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IFC Midnight Acquires ‘Would You Rather’

By | Monday October 15, 2012 @ 11:04am PDT

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.

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IFC Midnight Picks Up ‘Crawlspace’

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 11:04am PDT

The company has acquired all North American rights to the sci-fi thriller. Crawlspace follows an elite military unit that discovers sinister goings-on at a top secret Australian base. Justin Dix directed Crawlspace from a script he co-wrote with Eddie Baroo and Adam Patrick Foster. The deal was put together by Jeff Deutchman, Director of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers. Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said today the movie would be distributed across all of IFC Midnight’s platforms. Crawlspace is produced by Dix, John Finemore, and Nicholas Sherry. Greg McLean, James Hoppe, Silvio Salom, Stephen Wools and Craig McMahon are the Executive Producers. The film, starring Ditch Davey, Amber Clayton, Peta Sargeant, Nicholas Bell, John Brumpton, and Leslie Simpson, has its international premiere this week at the Sitges Film Festival. Crawlspace will premiere in North America at ScreamFest on October 18. IFC Midnight is a sister label of IFC Films and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.

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IFC Midnight To Release ‘Errors Of The Human Body’

By | Thursday September 13, 2012 @ 6:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

New York, NY (September 13, 2012) – IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring all North American rights to Eron Sheean’s thriller ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY. Sheean wrote the screenplay for the film with Shane Danielsen. The picture stars Germany’s Karoline Herfurth (PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER, THE READER, WE ARE THE NIGHT), Iceland’s Tómas Lemarquis (NOI THE ALBINO, PAINLESS, SNOW PIERCER), Rik Mayall (THE YOUNG ONES) and Canada’s rising star, Michael Eklund (THE DIVIDE, THE DAY, FRINGE, ALCATRAZ) and wasproduced by Instinctive Film’s Darryn Welch and Cole Payne. The film played this summer at several international film festivals, including Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, Melbourne International Film Festival, Frightfest London and Transatlantyk International Film & Music Festival and will play at the upcoming Fantastic Fest and Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY will make its US premiere next week at Fantastic Fest 2012.

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IFC Midnight Acquires ‘Maniac,’ With Elijah Wood In Title Role

By | Thursday August 23, 2012 @ 1:20pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Say it ain’t so Frodo! IFC Midnight acquired North American rights to the Franck Khalfoun-directed thriller Maniac, with Elijah Wood playing the title role in the remake of the William Lustic 1980 slasher pic. Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur wrote the script for a film that made its debut out of competition at Cannes.

Frank (Wood) is the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store, but his life changes when young artist Anna appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and Frank’s obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed his long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill.

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IFC Midnight Nabs ‘Jeffrey Dahmer Files’

By | Wednesday August 8, 2012 @ 1:40pm PDT
Mike Fleming

New York, NY (August 8, 2012) – IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring all North American and UK rights to director Chris James Thompson’s documentary THE JEFFREY DAHMER FILES. Thompson also produced the film with Jack Turner and co-wrote the screenplay with Andrew Swant and Joe Riepenhoff. Chris Smith and Barry Poltermann executive produced the project, which world premiered in competition at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and also played the 2012 Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto. IFC Midnight is planning an early 2013 release for the documentary.

In 1991 Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested in Milwaukee and sentenced to 957 years in prison for killing 17 people and dismembering their bodies. THE JEFFREY DAHMER FILES is a documentary that explores the city of Milwaukee by meeting those surrounding Dahmer during and after his hidden spree. Recollections from Milwaukee Medical Examiner Jeffrey Jentzen, Police Detective Patrick Kennedy, and neighbor Pamela Bass are interwoven with archival footage and everyday scenes from Dahmer’s life, working collectively to disassemble the facade of an ordinary man leading an ordinary existence.

Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: “Chris James Thompson has made one of the creepiest documentaries of the year that lingers in the mind long after the film has ended. He’s approached the well-known subject of Jeffrey Dahmer in a new and inventive way that managed to completely unnerve us. It also promises you will never eat a

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IFC Takes U.S. Rights To Brandon Cronenberg’s ‘Antiviral’

By | Wednesday June 6, 2012 @ 1:56pm PDT
Mike Fleming

IFC Midnight acquired U.S. rights to Antiviral, the Brandon Cronenberg-directed film that stars Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith and Malcolm McDowell. Produced by Niv Fichman, the film had its world premiere last month in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. Brandon, son of helmer David Cronenberg, wrote and made his feature directing debut on the film.

In Antiviral, an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities supplements his income by selling illegal samples on the black market to rabid fans who wish to partake in the ultimate form of communion. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills superstar Hannah Geist, Syd becomes a target for collectors and obsessed fans. He must unravel the mystery surrounding the starlet’s death before he too meets a morbid end. Cronenberg sounds like a chip off the old block.

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IFC Midnight Picks Up ‘Replicas’ Rights

By | Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 3:17pm PDT

IFC Midnight has picked up domestic rights to Replicas. The home invasion thriller from director Jeremy Power Regimbal premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Celluloid Nightmare has foreign rights. Replicas stars Selma Blair, James D’Arcy, Joshua Close and Rachel Miner. The script, co-written by Close, is based on a story from Regimbal and producer Justin Tyler Close, creators of The Lab Magazine. The movie was produced by Regimbal and Justin Tyler Close. Tina Pehme, Kim C. Roberts and Susan Jackson executive produced. Jeff Deutchman, director, Acquisitions & Productions at Sundance Selects/IFC Films, negotiated the deal with North American sales agent Turtles Crossing, founded by Susan Jackson.

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IFC Midnight Buys ‘Taste Of Money’: Cannes

By | Saturday May 26, 2012 @ 11:26am PDT

CANNES (May 25, 2012) – IFC Midnight announced today from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to THE TASTE OF MONEY directed by Im Sang-Soo (THE HOUSEMAID). The film, also with a screenplay by Sang-Soo, stars Kim Kang-Woo, Baek Yoon-Sik, Youn Yuh-Jung and Kim Hyo-Jin. Son Kwang-Ik and Kim Won-Kuk served as executive producers while Lee Nam-Hee and Seo Jung-Hun produced. The film had its world premiere earlier in the week in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

In THE TASTE OF MONEY, Korea’s greatest provocateur Im Sang-Soo takes us inside Korea’s most privileged family. Joo Young-Jak is the private male secretary of Baek Geum-Ok, middle-aged heiress and wife of a rich chaebol. Baek covets Joo’s young body, and he has already sold his pride for money a long time ago. What tangles up their relationship is the appearance of Baek’s daughter Na-Mi, a girl so different than her wealth obsessed parents. When romantic feelings begin to develop between the two, Baek is challenged with his conflicting desires for money and love.

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IFC Midnight Acquires Alex De La Iglesia’s ‘As Luck Would Have It’: Tribeca

By | Wednesday April 25, 2012 @ 10:28am PDT

New York, NY (April 25, 2012) – IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring all US and UK rights to director Alex De La Iglesia’s AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT. The film, which was produced by Andres Vicente Gomez and Ximo Perez, world premiered as a special screening at this year’s Berlin Film Festival and is having its North American premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in the Spotlight Section. Starring Jose Mota, Salma Hayek, Blanco Portillo, and Fernando Tejero, the project was executive produced by Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman. AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT was nominated for 2 Goya Awards including Best Actress (SalmaHayek) and Best New Actor (Jose Mota).

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IFC Midnight Picks Up Stanley Kubrick ‘Shining’ Documentary ‘Room 237′

By | Monday April 23, 2012 @ 11:09am PDT

Stanley Kubrick Room 237New York, NY -April 23 2012 – IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to director Rodney Ascher’s highly acclaimed documentary ROOM 237 which concerns the theories surrounding and within Stanley Kubrick’s film THE SHINING. The film, which was produced by Tim Kirk and scored by Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson, recently played at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. IFC Midnight plans to release the film theatrically this year.

