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Kindred Media Group Brings Smiles to Screen with “Laura Smiles”

West Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) February 19, 2006

Kindred Media Group announced today it has acquired universal distribution rights to “Laura Smiles”, to handle the film’s theatrical, DVD, and foreign rollouts. The film is an RKO Pictures production, produced by TedHartley and Ric Arthur. Executive Producers include Joe Di Maio, Paul Speaker, Michael Klein, and Robert Cain, and the film is written and directed by Jason Ruscio.

“Laura Smiles” recently won the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Denver Film Festival and has been accepted by the Vail Film Festival, which runs from March 30 – April 2, 2006. Petra Wright (“Alias”, “24″), whose performance has been described as a tour-de-force, stars in this drama which is being hailed as an indie “American Beauty.”

A light-splashed meeting between two soon-to-be-married young lovers shows Laura (Wright), a fledgling actress, and Chris (Kip Pardue – “Imaginary Heroes”, “The Rules of Attraction”, “Remember the Titans”), a neophyte writer, both engaging and witty. But the good times don’t last long; Chris is killed by a passing van. Nine years later, Laura is ensconced as a solidly upper-middle-class suburban housewife with a perfect husband and an 8-year-old son. Everything around her appears staid, distanced, established… however all is not well in suburbia.

The film also stars Mark Derwin (“Dirty Deeds”, “The Minus Man”) and Jonathan Silverman (“Made”, “The Odd Couple II”, “The Cookout”) in spectacular performances. Kindred intends to release the film theatrically in the US in September of 2006, with home video to follow shortly after the film’s theatrical run.

Jeffrey D. Erb, President of Kindred Media Group said, “Petra’s performance is nothing short of breathtaking. She pulls you in and explores both the light and dark side of a manic-depressive personality. We are excited about releasing the film this year.”

Paul Speaker, President of RKO Pictures said, “From screenplay to the superb performances of the ensemble cast, LAURA SMILES navigates a universal subject with a freshness and unique balance of wit and pathos that has already resonated with critics and festivals. We, at RKO are excited to be working with Kindred to get this film in front of audiences this year.”

Joe Nicolo, Executive Vice President of Kindred Media Group said, “Laura Smiles is the type of film that makes you realize what a good experience going to the movies is.”

“Laura makes us realize how vulnerable love is,” expressed producer Joe Di Maio. “It was made with passion, and we are excited of Kindred’s involvement in the distribution of the picture.”

Producer Richard Arthur said, “LAURA SMILES invites us into a psychologically tense world – the kind Hollywood forgot to make after VERTIGO.”

Deal was negotiated by Joe Nicolo for Kindred, with Jonathan Marshall and Paul Speaker representing the producers.

New Films International, a full scale acquisitions, sales and production company with 30 employees and 6 offices worldwide, acquired International Rights from Kindred Media Group and took the film to the Berlin European Film Market where it has been received with overwhelmingly positive feedback.The acquisition was negotiated by NFI Executive Vice President Ron Gell and VP Legal and Business Affairs Craig A. Kessler.

About Kindred Media Group:

Founded in 2004, with offices in West Hollywood and Pennsylvania, Kindred Media Group is a boutique film distribution company that enables film makers to reach a wide audience both domestically and internationally. Kindred’s focus extends to films that are both large studio productions as well as small independent productions, the key ingredient being quality. The company distributes and finances all genres of film, large or specialized releases, with broad or niche audiences, theatrically, through home video, and television programming.

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The Short Film Network Brings Award-Winning Short Films to Mainstream Audiences Around the World

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 6, 2006 -–

The Short Film Network (SFN), a cooperative organization dedicated to the international promotion and distribution of short films, announces its public launch to bring acclaimed short films to audiences around the world.

What is a short film? Short films are considered by many to be an avant-garde art form, typically ranging between 5 and 40 minutes in length. These films have typically served as a platform to showcase cutting edge talent, ideas and filmmaking techniques. From an experimental heyday in the 1960s and 1970s to a moribund period in the 1990s, short films are showing signs of a major revival in the art world.

“Short films are as popular as ever. We get over 4,000 shorts submissions each year and we screen less than 100,” said Mike Plante, Short Film Programmer at the Sundance Film Festival. “North America is behind Europe in terms of distributing shorts and supporting short filmmakers. Hopefully, new avenues will open up as making shorts becomes easier and cheaper.”

Enter the Short Film Network, a new distribution channel and community with one purpose: to expose general audiences to cutting edge short films while providing exposure for deserving filmmakers.

“The accessibility of talent and equipment has created a boom in short film production but most of these films are never seen beyond festivals and private screenings,” said John Montague, Founder of the SFN. “Very few of the great short films receive the exposure and praise that they deserve.”

The initial programs offered by the SFN include:

Exposure: Short Stories on Film – a monthly series of short film compilations that are sent on DVDs to subscribers via direct mail

The Short Film Academy – a community of interest for short film enthusiasts with a variety of members-only services and benefits

The Short Film Awards – an annual event that will provide significant praise and financial awards for short films and their filmmakers

More information, including a trailer with cuts from the films featured on the Exposure compilations, is available at www.ShortFilmNetwork.com.

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit their short films to SFN, both new and old, for consideration. Information regarding terms and guidelines for submissions is available on the SFN Web site.

About the Short Film Network

The Short Film Network (SFN) is a cooperative organization dedicated to provide exposure and praise for independent filmmakers through distribution and promotion of short films to broad audiences, worldwide. The programs of the SFN include the Exposure: Short Stories on Film compilations on DVD, the Short Film Academy, and the annual Short Film Awards. For more information, go to www.ShortFilmNetwork.com or call (866) 989-FILM.

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