The genre arm of IFC has acquired North American rights to Outpost 37, an action sci-fi thriller starring Joe Reegan, Rick Ravanello and Matthew Holmes. Director Jabbar Raisani makes his feature helming debut after serving as a VFX pro on Predators, Machete, Fright Night, and HBO’s Game Of Thrones. Film follows a documentary crew tracking a group of elite soldiers after an alien invasion who reach the world’s most dangerous outpost only to discover that the first wave was just the beginning. Raisani and Blake Clifton wrote the pic which was produced by Laurie Cook, Jason Newmark and Trevor Engelson for Bigscope Films. Michael Sackler, Julia Godzinskaya and Sophie Vickers are executive producers for Ravens Nest Entertainment alongside Will Clarke, Andy Mayson and Mike Runagall for Altitude Film Entertainment. Sundance Selects/IFC Films’ Arianna Bocco and Sean Berney negotiated the deal with Altitude Film Sales’ Mike Runagall on behalf of the filmmakers.
IFC Midnight plans a fall day-and-date release for the Barcelona-set horror pic. IFC Films’ genre label said today that it has picked up U.S. rights to Asmodexia, from first-time feature director Marc Carreté. The creepshow follows an exorcist (Luis Marco) and his granddaughter (Claudia Pons) over five days as they try to help the people possessed by a fast-spreading infection of the soul and are tracked by a mysterious cult. The pic is produced by Emili Pons, Albert Armengol, Carles Herrera and Jordi Bosch. The deal was negotiated by Sean Berney, Manager of Acquisitions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films and Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers. Check out the trailer below:
The genre distributor is going all the way with Dan Beers’ teen sex comedy. IFC Midnight has picked up U.S. rights to Premature, which premiered at SXSW. It stars John Karna as a high school senior who, on the day he has to nail his college interview, is forced to relive his failed attempt at losing his virginity over and over again, until he gets it right. Katie Findlay, Craig Roberts, Carlson Young, Adam Riegler co-star in the pic written by Beers and Mathew Harawitz. It was produced by Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder and executive produced by Glen Basner, Aviv Giladi, Vince Holden and Len Blavatnik. Arianna Bocco, SVP Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, negotiated the deal with FilmNation Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers.
EXCLUSIVE: Domestic rights to Home, the thriller from writer-director Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact), have been acquired by IFC Midnight following the pic’s premiere last month at SXSW. The Midnight selection stars Naya Rivera (Glee), Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards (Awkward), Wyatt Russell and Ava Acres in the story of an ambitious real estate agent (Moreno) who’s selling a house with a checkered past. When she tries to help the runaway daughter of the property’s owners, she and her sister (Rivera) cross paths with a sinister supernatural force. IFC Midnight will release Home in theaters and on VOD this year. Sonny Mallhi’s Candlewood Entertainment financed the film – its first feature – which was exec produced by Gina Resnick, Kyle Heller, and Jeremy Platt. Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films, Bec Smith of UTA Independent Film Group and by IFC’s Sean Berney negotiated the deal. XYZ Films is also handling international sales and have already sold rights in the UK (The Works) and France, Germany, and Spain (Wild Bunch).
IFC Midnight has released a trailer for Almost Human, the sci-fi slasher from neophyte helmer Joe Begos about New Englanders who discover their alien abductee buddy has returned home with some newfound killer instincts. Begos wrote, directed, DP’ed and produced the John Carpenter-esque throwback while longtime pal Josh Ethier produced, edited, did sound and starred in the pic with Graham Skipper and Vanessa Leigh. IFC’s genre arm took rights following the film’s Toronto Film Fest premiere last Fall and has set a limited theatrical/VOD release for February 21:
IFC Midnight acquires U.S. rights to Wolf, a Dutch crime thriller written and directed by Jim Taihuttu. A young man decides to capitalize on his mixed martial arts skills after being released from prison. As his brawling prowess makes a name for him, the young man finds that the worlds of kickboxing and organized crime come together to pull him into a savage, violent and lawless underworld. Marwan Kenzari stars. Pic premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival. XYZ is selling foreign territories at AFM.
IFC Midnight acquired North American rights to the Zachary Donohue-directed The Den. Scripted by Donohue and Lauren Thompson, the pic stars Melanie Papalia, David Schlachtenhaufen, Adam Shapiro and Matt Riedy. David Brooks and Dan Clifton produced. A young woman studying the habits of webcam chat users witnesses a brutal murder online and, after she decides to investigate digitally, is immersed in a nightmare in which she and her loved ones are targeted for a similarly grisly fate.
