Michelle Monaghan stars as a decorated Army medic who returns from a 15-month tour of duty in Afghanistan and tries desperately to reconnect with her 5-year-old son, who initially wants nothing to do with her. As they try to restore a bond, she is faced with redeployment — and the likelihood of losing everything she worked to rebuild. Ron Livingston, Pablo Schreiber, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Dash Mihok and young newcomer Oakes Fegley co-star in Fort Bliss, from writer-director-producer Claudia Myers. Phase 4 Films opens the drama September 19 in theaters and VOD. Here’s the new trailer:
Earlier this month, eOne acquired Phase 4 Films, setting that company’s Berry Meyerowitz to run the combined U.S. film and distribution business. That appointment followed the departure of eOne North American Films president David Reckziegel in May. Under Meyerowitz as president, eOne has now outlined its management roster with SVP Theatrical Marketing & Distribution Dylan Wiley exiting the company along with Patrick McDonough, Ryan Markowitz, Seanna Hore, Sejin Croninger and Walter Schmidt. Moving in to run the revamped film and distribution business under Meyerowitz are Phase 4′s Sean Monson as EVP Finance & Operations and David Richardson EVP Sales & Marketing. Also in the ranks are Ian Goggins, SVP On Demand/Digital; Larry Greenberg, SVP Acquisitions; Ben Means, SVP Label Management; and Polly Beel, VP Marketing.
Canadian giant eOne is looking to strengthen its VOD, digital and home entertainment strategies in the U.S. with the acquisition of Phase 4 Films. As part of the deal, eOne has placed Phase 4 president and CEO Berry Meyerowitz at the helm of its U.S. film and distribution business. Sean Monson and David Richardson are also joining eOne from Phase 4. The moves come 18 months after eOne acquired rival Alliance, and just a month after word that eOne North American Films president David Reckziegel is leaving the company. Meyerowitz will oversee all aspects of film distribution in the U.S. as well as the company’s North American label and kids and family content distribution businesses. He founded the Toronto-based Phase 4 in 2009. Its purview has been to handle film, TV and special interest content across all media in North America with a focus on home entertainment, cable, telecommunications, satellite and digital platforms. In Cannes last month, it acquired writer-director Allison Burnett’s Ask Me Anything, and the Claudia Myers-directed drama Fort Bliss. EOne now plans to actively go after films that fit the platform release model.
Phase 4 Films closed North American rights to writer-director Allison Burnett’s Ask Me Anything. An adaptation of Burnett’s novel Undiscovered Gyrl, the film tells the story of beautiful, wild, funny and lost Katie Kampenfelt (Britt Robertson), who takes a year off before college. Ambitious in her own way, Katie intends to do more than just smoke weed with her boyfriend Rory. She plans to seduce Dan (Justin Long), a 30-year-old film professor, while resisting her attraction to her married boss (Christian Slater). Katie chronicles her adventures in an anonymous blog, telling strangers her innermost desires, shames, and thrills. When her compulsions get the best of her, her fearless narrative begins to crack, and dark pieces of her past emerge. Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Martin Sheen also star.
EXCLUSIVE: Phase 4 Films acquired North American rights to A Night In Old Mexico, the Emilio Aragon-directed film that stars Robert Duvall. The film will be released in May, shortly after making its debut at the upcoming South by Southwest Film Festival.
Duvall plays a stubborn Texas rancher who’s forced to give up his land and home, and to retire to a trailer park. Instead, he flees in his Cadillac and hits the road with his estranged grandson (Jeremy Irvine) for one last wild adventure filled with guns, women and booze, which sounds like a much better way to go out. Pic is produced by Sunmin Park, J.Ethan Park, Emilio Aragón, Bill Wittliff, Robert Carliner, Robert Duvall, Daniel Ecija and César Vargas.
The script was written by Bill Wittliff, whose writing in the adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove still rates as one of the greatest TV performances I’ve ever seen in Duvall’s portrayal as Gus McCrae. Tommy Lee Jones was every bit his match as Woodrow Call. Wittliff’s other credits include Legends Of The Fall. Phase 4′s Larry Greenberg made the deal with ICM Partners, which repped the film and also Duvall.
“I couldn’t be more proud of having worked on this project with a legend like Robert Duvall,” said Aragón. “To direct this film has proven to be a memorable experience among my many favorite projects.”
Phase 4 Films acquired North American distribution rights to Made In America, Ron Howard’s first documentary, which he made in partnership with Imagine partner Brian Grazer and Jay-Z. CAA brokered the U.S. rights deal on behalf of the filmmakers; the Canadian rights were handled by The Exchange. Film premiered in Toronto and follows hip-hop icon Jay-Z as he plans the Budweiser Made in America Festival, a 2012 concert event with musicians including Drake, Pearl Jam, Run-DMC, The Hives, Passion Pit, Calvin Harris, Janelle Monáe and Skrillex that grossed $5 million in ticket sales and drew 80,000 fans in Philadelphia. The film will be released in the summer. Imagine produced with Marcy Media, RadicalMedia, in association with Participant Media. Showtime had TV rights and aired it last month.
