Screen Media has acquired all North American rights for Tilman Singer’s psychotropic horror film “Luz” and is planning a first quarter 2019 release in theaters across the U.S.
“Luz” premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and has screened at the Fantasia Film Festival. It will have its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest this week and will screen as a part of the Sitges Film Festival next month.
“Luz” stars Luana Velis as a young cabdriver who drags herself into a run-down police station while being pursued by a woman (played by Julia Riedler) who is possessed by a demonic entity. Singer also wrote the script. Singer and Dario Mendez Acosta produced.
Seth Needle and Conor McAdam of Screen Media negotiated the deal with Joe Yanick, Hugues Barbier and Justin Timms on behalf of Yellow Veil Pictures.
“Every so often there’s a film that really unnerves, and just flat-out scares us,” Needle said. ”Luz’ does exactly that. Tilman has made a beautiful but truly terrifying movie that people are going to be talking about for sure.”
Singer said, “To see this kind of reaction to our film, visit festivals and now release it in North America is a little bit like shooting a movie itself; It’s hard to fully grasp. Producing ‘Luz,’ I had no idea where it would go and I am excited for the life that it will have.”
Dennis Harvey gave the film a strong review for Variety at Berlin: “Comparisons do not come easy with ‘Luz,’ an arresting first feature for German writer-director Tilman Singer that is equal measures demonic-possession thriller, experiment in formalist rigor, and flummoxing narrative puzzle-box. Done, almost incredibly, as a film-studies thesis project, this modestly scaled yet slick and conceptually audacious enterprise commands attention. At the very least, it’s an auspicious debut."Continue reading
Screen Media Films has signed a first-look deal to distribute content from Comedy Dynamics on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States.
Among the first titles slated under the new agreement are two stand-up comedy specials: Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape and Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly are scheduled to arrive on DVD and Blu-ray later in 2018.
In 2019 and beyond, Screen Media will annually release Comedy Dynamics’ comedy specials, feature films and TV shows, such as “The Toys That Made Us,” an eight-part documentary series that can currently be seen on Netflix about the history of iconic toy brands.
“Screen Media Films is very excited to work with and distribute Comedy Dynamics titles,” said Laura Giampino, VP of sales at Screen Media Films. “Their properties are second to none and we are thrilled to bring these top-of-line features and stand-up specials to market. Our market base is still hungry for this type of physical product and it’s a win/win for both of our companies.”
“Partnering with Screen Media to release our content is symbiotic for so many reasons,” said Brian Volk-Weiss, CEO of Comedy Dynamics. “We are more than ecstatic to have them as an integral part of our company and its journey.”Continue reading
Screen Media has bought U.S. distribution rights to Josh Hutcherson’s animated movie “Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer” and set a holiday-season release for Nov. 30, Variety has learned exclusively.
The voice cast includes Josh Hutcherson as Elliot, Samantha Bee as Hazel the goat, John Cleese, Martin Short, Jeff Dunham, and Morena Baccarin. The animated film is directed by Jennifer Westcott from her own script, and produced by Lucas Lynette-Krech and Awesometown Entertainment in association with Elgin Road Productions.
“Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer” centers around Blitzen announcing his retirement on Dec. 21, giving a miniature horse three days to fulfill his lifelong dream of earning a spot on Santa’s sleigh during the North Pole tryouts. Elliot and his friend Hazel set out to prove that no dream is too big if you believe in yourself.
“‘Elliot’ is an awesome inspirational tale of overcoming the odds and dreaming big to achieve your goals — all of which is what we strive for at Screen Media. ‘Elliot’ is the perfect family holiday movie and we know audiences nationwide are going to love it,” said Seth Needle, senior VP of worldwide acquisitions at Screen Media.
The deal was negotiated by Needle and Double Dutch International’s Jason Moring and Mark Padilla. Elevation Pictures will release the pic in Canada.Continue reading
Screen Media has acquired North American rights to “Bel Canto,” Paul Weitz’s adaptation of the acclaimed Ann Patchett novel. The drama about a hostage crisis stars Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe. Opera legend Renée Fleming contributes vocals to the film. A national theatrical release is planned for September.