IFC Midnight has pacted again with the makers of The Pact, the 2012 haunted house horror pic the genre label picked up out of Sundance and released last summer. They’ve taken U.S. rights to The Pact 2, written and directed by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath. The sequel introduces June (Camilla Luddington), a woman whose carefully constructed life is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life. Actors Haley Hudson, Mark Steger, and Caity Lotz return from the first film joined by Patrick Fischler (Mad Men) and Scott Michael Foster (Zero Hour). Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein produced The Pact 2 with Content’s Jamie Carmichael and Nicholas McCarthy exec producing. Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina and Content’s Carmichael negotiated the N.A. deal. Content is selling international.
The horror pic from writer-director Joe Begos has been been acquired by IFC Midnight following its Toronto Film Festival premiere. Almost Human stars Graham Skipper, Vanessa Leigh, and Josh Ethier in the gory sci-fi horror tale of a rural Maine town hit by a string of axe murders and alien abductions. IFC’s genre label picked up North American rights to the pic, while WTF Films is still repping international sales. Begos and longtime friend Ethier took on multiple roles for the TIFF Midnight Madness selection for their Channel 83 Films banner, with Begos acting as writer, director, producer, and cinematographer and Ethier producing, editing, and doing sound as well as starring in the film. Anthony Ambrosino of Ambrosino/Delmenico Films also produced. Almost Human nabbed Begos agency representation at Paradigm and will next play Austin’s Fantastic Fest, which kicks off this week in Austin. Arianna Bocco and Sean Berney of Sundance Selects/IFC Films negotiated the deal with ICM Partners and Caliber Media on behalf of the filmmakers.
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TORONTO, ON (September 11, 2013) – IFC Midnight announced today from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to Zack Parker’s PROXY. The film, with a screenplay by Parker and Kevin Donner, stars Alexia Rasmussen, Alexa Havins, Kristina Klebe and Joe Swanberg. PROXY was produced by Parker and Faust Checho and executive produced by Mike Khamis. The film made its world premiere in the Vanguard section of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and will play next at the 2013 Fantastic Fest. IFC Midnight is planning a theatrical and VOD day and date release for the film. In PROXY, a pregnant young woman seeks consolation in a support group after she is viciously attacked by a hooded assailant. Gradually she comes to realize that nothing and no one in her life is as it appears in this shocking and challenging thriller. The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
IFC Midnight acquired US rights to the Marvin Kren-directed The Station. Scripted by Bennjamin Hessler, the film stars Gerhard Liebmann, Edita Malovcic, Hille Beseler and Peter Knaack. Deal comes after the pic premiered in the Midnight Madness section of Toronto. Helmut Grasser produced. Pic follows three scientists and a technician in the German Alps as they monitor and study the climate and the ramifications of rapid weather changes on our world. They discover that a rapidly retreating glacier has begun to leak a strange red liquid that seems to be affecting local wildlife at a genetic level. Soon it will be up to a reclusive technician to defend the group from the biological monstrosities growing just beyond the walls of their tiny outpost.
IFC Midnight acquired rights in June to Dennis Iliadis’ +1, a thriller that had its debut this year at SXSW. Scripted by Bill Gullo from a story by Iliadis, the pic stars The Purge‘s Rhys Wakefield, Logan Miller, Chronicle’s Ashley Hinshaw and Natalie Hall about college buds who go to the biggest party of the year, where a mysterious phenomenon occurs that turns the bash into a chaos that challenges their friendships and life expectancies. Here’s the trailer that premiered today:
Genre label IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to Contracted, about a young woman who fears she’s picked up a nasty STD only to discover it’s something far worse. Eric England (Madison County, Roadside) wrote and directed the pic, which stars Najarra Townsend, Matt Mercer, Alice Macdonald, Katie Stegeman, Charley Koontz, Caroline Williams, and You’re Next/VHS filmmaker Simon Barrett. The AMC Networks-owned IFC Midnight will release Contracted in November. J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules of BoulderLight Pictures are producers. Sundance Selects/IFC Films negotiated the deal with Nate Bolotin of XYZ on behalf of the filmmakers. Since its creation in 2010, IFC Midnight’s genre releases have included The Human Centipede (First Sequence), Kill List, Room 237, Maniac, and Haunter.
