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EVERGREEN GOES DIGITAL

In a promising sign for indies, the Sundance ’04 feature Evergreen will premiere theatrically September 10 on 115 AMC theater screens via a satellite link and digital projection. Via Movie City News comes this press release in which AMC Film Group Chairman Dick Walsh says, “This engagement also showcases the capability of AMC’s DTDS system to bring quality programming directly to our theatres on a national basis.”

Says the release, “Written and directed by promising newcomer Enid Zentelis and screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, Evergreen tells the story of Henri, a teenage girl who lives in poverty with her mother, who goes to great lengths to become part of her boyfriend’s affluent family. Shot on location in Everett, Washington, the cast features Mary Kay Place, Cara Seymour, Bruce Davison and Addie Land as Henri…

“AMC will present the film digitally, using AMC’s proprietary Digital Theatre Distribution System (DTDS). The DTDS system eliminates the need for the production and distribution of 35mm film prints, a costly process which the producers of independent films often cannot afford. The digital file of the movie will be distributed to each AMC theatre via satellite.”

According to director Zentelis, she spoke with Walsh at Sundance where the theater exec saw the film, loved it, and spoke of his interest in getting the film in front of audiences. UTA agent Jeremy Barber worked out the deal between the filmmakers and AMC. For more info on the film visit the website.

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