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Cinema Guild launches Spark

Label will focus on arts documentaries

Gotham-based distributor Cinema Guild has established Spark, a new label for arts documentaries kicking off with two releases next month.

Poised to release pics on homevideo and digital, Spark aims to release docs about all genres of art including film, music, visual arts, architecture and dance.

The first of two initial Spark offerings, Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler’s “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone,” chronicles an all-black rock band founded in South Central in the 1980s. Laurence Fishburne narrates.

Also on tap is “The Woman With the Five Elephants,” Vadim Jendreyko’s bio of Svetlana Geier, best known for her German translations of five Dostoyevsky novels.

Both films are set for homevid release Feb. 21.

Arts-related film programming has gained a higher profile in recent years, with cinemacasts from orgs including the Metropolitan Opera and London’s National Theater doing solid biz. On the way later this year is a film doc tied to the popular Leonardo DaVinci exhibit at the National Gallery in London.

Cinema Guild focuses on indies, foreign films and docus, with current and upcoming theatrical offerings including “Once Upon and Time in Anatolia” and “The Turin Horse.”

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