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New Philly film company - Artsploitation - launches

Ray Murray, founding partner of TLA Entertainment, establishes new globally-minded movie shingle, and sets first three titles.

New Philly film company – Artsploitation – launches

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

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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