“Bel Canto” centers on Roxane Coss (Moore), a famous American soprano, who travels to South America to give a private concert at the birthday party of a Japanese mogul (Watanabe). The festivities are interrupted by guerrillas demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades. A lengthy standoff ensues, and as talks drag on bonds are formed between hostages and captors.
Sebastian Koch, Christopher Lambert, Ryo Kase, Tenoch Huerta and María Mercedes Coroy round out the cast. The film was written by Anthony Weintraub and Weitz. It is produced by Caroline Baron and Anthony Weintraub of A-Line Pictures; Weitz and Andrew Miano of Depth of Field; and Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder and Greg Little, who are producing and financing through their company Priority Pictures.
“I’m so happy with Screen Media’s passion for the movie,” said Weitz. “It was a joy filming it, and working with actors from such disparate backgrounds”
Seth Needle of Screen Media negotiated the deal. Endeavor Content represented the filmmakers.Continue reading
EXCLUSIVE: Screen Media has acquired U.S. rights to Blue Iguana, the comedy written and directed by Hadi Hajaig that stars Sam Rockwell, Ben Schwartz and Phoebe Fox. The company plans a day-and-date release this year sometime in the third quarter.
The deal comes with Rockwell a frontrunner to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar on Sunday for his role in Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Blue Iguana, meanwhile, is a black comedy that revolves around ex-jailbirds Eddie (Rockwell) and Paul (Schwartz), on parole and working in a New York diner, They are enlisted by and English lawyer Katherine Rookwood (Fox) to go to London and steal a gem called the Blue Iguana. Usually able to wriggle out of danger with a wisecrack, a weapon and a smile, this time a psychotic small-time crime boss (Peter Ferdinando) is in their way, and the unexpected consequence of Eddie and Katherine’s quest is true love.
Hajaig produced with Tom Lassally. Iain Coventry, Martin Muncaster, Crispin Corfe and Nasser Hajaig are executive producers. The film was produced by UK Film Studio Productions.
“Sam Rockwell and Ben Schwartz exhibit great comedic chemistry together and Hadi Hajaig is a filmmaker to take notice of,” said Screen Media’s SVP Worldwide Acquisitions Seth Needle.
He negotiated the deal with James Norrie at AMP International on behalf of the filmmakers.Continue reading
Screen Media has picked up worldwide rights to Change In The Air, a drama from first-time director Dianne Dreyer and starring recent Golden Globe-winning actress Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Mary Beth Hurt, Aidan Quinn, Macy Gray, M. Emmet Walsh, Seth Gilliam, and Olympia Dukakis. After finalizing the deal during EFM in Berlin, Screen Media will release the pic in theaters sometime this year.
Written by Audra Gorman, the story follows a beguiling young woman (Brosnahan) who moves in next door, and awakens a quiet neighborhood, bringing people face to face with their secrets and, ultimately, themselves.
Benjamin Cox’s Red Square Pictures produced the film in association with M.Y.R.A. Entertainment, Fish Hook Media, and Home Plate Pictures. Dreyer, who worked as a script supervisor on titles like The English Patient, Air Force One, and You’ve Got Mail, served as exec producer on the film, along with Gorman, Margarethe Baillou, and Allan Neuwirth.
The deal was negotiated by Seth Needle from Screen Media, and by Cox on behalf of the filmmakers.
Kevin Iwashina and Preferred Content repped sales on the film.
Screen Media Films has nabbed North American distribution rights to director Eric England’s thriller Josie, toplined by Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner, Dylan McDermott and Jack Kilmer. The film, based on the Black List script Huntsville by Anthony Ragnone, will be released day-and-date in theaters in March. It follows the tattooed, sweet-talking stranger Josie (Turner) who, upon arriving to a small, southern town, strikes up relationships with local young punk Marcus (Kilmer) and her loner neighbor Hank (McDermott). She quickly becomes a hot topic of local gossip, but her true intentions for arriving in town are far more sinister when her dark past comes to light. Luisa Iskin, Jeff Kalligheri, Kevin Matusow, and Johnny Wunder produced the pic, while Candice Abela, Karam Abulhusn, Stephen Bowen, Carissa Buffel, Fouad Mikati, Steven Chester Prince, Ash Sarohia and Lauren Russell served as exec producers. The deal was negotiated by Screen Media’s Seth Needle with Gersh and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. Lightning Entertainment is handling foreign sales.Continue reading
Screen Media will also take over international sales on the time travel thriller, starring Lyndsy Fonseca and Linda Hamilton.
