New minority-centered film distributor opening here

Executive producer/writer Blake Anthony of Blake Anthony Inc. is in the process of purchasing a Utah-based distribution company that will combine production and distribution exclusively for black, Latino and Asian-made indie films.

The company is Rocky Mountain Pictures of Salt Lake City, whose 25-year owners, Ron Rodgers and W. R. “Randy” Slaughter, have worked with Anthony for more than a decade. They will remain with the company in Salt Lake for one year to assist Anthony in the transition and building a large staff for the Chicago office. Thereafter, the former owners plan to retire.

The Chicago office, to be temporarily located on the West Side, is expected to open in October and its new name announced Oct. 18.

It will join William Schopf’s Music Box Films, Olive Films, Isa Releasing and Art in Motion as a Chicago-based indie film distributor.

One of Rocky Mountain’s  feature docs, “The Principle,” which explores the significance of the Earth’s place within the cosmos, will screen in Chicago Oct. 24 at the Marcus Addison Cinema.