October Films

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


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 and Interscope Communications, 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.

Logo (October 25, 1991-1999)

Visuals: Over a black background is the following text:


normally tinted in either blue or purple.


  • There is a variant with "INTERNATIONAL" added below, seen on foreign releases.
  • On The Muse, "PRESENTS" fades in below right before fading out.

Technique: A still graphic.

Audio: Usually none, though there might be the intro/background noise to a movie playing.

Availability: Seen on some films from this company between 1991-1999, including The Apostle, Life is Sweet, All the Mornings of the World, Cronos, Killing Zoe, Bad Behavior, Lost Highway, The Funeral (1996), Freefall and The Muse. It is unknown if this appeared on any prints of The Silence of the Hams. The Criterion Collection release of The War Room does not use this logo, and instead uses their logo and the Janus Films logo, while the Trimark DVD omits it entirely.

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