Screen Media Films have picked up worldwide rights to Curvature, a time travel thriller starring Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass).
Screen will release Curvature in North America, with a bow planned for early 2018. The company is also handling international sales on the feature and will be shopping the project to foreign buyers at AFM.
“Diego and Julio have crafted a really smart and tense film that audiences will really respond to,” said Seth Needle, senior vp worldwide acquisitions at Screen Media Films, who negotiated the deal with Scott Freije at XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers. “We can’t wait to bring it to genre fans across the world.”
Diego Hallivis directed Curvature in his feature debut and produced the film, together with brother Julio for their 1inMM Productions banner. The plot of the film, from a script by Brian DeLeeuw, has Fonseca playing an engineer who travels back in time to stop herself from committing a murder. Terminator actress Linda Hamilton and Glenn Morshower (Bloodline) co-star.
Curvature had its world premiere last month at Spain's prestigious Sitges fest dedicated to genre cinema.Continue reading
Screen Media Films has acquired the North American rights Temple out of Cannes, Bloody Disgusting has learned.
Directed by Michael Barrett, and starring Logan Huffman, Brandon Tyler Sklenar, and Natalia Warner, Temple follows three Americans on a trip to Japan are fascinated by a haunted temple, and, despite warnings from the villagers, decide to spend a night there.
Bloody can announce that Temple will be released in theaters and VOD day-and-date on September 1, 2017.
Red Sea Media is handling worldwide sales for the film at the current Cannes market. The deal was negotiated Seth Needle, SVP Worldwide Acquisitions at Screen Media Films, and the filmmakers.
“Temple is a great current homage to J-Horror classics, while remaining unique and scary as hell,” said Needle.
Producers include The Ring‘s Neal Edelstein, with Mike Macari, Eric Bassett and Shinya Egawa.Continue reading
Screen Media Films has secured the North American rights to Ryan Eggold directorial debut film Literally, Right Before Aaron, which had its world premiere at last month’s Tribeca Film fest. Starring Justin Long, Cobie Smulders, Ryan Hansen, John Cho, Kristen Schaal, Peter Gallagher, Dana Delany, Lea Thompson, and Luis Guzmán, the film will bow in theaters later this year.
The deal was negotiated by Screen Media’s Seth Needle with Jay Cohen at Gersh on behalf of the filmmakers.Continue reading
Screen Media Films is ready to party with Ripped, bogarting North American and UK rights to the time-travel stoner comedy starring Russell Peters and Faizon Love. The red-eyed pic will get a day-and-date release June 23.Continue reading
The distributor has acquired US rights to Cave Painting Pictures’ horror title directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski.
Screen Media has earmarked a theatrical and VOD day-and-date launch for the first quarter of 2017.
Aaron Poole, Ellen Wong, Kathleen Munroe, Stephanie Belding, and Kenneth Welsh star in The Void, about a series of transformations at a rural hospital.
The Void premiered at Fantastic Fest earlier this year. Screen Media negotiated the deal with XYZ Films and CAA.
The company has acquired worldwide rights to the Iceland-set sci-fi from Zealous Pictures in association with Vintage Pictures and Kansha Films and is introducing to AFM buyers this week.
Geoffrey Orthwein and Andrew Sullivan directed Maika Monroe and Matt O’Leary in the story of an American couple on a romantic getaway to Iceland who wake up to discover every person on earth has disappeared.
Their struggle to survive and reconcile the mysterious event leads them to reconsider everything they know about themselves and the world.
Screen Media Ventures has set Bokeh for US theatrical and VOD release in the second quarter of 2017.
Doug Daulton, Kent Genzlinger and Briene Lermitte produced and Dirk Junge and Sullivan served as executive producers.
