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Only a few more days to catch “Dizzle” on VOD…

June 14, 2010

There are just 4 days left in the Tribeca VOD release – poke all your Facebook friends to watch it, and keep spreading the word about this unique little film:

(Of course, the film opens in Seattle at Northwest Film Forum on August 13, so you’ll still have a chance to see it!)

There’s more good news  – DIZZLE is about to get its Los Angeles theatrical premiere (opens Friday June 25) and takes its first plunge into European territory as well, moving into Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg). DIZZLE was also purchased last month by Kinosmith, one of Canada’s most successful art house distributors. Dizzle swims on!

And for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, please check out the fantastic New York Times piece on DIZZLE. We could not have hoped for a better review. Read it here:

Backstage Dizzle

May 17, 2010

Little Dizzle opened at NYC’s Tribeca Cinemas last week.  And here’s the evidence:

The cast meeting the paparazzi.

Director David Russo gesticulating.

Actors Tygh Runyan, Marshall Allman and producer Peggy Case.

Images courtesy of Alan Pruzan.

See “Little Dizzle” – on the big & little screen

April 22, 2010

Now that “The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle” has been picked up for distribution by the new Tribeca Films, seeing the film has become much easier!

Northwest Film Forum is pleased to announce that we will be presenting the Northwest theatrical premiere this summer, August 13-19. More information will be coming in our pending summer calendar, so check back soon.

If you live in New York City, don’t miss the official US theatrical premiere May 12 –18th at the Tribeca Cinemas.  Get your tickets now:

Finally, starting yesterday (April 21) the film will be available On Demand from Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Cablevision, Brighthouse, Verizon FiOs, RCN and Bresan; on PPV from Directv Cinema; and online from Amazon On Demand and YouTube Rentals. For more information go to

You can watch the trailer for the film on the website:

Spread the word! And become a fan of the film on Facebook:

The Immaculate Conception Of Little Dizzle
(David Russo, USA, 2009, DigiBeta, 100 min)
David Russo’s witty and imaginative film debut (produced with the help of the Film Forum’s Start-To-Finish program) explores key issues of today, including corporate malfeasance, the search for religion and, of course, male pregnancy. Dizzle’s protagonist is Dory (Marshall Allman), a “data-meister” who processes useless information as he looks for life’s meaning. After getting fired, he joins the ranks of Spiffy Jiffy, a ragtag bunch of stoner janitors led by O.C. (Vince Vieluf), who dreams of attending art school. In the offices within Spiffy Jiffy’s purview is a market research firm, in the process of testing a batch of self-heating “oven fresh” cookies. Dory and his fellow sweepers sample the product, become addicted and are soon experiencing some comical but worrisome side effects. When these include giving birth to “semi-animate” beings, Russo’s film takes on a hugely entertaining hilarity and weight that is simultaneously odd, puzzling, invigorating and truly hilarious. As overheard on a bus at the Sundance Film Festival, “You have to see this!”

Little Dizzle to have theatrical premiere in NYC on May 12

April 7, 2010

Tribeca Film Signs on as US Distributor of
“The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle”;

New York Theatrical Premiere Set for May 12 at Tribeca Cinemas

Director David Russo’s feature debut is one of twelve independent films that have been acquired by Tribeca Film, to be distributed across multiple platforms, including video-on-demand beginning April 21 and a theatrical run May 12-18 in New York City.
Seattle, WA—Northwest Film Forum is thrilled to announce that filmmaker David Russo’s dark, stylish comedy The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, has been selected as one of only twelve films to be distributed by newly created Tribeca Film, supported by founding partner American Express.  Dizzle will be released across multiple platforms, including video-on-demand beginning April 21, 2010 and a theatrical release at Tribeca Cinemas on May 12-18, 2010.  Director David Russo is scheduled to attend the theatrical premiere.

According to Tribeca, “All 12 titles will be available in up to 40 million homes via cable and satellite systems, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS, Bright House Networks, RCN, and Bresnan Communications. Subscribers will be able to access all films at affordable price points in the “Tribeca Film” category of their Movies On Demand channel and/or via pay-per-view offerings.”