“This is not a concert film but rather a reflection of the fabric of what it means to be Made in America — what the festival represents, why Jay is doing it, and how he relates to each artist,” Howard said. “Made In America is intended to showcase Jay-Z’s struggle for success and illustrate how he has become a voice and an icon for a generation of driven and creative youth.”
Phase 4 Films and Samuel Goldwyn Films will jointly release The Short Game on September 20. Directed by Josh Greenbaum, The Short Game won the SXSW 2013 Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature. It tells the story of eight of the best 7-year-old golfers in the world as they train for and compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf. The cast includes Allan Kournikova, Anna Kournikova’s 7-year-old brother. Greenbaum also produces. John Battsek (The Imposter, Searching For Sugar Man) and David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Hope Springs) are exec producers.
EXCLUSIVE: Tyler Ross, Shareeka Epps (Half Nelson), Georgia Ford (daughter of Harrison), and Eshan Bay star in the ’90s-set indie comedy American Milkshake, about a white inner city teenager who dreams of making the basketball squad and getting one step closer to being what he is not – black. Phase 4 Films picked up the film from writer-directors David Andalman and Mariko Munro out of Sundance and is plotting a September 6 theatrical and VOD release through its new Kevin Smith Movie Club banner. Check out the trailer exclusively on Deadline:
Phase 4 Films acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to writer-director Shana Betz’s feature directorial debut Free Ride. The film stars Anna Paquin, Cam Gigandet, Drea De Matteo, Liana Liberato, Jeff Hephner, Brit Morgan and Ava Acres. Scripted by Betz, the film is produced by Susan Dynner, Cerise Hallam Larkin, Chris Swinney and Paquin, and executive produced by Mark Larkin and Stephen Moyer. This is the first film production from Paquin and Moyer’s new production company CASM. Phase 4 will release the film later this year in theaters and on demand. Paquin and Moyer star together in HBO’s True Blood. Set in the 1970s and based on her life story, Betz’s accomplished directorial debut is a provocative crime thriller: Paquin plays a single mother who moves to Florida with her daughters in search of a better life but gets pulled into the high-stakes drug-trade business.
Phase 4 Films has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to The Crash Reel, which follows the different paths taken by childhood friends and rivals Shaun White and Kevin Pearce. The latter suffered a serious brain injury while training for their anticipated showdown at the Vancouver Olympics; White went on to gold medals and fame while Pierce struggled to recover. HBO, which helped finance the film, retains U.S. TV broadcast rights to the pic, which weaves 15 years of verite footage with a soundtrack that includes music from Chemical Brothers, Underworld, and Moby and chronicles Pearce’s long road to recovery. It premiered this year at Sundance. Oscar-nominated Lucy Walker (Waste Land, Devil’s Playground) directed, wrote the script with Pedro Kos and produced with Julian Cautherley. HBO’s Sheila Nevins executive produced. Phase 4 plans an early winter 2013 theatrical release. The deal was negotiated by Phase 4′s Larry Greenberg and Sam Posner with Andrew Herwitz at The Film Sales Company on behalf of the filmmakers.
Virginia Madsen stars in the pic based on the novel Angel Angel by April Stevens and directed by first-time helmer Sarah Siegel-Magness, who was a producer on Precious. Phase 4 has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Long Time Gone and will release the film in the spring day-and-date in theaters and on-demand across VOD and digital platforms. Amanda Crew, Zach Gilford, Anthony LaPaglia, Eva Longoria and Sam Trammel co-star. Karen McCullah Lutz (Legally Blonde) wrote the script, which centers on a woman (Madsen) whose life is thrown into disarray when she discovers her husband’s extramarital affair. She suffers a nervous breakdown, and her good-hearted stoner son is determined to comfort her with the help of his estranged older brother and live-in girlfriend. Bobbi Sue Luther, Gary Magness and Lutz produced. Smokewood Entertainment sold rights to the pic; Phase 4’s Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe negotiated the deal with Paradigm’s Nick LoPiccolo and Ben Weiss on behalf of the filmmakers.
Los Angeles, CA (September 20, 2012) – Berry Meyerowitz, President & CEO of Phase 4 Films, announced today that the company has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney’s (TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, ENRON) hockey documentary THE LAST GLADIATORS. Larry Weitzman, Jim Podhoretz and Gibney crafted the screenplay and produced the project, which is a Jigsaw Production in association with Northern Lights Hockey, LLC. Barry Reese, Donald “Dee” Rizzo, Michael Messner, George Gund, and Robert J. Brooks executive produced. THE LAST GLADIATORS made its premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Phase 4 will kick off the theatrical release in Canada in October 2012 with the U.S. following in early 2013. Select engagements will feature a screening of the film, followed by an audience discussion with Stanley Cup winner Chris Nilan.