“Andrew and Geoffrey have created a beautiful and haunting film,” said Seth Needle, senior vice-president of worldwide acquisitions at Screen Media Ventures, who brokered the deal with Adam Galen and Marc Bortz at Preferred Content on behalf of the filmmakers.Continue reading
The indie distributor will do a multiplatform release for the crime drama in the U.S. and will handle international sales.
Screen Media has picked up worldwide rights for Stray Bullets, a low-budget crime drama from 16-year-old Jack Fessenden, son of indie-film vet Larry Fessenden.
The younger Fessenden stars in the film alongside Asa Spurlock. The two play a pair of teenage boys tasked with cleaning out their father’s old mobile home on an abandoned property, only to find that three cons on the run (James Le Gros, John Speredakos, Larry Fessenden) are using the trailer for a hideout.
The movie, produced through the Fessendens' New York shingle, Glass Eye Pix, premiered at the Oldenburg Film Festival in Germany earlier this year.
Screen Media is planning a multiplatform release for Stray Bullets in the U.S. in February of next year. The company also has taken on international rights and will be selling the title to foreign buyers at AFM.
“We have a great track record working with Screen Media, and we’re delighted they’ve shown such enthusiasm for Jack’s movie,” said Larry Fessenden. “We look forward to building on that to make an impact with this humble but resonant film.”
The deal for Stray Bullets was negotiated by Seth Needle for Screen Media, with Larry Fessenden and Jenn Wexler at Glass Eye Pix on behalf of the filmmakers.
Screen Media's recent releases include Michel Gondry’s Microbe & Gasoline and the South American horror thriller Colonia, starring Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl.Continue reading
EXCLUSIVE: Screen Media Ventures has scooped rights to Sugar Mountain, an Alaska-set thriller starring Jason Momoa and Cary Elwes. The distributor plans a fourth-quarter theatrical and VOD release in North America and other territories including the UK and Australia.
The Film Mode Entertainment pic, which premiered at the Cannes Film Market, follows two debt-ridden brothers who fake their disappearance in the Alaska wilderness so they’ll have a great survival story to sell. But the hoax turns out to be more real than they planned. Anna Hutchison, Melora Walters, Drew Roy and Haley Webb co-star in the film directed by Richard Gray from Abe Pegos’ script. Gray also produced alongside Virginia Kay, Michele Gray and Jamie Houge.
“Richard is an emerging talent whose tight thriller really impressed us,” Said Seth Needle, SVP Worldwide Acquisitions for Screen Media Ventures. “Fans of the genre and Jason Momoa specifically should mark their calendar.”Continue reading
Screen Media Films has acquired U.S. rights to writer-director Michel Gondry’s Microbe & Gasoline, which bowed at the 2015 New York Film Festival. A July 1 release is planned in New York (the Landmark Sunshine Cinema) and Los Angeles (the Nuart Theatre) ahead of a platform release.
The StudioCanal pic is about two young friends who embark on a road trip across France in a vehicle they built themselves. Ange Dargent, Theophile Baquet and Audrey Tautou star. Georges Bermann is producer.
StudioCanal SVP International Sales Aska Yamaguchi negotiated the deal with Screen Media SVP Worldwide Acquisitions Seth Needle on behalf of the filmmakers.Continue reading
"Rio, I Love You" is the third feature in the "Cities of Love" trilogy.
Screen Media Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights from WestEnd Films for the collaborative film "Rio, I Love You." The film is a spiritual sequel to “Paris Je t'Aime” and “New York I Love You” and the third in what is called the "Cities of Love" trilogy.
The film is a collaboration of 10 short stories, all of which deal with love in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. Each of the segments come from a different director. "Quando não há Mais Amor," for instance, is a one-man passion project for its writer, director and star John Turturro. Harvey Keitel stars in another one of the shorts as well.
"We are pleased to be working with the team at Screen Media to bring 'Rio, I Love You’ to the U.S. market," said producer Joshua Skurla in an official statement. "The film offers the audience an opportunity to embrace Rio de Janeiro through the lens of some of the greatest filmmakers from around the world."
