IndiePix Partners with Retro Afrika Bioscope to Release Its “Vintage Afrika” Collection of 48+ Films


IndiePix Films has announced a partnership with Retro Afrika Bioscope, an independent label of Gravel Road Distribution Group dedicated to locating, acquiring, restoring and re-releasing forgotten and discarded classics of African cinema. The distribution partnership will kick off with 48 vintage 1970s and 1980s genre films rarely seen outside South African borders which will start to be released this month through numerous digital platforms, including IndiePix Films’ signature streaming service, IndiePix Unlimited. The announcement was made by Jordan Mattos, VP of Acquisitions and Programming for IndiePix Films and Gravel Road Distribution Group CEO Benjamin Cowley.

Ranging from light-hearted comedies, high-octane action films and provocative race dramas that were met with opposition from the apartheid government, these 48 vintage films have all undergone a highly-specialized digital restoration process for optimal viewing. Initial plans are for IndiePix to release this “Vintage Afrika” collection, starting this month via VOD and Digital HD on and through IndiePix Unlimited, where consumers will have access to the entire collection of Retro Afrika Bioscope films as they’re made available. The small budget features includes “Umbango,” one of the first Zulu Westerns and an official selection at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival; “Fishy Stones,” a cat-and- mouse crime caper; and “Hostage,” a thriller pitting police inspectors against a psychopath with a mega-bomb.

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Source: Shadow and Act 19 September 2016