Irish production company Sónta Films have signed a deal with First Run Distribution to screen their award winning film ‘Men At Lunch’ in the U.S.
‘Men at Lunch’ is the untold story of New York’s greatest legend and one of the most iconic images of the 20th century - Lunch atop a Skyscraper - taken on the 69th floor of the Rockefeller Building in the autumn of 1932.
Commissioned by TG4 with funding from the Broadcast Authority of Ireland and the Irish Film Board, the documentary premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh in 2012 and has screened at festivals around the world including the prestigious Toronto Film festival, DOC NYC & IDFA.
The documentary had a theatrical release in Ireland and Canada. Men at Lunch also won 'Best Irish Language award' at the 2013 Irish Film and Television awards.
Commenting on the U.S. distribution deal, producer Eamonn Ó Cualáin said, "We are delighted with the reaction the documentary has had all over the world.
“First Run Distribution specialize in documentaries and we feel that their experience will help us reach a wider audience in the US. To have a documentary film in US theatre's is a dream come true for us."
Founded in 1979, First Run Features is one of America's notable distributors of documentaries and foreign films.
"Seán and Eamonn have crafted an amazing film about a fascinating, untold story of the American immigrant experience, one that also encompasses the history of photography, the birth of modern architecture and construction, the upward growth of New York's skyline, and indeed the building of America," said First Run's Vice President, Marc Mauceri.
"We're proud to be working with them to bring "Men at Lunch" to audiences in North America."