NEW YORK -- My Dog Tulip, an animated feature film based on the acclaimed best-selling memoir by author J.R. Ackerley, featuring the voices of Christopher Plummer, the late Lynn Redgrave, and Isabella Rossellini, is the first acquisition of the newly reopened New Yorker Films. A bittersweet retrospective account of the author's 14-year relationship with his adopted Alsatian bitch, Tulip, the film will have its world theatrical premiere on September 1, 2010, at Film Forum in New York City, followed by a national release.
My Dog Tulip, which was written, directed and animated by award-winning filmmakers Paul and Sandra Fierlinger, is the first animated feature ever to be entirely hand drawn and painted utilizing paperless computer technology.
An official selection of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, My Dog Tulip is based on the book by British author and distinguished man of letters J.R. Ackerley. Ackerley hardly thought of himself as a dog lover when, in middle age, he came to adopt Tulip - a beautiful, yet intolerable 18-month-old German shepherd. To his surprise, she turned out to be the love of his life, the ideal companion he had been searching for in vain. Originally published in England in 1956, "My Dog Tulip" is now published in the US by the New York Review of Books in their Classics Series and is the series' best selling book. In vivid and sometimes startling detail, the film reveals Tulip's often erratic behavior, canine tastes, and Ackerley's determined efforts to ensure an existence of perfect happiness for her. Although unrated, My Dog Tulip is directed toward an adult sensibility.
New Yorker Films acquired the theatrical and non-theatrical rights as well as all DVD/Blu-ray, digital and television rights to the feature. Jose Lopez of New Yorker Films brokered the deal with Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company. The film was produced by Norman Twain, Howard Kaminsky and Frank Pellegrino.
A little over a year after New Yorker Films was forced to close its doors, the pioneering distributor of foreign language and independent films has reopened. New Yorker Films is committed to continue releasing quality art and independent films from around the world. The company plans to acquire 6 to 8 titles each year for theatrical release. The Non-Theatrical and Home Video departments, both integral parts of the company, will continue acquiring and releasing numerous films. In addition to the acquisition of My Dog Tulip, New Yorker Films has several developments underway and expects to announce further details about the reinvigorated company in early Fall 2010.