Says producer Peggy Case, “I loved the script the first time I read it—I’m so glad we were able to bring it to life—now millions of people will have the opportunity to see this weird, miraculous, great little story.”

Director David Russo comments, “It’s exciting to be a part of this new endeavor by Tribeca. I’m really proud of all the hard work that went into making this film a success.”

Little Dizzle premiered to a standing ovation before a sold-out Sundance audience in January 2009, before joining the film lineup at the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW), Seattle International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, and several others.   Directed by Seattle filmmaker David Russo, Produced by Peggy Case, the cast includes Marshall Allman, Natasha Lyonne, Tania Raymonde, Tygh Runyan, Matt Smith and Vince Vieluf.  The film also includes unique animated sequences by Dutch animator Rosto A.D.

After losing his cubicle job in Seattle, spiritually confused Dory feels like his life is going down the drain. Forced to take a job as a night janitor at a shady research firm, he and his cast-off coworkers are unwittingly used as guinea pigs for new products that are doing strange things to their bodies and minds. Quirky, humorous, and dark, David Russo’s feature debut is a stylish, bittersweet fable about the search for meaning in our throwaway society.

Dizzle was produced in association with Northwest Film Forum as part of its Start-to-Finish program; it also received generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Creative Capital Foundation and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Start-to-Finish is a program to commission a narrative feature film of a Washington-state filmmaker. Using a holistic approach to supporting the filmmaker, the Film Forum aids in the project from conception to preproduction, shooting, post-production, sales and distribution.

Other films included in Tribeca Film’s initial slate include Metropia, directed by Tarik Saleh, and My Last Five Girlfriends, directed and written by Julian Kemp
Dizzle is represented by Visit Films (

More information about Tribeca Films is available at WWW.TRIBECAFILMS.COM

The official film website is Updates can be found at the film’s Facebook page,

Just in from the Tribeca announcement party!

March 23, 2010

David Russo and Tania Raymonde at the Tribeca announcement party.

Marshall Allman and Tania Raymonde

Editor Billy McMillin, Actor Marshall Allman, Producer Peggy Case,
Co-Executive Producer David Glickman – photo by Meghan Noone

Actress Tania Raymonde & Producer Peggy Case – photo by Billy McMillin

Photos from Peggy Case.

Tribeca Film signs on as US Distributor of Little Dizzle!

March 23, 2010

Congrats to Director David Russo and everyone who has been a part of this amazing production!

375 Greenwich Street
New York, NY

Contact: Rubenstein Communications, Inc.
Dade Hayes: (212) 843-8022 or
Sharleen Valentin: (212) 843-9327 or

Tribeca Enterprises
Tammie Rosen: (212) 941-2003 or trosen@tribecaenterprises.



Seven of the 12 Films to Premiere at 2010 Tribeca Film Festival at the Same Time VOD Run Begins
Films Will Also Go To Theatres, Home Video, Airlines, Hotels and Other Distribution Channels

New York, NY March 23 2010 – Tribeca Film, supported by founding partner American Express, today announced the first 12 independent films to which it has acquired the rights to distribute across multiple platforms, beginning with video-on-demand. The films range from award-winning dramas and revealing documentaries to uproarious comedies and sports stories; five are acclaimed titles from the festival circuit, while the remaining seven will premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival at the same time their VOD runs begin. The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, The Infidel, Metropia, My Last Five Girlfriends, The Swimsuit Issue (Allt flyter),The Trotksy and The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia join the previously-announced The Birth of Big Air, Climate of Change, Road, Movie, sex & drugs & rock & roll, and TiMER as Tribeca Film’s initial 12 titles.

