Slamdance shingle sets up

Trio to distrib 'Faster,' 'Housekeeping'

HOLLYWOOD — Slamdance president and co-founder Peter Baxter has teamed with producer-manager Robert Schwartz and Cleveland businessman George Ketvertis to launch distribution-management shingle Slamdance Media Group.

The first titles to go through Slamdance’s distribution arm are “Faster,” a documentary about Grand Prix motorcycle racing, and the 2000 Slamdance grand-jury prizewinner “Better Housekeeping.” Latter film was orphaned when its original distributor, the Shooting Gallery, went out of business.

Company has made a home entertainment output deal with Ventura Entertainment that will retail under the Slamdance label.

Slamdance Media Group has licensed the name from Slamdance Inc., the corporate entity that operates Slamdance Film Festival activities. SMG operates independently from the festival as a for-profit operation, with Schwartz as chairman and co-CEO, Baxter as president and co-CEO and Ketvertis as exec VP for strategic planning and business development.

Baxter will remain president of Slamdance Inc., which is responsible for year-round programs and for associated fests in China and Poland.The Slamdance Media Group will also scout product and clients from among submissions to the festival.

Slamdance on the Road terms include guaranteed release in 10 domestic markets and a fixed percentage of the company’s share of box office gross.”Faster,” by documentarian and musicvid director Mark Neale (“No Maps for These Territories”), will open April 23 in Los Angeles.

Company will release “Better Housekeeping,” written and directed by Frank Novak, later this spring.

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