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Kino Lorber
FormerlyKino International
Founded1977; 45 years ago (1977)
FounderBill Pence
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, United States
ProductsMotion pictures

Kino Lorber is a film and video distributor. Founded by Bill Pence as Kino International in 1977, the company merged with Lorber HT Digital in 2009. Donald Krim bought Kino just months after its founding and served as president of the company until his death from cancer in 2011. Kino, based in New York City, specializes in art house films, such as low-budget current films, classic films from earlier periods in the history of cinema, and world cinema. Similar in many respects to The Criterion Collection, the home video releases by Kino are usually restored versions with substantial supplementary material.


Kino Lorber was founded as Kino International in 1977 by Bill Pence. It was then purchased by Donald Krim who at the time worked for United Artists as the head of the nontheatrical department.[1] It began by importing and releasing international films that may have not otherwise reached the market in the United States. One of the first films imported under Krim was Ballad of Orin.[2]

Kino's theatrical arm handles theatrical distribution of much of the Janus Collection, and has a focus on recent art house and foreign films. Their non-theatrical arm has more of a focus on classic cinema, providing silent film classics which are otherwise difficult to find. They are the largest video distributor of silent films[citation needed], including a great many from the earliest days of cinema (before 1914). These include important early landmark films by Thomas Edison, Georges Méliès, the Lumière brothers and D.W. Griffith. Many of those were restored by David Shepard's Film Preservation Associates.[3]

In 2009, Kino International merged with Lorber HT Digital to form Kino Lorber.[4]

In 2017, Kino Lorber announced a distribution partnership with the Australian preschool band The Wiggles for DVDs in the United States and Canada.[5]

Films released by Kino International


  1. ^ Guider, Elizabeth (9 December 2009). "Lorber film label acquires Kino Int'l". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. ^ Kehr, Dave (22 May 2011). "Donald Krim, Film Distributor, Dies at 65". New York Times. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Kino Lorber - Experience Cinema" – via
  4. ^ Theilman, Sam (2009-12-09). "Kino Intl., Lorber HT Digital merge". Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  5. ^ Grassullo, Stephanie (2017-09-20). "The Wiggles Names Jacqueline Vong Head of North American Licensing". Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  6. ^ Kay, Jeremy (18 January 2019). "Cult British reggae film 'Babylon' to get first ever US release". Screen Daily. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Crossing the Line". Kino Lorber. Retrieved 19 September 2020.

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