Beginning April 21, all 12 titles will be available in up to 40 million homes via cable and satellite systems, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS, Bright House Networks, RCN, and Bresnan Communications. Subscribers will be able to access all films at affordable price points in the “Tribeca Film” category of their Movies On Demand channel and/or via pay-per-view offerings. American Express is the Founding Partner of the newly created Tribeca Film, which is an initiative of Tribeca Enterprises – the same parent company that runs the annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

Tribeca Film’s initial slate features such filmmakers as Academy Award® nominee Spike Jonze (Where The Wild Things Are), and notable stars, such as Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings), Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder), Academy Award® nominee Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear) and Stellan Skarsgård (Good Will Hunting). These films also introduce audiences to Mat Hoffman, whose teenage, aerial dirt-bike feats took the sport of BMX to a new level; a mordantly satirical vision of Europe in 2024; a high-schooler who thinks he is Leon Trotsky; an alternate reality where the precise moment you will fall in love is monitored through “timers”; and a captivating environmental adventure by the producers of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, with narration by Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton.

The films are as follows:

Films Premiering on VOD and the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival

• The Birth of Big Air, directed by Jeff Tremaine. (USA) – World Premiere, Documentary. In 1985, at the tender age of 13, Mat Hoffman entered into the BMX circuit as an amateur. By 16, he had risen to the professional level. Throughout his storied career, Hoffman has ignored conventional limitations and pushed the boundaries of gravity. Academy Award® nominee Spike Jonze and extreme sports fanatic Johnny Knoxville, along with director Jeff Tremaine, showcase the inner workings and exploits of the man who gave birth to “Big Air.”

• Climate of Change, directed by Brian Hill. (USA, UK) – North American Premiere, Documentary. A group of 13-year-olds in India rally against the use of plastics. A renaissance man in Africa teaches villagers to harness solar power. Self-described “hillbillies” in Appalachia battle the big business behind strip mining. Tilda Swinton beautifully narrates this rich and inspiring documentary about a world of regular people taking action in the fight to save our environment. This extraordinary environmental documentary is executive produced by Participant Media and the Alliance for Climate Protection.

• The Infidel, directed by Josh Appignanesi, written by David Baddiel. (UK) – International Premiere, Narrative. Mahmud Nasir (comedian Omid Djalili) may not be the most observant Muslim, but deep down he is a true believer. His life is turned upside down when he learns he was adopted—but most scandalous is that his birth mother was Jewish! And his given name was Solly Shimshillewitz! As Mahmud tumbles into a full-scale identity crisis, a true comedy of religious errors unfolds. With Richard Schiff and Matt Lucas.

• Metropia, directed by Tarik Saleh, written by Fredrik Edin, Stig Larsson, and Tarik Saleh. (Sweden, Denmark, Norway) – New York Premiere. In the year 2024, all of Europe is united by a vast web of underground railways, populated by an army of downtrodden worker bees. When one such cog starts hearing voices and encounters a femme fatale shampoo model who seems to hold some answers, he finds himself unearthing a vast Orwellian conspiracy in this visually arresting animated noir. With the voices of Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, and Alexander Skarsgård.

• Road, Movie, directed by Dev Benegal. (USA, India) – US Premiere, Narrative. Loath to take over the family hair-oil business, young Vishnu jumps at the chance to drive his uncle’s beat-up Chevy truck across India to its new owner. The young runaway, wandering old entertainer, and beautiful woman he picks up along the way make for a magical journey that will change Vishnu’s life. With the sumptuous landscape of India as his canvas, director Dev Benegal paints a delightfully original road movie.

• sex & drugs & rock & roll, directed by Mat Whitecross. (UK) – North American Premiere, Narrative. Awards: Nominated, Best Leading Actor, Best Music, 2010 BAFTA Awards; Nominated, Best Actor, British Independent Film Awards; Nominated, British Actor of the Year, Young British Performer of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards. sex & drugs & rock & roll is The Road to Guantanamo codirector Mat Whitecross’ ripsnorting portrait of mercurial British punk rock pioneer Ian Dury (BAFTA nominee Andy Serkis). From a troubled childhood and a battle with debilitating polio to the effects of fame on relationships and fatherhood, here are the highs and lows of a life lived sneeringly, unapologetically out loud.

