Thursday, May 1, 2008

City Lights Pictures Acquires North American Rights to The Matador

City Lights Pictures has acquired North American theatrical, internet, and DVD rights to the feature length documentary The Matador by award-winning director, Nina Gilden Seavey and renowned photographer, Stephen Higgins.

The Matador documents David Fandila's journey throughout Spain and Latin America over the course of three years to become the world's top-ranked bullfighter. Nicknamed "El Fandi," Fandila struggles to secure his place in the pantheon of Spain's greatest bullfighters. Fandila sacrifices his youth while confronting skeptics who question the relevancy of bullfighting, a brutal and ancient ritual. However, he is determined to succeed and reveals why bullfighting is called "the most dramatic profession on earth."

Scott Dunklee and Kristie Nova are the executive producers for the film. Christopher Jenkins and James Morton-Haworth are the directors of photography, Ian Rummer served as editor, and John Califra composed and orchestrated the film's score. Steven Beer of Greenberg Traurig, LLP brokered the deal on behalf of the producers with Mark Ragone, EVP of Business Affairs and Marcus Lansdell, Head of Acquisitions for City Lights Pictures.


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