New Philly film company – Artsploitation – launches

Shota Matsuda gives himself the evil eye in "Hard Romanticker."

It’s called Artsploitation Films, its first three releases hail from India (Gandu), Japan (Hard Romanticker (Hâdo romanchikkâ) and Russia (Bullet Collector), and it's based here in Philadelphia. Ray Murray, one of the founding partners of TLA Entertainment and for many years the artistic director of the Philadelphia Film Festival, has assembled a group of investors to back Artsploitation, which plans to release 24 titles a year on DVD and VOD, with the occasional theatrical run thrown into the mix.

Murray, a globe-hopping film festival junkie, is looking for international titles “with an edge” – horror, action, thrillers, offbeat romances. Right now the company’s website is just a logo with contact info, but expect a burgeoning roster of intriguing titles in the coming weeks and months.

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