'Where to Invade Next' To Be Released By Brand New Indie Distributor
by Alex Billington
September 30, 2015
This is big! The press release announcing the distribution of Michael Moore's new documentary Where to Invade Next is also the announcement of a brand new indie distributor. Alamo Drafthouse Founder and CEO Tim League, who also runs Drafthouse Films, is teaming up with Former RADiUS Founders and Co-Presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego to launch a brand new distribution label. Moore describes his new distributor as a "cinematic Dream Team, consisting of three of this country's most beloved film geeks and movie advocates, individuals who are much-admired by the indie filmmaking community." Indeed! This is excellent news, and I can't wait to see the documentary, which received rave reviews at TIFF.
Moore's Where to Invade Next will be the first big release from the new indie distributor. "Together with Michael Moore and his extraordinary new film we hope to remind Americans they have the inalienable right to laugh, especially in an election year. We're thrilled about our new label and can't think of a better film or filmmaker to launch with." The actual name of the new company and more details will be revealed later on.
Moore describes his new distributor as a "cinematic Dream Team, consisting of three of this country's most beloved film geeks and movie advocates, individuals who are much-admired by the indie filmmaking community. It is clear to me that they want to forge something new for a new century. They decided it was time to rethink the way movies are made, doing it with filmmakers who create their best work in a supportive environment, unfettered by a traditional studio system. I believe that Tom, Jason, and Tim, are poised to revolutionize film distribution by creating an entirely different movie-going experience for the audience."
The feature documentary profiles the "current state of the nation in a form that is quintessential Moore: provocative, impassioned and very funny." Most of the reviews hinted that it's a look at how many other countries are solving problems and doing things better than in America. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival - watch the teaser trailer here. It's also playing at the New York Film Festival coming up this weekend. This is very exciting news! Not only is it great to see another distribution company launch with smart people running it, but they're preparing to launch with a film that's getting a lot of good buzz. We'll be watching to see how everything develops from here, and will follow up once they announce the actual name.