Los Angeles, CA (August 29, 2012) – Berry Meyerowitz, President & CEO of Phase 4 Films, announced today that the company has acquired all North American rights to director Megan Griffiths’ drama EDEN. Griffiths and Richard B. Phillips Jr. wrote the screenplay for the project based on a true story by Chong Kim and Phillips. Jamie Chung (PREMIUM RUSH with Joseph Gordon Levitt, upcoming MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS with Russell Crowe), Beau Bridges (THE DESCENDANTS) and Matt O’Leary (upcoming THE LONE RANGER with Johnny Depp) star in the film, which was produced by Colin Harper Plank and Jacob Mosler through Plank’s Centripetal Films. EDEN made its world premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and the Emergent Narrative Woman Director Award for director Griffiths. The film also played at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival, where Chung won the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actress. Phase 4 is planning an early 2013 theatrical release for the film.
In 1994, Korean-American teenager,Hyun Jae, went to a bar in New Mexico where a handsome young man posing as afirefighter offered her a ride home. She was abducted and smuggled into LasVegas where she was imprisoned as a sex slave for two years. During her captivity, Hyun Jae (dubbed Eden by her captors) ensured her own survival by steadily carving out power and influence within the very organization that imprisoned her. Inspired by the complex and harrowing true story of human
Phase 4 Films has acquired the North American rights to Sassy Pants. The company announced today that it will release the coming-of-age comedy in theatres and on VOD later this fall. Sassy Pants tells the tale of a teen girl who leaves her domineering mother behind to live with her father and his much younger boyfriend. Directed and written by Coley Sohn, the film stars Ashley Rickards, Haley Joel Osment and Anna Gunn who is known for her Emmy-nominated role as Skyler White on AMC’s Breaking Bad. Sassy Pants made its world premiere earlier this year at the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Adam Wilkins and Pavlina Hatoupis produced the movie. Phase 4’s Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe negotiated the Sassy Pants deal with Traction Media on behalf of the filmmakers.
Phase 4 Films President & CEO Berry Meyerowitz says Jordan Galland’s superhero comedy will be released under the new “Kevin Smith’s SModcast Pictures Presents” Banner. It’s scheduled to premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival July 24. Alter Egos is set in a world in which super heroes are real but have recently lost all government funding and public support. Out of that comes a story about an under-appreciated superhero who jeopardizes a dangerous mission with his own emotional crisis, and the girl who comes to his rescue. Phase 4 and SModcast Pictures’ distribution partnership, which was announced earlier this year, will allow Phase 4 to acquire exclusive rights to exhibit and distribute up to 12 films per year under Smith’s banner. Starring are Kris Lemche (Final Destination 3), Brooke Nevin (Breakout Kings), Joey Kern (Super Troopers, Electric City), with John Ventimiglia (Sopranos) and Danny Masterson (That 70’s Show, Men At Work). Musician Sean Lennon, who previously collaborated with Galland on the score of Galland’s film Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Undead, contributed an original musical score for the film, and also plays the role of a super villain. The film was produced by Jordan Galland, Carlos Velazquez, Dan Farah of Farah Films (Relativity’s reboot of The Crow, Screen Gem’s Armored), Milan Chakraborty of Attic Light Films, and Executive Produced by Ed McWilliams of Attic Light Films.
Phase 4 Films has acquired all North American rights to The Baytown Outlaws, the Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria action comedy that had been called The Baytown Disco. The plan is to release the film theatrically early next year. Barry Battles directed his 2009 Black List script (co-written with Griffin Hood) about three ruthless Alabama brothers who find themselves on the wrong side a crazy cast of characters as colorful as they are lethal when the trio finally tries to do a single good deed. The deal was negotiated by Phase 4’s Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe with WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers. Highland Film Group is handling international sales.
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Los Angeles, CA (May 24, 2012) – Berry Meyerowitz, President & CEO of Phase 4 Films, announced today that the company has acquired U.S. rights to Max and Dania’s popular U.K. dance films, STREETDANCE 1 & 2. Both releases star Britain’s Got Talent’s George Sampson and Flawless and were produced by James Richardson and Allan Niblo. The franchise is produced by Vertigo Films. Phase 4 is planning a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release for the films, which have already grossed a combined $75 million worldwide.
Los Angeles, CA (May 16, 2012) – Berry Meyerowitz, President & CEO of Phase 4 Films, announced today that the company has acquired North American rights to writer-director Nate Meyer’s romance SEE GIRL RUN. The film stars Robin Tunney (THE MENTALIST) and Adam Scott (PARKS AND RECREATION). Jesse Sweet, Derrick Tseng and Meyer produced the project, with David Gordon Green (PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, THE SITTER) and Lisa Muskat (THE SITTER) executive producing. SEE GIRL RUN made its world premiere earlier this year at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, and is having its market premiere this week in Cannes. Phase 4 will release the film day-and-date in theatres and on VOD later this year.