The psychopath played by Elijah Wood in serial killer pic Maniac is no Frodo, and the Kiwi government has taken note, banning the movie from being released theatrically. New Zealand’s Office of Film and Literature Classification says Maniac can be shown only if it’s being used in a tertiary media, a film studies course or screened as part of a festival. And in each case, the audience must be over 18. Directed by Franck Khalfoun and produced by The Artist‘s Thomas Langmann, Maniac is a remake of William Lustig’s 1980 grindhouse classic. It premiered in Cannes in 2012 and was released last month in the U.S. by IFC Midnight. It’s shot entirely from the POV of Wood’s character and the OFLC decision says that may be injurious to the public good because the viewer is put in the position of the killer. The ruling also means the film cannot be released on DVD. The ban beyond festival screenings “is an insult to the intelligence of the adult population of New Zealand and does little more than to serve as an open invitation to illegally pirate the film. We are flabbergasted,” said Neil Foley of Melbourne, Australia-based distributor Monster Pictures. In a blog post, Monster said it will “explore every option” to have the ban revoked, “but at this stage it ain’t looking good.” Maniac is the first film …
BREAKING: IFC Midnight is acquiring U.S. distribution rights to +1, the thriller helmed by Last House On The Left helmer Dennis Iliadis that premiered at SXSW. Scripted by Bill Gullo from a story by Iliadis, the pic stars The Purge‘s Rhys Wakefield, Logan Miller, Chronicle’s Ashley Hinshaw and Natalie Hall. Three college friends go to the biggest party of the year, each looking for something different: love, sex and a simple human connection. A mysterious phenomenon disrupts the party, which descends into a chaos that challenges their friendships and life expectancies. Tim Perell produces and executive producing are the Brothers Strause, Edson Williams, Thomas Nittmann and Guy Botham. Pic is a co-production between Process Production in partnership with leading VFX company Lola/Hydraulx. Latter provided the VFX. Deal was negotiated by Sundance Selects/IFC’s Jeff Deutchman and CAA.
IFC Midnight acquired North American rights to Cinipix’s action/thriller Raze, directed by Josh Waller. The film, written by Robert Beaucage, stars Zoe Bell, Rachel Nichols, Tracie Thoms and Sherilyn Fenn, and made its world premiere at last month’s Tribeca Film Festival. Cinipix financed Raze. The film was produced by Kenny Gage and Andy Pagana. Raze follows Sabrina, a woman who is mysteriously abducted and held captive in an underground lair, where she is forced to do battle with other innocents for the amusement of unseen spectators. Each of these reluctant warriors has something to lose, but only one will remain when the game is done.
BREAKING: Vincenzo Natali’s ghost tale Haunter marks the second deal to go down during SXSW 2013, with IFC Midnight snagging all U.S. rights. Abigail Breslin stars in the Midnighters selection as a 16-year-old specter trapped in limbo who is “haunted” by the very much alive girl whose family now lives in her house. Vincenzo Natali (Splice) directed from a screenplay by Brian King, with Steven Hoban and Mark Smith producing. John Raymonds and Wild Bunch’s Vincent Miraval executive produced. The pic came into SXSW with Canadian distribution set via Entertainment One and StudioCanal handling its UK release. IFC Midnight/Sundance Selects/IFC Films’ Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.
New York, NY (November 9, 2012) – SundanceNOW and IFC Midnight announced today that the companies are jointly acquiring all U.S. rights to director Eric Walter’s documentary MY AMITYVILLE HORROR. SundanceNOW will handle the film for its subscriber video-on-demand (SVOD) initiative Doc Club, while IFC Midnight will manage all other platforms, including theatrical and VOD release. The film, which was produced by Walter, Andrea Adams, and John R. Blythe and executive produced by Ronald Puleio and Michael S. Russo, made its world premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival in July and its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest in September. On November 10th it will have its New York premiere at the DOC NYC Festival.
New York, NY (October 15, 2012) – IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring all rights in North America, Latin America, the United Kingdom, France and Germany to director David Guy Levy’s thriller WOULD YOU RATHER. The film, written by Steffen Schlachtenhauffen, stars Brittany Snow, Jeffrey Combs, Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., John Heard, Sasha Grey, Enver Gjokaj and Jonny Coyne. It was produced by Levy, Zak Kilberg and Maura Anderson, with Snow, Andre Royo and Morgan Conrad executive producing. WOULD YOU RATHER had its US premiere at Screamfest in Los Angeles on October 14.