|For Immediate Release:
January 27th, 2012
Outsider Pictures Acquires U.S. Theatrical Rights To First Cuban Zombie Comedy Juan of The Dead
First Screening Following Acquisition to be held at Miami International Film Festival,
produced & presented by Miami Dade College
Miami, FL — Outsider Pictures today announced the acquisition of the international hit Juan of The Dead, from Guadalajara-based international film sales and distribution company Latinofusion,for US theatrical distribution in the United States.
The deal was announced via the Industry Office of the 29th annual Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC). As previously announced, Juan of the Dead will be screened as part of MIFF’s Gala series at the upcoming Festival, March 2 – 11, 2012, and will be the first theatrical screening of the film under the Outsider Pictures banner. Director Alejandro Brugués, actor Alexis Díaz de Villegas, and Outsider Pictures and Latinofusion executives are scheduled to attend the screening.
“It’s a satirical look at the present day streets of the controversial regime and we’re excited to add it to our diverse catalogue of films.” said Paul Hudson, co-founder of Outsider Pictures. “And it’s a great zombie film too!”
As previously announced, Focus World, the unique digital distribution initiative owned and operated by Focus Features, will release the movie later in 2012 to EST, iVOD and VOD, along with DVD and other formats.
After zombies take over Havana, Juan (Díaz de Villegas) and his friends decide to conquer the marauding undead, reported by the government as being unruly Americans continuing their quest of undermining the regime. Part comedy and part political allegory, Alejandro Brugués’ second feature was co-produced with Spain’s La Zanfoña Producciones. Brugués’ first feature Personal Belongings was in MIFF’s Ibero-American competition in 2008.
Outsider Pictures will open the film theatrically in Miami soon after the Festival, in an exclusive run at MDC’s historic Tower Theater in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood. Hudson negotiated the deal with Latinfusion CEO Alfredo Calvino.
Outsider Pictures is a producer, distributor and Sales Agent, with a special focus in distribution and production on Latin America. Over the last past three years the company has released El Nido Vacio, Dos Hermanos, Del Amor y Otros Demonios, El Vuelco del Cangrjeo and Jose & Pilar and continues to actively search for the best in Latin American cinema.
Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 29th edition on March 2-11, 2012, is considered the preeminent Ibero-American film festival in the U.S. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. MIFF’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema have made the Miami International Film Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of Ibero-American talent. Additionally, the Festival offers unparalleled educational opportunities to filmmakers and the community at large. For more, visit miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-MIFF (3456). Major sponsors of the 2012 Miami International Film Festival include: Lexus, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami Beach Visitors & Convention Authority, FPL, EGEDA, Downtown Development Authority of the City of Miami, Comcast, Miami New Times, The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building, ABC Management Services, Screen International and the City of Miami Beach. The official headquarter hotel of MIFF 2012 is The Standard Spa, Miami; and the Festival is produced with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, The MDC Tower Theater Cinema Series, nine visual arts galleries including The Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College and the School of Entertainment and Design Technology, in addition to the renowned Miami International Film Festival. MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is nationally recognized for many of its academic and cultural programs. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of degrees. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer nearly 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees. It has admitted nearly 2 million students since it opened its doors in 1960. More at mdc.edu.