Saturday, November 6, 2010

Drafthouse FIlms debuts first film

Updated: Friday, 05 Nov 2010, 6:29 AM CDT
Published : Friday, 05 Nov 2010, 6:14 AM CDT

AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Alamo Drafthouse has gone into the business of distributing movies.

Friday their first film is hitting theaters in eight cities including Austin.

The film is called Four Lions . It's a comedy about Jihad suicide bombers.

"It's interesting subject material to say the least," said Tim League, Owner of Alamo Drafthouse.

But when Tim League, the owner of the Alamo Drafthouse checked out the movie at the Sundance Film Festival he thought this could be a hit with audiences.

"At surface value it may be a controversial subject it's incredibly well researched by Chris and actually has a lot to say about the dialogue going on right now and it just so happens to be really really funny," said League.

The writer director Chris Moore is what you could call a TV legend in the U.K. - known for comedic writing. League has been a huge fan for years and when he decided to start his distribution company called Drafthouse Films - it was his first choice.

"We are only going to be picking up films we are passionate about and Four Lions was one of those films," said League.

And since the folks at the Drafthouse see lots of films throughout the year - the new distribution company may help out the small filmmaker.

"We can't compete with FOX or Weinstein so we are looking at films that have a hard time finding a home but we feel we have a relationship with the audience that might work for them," said League.

Drafthouse Films is partnering with other companies when it comes time to distribute the DVD.

Right now League is seeing how this first distribution effort goes before they pick up a second film.

Four Lions is rated R.

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