October Films was an independent film production company and distributor founded in 1991 by Bingham Ray and Jeff Lipsky as a means of distributing the 1990 film Life Is Sweet. A series of mergers and acquisitions began when Universal Studios (then a division of Seagram & Sons) bought a majority stake in October Films in 1997. Universal then sold its shares to Barry Diller in 1999, who merged it with Gramercy Pictures, forming USA Films. Vivendi then acquired USA Films, who in 2002 acquired Good Machine and merged it with USA Films and Universal Focus, forming Focus Features.
(October 25, 1991-1999)
Nickname: "The October Sign"
Logo: On a black background, we see the following text:
normally tinted in blue or purple.
- There is a rare variant with "INTERNATIONAL" added below, seen on foreign releases.
- On The Muse, "PRESENTS" fades in below right before fading out.
Music/Sounds: Usually none, though there might be the intro/background noise to a movie playing.
Availability: Rare. Seen on some films from this company between 1991-1999, including The Apostle, Life is Sweet, All the Mornings of the World, The War Room (1993), Bad Behavior, The Funeral (1996), Freefall and The Muse. It is unknown if this appeared on any prints of The Silence of the Hams. Don't expect to see this on movies distributed by USA Films (unless you count the in-credit mention of course). The Criterion Collection release of The War Room does not use this logo, and instead uses their logo and the Janus Films logo.