Lot 47 Films

Lot 47 Films was one of the few independent film distributors left in the United States. It was co-founded in July 1999 by brothers Jeff and Scott Lipsky. A third brother, Mark, joined the company in January 2001 serving as co-president with Jeff. Scott holds the title of chairman and CEO. Shortly after the company was formed, Mary Ann Hult, formerly of Fox Searchlight and New Yorker Films, joined Lot 47 as vice-president of publicity; Dawn Altyn, formerly an executive at Stratosphere, joined the company as vice president of distribution services; and Danae Kokenos, formerly Director of Acquisitions for Samuel Goldwyn Films, joined the company as vice president of acquisitions.

The driving philosophy behind Lot 47 was

  • One: Continue to provide moviegoers with a broad cross-section of diverse independent American features, great documentaries, and the kind of foreign language films that once moved a generation.
  • Two: Endeavor to lead an educational initiative that will address the next generation of moviegoers: that generation of children now just entering junior high school (the college kids of today are already a lost cause). We will work with the educational community, the exhibition community, and with our distributor competitors to give this potential audience, from coast-to-coast, a sense of history about American independent film (that is, the 20 years of independent cinema pre-Tarantino).
  • Three: Lead the industry in the exploration and execution of new means of digital distribution, while not forsaking the experience of seeing feature films in conventional theaters.

This website was the Lot 47 Message Board in the early 2000's.

Take a nostalgic trip back to 2001-2002

 

General Indie Film Discussion April 26 - 05:50 pm [20]

Facts, opinions, reviews, cheers, jeers and other no-nonsense chatter

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 Lot 47 President Jeff Lipsky's Question of the Week July 23 - 01:16 am [45]

Opinions and comments about the "Question of the Week."

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 Club 47 April 15 - 05:20 pm [9]

Opinions about films screened at Club 47, thoughts about the creative teams behind the films, questions you forgot to ask at a Q&A, and your suggestions for how Club 47 can be even more useful and enjoyable (if that's possible ;-)

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 The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)

January 05 - 05:14 pm [156]

Canada - Called a "Masterpiece!" by the New York Times and "Engrossing from first image to last" by the Village Voice, The Fast Runner opens June 7, 2002.

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By Terry on Wednesday, May 01, 2002 - 12:14 am: Edit

Thanks for giving me the opportunity of screening this - it was INCREDIBLE. The realism, cinemaphotography, acting was just classic. I can't wait until it hits the full theater so I can drag a group of friends to it.

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By Judy Knepper on Saturday, July 20, 2002 - 04:41 pm: Edit

Great movie! Makes me very interested in the region and its people. Almost everyone in the theater stayed through all the credits. Bravo!

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By Jerry B on Monday, October 07, 2002 - 12:41 am: Edit

This was a great story! I honestly thought the cameras were just following a true family through many years of life in the region.

I will admit that I fell for Atuat (Sylvia Ivalu) right off the bat! She is absolutely beautiful!

I was happy to have the chance to see this film in the theater.

A lot of people wonder how a sub-titled film can be entertaining...I always tell them that you forget you are reading it if it is really good! Great Job!

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By Jessica on Wednesday, May 01, 2002 - 10:29 am: Edit

The Fast Runner was an amazing film. I was so surprised and blown away by the acting and cinematography. This is a must see! You will be as impressed and emotionally touched as I was with the characters and the story.

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By Steve Sandberg (kumar) on Wednesday, May 01, 2002 - 01:28 pm: Edit

It's difficult to talk about this film without sounding cheesy, but in short it's fantastic and represents (to me) what film is supposed to do as an art. Watching it teaches you about the way the Inuit live(d?) and and how they deal with friction and love in a small tribe.

I thought it was a little difficult to follow at the very beginning but still managed to pull me in through the strength of the visuals and the way that the characters interact. The acting was for the most part remarkable though there were a couple of instances where I wasn't sure if the performance was lacking or if their reactions were just different than I expected due to cultural differences. The cinematography was stunning and I don't think it could have been more realistic without actually being a documentary. I will definitely check this out again when it opens at Sunshine, and maybe a couple more times after that.

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By Marie-France A. Smith (dyingstartango) on Sunday, July 21, 2002 - 07:09 pm: Edit

I experienced "The Fast Runner" today.....I will see it again, and again....it is the most

magnificent piece of film that I have "seen" in a very long time. I remember what it is like to be a human being....it is helping me to find balance. I think this should be "required viewing" for all ages. I found nothing offensive in the film ....quite the contrary!!! Cheaper than an analyst and far quicker to the point of it ALL! Universal, timeless, and presented with great beauty/truth/ dignity!!!

Please, we need more of this, a wake-up call for humanity. I send this e-mail note with great respect to all who shared in the making of this piece for their sacrifice, vision and labour of LOVE!!! May the Inuit VOICE be heard around the globe.

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By Marie-France A. Smith (dyingstartango) on Sunday, July 21, 2002 - 07:27 pm: Edit

Family....celebrate the song of the wise ones!

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By Kirsten OMalley on Friday, August 30, 2002 - 01:48 am: Edit

Three days after seeing this movie and my boyfriend and I are Still talking about it! The understated/subtle nuances in each character made me want to cry out in emotion (obviously I'm not so subtle...).

I grew up in Alaska and have lived in Japan. The cultural similarities between the Alaskan native peoples (Athabascan, Inupiaq, etc..) and the Japanese have always fascinated me. The characters in Atanarjuat reminded me so much of the elders in my Japanese village....

