Thursday, 17 February 2011

Screen Daily article about The Blind Bastard Club

Kravitz, Rourke head to Brazil for Blind Bastard Club
Screen Daily 16 February, 2011 | By Geoffrey Macnab

Ash-Baron Cohen to direct the $6m film.

Rock star Lenny Kravitz, Mickey Rourke and Rosario Dawson are to star in Ash Baron-Cohen’s $6 million The Blind Bastard Club, due to shoot in April in Brazil.
Rodrigo Santoro and Riccardo Scamarcio will also star.

The film is being produced by Hacienda (Andrew Mysko and Cory Neal) and by Frank Desmarais. The coproducer is Urca (Leo Edde). Executive producer is Donald K Ranvaud of Buena Onda. A major Latin American company is also in talks to board the project.

The BBC, or Blind Bastard Club, is a gang of guys and girls who live life on the edge despite being blind by going to the shooting range,jumping out of planes, getting into fights in bars, and pretending they’re not blind. The film focuses on Jake, the leader of the BBC,and Angel, a sighted call girl whorollerblades around the city. They meet by accident, and he introduces her to his world as they both look to make the ultimate sacrifice for love.

The film, previously set up in New Orleans, will be crewed entirely by Brazilians. Ranvaud (who worked on previously Brazilian hits City of God and Central Station) has been in Berlin this week to announce the project. A sales agent is expected to be announced shortly.

Lenny Kravitz, shortly to release his first album in several years, is a huge star in Brazil. In 2007, he played concerts on Copacabana Beach in front of audiences of hundreds of thousands.

See article at Screen Daily

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Screen Daily article about Ichnos and FilmSharks

Ichnos strikes library deal with FilmSharks
8 November, 2010 | By Geoffrey Macnab

Ichnos, the new digital distribution network launched during this year’s Venice Film Festival, has announced details of its latest projects. article at Screen Daily

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Screen Daily article about Ichnos

European digital distribution network Ichnos launches with Venice titles
13 September, 2010 | By Geoffrey Macnab

A new plan for a pan-European digital distribution network specially for festival films was announced in Venice.

Ichnos ( which means ‘footprint’), which has the support of satellite company Astra, aims eventually to provide four to five festival films a month for one screening only at ahost of cinemas across Europe.

The company has already come to a deal with the Biennale to show the winner of Venice’s Contracampo section as well as selected films from the festival’s Horizons section. Among the titles that will be showcased are Aureliano Amadel’s 20 Cigarettes and Gianfranco Rosi’s El Sicario 164.

The new initiative is spearheaded by producer Donald K Ranvaud of Buena Onda films and Marta Bifano of Loups Garoux.

... read more at Screen Daily

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Screen Daily article about Richard Brautigan Project

Ranvaud trumpets Brautigan projects
19 May, 2010 | By Geoffrey Macnab

A string or projects based on the American author and his books are in the works.

Producer Donald K Ranvaud of Buena Onda is representing the estate of Richard Brautigan (pictured), the American author who committed suicide in 1984. He was best known for novels including Trout Fishing In America and A Confederate General From Big Sur.

... read full article at Screen Daily

Tuesday, 23 December 2008