William Onyeabor: A Humble Talent Will Be Greatly Missed


William Onyeabor MemoriamWe are very saddened to hear that William Onyeabor has passed away last Monday, January 16th, at his home in Enugu, Nigeria, at the age of 70. The Orchard is grateful to have experienced such a kind, talented soul and we wish to send our thoughts and condolences to all those who knew and loved the magnetic musician.

William Onyeabor was a legendary artist who broke ground in the world of electronic-funk, composing and self-releasing 9 albums between the years of 1977-1985. In 2013,  Luaka Bop reintroduced the world to Mr. Onyeabor with the compilation Who Is William Onyeabor? The re-issue was wonderfully successful and inspired the 2014 film documentary “Fantastic Man” and a global tour by David Byrne & the Atomic Bomb Band! His music caught the attention of fans all over the globe and continues to inspire many contemporary artists.

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Welcome, Arielle!


Introducing Arielle Aurrichio, Product Designer
Arielle Aurrichio Welcome, Product Designer
Hey everyone, my name is Arielle Aurrichio and I’m starting 2017 off as a Product Designer here at The Orchard. After previous stints in science and medicine, I discovered UX (User Experience design) and have found great joy in solving complex problems.

After getting my M.A. in Interactive Media, I designed platforms for advocacy and social impact at Blue State Digital in NYC. Most recently, I worked on transforming the financial industry at a fast-growing fintech startup called nCino.

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Oscar Nominations Are In & So Is “Life, Animated”


LifeAnimated_Social_1080x1080_Academy 4At Sundance 2016, The Orchard, along with A&E IndieFilms, was elated to gain the incredible documentary Life, Animated. Today, just about one year later, we are proud to say that this wonderful story earned an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary.

The film, directed by Roger Ross Williams, takes us on a heartfelt journey of Owen Suskind, a young man growing up with autism. As his family joins Owen’s journey they learn that his favorite animated films encourage his communication and allow Owen to connect with the world around him. With the love of his parents, Owen is able to grow and conquer his fears in a world inspired by his favorite Disney personalities.

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The Orchard Adds Star-Studded “The Hero” to Sundance List


TheHeroOur team at Sundance doesn’t sleep and their efforts continue to prove fruitful. Late Sunday night, The Orchard took on all North American rights to Brett Haley’s acclaimed drama The Hero.

Lead by a strong performance from Sam ElliottThe Hero follows a washed up western film star named Lee Haden that has his life shaken by a very real off-screen enemy: a cancer diagnosis. The stark reminder of mortality pushes the actor into deep reflection as he reevaluates what matters in life. (more…)

Diet Cig Really ARE Good at This


Diet Cig, Swear I'm Good At This, Tummy AcheThe talk of the town has rightly surrounded Diet Cig and their debut album Swear I’m Good At This. Available for pre-order now and on sale April 7th through Frenchkiss Records, this record is guaranteed to draw the good, the punk, and the misunderstood.

Tummy Ache,” the first single off the album, already combats the relatable struggle to fit in alongside a battle of feminine expectations. Diet Cig note “‘Tummy Ache‘ is a big old I FEEL YA to all the femme folks creating space for themselves in a world that wants to keep us quiet.”

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