I hope people RUN, not walk, to the The Fast Runner. A beautiful and thought-provoking experience!

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By Raoul N. Rizik on Thursday, January 02, 2003 - 01:05 am: Edit

My wife and I saw this movie last summer. It is january 1, 2003. We haven't stopped talking about it. It is one of the most amazing films you will ever see. Made for people who dare go where others dare not. See it, but most all, experience it.

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By Miss Kitty on Thursday, May 23, 2002 - 11:46 am

Words cannot expalin just how fantastic this movie is. Almost 3 hours long and you leave wondering where the time went. I whole heartedly recommend this film to everyone. All honorable mentions and awards given to this project are well deserved. It is funny, touching, witty and totally relatable to everyone. Please support this film, tell a few friends, see it twice and by the DVD. This is definitely one for your video library.

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By Marie-France A. Smith (dyingstartango) on Sunday, July 21, 2002 - 07:17 pm

I experienced "The Fast Runner" today.....I will see it again, and again....it is the most magnificent piece of film that I have "seen" in a very long time. I remember what it is like to be a human being....it is helping me to find balance. I think this should be "required viewing" for all ages. I found nothing offensive in the film...quite the contrary!!! Cheaper than an analyst and far quicker to the point of it ALL! Universal, timeless, and presented with great beauty/dignity/truth!

Please, we need more of this, a wake-up call for humanity. I send this e-mail note with great respect to all who shared in the making of this piece for their sacrifice, vision and labour of LOVE!!! May the Inuit VOICE be heard around the globe.

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L.I.E. January 28 - 03:05 pm [508]

USA - Directed by Michael Cuesta, starring Brian Cox, Paul Franklin Dano and Billy Kay. Winner of 2 Independent Spirit Awards!

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 Trouble Every Day January 27 - 08:09 pm [202]

France - Directed by Claire Denis. Starring Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle.

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 Scotland, PA January 13 - 09:31 pm [113]

USA - Directed by Billy Morrissette. Starring Maura Tierney, James LeGros, Christopher Walken and Andy Dick.

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 Some Body October 15 - 06:38 pm [15]

USA - Director/Producer Henry Barrial, Star/Producer Stephanie Bennett, Cinematographer/Producer Geoffrey Pepos - Premieres June 7, 2002.

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waydowntown January 21 - 04:42 pm [90]

Canada - Directed by Gary Burns.

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 Happenstance January 26 - 11:38 am [17]

France - Directed by Laurent Firode, starring Audrey Tatou.

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 Chunhyang September 06 - 11:12 am [3]

Korea - Directed by Im Kwon Taek - Released December 2000

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Venus Beauty Institute August 10 - 11:54 am [2]

France - Directed by Toni Marshal - Released October 2000

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 The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack April 16 - 01:53 pm [3]

USA - Directed by Aiyana Elliot - Released August 2000

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The War Zone February 09 - 12:41 am [5]

UK - Directed by Tim Roth - Released December 1999

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By Marie Harfoush (foush) on Sunday, August 12, 2001 - 01:46 am

I recently saw The War Zone, and feel it's one of the most important films I have ever seen. Not the easiest film, but probably the most important. Having lived through circumstances of abuse made it important to me personally. I have respected Mr. Roth as an actor for quite a while and when I found out he directed a film, I had to see it. It wasn't until I saw the film that I realized he would only make an important one, one that depending on your life and how it has played out, the film inform you, shock you, or purge the individual watching it. I just wish to thank Mr. Roth for taking the chance to make this important a statement. There is a silence in families that no one else knows, and there are more children, and families devastated by this type of abuse that the world ever is aware of, cares about, or is mindful of. I just wanted to thank you, Mr. Roth, not that you will see this, but just a way of thanking you for making a film that needed to be made the incredibly delicate, real, and unflinching way you did. I look forward to all of your acting endeavors, and future directorial works, and thanks for being an artist and not a celebrity. I cannot here personally tell you how important this film was for me, but it was soooooo important that you made this film.

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By Joanne Chapman (joanne) on Wednesday, September 05, 2001 - 09:54 am

I was told to watch this by a whirlwind on valium visitor to the Edinburgh Film Fest. I did.Jesus.

A shaking hand makes a crooked scar.Time to heal.

thanks! X

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By Andrew Smith (aos) on Monday, October 15, 2001 - 10:59 am

I checked out my dvd copy of The War Zone last night and was pretty disappointed. It's not anamorphic, the transfer is pretty poor, and worst of all, it's stored in 30 fps 3:2 pulldown on the disc! One of the main advantages of dvd is the ability to store movies at their original framerate. Take advantage of it. Don't fill the disc with images full of interlacing artifacts!

Great movie, bad dvd. Here's hoping a new dvd mastering company is found before the dvd release of L.I.E. -andrew

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The Price of Milk July 17 - 03:15 pm [4]

New Zealand - Directed by Harry Sinclair - Released February 2001

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Russian Doll December 16 - 11:23 am [3]

Australia - Starring Hugo Weaving (The Matrix) - Released June 2001

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 Fast Food Fast Women December 03 - 01:30 pm [1]

USA - Starring Louise Lasser and Anna Thompson - Released May 2001

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Hit and Runway April 01 - 08:22 am [0]

USA - Directed by Christopher Livingston - Released April 2001

 

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