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Indie film distributor the Orchard was on a roll. Then the Louis C.K. sex scandal blew up

Indie film distributor the Orchard was on a roll. Then the Louis C.K. sex scandal blew up

It was shaping up to be a banner year for the Orchard, the New York music distributor that two years ago turned toward the unpredictable business of indie and foreign film distribution.

At the Cannes Film Festival in May, the company beat out its rivals to acquire one of the main competition’s biggest titles — “BPM (Beats Per Minute),” the acclaimed French drama about the early days of AIDS activism that won the festival’s Grand Prix, or second-place prize. Earlier this year, the Orchard scored an Oscar nomination for “Life, Animated,” the quirky autism-meets-animation documentary it bought at Sundance.

Louis C.K.’s movie “I Love You, Daddy” was supposed to add to the...

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