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PR: Studio Ghibli Retrospective Breaks Records at NY IFC Center; New Screenings Added Thru Jan 12

IFC CENTER ADDS SHOWTIMES FOR
STUDIO GHIBLI RETROSPECTIVE
OVER $110,000 BOX OFFICE IN FIRST 3 WEEKS!

MIYAZAKI AND TAKAHATA MASTERPIECES
“SPIRITED AWAY” “PRINCESS MONONOKE” “MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO”
“CASTLE IN THE SKY” “NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND”
“POM POKO” “PORCO ROSSO” “KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE”
***NEW 35MM PRINTS***

PLAYING THOUGH JAN 12 AT IFC CENTER IN NYC
FULL SCHEDULE AND TICKETS AT WWW.GKIDS.TV/INTHEATERS

New York, New York – January 4, 2012 – GKIDS, a distributor of award winning animation for both adults and family audiences, announced added screenings for their groundbreaking Studio Ghibli retrospective at New York’s IFC Center. The event opened at IFC on December 16, grossing $32,500 week one, $33,700 week two, and $43,900 for partial week three (through Tuesday). The event helped IFC set several single-day records for the complex (including biggest Monday, biggest Wednesday, and biggest Thursday) and contributed to the second busiest period since the theater opened.

With most shows selling out over the past weekend, IFC has added additional screenings of Princess Mononoke, Ocean Waves, Castle in the Sky, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, and My Neighbor Totoro. The 25 year retrospective of films from Japan ‘s renowned Studio Ghibli is running four weeks on a full schedule, though Thursday, Jan 12. Fifteen feature films produced between 1984 and 2009 are included in both the subtitled and English dubbed versions (when available), with subtitled film playing evening screenings 6pm and later. Tickets for all films are now on sale at www.gkids.tv/intheaters

GKIDS recently entered into agreement with Studio Ghibli to handle North American theatrical distribution for their library of animated features. Following the IFC Center engagement, the retrospective opens LA on January 26 to February 12 with American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater and Aero Theater, with subsequent engagements scheduled in Boston, Toronto, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC , Seattle, Dallas, Austin, and other major North American markets throughout 2012. GKIDS is also planning limited releases of select Studio Ghibli titles, many of which have never been released theatrically in the US , beginning late 2012.

The Studio Ghibli agreement further solidifies GKIDS position as a home for award-winning animation. GKIDS began as a spin-off of New York International Children’s Film Festival and found early success securing a Best Animated Feature Oscar® nomination for The Secret of Kells in 2010. GKIDS has two films competing in the animated feature category for the upcoming Academy Awards®, A Cat in Paris and Oscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba’s Chico & Rita, which won Best Animated Feature at the European Film Awards. Chico & Rita is being released under GKIDS’ newly formed adult-skewing LumaFilms banner.

ABOUT STUDIO GHIBLI
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2002 and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of “the most influential people” by TIME Magazine.

ABOUT GKIDS
GKIDS is a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences. Theatrical releases include Tomm Moore’s Oscar nominated The Secret of Kells, Michel Ocelot’s acclaimed Azur & Asmar and new 3D Tales of the Night, European Film Award Best Animated Feature winner Mia and the Migoo, Nina Paley’s multiple-award-winning Sita Sings the Blues, and Japan Academy Prize winner Summer Wars by Mamoru Hosoda. Upcoming GKIDS releases include A Cat in Paris and Oscar winner Fernando Trueba’s Chico & Rita, both of which are in the running for the 2012 Best Animated Feature Oscar. GKIDS recently announced that it is handling North American theatrical distribution for Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki’s famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and others. GKIDS is longtime producer of the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying event and North America ‘s largest festival of film for children and teens.

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