Catalog No.: FTF-075 | 
In Theaters & VOD 2017 | 
Director: Alexandre Rockwell | 
Length: 102 minutes
 | Year: 1992





Help Restore the film via Kickstarter: Link

New 2017 restoration to be relased this year.

Info on the restoration project:

The only archival print of In the Soup – a star-studded, pioneer indie feature that beat out Reservoir Dogs, Gas Food Lodging among others in a seminal year  at Sundance 25 years ago – was dramatically damaged, and time is now to rescue it before it’s gone forever.

On July 31 at 11am EST, indie distributor Matt Grady of Factory 25 launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in which fans can have a hand in restoring the damaged print and make it possible to replicate and release the film which ignited the careers of Steve Buscemi, Sam Rockwell, and Stanley Tucci, brought back Jennifer Beals, Seymour Cassel, and included appearances by Will Patton, Jim Jarmusch and Carol Kane. The film will be presented with a new print in theaters for the 25th anniversary,  on Blu-Ray and digital for the first time. 

After a successful and decorated festival run in which it won awards ceremonies Sundance, Venice New York Film Festival and Toronto, In the Soup was acquired by a boutique distribution company that went out of business a week after the film’s theatrical release, in effect making it unavailable to the public. “It broke out then was quickly pulled away giving the film a kind of cult mystique”,” said Rockwell. “But it’s a zeitgeist film it captured a moment in New York independent filmmaking when anything was possible. There’s a community of people out there who really connected with the story of a young artist inventing himself in what was the ‘wild west’ of the lower eastside 80’s New York. It would be wonderful if it had a chance to have it’s day in the sun and meet a new audience .”

“This film really encapsulates early ‘90’s filmmaking and the thriving New York indie scene of that time, said Grady. “Because of the way it was shot, on a black-and-white Kodak stock that doesn’t even exist anymore, and the fact that the only archival print we have is so damaged it can’t be replicated at this point, it’s literally at risk of disappearing forever. It’s taken a lot of research with international labs and tracking down assets but we’ve found a way to restore it. We just need to raise the funding, and Kickstarter seems like a great way to collaborate with Alex’s fans, the cast’s fans, and people who care about film preservation and indie filmmaking in general to make this happen.”

The campaign aims to raise a minimum of $55,000 to cover the costs of restoration and archival work in specialty labs around the world. Because it was shot on a black-and-white Kodak stock that is no longer manufactured, the restoration process is especially complex. Further funds will facilitate a wider release and theatrical appearances. In exchange for contributing, backers can receive IN THE SOUP swag, one-of-a-kind artifacts from the making of the film, one-on-one editing, casting, and script supervision sessions from industry experts, or lunch in New York City with the director and Steve Buscemi.

Help save the film here:

Broke and desperate filmmaker Adolpho Rollo (Steve Buscemi) is a Manhattan wannabe in love with the mysterious woman next door, Angelica Peña (Jennifer Beals). He puts out an ad offering to sell his 'fabulous' movie script for $500, and gets a response from Joe (Seymour Cassel), who gives him a thousand and says he'll raise the 250,000 to make the picture. The problem is, Joe is a semi-connected wiseguy with a hemophiliac brother Skippy (Will Patton) and a habit of committing oddball crimes. Adolpho has signed on for a wild ride with a guy who shows up in the middle of the night and drags him into risky criminal activity. But Joe's also a sweetheart who terrorizes Adolpho's thug landlords into submission and goes to see Adolpho's mother in the middle of the night to make her feel happy. Best of all, Angelica comes into the picture, thanks mostly to Joe's wild party personality. Adolpho should be happy, but his life has become totally unglued, and his movie dreams seem farther away than ever.

Directed by: Alexandre Rockwell
Written by: Tim Kissell & Alexandre Rockwell 
Produced by: Hank Blumenthal, Chosei Funahara, Jim Stark, Junichi Suzuki, Ryuichi Suzuki 
Director of Photography: Phil Parmet 

Starring: Steve Buscemi, Seymour Cassel, Jennifer Beals, Sam Rockwell, Stanley Tucci, Jim Jarmusch, Carol Kane, Debi Mazar, Elizabeth Bracco, Will Patton, Pat Moya and Rockets Redglare

Festivals: Sundance Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Deauville Film Festival and more


“It's a beautiful film that makes you laugh and speaks to the soul.”
-Jennifer Beals

“You absolutely must see 'In the Soup’…I'll give you your money back if you don't love this movie."
-Seymour Cassel

“Seymour Cassel gives a great comic performance in 'In the Soup'--he absolutely sparkles in this film”
-Gena Rowlands

"Furiously Clever."
-Janet MaslinThe New York Times

-Time Magazine

"Each Scene Sparcles with unpredictable comic twists."

-Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine

 "A quirky, magical style and ironic humor that manage to conjure happy memoires of filmmakers ranging from Vittorio De Sica and Luchino Visconti to Woody Allen.”
– Julie Salamon, The Wall Street Journal 

“A Sundance Festival hit from the time when Sundance was making its mark, this indie feature is a wonderful oddball pleasure.”
-Danny Graydon, Empire

In Theaters 

2017 w/your help



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