Archive for November, 2012


Sundance, IFC Midnight acquire ‘Amityville’

by Eric Walter
November 10th, 2012

Variety, November 9, 2012 – SundanceNow and IFC Midnight have jointly acquired all U.S. rights to director Eric Walter’s documentary “My Amityville Horror.” SundanceNow will handle the film for its subscriber video-on-demand initiative Doc Club, while IFC Midnight will manage all other platforms, including theatrical and VOD. The doc was produced by Walter, Andrea Adams, and John R. Blythe and executive produced by Ronald Puleio and Michael S. Russo.

“Amityville” made its world premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival in July and its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest in September. It will open in New York on Saturday at the Doc NYC Festival. Film focuses on Daniel Lutz recounting his version of the Amityville haunting that terrified his family in 1975. The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco with Josh Braun at Submarine Entertainment behalf of the filmmakers. Highland Film Group is handling foreign sales.


The Wall Street Journal

by Eric Walter
November 9th, 2012

STILL HAUNTED BY AMITYVILLE by Steve Dollar, November 9, 2012 – Now a new documentary, “My Amityville Horror,” makes it personal, introducing a man who is still living through that nightmare. The film, which will have its New York premiere Saturday at IFC Center as part of the third annual DOC NYC festival, features the first-person testimony of Daniel Lutz, the eldest of the Lutz siblings, who was 9 when the events occurred. A recluse who had a troubled, combative relationship with his stepfather and claims to have been homeless for a period after leaving his family in his early teens, Mr. Lutz has kept his secrets to himself until now.

“He’s been carrying around this weight for nearly 40 years,” said Eric Walter, the young filmmaker who devoted three years to making the documentary, amid a decade of obsessive amateur research into the case. “It’s not easy to talk about.”