Zeitgeist Films (w/ Kino Lorber) to release IN BALANCHINE’S CLASSROOM

Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber acquires North American rights
for Connie Hochman’s revelatory IN BALANCHINE’S CLASSROOM

Photo: Martha Swope

New York, NY – (February 3, 2020) -- Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber, two of the leading distribution companies for art-house and International films in the USA, have acquired all rights in North America for the new documentary film In Balanchine’s Classroom. The distributor plans an autumn theatrical release  commencing with an exclusive engagement at Film Forum in New York City.

From director Connie Hochman comes this illuminating film about the students of legendary choreographer George Balanchine during the 1960’s and 1970’s.  Filled with never before seen archival footage of Balanchine at work during rehearsals, classes, and in preparation for his most seminal works, along with interviews with his most adored and adoring dancers and those who try to carry on his legacy today, this is Balanchine as you have never seen him, and a film for anyone who loves ballet and the creative process.  

In Balanchine's Classroom was negotiated by Kino Lorber President Richard Lorber and The Film Sales Company President Andrew Herwitz. 

Hochman said, “The story of Balanchine the Teacher and his brave dancer-disciples has lived in my head for many years.  I’m thrilled that In Balanchine’s Classroom is in good hands with Zeitgeist, the home of so many unusually beautiful films. Their sterling reputation for both sales and release strategies sets us on a course for a successful launch, so audiences can soon walk through the door and enter the wonders of Balanchine’s classroom.”

Zeitgeist Films Co-President Nancy Gerstman said, "For all who enjoy beauty and art, this film will delight. Emily Russo and I knew that George Balanchine was one of the towering figures of the 20th century but the never before seen footage of him teaching is a revelation and the journey his dancers take with their master is profound and enlightening.”

Herwitz said, “I am not a ballet aficionado and yet was totally enthralled by the intense human elements of this film; the discipline, the devotion, the talent were inspiring. And to think Connie Hochman is a first time filmmaker. Her accomplishment is extraordinary.”

In Balanchine's Classroom will be released in Fall 2021, followed by digital release on Kino Now and home video. 

Zeitgeist Films:

Zeitgeist Films is a New York-based distribution company founded in 1988 which acquires and distributes the finest independent films from the U. S. and around the world. In 2017, Zeitgeist entered into a multi-year strategic alliance with renowned film distributor Kino Lorber.

Zeitgeist has distributed early films by such notable directors as Todd Haynes, Christopher Nolan, Francois Ozon, Laura Poitras, Atom Egoyan and the Quay Brothers. Their catalog includes films from the world's most outstanding filmmakers including Margerethe Von Trotta, Ken Loach, Guy Maddin, Derek Jarman, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Peter Greenaway, Yvonne Rainer, Andrei Zyvagintsev, Astra Taylor and Raoul Peck. Previous Zeitgeist Films releases in association with Kino Lorber include Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You, Alexandra Dean’s Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story and mostly recently Ric Burns’ Oliver Sacks: His Own Life.

In 2005 Zeitgeist was responsible for the successful releases of many notable arts-focused films including Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint, Call Her Applebroog, Eva Hesse, Louis Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and the Tangerine; Women, Art, Revolution, and the upcoming M.C. Escher: Journey To Infinity.

Zeitgeist also previously released “In Balanchine’s Classroom” advisors Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s acclaimed Ballets Russes  in 2005.

Five Zeitgeist films have been nominated for Academy Awards and one, Nowhere in Africa, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Their films have been honored by festivals throughout the world with Grand Prizes at Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, Tribeca, and IDFA in Amsterdam. The Museum of Modern Art honored Zeitgeist with a month-long, 20th anniversary retrospective of their films in 2008.

Kino Lorber

With a library of over 4,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years. In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases. With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Cohen Media Group, Greenwich Entertainment, Artsploitation, Palisades Tartan, Menemsha Films, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct to consumer channels, as well as direct digital distribution through over 40 OTT services including all major TVOD and SVOD platforms. In 2019, the company launched its new art house digital channel Kino Now which features over 1000 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kino Marquee initiative was launched in 2020 pioneering "virtual theatrical" releases of art house films with revenue shares that allows audiences to support almost 400 local independent theaters.