Factory 25 picks up Kartemquin doc “Almost There”

The Brooklyn-based distributor has acquired the rights to Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden's documentary about "outsider" artist Peter Anton (pictured), with theatrical and digital releases set for early December.
November 13, 2015

Brooklyn-based distributor Factory 25 has acquired the rights to Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden’s documentary Almost There.

Produced by Kartemquin Films, the film follows the two filmmakers’ discovery, curation and caretaking of elderly “outsider” artist Peter Anton. The doc premiered at DOC NYC last year and went on to screen at True/False and Sheffield Doc/Fest.

The film is also among the nominees for the 2016 Cinema Eye Honors Spotlight Award and subject Peter Anton scored a nod in the Unforgettables category, which honors memorable non-fiction film subjects.

Almost There will open theatrically in New York City on December 4 and in Los Angeles and Chicago on December 11. The roll-out will continue in other U.S. cities throughout the winter, with the directors and other special guests slated to attending screenings in each city.

The film will be available digitally on December 5 via Fandor’s subscription service. It will later become available on other platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo and Sony Playstation.

“We’re so thrilled that our project, which started in 2006 with Aaron and I going to Pierogi Fest to see the World’s Largest Pierogi, has brought us to this amazing moment,” Rybicky said in a statement. “We can’t thank everyone at Kartemquin Films enough for their unending support over what has been almost a decade of hard work.”

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