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IFC Midnight Acquires Rights To Found-Footage Pic ‘Area 407′

By | Wednesday April 18, 2012 @ 12:46pm PDT

New York, NY (April 18, 2012) – IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights, as well as several international territories, for directors Dale Fabrigar and Everette Wallin’s sci-fi thriller AREA 407. Formerly titled TAPE 407, the “found footage” film was written by Fabrigar, Wallin, and Robert Shepyer and stars Abigail Schrader, Samantha Lester, and James Lyons. The project was produced by Suzanne DeLaurentiis and Ivan Kavalsky.

AREA 407 features lost footage too real for reality and too disturbing for fiction. The film opens with two teenagers flying from New York to Los Angeles on New Years Eve. Their nightmare begins when their plane hits extreme turbulence mid-flight. The relentless weather attack causes panic and terror amongst the passengers until the plane ultimately crashes in a remote government-testing area. The handful of survivors from the crash, bloody and disoriented, are then insistently pursued in the darkness by unknown predators that, unbeknownst to them, are part of the government’s top-secret Mesa Experiment.

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IFC Midnight Takes Rights To ‘Grabbers’

By | Monday March 5, 2012 @ 9:10am PST

New York, NY (March 5, 2012) – IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring North and Latin American rights to director Jon Wright’s comedy GRABBERS. The film, with a script written by Kevin Lehane, stars Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, Lalor Roddy, David Pearse, and Bronagh Gallagher. Film is produced by Tracy Brimm and Kate Myers of Forward Films and producers were Martina Niland of Samson Films, Eduardo Levy and James Martin of High Treason Productions and Piers Tempest of The Salt Company. It recently played at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

In GRABBERS, something sinister has come to the shores of Erin Island, unbeknownst to the quaint population of this sleepy fishing village restingsomewhere off the coast of Ireland. First, some fishermen go missing. Then there is the rash of whale carcasses found washed up on the beach. When themurders start, it’s up to two mismatched cops— the charming but somewhat work-shy Ciaran O’Shea and his new by-the-book partner from the mainland, Lisa Nolan—to protect the islanders from the giant, bloodsucking, tentacled aliens that are out to get them. Their only weapon, they discover, is booze. If they want to survive the creatures’ onslaught, everyone will have to get very, very drunk.

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IFC Midnight Acquires ‘Rites Of Spring’

By | Thursday December 15, 2011 @ 10:52am PST

New York, NY (December 15, 2011) – IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to director Padraig Reynolds’ thriller RITES OF SPRING. The film, with a screenplay also by Reynolds, stars A.J. Bowen, Anessa Ramsey, Sonny Marinelli, Katherine Randolf, Marco St. John, Hannah Bryan, Sarah Pachelli, James Bartz, Shanna Forestall, Skylar Burke, and Andrew Breland. Bobby Benton and John Norris served as executive producers while Wes Benton and Eric Thompson produced.

In RITES OF SPRING, a group of kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods. But feelings of guilt soon overtake the kidnappers, dividing the group and putting their entire plan in jeopardy. The evening further spirals out of control when their poorly chosen hideout becomes a hunting ground for a mysterious creature that requires springtime ritualistic sacrifices.

