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06/18/2007

indiewire - good opening box office

Fingers crossed!  ...a nice opening weekend box office write-up from Indiewire:

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INDIEWIRE -- Hope for theatrical success for all types of non-fiction films, controversial or not, received a boost from the impressive $13,477 launch of Shadow Distribution's concert film "Gypsy Caravan" which jammed audiences on two New York screens, the Angelika and the Lincoln Plaza. Boasting camerawork by veteran filmmaker Albert Maysles and a cameo appearance by Johnny Depp, "Gypsy Caravan" follows various Gypsy bands, including Fanfare Ciocarlia and Taraf De Haidouks, as they tour Europe, India and the U.S. as part of their popular Gypsy Caravan concert tour.

For Ken Eisen, President, Waterville Maine-based Shadow Distribution, "Gypsy Caravan," a top earner among the weekend's new art-house releases, has the look of a classic documentary hit. "Right now, we have a boom or bust mentality; people only remembering what has happened in the last five minutes," says Eisen. "The huge successes of "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "An Inconvenient Truth" have raised the base for docs. But a film like "March of the Penguins," something that grosses $35 million or more, is an aberration and the number of documentaries capable of reaching that wide of an audience are still limited.

"A successful film in the art market is one that can reach a limited but still wide audience, one that will appeal to the general art house viewer if not the multiplex crowd. Thirteen years ago we released "Latcho Drom" and it earned more than $1 million and played in Berkeley for a year. "Gypsy Caravan is a film like that, a film that appeals to more than just Gypsy music fans."

"Gypsy Caravan" expands to Los Angeles and Washington D.C. on June 29, multiple venues in San Francisco on July 6 and more cities throughout the summer.

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