"Being fans of the ‘Cities of Love’ series, we at Screen Media couldn’t be more excited to bring this beautiful film to American audiences, just in time for Rio’s big summer," added Tom Yagielski, Senior Vice President at Screen Media.
"Rio, I Love You" will be in theaters on April 15.Continue reading
Screen Media Films and Verdi Productions have acquired worldwide rights to Bad Hurt, Mark Kemble’s drama that premiered at Tribeca Bad Hurt last year. The film will hit theaters and VOD day-and-date on February 12. Bad Hurt chronicles a family’s hopeful battle to stay together as personal demons and destructive secrets threaten to rip them apart. Theo Rossi, Karen Allen, Michael Harney, Johnny Whitworth, Ashley Williams, Calvin Dutton and Iris Gilad star. Kemble and Jamieson Stern penned the screenplay for the pic, which is produced by Rossi, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Nick Koskoff, Nicholas Carmona, Jamieson Stern and Pamela Thur. Tom Archdeacon, Brian Arnott, Timothy Evan Jones, Patrick McErlean, Chad A. Verdi, and Michelle Verdi are the exec producers. Screen Media Films control the worldwide rights. The deal was negotiated by Seth Needle, Screen Media’s Director of Worldwide Acquisitions, and Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
Screen Media has acquired U.S. rights to the Pedre Morelli-directed dimension-hopping sci-fi comedy Zoom, with plans to release it day and date sometime during Q3 2016. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Alison Pill, Jason Priestley and Tyler Labine, the partly animated, partly live action film sees three creative spirits — a comic book artist, a novelist, and a film director — who live in different realities but end up each writing a story about one of the others.
The Rhombus Media and 02 Filmes Canada/Brazil co-production was written by Matt Hansen and produced by Niv Fichman and Andrea Barata Ribeiro. Zoom saw its world premiere at TIFF 2015. The deal was negotiated by Needle for Screen Media, with Gregory Chambet of WTFilms on behalf of the filmmakers.Continue reading
Daniel Bruhl and Michael Nyqvist co-star in the drama, set in Chile during General Pinochet’s military coup of 1973.
Screen Media Films has picked up U.S. rights to Colonia, a South American-set thriller featuring Harry Potter star Emma Watson and German actor Daniel Bruhl (Rush, Captain America: Civil War).
Seth Needle, director of worldwide acquisitions, at Screen Media negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group and Dirk Schurhoff of world sales outfit Beta Cinema on behalf of the filmmakers.
Directed by Florian Gallenberger (John Rabe), Colonia is set in Chile in the 1970s, when General Augusto Pinochet seizes power in a brutal military coup. Bruhl and Watson play Daniel and Lena, a young German couple involved with anti-Pinochet protesters, get swept up in a wave of arrests following the coup. When Daniel is sent to a Christian cult for reeducation, Lena decides to go undercover, joining the cult to try and free him.
Swedish star Michael Nyqvist (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) plays the cult leader Paul Schafer. The film is based on Schafer's real-life Colonia Dignidad cult, which operated for decades in cooperation with the Pinochet regime.
"The incredible true story behind Colonia needed to be told," said Gallenberger. "I’m happy and proud that thanks to our outstanding cast a wide audience will not only see a gripping thriller, but also find out the truth about one of the darkest chapters of South American history."
Colonia premiered in Toronto, where it generated strong buyer interest.
In addition to the U.S. deal Beta inked sales for multiple territories, including France, Italy, Benelux, Scandinavia, South Korea, and Latin America.Berlin-based Majestic Film, which produced Colonia, will release the film in Germany.
“It’s not often we see a film with the scale of Colonia come to market,” said Tom Yagielski, VP, domestic distribution at Screen Media. “The cast, led by Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl’s stellar performances, is what drives the harrowing escape at the heart of the film. We can’t wait for audiences to be thrilled by Florian Gallenberger’s vision for these shocking true events.”
Screen Media recently released the Ethan Hawke/Emile Hirsch-starrer Ten Thousand Saints and the mother-son comedy Ride, written, directed by and starring Helen Hunt, which premiered at AFM last year.Continue reading