Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘The Dirties’, ‘Besharam’, ‘Bad Milo!’, ‘Grace Unplugged’, ‘Linsanity’, ‘A.C.O.D.’, ‘I Used To Be Darker’, ‘The Summit’, ‘Five Dances’

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 3:57pm PDT

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

Another weekend, another dozen-plus Specialty films entering the crowded theatrical market. The end of summer opened the floodgates of limited release titles and momentum has continued into fall. A number, of course, are four walling in support of their VOD/digital release and often disappear after a couple of weeks. Most execs have expressed concern for the saturation, but maintain that their releases are unique and have a shot at standing out in a crowded market. Noted one indie veteran this week, “It is both not sustainable and not going to change. There is an embarrassment of riches in the theatrical marketplace this season so you better have the goods if you want to compete.” This week’s Preview includes nine of the newcomers hitting theaters this weekend. Notably, two of the week’s biggest roll outs are targeted toward niche (albeit large niches) markets. Bollywood will have a big North American roll out with Besharam from Reliance, while faith-centered audiences will welcome Grace Unplugged via Roadside and Lionsgate. Among the others bowing in limited release are Phase 4′s Slamdance winner The Dirties, Magnolia’s Bad Milo!, Ketchup’s doc Linsanity, Film Arcade’s A.C.O.D., Sundance titles I Used To Be Darker from Strand and Sundance Selects’ doc The Summit. And Paladin will open Five Dances in limited release.

The Dirties
Director-writer: Matthew Johnson
Writers: Josh Boles, Matthew Miller, Evan Morgan
Cast: Matthew Johnson, Own Williams, Krista Madison, Brandon Wickens, Jay McCarrol
Distributor: Phase 4

2013 Slamdance Grand Jury Prize winner The Dirties. The drama revolves around two best friends who film a comedy about getting revenge on bullies at their high school, but one of the would-be filmmakers takes matters beyond a big screen fantasy. “Elyse Seiden from the Kevin Smith Movie Club saw the film at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival and brought it to us and Kevin,” said Phase 4 CEO Berry Meyerowitz. “Kevin was over the top about the film so he pursued it for our label together. The club is a great jumping off point for independent filmmakers, and The Dirties is the type of movie that has just the right amount of edge to mobilize and create conversation among the Kevin Smith fan base.” Phase 4 is hoping to broaden the film’s audience beyond the KS Club’s core 18-34 male group via the topic of bullying. “Our intent with the audience is to create conversation around bullying while also positioning this film against others of its kind,” said Meyerowitz. “The Dirties is unique in how it takes a neutral stance while creating understanding of the plight of the victims and the (potential) consequences of bullying.” Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘A.C.O.D.’

By | Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 3:00pm PDT

Adam Scott stars in Sundance comedy A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce) as a man still dealing with his parents’ bitter split who has to bring his embattled family together when his younger brother gets engaged. The comedy is directed by Stuart Zicherman (ABC’s Six Read More »

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Film Arcade And Paramount Team On Sundance Comedy ‘A.C.O.D.’

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 8:52am PDT

April 16, 2013 – The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media Distribution announced today the acquisition of the breakout Sundance comedy A.C.O.D. The Film Arcade will release the film theatrically throughout North America and Paramount Home Media Distribution will manage domestic home entertainment, television licensing and digital distribution, as well as all international distribution.

A.C.O.D., which comedically explores the world of Adult Children of Divorce, marks the directorial debut of Stuart Zicherman (creator of J.J. Abrams/ABC’s “Six Degrees”), who co-wrote the script with Ben Karlin, a producer and writer on “Modern Family” and previously on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”. The film features an all-star cast of comedic talent including Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”, Friends with Kids), Richard Jenkins (Step Brothers), Catherine O’Hara (For Your Consideration), Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”), Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four), Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Clark Duke (“The Office”) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs the World). Teddy Schwarzman’s Black Bear Pictures (Broken City, upcoming At Any Price) fully financed A.C.O.D. and Schwarzman produced the film alongside Karlin and Tim Perell.

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Amy Poehler Joins ‘Parks And Recreation’ Cohort Adam Scott In Feature ‘A.C.O.D.’

By | Thursday March 8, 2012 @ 12:07pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Amy Poehler is in final negotiations to join the Black Bear Pictures comedy A.C.O.D. She will star in the film alongside her Parks and Recreation co-star Adam Scott. Directed by Stu Zicherman, the comedy focuses on a young man … Read More »

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins ‘A.C.O.D.’

By | Thursday March 1, 2012 @ 11:43am PST

EXCLUSIVE: Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been added to a cast with the previously announced Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins and Jane Lynch in the comedy directed by Stuart Zicherman and based on a script from Zicherman … Read More »

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‘Glee’s Jane Lynch Joins Indie Film Comedy

By | Friday February 10, 2012 @ 4:20pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Glee star Jane Lynch has boarded Black Bear Pictures’ feature film A.C.O.D. She joins Richard Jenkins and Adam Scott in the Stuart Zicherman-directed comedy which Zicherman wrote with Ben Karlin. Karlin is the co-creator of The Colbert Report and long time exec producer of The Daily Show who most recently got a Golden Globes nomination for producing 50/50. Teddy Schwarzman is producing and fully financing the project through his Black Bear Pictures’ shingle. Karlin and Tim Perell will also produce. Read More »

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Richard Jenkins Joins Divorce Comedy ‘A.C.O.D.’

By | Wednesday December 7, 2011 @ 8:03am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Richard Jenkins has joined A.C.O.D. (Adult Children Of Divorce), the Stuart Zicherman-directed film for Black Bear Pictures. Ben Karlin (50/50) wrote the script with Zicherman and Teddy Schwarzman, Karlin and Tim Perell are producing. The film centers on a … Read More »

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