NEW YORK, July 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sundance Channel Home Entertainment and Genius Products, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: GNPI) have announced the first titles to appear in the new "Festival Favorites" collection. The collection, which was announced earlier this year, includes films previously screened at world renowned film festivals.
"With this first wave of DVD titles under the 'Festival Favorites' banner, consumers will have the opportunity to own titles from the world's top film festivals at a very affordable price," said Vice President, Sundance Channel Home Entertainment Mike Haney. "The added value of sampling the 'festival experience' through special content included on each DVD adds to the collectability of the line."
Trevor Drinkwater, CEO of Genius adds, "Genius is pleased to be launching the first of many acclaimed films with Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, a celebrated brand with worldwide recognition."
The first four titles are:
* Clockwatchers -- Wellspring Media; 1997. Jill Sprecher's comedy
follows four office temps through their friendship and an inter-office
war. Starring Parker Posey and Lisa Kudrow; screened at the 1997
Sundance Film Festival.
* Twilight of the Golds -- Wellspring Media; 1997. Ross Kagan Mark's
drama about ethics, love, acceptance, and a young mother who must make
a decision about her unborn child. Starring Jennifer Beals, Brendan
Fraser and Faye Dunaway; screened at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.
* Tumbleweeds -- New Line Cinema; 1999. Directed by Gavin O'Connor, this
comedy/drama follows the unsettled lives of a mother (Janet McTeer in
her Oscar(R)-nominated role) who moves to escape old relationships, and
the woman's 12 year-old daughter. Screened at the 1997 Sundance Film
Festival and won a filmmaker trophy in the dramatic competition.
* Cherish -- New Line Cinema; 2002. Finn Taylor's thriller drama about a
fantasy-prone young woman who must prove her innocence after a
suspicious murder. Starring Robin Tunney and Jason Priestley; screened
at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
All DVDs in the "Festival Favorites" collection will include information and trivia on film festivals, specific added value, and trailers of other "Festival Favorites" titles.
SUNDANCE CHANNEL HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Sundance Channel Home Entertainment is a line of home entertainment products which provide a platform for leading independent films and emerging filmmakers in the video and DVD marketplace. Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel brings television viewers daring and engaging feature films, shorts, documentaries, world cinema and animation, shown uncut and with no commercials. Through its original films and home video programming, Sundance Channel connects viewers with filmmakers, the creative process, and the world of independent film. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is a venture between NBC Universal, Robert Redford, and Showtime Networks Inc. Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of supporting independent artists and providing them with wider opportunities to present their work to audiences. Sundance Channel's website address is http://www.sundancechannel.com/.
The website address for Sundance Channel Home Entertainment is http://www.sundancechannelhomeentertainment.com/.
Genius Products, Inc.
Genius Products, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: GNPI) produces and distributes affordable entertainment products including DVDs and CDs. Its products are sold in retail outlets nationwide under well-known brands including AMC(R), TV Guide(R), Wellspring, IFILM(R), Sundance Channel Home Entertainment(TM), Bazooka(R), Jay Jay The Jet Plane(R), National Lampoon(R), The Twilight Zone(TM), Baby Genius(R), Tonka(R), My Little Pony(R), Curious George(R) and Paddington Bear(TM). Genius Products also licenses the Baby Genius brand to third-party companies for a variety of products including books, apparel and infant care products. Promotional partners include the world famous San Diego Zoo(R), Playtex(R) and Child(R) Magazine.
Source: Sundance Channel Home Entertainment