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The Orchard’s Globetrotting Affair with “Meet Me in Montenegro”

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 5.33.54 PMEver have one of those summer study-abroad romances? Those short, stinging flames tend to burn out quickly, never to be though-of again. But Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen are a one-of-a-kind couple. Not only did they rekindle the flame, they’ve got a movie to prove it!

Meet Me in Montenegro follows LA-based filmmaker Anderson (Holdridge) and Norwegian dancer Lina (Saasen) as they attempt to revive a once vibrant romance. After another film project falls through, Anderson packs his bags for Berlin for some R&R with friends (played by Homeland’s Rupert Friend and Jennifer Ulrich). While staying in the city, Anderson unexpectedly runs into Lina and the present-day love story unfolds. Although the stars finally align for the couple, Anderson and Lina must ultimately decide if they’re love can survive given the circumstances.

As you might’ve already guessed, the film’s lovers are real-life couple Alex and Linnea, who co-direct and star in the movie. The two met randomly while in Berlin and clicked. But rather than let their chance destiny fall to the wayside, the two decided to quite literally write their own fate by traveling around the world, hand-in-hand, to make a film that reflected their extraordinary romance.

There’s the real love story, and a remarkable one at that! After its TIFF premiere, we decided we needed to reel this one into The Orchard catalog. Lucky for you, we’ll be releasing Meet Me in Montenegro next year in theaters! For now, read the official press release and Indiewire’s coverage to get more details.

The Orchard Goes Haute Couture for “Dior and I”

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 12.47.13 PMRemember R.J. Cutler’s The September Issue, the riveting look into the world of Anna Wintour’s Vogue? The documentary brought fashion to a forefront in the entertainment world, but there hasn’t been anything as high-quality or comparable since. That is, until now.

This past April, Frédéric Tcheng premiered Dior and I, his solo directorial debut and the next-big-thing for fashion docs, at Tribeca Film Festival. Tcheng was given a very rare chance to document a pivotal point in the history of fashion institution Christian Dior: Creative Director Raf Simons’ debut couture collection.

The hire of the industry veteran did not go as seamlessly as hoped; Simons is known in the fashion world for his minimalist design, not exactly on par with the elegant extravagance that is Dior. To top it off, Simons had only eight weeks to prepare and produce his debut collection for the fashion house. With that kind of controversy and intensity, you know you’re in for a treat.

Tcheng captures every bit of those eight weeks in his film, which is just as beautiful as the story itself. It’s a glossy and glamorous behind-the-velvet-curtain exploration of Dior’s past and present; it’s picturesque, dreamlike, and romantic, shot in just the style you’d expect to see from a Dior-centered documentary.

So, if you’ve been pining for a true-to-life, artfully distinct fashion film, this is your next go-to. Thankfully, we’ve acquired all US and Canadian rights to this gem, so we’ll be rolling it out your way in the next year! Read the full press release for more information, and check out what folks at The New York Times and Hollywood Reporter had to say about it.

While you’re waiting, check out a sneak-peak below:

The Orchard Catches Big Air with Warren Miller Entertainment

It’s pretty cool to be able to tell the world you were the first person to take skiing to the big screen. It’s equally as awesome to hold the world record for the longest running film series; Warren Miller Entertainment has accomplished both. The ski film phenomenon began in 1950 under Warren Miller himself, and we’re psyched to now offer WME a digital distribution home for their massive, ever-growing catalog!

Here at The Orchard, we love a good adventure sports film – just take a look at our campaign around Into the Mind! WME shares our passion: as soon as Miller returned home from WWII, he began his ski-themed filmmaking career; by 1950, Deep and Light hit the big screen, and thus began the biggest film franchise in the world. Every year since, WME has released a ski-related picture with the count going up to 65 this year.

If you’re not familiar with the annual movie drop, you’ll have lots of catching up to do. Where to begin? There’s the flick that launched 64 more to come, mentioned above – it’ll give you a rundown of how the entire WME name began. There’s also #52: Cold Fusion, which includes two ski world records, #49: Freeriders, with plenty of nods to the late 90s, and #58: Playground, featuring the latest and greatest ski parks around the world.

Not only do WME films give you access to the world’s “Best in Show” among skiers, the movies also take you to some of the most exotic snow-capped mountains and top-tier ski resorts you could only hope to visit. Hence why we are stoked to be bringing this long-running and fabulously crafted series to the web for all to see. You can find more info on the deal itself in our official press release and VideoInk’s news coverage.

Check out what’s coming in this year’s No Turning Back below:

“Preservation:” Kill, Or Be Killed

Preserve_KM_102313_677The typical hunting trip usually entails a leisurely retreat to the woods, a bit of an escape from the hunter’s nine-to-five either as a solo expedition or with friends. But in Christopher Denham’s (you know him from Shutter Island and Argo) latest project, Preservation, the writer/director toys with that hunter vs. hunted concept to create a nail-biting thriller.

The cast of characters includes Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black), Aaron Staton (Mad Men), and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire). That list of theatrical expertise alone should have you reeled in. But we’ll keep things moving along and get into a plot.

Brothers Sean and Mike (Schreiber and Staton), along with Mike’s wife Wit (Schmidt), set out on your average hunting expedition at a forest preserve. As luck would have it, two out of the three hunter-gatherers are captured, but one remains. And that one must use wit, expertise and guile for self-preservation. A total survival-of-the-fittest mechanism in play here, Denham will make you twist and squirm throughout the entire bloodbath.

We might be biased about just how wonderfully terrifying this film is (we are distributing it, after all!). But others are just as nervously excited to see this adrenaline-rush of a movie as we are! It’s been touted “a sustained white-knuckler,” as well as “a stylish and incredibly suspenseful piece of storytelling.”

Be sure to check out our official press release and Deadline’s coverage for more info on the deal.

Now, get your cold sweat on in the clip below:

“Club Life:” A Look Behind the Nightlife Curtain

stillEver wonder what it must be like walking into a star-studded, sparkler-in-your-champagne kind of nightclub? Tons of people see the glitz and glam all the time on TV, but few ever get to experience it, much less live it on a regular basis. That’s because few ever reach the New York or Las Vegas big-name club promoter status. But Danny A. Abeckaser did, and now he’s letting you in on the secret life in his film, Club Life.

The movie follows Johnny D. (Jerry Ferrara), a young New Yorker desperately seeking monetary relief for his father’s medical treatment. Just as the stars align in life every so often, they line-up perfectly for Johnny so that he meets top club-guru Mark (played by Danny A. himself, the legendary NY nightlife don). Little by little, hustle by hustle, Johnny broadens his horizons and becomes a top-dog himself. He no longer waits in line behind that velvet rope, but decides who’s allowed behind it. Drama is inevitable – amongst co-workers, his trusted club-going guide, and girlfriend Tonya (Jessica Szohr). Ultimately, Johnny must decide if the sparkling lights and bottle service are enough to tear him away from a more simplistic, blue-collar life, and how to stay in the runnings.

What’s cool about this flick? For starters, it features Jerry Ferrara (whom you’ll know from Entourage) and Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl’s rebel-darling). On top of that, the film is loosely based on Danny A., the NYC club god who not only stars in the film, but also wrote and produced it. So you know you’re getting a true-to-life insider look.

Be on the lookout for this hot premiere next year! In the meantime, read the full press release here and check out official coverage from The Hollywood Reporter.

Now, press play below for a sneak peak:

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