Actor Steve Buscemi and the estate for the late film director LUIS DE LA REGUERA have won a legal battle for the rights to their film Rockets Redglare!
The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003, is a documentary on the life of actor Michael Morra, who died in 2001 following complications brought on by drug abuse.
Buscemi and the de la Reguera estate sued the film's distributor, Michael Broder of Small Planet Pictures, earlier this year (07) because they believed their movie had not been adequately promoted.
Broder has now been ordered to turn over the rights to the film to Buscemi and the de la Reguera estate and pay their $35,000 (GBP17,500) legal fees.
According to court documents filed on 5 September (07), Broder must pay the fee within five years, otherwise the amount will rise to $1.75 million (GBP875,000).
Buscemi's spokeswoman, Staci Wolfe, says, "This was never about money... They just want the opportunity to distribute the film properly."
De la Reguera died in motorcycle crash in August 2006.
After seeing Steve Buscemi's sophomore directorial effort, Animal Factory (following 1996's Trees Lounge), I nearly reconsidered choosing film criticism as a career path. For the first hour of this film, it seemed the way to go was to become a convict. (By the way, ma, they don't call 'em inmates in the pen, they call 'em convicts.)
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