• The Trotksy, directed and written by Jacob Tierney. (Canada) – US Premiere, Narrative. Like most high schoolers, Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel, Tropic Thunder) is having an identity crisis. What differentiates Leon, however, is that he believes he is the reincarnation of Soviet thinker Leon Trotksy and predestined to follow the same path as his namesake. Tackling issues from students’ rights to semi-formal dances, this “revolutionary” comedy will have you united in laughter.

Independent Feature Premieres

• My Last Five Girlfriends, directed and written by Julian Kemp. (UK) – Narrative. Based on the international best seller On Love by Alain de Botton, this delightful romantic comedy explores with delicious wit and whimsy just how modern urban relationships go wrong. Surveying the wreckage of his last five relationships, thirtysomething Duncan (Brendan Patricks) concludes that love is a battleground where only the fittest survive.

The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, written and directed by David Russo
(USA) – Narrative. After losing his cubicle job in Seattle, spiritually confused Dory feels like his life is going down the drain. Forced to take a job as a night janitor at a shady research firm, he and his cast-off coworkers are unwittingly used as guinea pigs for new products that are doing strange things to their bodies and minds. Quirky, humorous, and dark, David Russo’s feature debut is a stylish, bittersweet fable about the search for meaning in our throwaway society. With Marshall Allman and Natasha Lyonne.

• The Swimsuit Issue (Allt flyter), directed by Måns Herngren, written by Jane Magnusson, Brian Cordray and Herngren. (Sweden) – Narrative. What begins as a joke turns into a new shot at glory for a group of over-the-hill athletes who decide to form Sweden’s only all-male synchronized swimming team. The less they’re taken seriously, the more determined they are to win the world championship in this fun, feel-good comedy about friendship and family. In Swedish with English subtitles. Part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.

• The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, directed by Julien Nitzberg. (USA) – Documentary. Shoot-outs, robberies, gas-huffing, drug dealing, pill popping, murders, and tap dancing — what do these all have in common? The White Family. From executive producers Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine comes a shocking portrait of Boone County, West Virginia’s most notorious and surly family. Nitzberg spends a year with multiple generations of the White family in this outlandish doc featuring the family’s dancing muse, Jesco White (star of the cult classic documentary Dancing Outlaw). Also with Hank Williams III.

• TiMER, directed and written by Jac Schaeffer. (USA) – Narrative. Finding true love is easier than ever thanks to a bio-technological implant called the TiMER, which counts down to the exact time people meet their soul mates. Love-starved Oona (Emma Caulfield, TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is pushing 30, but her TiMER hasn’t even started counting down yet. What’s worse, she’s falling for a guy (John Patrick Amedori, Gossip Girl) who is set to meet his true love in four months. Newcomer Jac Schaeffer crafts a smart romantic comedy that leaves behind the burning question… would you want to know?

Free Titles

Through Tribeca’s ongoing partnership with ESPN, Tribeca Film is also presenting a selection of free titles via most of its video-on-demand partners courtesy of ESPN. Those films include:

• Hellfighters, directed by Jon Frankel (USA) – Documentary. In 2003, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Doug Ferguson founded Harlem’s first high school football team and one of the only such teams in all of New York City. The film follows the Harlem Hellfighters though the peaks and valleys of their third season as players fight formidable odds in pursuit of greatness both on and off the field.

• Kobe Doin’ Work, directed by Spike Lee (USA) – Documentary. From celebrated filmmaker and die-hard, front-row basketball fan Spike Lee comes a remarkable all-access portrait of one of the NBA’s all-time greats, Kobe Bryant. Lee uses 30 cameras and his storytelling panache to show a day in the life of a basketball star, following Bryant before, during and after a single late-season game against the San Antonio Spurs.

• Muhammad and Larry, directed by Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan. (USA) – Documentary. Relying on vintage 1980 footage, the filmmakers trace the story of the much-hyped fight between Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes, in which the 38-year-old Ali was relentlessly pummeled by Holmes, then 30. The fight is considered by most to be the end of an era, one in which Ali was truly “The Greatest.” The film captures not only the fight itself, but also months of lead-up and hype during which the two champions (and former sparring partners) trash-talked in the media, albeit with mutual respect and obvious affection.

