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Local Film Skills Like This Nets U.S. Distribution Deal

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Score one for Colorado’s film scene. Skills Like This, the Denver-based indie caper film helmed by local Oscar-winning producer Donna Dewey and longtime Denver commercial director Monty Miranda, has clinched a U.S. distribution deal with Shadow Distribution, the first such deal for a Denver movie in a long, long time. The film will open on March 20, 2009, at the Angelika Theater in New York City, and will then will screen in Denver and other cities across the country.

“They are wonderful and have a really great history with very cool films,” says Skills' director Miranda of Shadow Distribution, whose releases have included Air Guitar Nation and The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. “Shadow controls all North American rights to the film and are planning many, many theaters across the continent. Most of their films play in at least 110 cities and can grow to a much wider release, which is clearly our hope.”

The development is the latest triumph for Skills, which involves a down-and-out Denverite who decides to make a career change – into bank robbery. The film won the audience prize at the 2007 South by Southwest Film Festival, and since then has generated considerable buzz at other festivals around the world. To see what all the fuss is about, check out Skills’ trailer after the jump. – Joel Warner

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