based Arrow Films Intl. sales arm.

Acquisitions chief John Cusimano negotiated with the filmmakers for the Arrow deal; VP of film programming Christian Vesper negotiated for Sundance Channel.