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in Filmmaking
on May 26, 2004

First Run Features has signed a distribution deal with The Global Film Initiative (GFI), the U.S.-based charitable foundation dedicated to cross-cultural understanding through cinema.

First Run will collaborate with GFI to bring Initiative titles to home video, television and cable, and theatrical and semi-theatrical markets. In addition, educational materials will be made available through First Run’s educational arm, First Run/Icarus Films.

The announcement was made by Initiative chairperson Susan Weeks Coulter and executive director Holly Ornstein Carter on the opening day of the Initiative’s 10-film touring show, Global Lens: New Cinema from the Developing World, May 25-June 2, at REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in Los Angeles.

Each year, GFI acquires films from countries in Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and distributes them in the Global Lens series. First Run will represent the titles from each of the annual series up to and including the Global Lens offerings in 2008. The Initiative will hold the copyright on all films.

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