EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Donowho (The O.C.) is set to topline Art of a Hit (fka Excelsis), an indie psychological horror film directed by Gaelan Draper that will begin shooting in France this month under a SAG Interim Agreement. Rounding out the cast are Rob Raco (Riverdale), Charlie Saxton (Hung), Tim Jo (This Is Us), Allie MacDonald (Under the Silver Lake), James Earl (White Men Can’t Jump), and David Valdes (Speechless). Draper and Saxton co-wrote and are co-producing under their Dewey & Bug banner.
Set in 2003, the movie follows a bygone rock band as they journey to a 1000-year-old French chateau to record with a reclusive super-producer in hopes of rebooting their career. But as tensions rise and tempers flare, they realize they are up against more than just the pressure to succeed. Indie rock pioneer Adam Lasus is music directing the ’90s alternative-heavy soundtrack alongside music supervisor Linda Cohen (Licorice Pizza).
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Donowho is repped by HRI Talent and Advanced Management; Raco by Paradigm, Luber Roklin, and Myman Greenspan Fox; Saxton by Paradigm, Station Three Entertainment, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Jo by Buchwald and Deavid Dean Management; MacDonald by A3 Artists Agency and Thruline Entertainment; Earl by A3 Artists Agency, Artists First, and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis; Valdes by AEFH Talent Agency and MJMG; and Draper by Untitled Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has struck a deal with Sublimity Entertainment to acquire North American rights to Impuratus, a new horror pic starring the late Tom Sizemore that hails from writer-director Mike Yurinko. Pic will be released on VOD October 10.
Also locked down by Sublimity are deals with High Fliers for the UK, A2 Filmes for Latin America, Ultra for India, Pioneer for the Philippines and Empire Networks for the Middle East.
In Impuratus, the troubled Detective Clayton Douglas (Sizemore) is summoned to a remote insane asylum to investigate a bizarre case. There, he meets a dying patient named Daniel Glassman (Jody Quigley), who claims to have been possessed by a malevolent entity in the year 1862. With Sister Rose (Airen DeLaMater) providing spiritual aid, Clayton is transported back in time as he uncovers the horrifying truth behind Glassman’s possession. Also starring Lew Temple, Robert Miano, and Silvia Spross, the film is produced by Guy Quigley, Mark David, and Charles Lago. Acquisitions Coordinator Mackenzie McGuire negotiated the deal for Gravitas, with Sublimity’s COO and Co-Founder Alfredo Lara Orbezo Lira on behalf of the filmmakers.
EXCLUSIVE: Romance-themed SVOD Passionflix has snapped up exclusive film rights to One Moment Please, the third installment in the popular Wait With Me series from bestselling author Amy Daws.
In the book, which has been much discussed by fans on TikTok and Instagram Reels, Lynsey Jones and Dr. Josh Richardson, also known as Dr. Dick, transition from hatred to an intimate connection after a chance encounter at a bar and a passionate cab ride home. Fate brings them together again three months later when Lynsey, the mysterious cafeteria stalker who crept out of Dr. Dick’s home like a thief in the night, becomes his patient in the ER following a disastrous Tinder date. Despite his determination to maintain professionalism, Dr. Dick’s composure crumbles when Lynsey’s bloodwork reveals that she is pregnant — and what truly throws him for a loop is realizing that he is the father of her baby.
The adaptation in the works is Daws’ second project with Passionflix and she’ll exec produce alongside the service’s Founder & CEO, Tosca Musk.
EXCLUSIVE: Freestyle Digital Media has nabbed U.S. VOD rights to the British music doc I Get Knocked Down, profiling ex-Chumbawamba frontman Dunstan Bruce. The film, written and directed by Sophie Robinson & Bruce, will be released October 10th.
When the doc picks up with Bruce, he’s 59 and struggles with the fact that the world seems to be going to hell in a handcart, wondering where it all went wrong. 20 years after his fall from grace, the leader of the anarchist Chumbawamba is angry and frustrated. But how does a middle-aged, retired radical, who now feels invisible, get back up again? The film was produced by Robinson and in addition to Bruce, features the band members of Chumbawamba and filmmaker Ken Loach.
Freestyle Digital Media negotiated the deal with Caroline Stern of Canoe Film. View the doc’s trailer below.
EXCLUSIVE: James Remar (Oppenheimer) and Ron Carlson (Tales from the Crypt) have wrapped lead roles in Glowzies, a family adventure “Zom-com” that will premiere at the prestigious Sitges Film Festival in Spain this October.
The film watches as The Watchdogs, a crew of military vets who’ve been kept drugged for 30 years in order to guard a government secret, are suddenly woken when the site is compromised, and a new, toxic zombie lifeform threatens to overtake the world. Hank Braxtan was on board as director, with Carlson & Arielle Brachfeld producing. Michael Dorn (Star Trek franchise), Antuone Torbert (Young Rock), Josie Davis (CSI: NY) and Ruben Pla (Insidious) also star.
Remar is repped by Lighthouse Entertainment and Gersh; Carlson by Defining Artists.
EXCLUSIVE: Abramorama has picked up North American rights from ROCO Films to the Slamdance Audience Award-winning documentary Holy Frit and will open the film at Village East by Angelika in New York on October 27th, and at the Laemmle NoHo in Los Angeles on November 10th.
Pic’s subject is Tim Carey, a talented, yet unknown LA artist, who, in a visceral, three-year race against time, bluffs his way into winning the commission to create the world’s largest stained-glass window of its kind. The problem is, Tim doesn’t know how to make it. After a desperate search, he finds someone who might have the answer… a world-famous glass maestro named Narcissus Quagliata. As the fates of three communities hang in the balance, Narcissus arrives like a storm, and changes everything.
Says writer-director Justin Monroe as a pitch to potential viewers, “Believe me, I know… at first hearing, a documentary about a stained-glass window, no matter how big it is, sounds like it would be boring as hell. My mind immediately thinks of slow-moving shots, backed by a deep-voiced, old man with tales of ancient windows and why we should care. As a writer/director of projects I usually write the scripts for, I’m not sure I could have written a fictitious story about the creation of a monumental piece of art that is nearly as climactic and inspiring as this real-life story turned out to be.”
Monroe and Chris Saito produced the film, and were joined in serving as EPs by David Judson, Andrew Berk, and Gabriela Berk. Kasey Monroe served as associate producer.
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