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Abramorama to distribute American Harmony

American Harmony will be distributed by Richard Abramowitz of Abramorama. Richard has masterminded the release and distribution of other films with great success, including “The Singing Revolution” and “God Grew Tired of Us.” He has a long history of distributing music documentaries. We are honored to be working with him.

American Harmony is scheduled to be released in theaters across North American beginning spring of 2009.  Please stay tuned for the details.  In the meantime, you can sign up to be the first to receive upcoming screenings at americanharmonythemovie.com and click on the link GET HARMONY.

Richard’s full bio is below:

Richard Abramowitz is President of Abramorama, a consulting firm that serves the film industry in the production, representation, marketing, and distribution of independent films. His recent distribution projects include John Turturro’s ROMANCE & CIGARETTES, starring James Gandolfini, Susan Saranandon and Kate Winslet; THE NINES, a Sundance entry written and directed by John August, and GOD GREW TIRED OF US, winner of the Audience Award & Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, both with Newmarket Films; Tom DiCillo’s DELIRIOUS, also a Sundance competition film; Morgan Spurlock’s SXSW entry WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY?, and THE SINGING REVOLUTION, Jim & Maureen Tusty’s renowned feature detailing the role of folk songs in Estonia’s liberation from the Soviet Union.

Among his Producer Representation projects have been BIG RIG Doug Pray’s SXSW entry about the independent trucking culture; NEIL YOUNG: HEART OF GOLD, directed by Jonathan Demme; EVE & THE FIRE HORSE, Special Jury Prize winner in the Dramatic Feature Competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival; KARDIA, winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Award for films about science and technology at the Hamptons International Film Festival; Sundance Documentary Competition entry THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND; and, Patrick Swayze’s ONE LAST DANCE. His client list includes Warner Strategic Marketing, Neil Young’s Shakey Pictures, Jonathan Demme’s Clinica Estetica, and Newmarket Films.

His recent production credits include ROBERT BLECKER WANTS YOU DEAD (2008, Executive Producer), a documentary about the world’s foremost death penalty advocate; Azazel Jacobs’ AFI Film Festival selection THE GOODTIMESKID (2005, Executive Producer); and ZERO DAY (2003, Executive Producer), Ben Coccio’s chilling and innovative directorial debut.

Mr. Abramowitz was a co-founder of Stratosphere Entertainment, the independent distribution and production company financed by Carl Icahn. Stratosphere’s releases included the 1997 Academy Award Nominee from Russia, THE THIEF; HIDEOUS KINKY, starring two-time Academy Award Nominee Kate Winslet, and the surprise hit, XIU XIU, actress Joan Chen’s directorial debut.

Prior to starting Stratosphere, Mr. Abramowitz was President of Green Valley Films, a motion picture consulting firm whose clients included HBO, Sony Wonder, Cabin Fever Entertainment, International Pictures, Ltd., and Island Pictures.

With a special focus on the marketing and distribution of documentaries, he has been involved with the release of four Academy Award Nominees in the Best Feature Documentary category: 4 LITTLE GIRLS, MANDELA, SOUND AND FURY and THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, as well as numerous other non-fiction films over the past 25 years, including BLINDSIGHT, GO FURTHER, GRASS, METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER; PORN STAR, PUMPING IRON: THE WOMEN and, SUPERSTAR IN A HOUSEDRESS.

As a marketing and distribution executive, Mr. Abramowitz has been responsible for acquiring and releasing some of the most provocative and substantial films during the recent “golden years” of American independent cinema. While President/COO of RKO Pictures Distribution, he handled The Shooting Gallery’s acclaimed first feature, LAWS OF GRAVITY. Prior to that, as a senior executive at Cinecom Entertainment, he distributed John Sayles’ THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET and MATEWAN, Jonathan Demme’s STOP MAKING SENSE and SWIMMING TO CAMBODIA, Tom Stoppard’s ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, and Merchant Ivory’s A ROOM WITH A VIEW, among many, many others.

He is an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, a frequent panelist and juror at film festivals around the world, serves on Advisory Boards to several major film festivals and film centers, and regularly lectures on film and the film industry.

Mr. Abramowitz is a graduate of the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.