Kino Lorber has acquired four documentaries to be released this year.
Three of the acquisitions will be distribbed by Lorber Films — Muslim punk music docu “Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam,” helmed by Omar Majeed; “Reel Injun,” a new pic from Cree helmer Neil Diamond (not the singer); and “Sound of Insects,” Swiss director Peter Liechti’s chronicle of a man who starved himself to death. Latter pic is based on Shimada Masahiko’s novella “How I Became a Mummy.” “Insects” won the European Film Academy Documentary Award in 2009.
Lorber retains U.S. rights to the three films and will release all of them this year, with a June run at Gotham’s MoMA already skedded for “Reel Injun.” All three were acquired in advance of the South by Southwest fest.
The fourth pic, Ben Steinbauer’s “Winnebago Man,” will be released by Kino Intl. Docu follows Jack Rebney, known for his furious outtakes from his RV dealership sales video delighted viewers in the pre-YouTube era. Pic will preem in Gotham in July and will expand in limited release during summer and fall, with a DVD release planned for the holidays.