To release indie films from Bauer Martinez Distr.

Universal Music and Video Distribution's Visual Entertainment arm has signed a deal to distribute independent films from Bauer Martinez Distribution.

VE will distribute Bauer Martinez theatrical releases and direct-to-DVD projects.

The first DVD titles under the deal include the Andy Garcia-starrer "Modigliani" (Sept. 27), "The Defender" (Oct. 18) with Dolph Lundgren, and "House of 9" starring Dennis Hopper (Dec. 6).

VE also distributes DVD product from Palm Pictures, Xenon Pictures and Trinity Home Entertainment.