The deal for the film was negotiated by Jeff Deutchman, Director of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

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IFC Midnight Will Distribute Sci-Fi Thriller ‘The Corridor’

By | Monday November 21, 2011 @ 9:28am PST

AMC Networks’ IFC Midnight says that it is buying the U.S. rights to The Corridor, a sci-fi thriller from first-time director Evan Kelly. The film stars Stephen Chambers, James Gilbert, and David Patrick Flemming and the screenplay comes from Josh MacDonald, who did Faith, Fraud And Minimum Wage. Telefilm Canada and Nova Scotia Film funded the project which was shot in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was produced by  Craig Cameron (Touch And Go) and Mike Masters (Reel Zombies). The deal for the film was negotiated by Jeff Deutchman, Director of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers. “The Corridor is crafty and fun horror sci-fi thriller that we think is a perfect addition to our IFC Midnight slate,” Sundance Selects/IFC Films President Jonathan Sehring says. The film won the Gold Audience Choice award for Best Canadian Film and AMD award for screenplay at Fantasia 2011. The film also won Best Feature at the Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival. Chambers was additionally the recipient of the Best Actor award at Tulsa International Film Festival.

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Toronto Update: IFC Midnight Buying Midnight Madness Title ‘The Incident’

By | Tuesday September 13, 2011 @ 10:54am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that IFC Midnight is finalizing a U.S. distribution rights deal for The Incident, the horror title that created a stir when a couple of audience members responded to the hardcore scenes by fainting. IFC Midnight negotiated the deal with Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group. SND is selling foreign.

EARLIER, 10:25 AM: The Incident, the Alexandre Courtes-directed drama that screened this morning in the Midnight Madness category, is clearly not for the squeamish. I’m told that two moviegoers fainted and an ambulance was called. The movie is about three struggling musicians who moonlight as cooks in a high security insane asylum.  When a storm shuts down the security system, the cells are unlocked and dangerous inmates run wild. Apparently, one person fainted when one of the cooks was tied to a stove top and burned alive. That will get you every time. Paradigm is trying to sell domestic.

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IFC Midnight Picks Up ‘Undocumented’

By | Wednesday July 13, 2011 @ 3:58pm PDT

New York, NY (July 13, 2011) – IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring all North American rights to director Chris Peckover’s feature debut UNDOCUMENTED. The film, which was also penned by Peckover along with Joe Peterson, stars Scott Mechlowicz (WAITING FOR FOREVER, EUROTRIP), Alona Tal (COLLEGE), Yancey Arias (KNIGHT RIDER), Greg Serano, and Kevin Weisman. Snoot Entertainment’s Keith Calder and Jessica Wu alongside Josh Finn produced the project, which world premiered at Fantastic Fest in 2010.

In UNDOCUMENTED, a small group of documentary filmmakers chronicle the trials and inequities faced by Mexican illegal immigrants. When they join a group of families illegally crossing the border to record the experience firsthand, their truck is pulled over and detained. What happens next plunges their group into unimaginable horror.

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IFC Midnight Picks Up ‘Saint’

By | Thursday April 21, 2011 @ 12:10pm PDT

IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to the Dutch film Saint, directed by Dick Maas, ahead of its North American premiere tonight in New York. The slasher film reimagines Santa Claus as a murderous bishop unleashed on Amsterdam. The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

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IFC Midnight Buys Aussie Hooker Thriller ‘X’

By | Tuesday December 14, 2010 @ 12:30pm PST
Mike Fleming

IFC’s genre label IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to the Jon Hewitt-directed genre thriller X, described as “love, chance, escape and the oldest profession in the world, as experienced by two beautiful women on one ugly night that will change their lives forever.” IFC prexy Jonathan Sehring said the film “ups the ante on an already impressive list of elevated thrillers form new wave Australian auteurs.”

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IFC Films Buys Adrien Brody Film ‘Wrecked’ For Midnight Label

Mike Fleming

The IFC genre label IFC Midnight has acquired US rights to the Michael Greenspan-directed Wrecked, a psychological thriller  which stars Adrien Brody as a man who awakens in a car wreck at the bottom of a steep cliff. He can’t remember who he is or how he got there, but a report over the radio fills in some of the blanks, as it describes a violent bank robbery and names a perpetrator who happens to be sitting dead in the back seat. IFC will release it next spring. Here is a recent trailer:

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