• Through The Fire, directed by Alistair Christopher and Jonathan Hock. (USA) – Documentary. This up-close-and-personal look inside the life of Brooklyn basketball prodigy Sebastian Telfair examines his decision whether or not to leap from high school to the NBA. But the film is far more than just a sports documentary. It’s also the story of the star-making industry in America, and how the lure of riches and fame exert their magnetic pull on the Chosen One, and those who surround him.

Tribeca Film, with Founding Partner American Express, stems from Tribeca Enterprises’ desire to redefine traditional models of film distribution and release patterns. After starting with a branded VOD offering that will launch day-and-date with the Tribeca Film Festival (April 21 – May 2), Tribeca Film will expand to theatrical, home entertainment, airline, hotel, subscription and advertising-supported digital platforms. Tribeca Film initiative, launched in tandem with online venture Tribeca Film Festival Virtual, gives more opportunities to filmmakers and also delivers to audiences a range of compelling films that they otherwise would not be able to see.

“We are excited to be offering audiences more choices through Tribeca Film,” said Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer at Tribeca. “One of Tribeca’s missions has always been to find new ways for audiences to discover film and for filmmakers to get attention for their work. We feel Tribeca Film gives us a way to accomplish that, not just in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Festival but year-round and nationwide.”

For more information, please visit

About Tribeca Enterprises
Tribeca Enterprises is a diversified global media company based in New York City. Established in 2003 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, the company currently operates a network of branded entertainment businesses including the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival International, Tribeca Cinemas, and the newly announced distribution initiative, Tribeca Film. The Company’s mission is to provide artists with unique platforms to expand the audience for their works and to broaden the access point for consumers to experience independent film and media. Jonathan Tisch, through Walnut Hill Media, is a minority investor in Tribeca Enterprises and is a member of the Board of Directors.

About Tribeca Film & Tribeca Film Festival Virtual
Tribeca Film is a comprehensive distribution platform dedicated to acquiring and marketing independent films across multiple platforms, including video-on-demand, theatrical and home video. It is an initiative from Tribeca Enterprises. Tribeca Film Festival Virtual (TFF Virtual) is a new online extension of TFF, offering audiences outside of New York a chance to connect with movie enthusiasts around the world and experience all aspects of the fest including select 2010 Festival titles, panel discussions and live red carpet action via Together, Tribeca Film and TFF Virtual provide new platforms for how film can be experienced, while supporting filmmakers and introducing audiences to films they might not otherwise see. American Express continues its support of Tribeca and the independent film community, signing on as the Founding Partner of Tribeca Film and TFF Virtual.

“The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle” won Best Feature last night at the Downtown Film Festival in LA

August 23, 2009


That’s two in a row, after David Russo won best director at the Montreal Fantasia in July!

Congrats everyone! You can read more about the film at

Little Dizzle accepted into Downtown Film Fest in LA

August 6, 2009

And as of this writing, is featured on the festival’s homepage!

The film shows August 19th at 7:30pm.

We have already confirmed that the following cast & crew will be there:
-Marshall Allman (“DORY”)
-Tania Raymonde (“ETHYL”)
-Agatha Nowicki (“ART SCENE REPORTER”)
-Vince Vieluf (“OC”)
-Editor and 2nd Unit Director Billy McMillin

David Russo wins best director at Montreal Fantasia

July 30, 2009

In much more happy NWFF news, Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle director David Russo won Best Director at the Montreal Fantasia Film Festival!

Read more about Little Dizzle at, more about NWFF’s Start-to-Finish program (currently in jeopardy!) here.

New Yorkers: Get thee to 92Y tonight!

July 22, 2009

The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle needs your love.
Wed, July 22, @ 8:00 pm at the 92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson Street):
We want to fill the house. Please send all your NYC friends!   Director David Russo and Actress Natasha Lyonne will be in attendance.                                                                                                                                                                                   
Read an interview with Natasha Lyonne in today’s Gothamist here and NY Magazine here.

Even more at