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Cannes: Phase 4 Acquires North American Rights To ‘Fort Bliss’

By | Friday May 16, 2014 @ 3:37am PDT
Mike Fleming

monaghEXCLUSIVE: Phase 4 Films has landed North American distribution on Fort Bliss, the Claudia Myers-directed drama that stars Michelle Monaghan, Ron Livingston, Freddy Rodriguez, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gbenga Akkinagbe, Pablo Schreiber and John Savage. Phase 4′s Katharyn Howe and brokered the deal with Voltage’s Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard. Pic will be released in the fall.

Cannes2014_badgeThe film tells the story of a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother who returns home after an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan to discover the bond with her 5-year-old son has been broken. While struggling to reclaim her son’s affection, she must also reintegrate into life after war, haunted by harrowing memories from Afghanistan. Fort Bliss not only explores the incredible sacrifices made every day by men and women in the armed services, but the price that’s paid by their families as well. Myers wrote the script, and the film is produced by John Sullivan, Adam Silver, Patrick Cunningham, and Brendan McDonald. Read More »

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Cannes: Phase 4 And XLrator Acquire ‘Jamesy Boy’

By | Saturday May 18, 2013 @ 12:40pm PDT

Phase 4 and XLrator Media have teamed up on North American rights to Jamesy Boy, starring Mary-Louise Parker, James Woods, Ving Rhames, Taissa Farmiga, and newcomer Spencer Lofranco. Trevor White directed and co-wrote the true story pic with Lane Shadgett. Lofranco plays teenager James Burns, who befriends a convicted murderer (Rhames) in prison who helps him turn his life around. The Synergics Films and Star Thrower Entertainment production is produced by Tim White, Wayne L. Rogers, Steven P. Saeta, Maria Norman, Galen Walker and Scott Mednick. Phase 4′s Larry Greenberg and Gordon of XLrator Media negotiated the deal with the Paradigm Finance Group on behalf of the filmmakers. Atlas International is handling the foreign sales.

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Phase 4 Acquires ‘The Dirties’

By | Monday May 6, 2013 @ 9:21am PDT
Mike Fleming

Phase 4 Films has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to the Matt Johnson-directed The Dirties, which Johnson stars in with Owen Williams. The script is by Johnson, Evan Morgan and Josh Boles. The film was produced by Matthew Miller along with Johnson, Morgan and Jared Raab. The pic won the Narrative Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance, and Phase 4 will release the film later this year in theaters and on VOD via its distribution partnership with filmmaker Kevin Smith’s Kevin Smith Movie Club. Read More »

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Sundance: Phase 4 Lands ‘Newlyweeds’

By | Friday January 25, 2013 @ 2:54pm PST
Mike Fleming

PARK CITY, UT, January 25 – Berry Meyerowitz, President & CEO of Phase 4 Films, announced today that the Company has acquired all North American rights to NEWLYWEEDS, the debut feature written and directed by Shaka King. Produced by Jim Wareck, Michael Mathews, Shaka King and Gbenga Akinnagbe, with Andy Sawyer and Neil Katz serving as executive producers, NEWLYWEEDS just enjoyed its world premiere in the NEXTsection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, which concludes this weekend.

Phase 4 is planning a day and date theatrical and VOD release for the movie this summer. The deal was negotiated by Phase 4’s Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe with Glen Reynolds of Circus Road Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

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Phase 4 Acquires North American Rights To Keanu Reeves Pic ‘Generation Um…’

By | Friday September 28, 2012 @ 10:31am PDT
Mike Fleming

Phase 4 Films acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to director Mark L Mann’s generation Um… Mann also wrote the screenplay for the film, with Alison Palmer, Caroline Kaplan, and Lemore Syvan producing. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Bojana Novakovic, and Adelaide Clemens and was executive produced by Nicolas Chartier, Cassian Elwes, Zev Foreman, and Jared Goldman. Phase 4 plans to release the film theatrically in spring 2013.

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Magnolia/Phase 4 Team For ‘Sushi Girl’ Release

By | Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 10:38am PDT
Mike Fleming

Los Angeles, CA – August 1, 2012 – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Home Entertainment and Phase 4 Films announced today they have jointly acquired North American rights to the Mark Hamill film SUSHI GIRL. The revenge thriller had its international premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival on July 21st 2012, to be followed by a theatrical release in the U.S. and cable VOD by Phase 4 Films in late 2012, with Blu-ray™, DVD and digital VOD release by Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet Releasing label in early 2013. Phase 4 Films will also distribute the film theatrically and on home video in Canada.

The hotly anticipated genre-bending thriller by director Kern Saxton (co-writer of the film along with Destin Pfaff) is produced by Assembly Line, a team including Neal Fischer, Pfaff, Saxton and Suren M. Seron, in association with Level Up Productions.

Mark Hamill (Star Wars Franchise) and Tony Todd (Candyman) lead a cast of cult heroes including Noah Hathaway (The NeverEnding Story), James Duval (Donnie Darko), Andy Mackenzie (MacGruber), David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight) and Cortney Palm (Superbad). Sushi Girl also includes feature appearances by Michael Biehn (Aliens), Sonny Chiba (Kill Bill Vol. 1), Jeff Fahey (Grindhouse) and Danny Trejo (Machete).

The film centers on the compelling character of a man called “Fish,” just released after six years in jail after successfully not ratting on those involved in the robbery that sent him to prison. The night he is released, the men he protected with silence celebrate his freedom

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Phase 4 Acquires ‘That’s What She Said’: SXSW

By | Tuesday March 13, 2012 @ 3:32pm PDT
Mike Fleming

That's What She Said SXSWLos Angeles, CA (March 13, 2012) – Berry Meyerowitz, President & CEO of Phase 4 Films, announced today that the company has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Carrie Preston’s raunchy femme comedy THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID. The film, with a screenplay by Kellie Overbey, stars Anne Heche, Marcia DeBonis and Alia Shawkat, and was produced by Preston, Joshua Astrachan, Lucy Barzun Donnelly and Mona Panchal. Preston’s film made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Phase 4 will release the film day-and-date in theatres and on VOD later this year.

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Kevin Smith Makes Distribution Deal With Phase 4, One Year After Telling Distributors To Go Screw: Sundance

By | Monday January 23, 2012 @ 12:25pm PST
Mike Fleming

Exactly one year ago, Kevin Smith was here at Sundance to premiere and hold a distributor auction for Red State. It turned out to be a sham, and Smith pulled a crowd of Jets fans out of the AFC title game only to subject them to a foul-mouthed harangue about how their movie business model sucked before selling the movie to himself for $20. Now, Smith has come in from the cold to announce he’s made a distribution deal with Phase 4. He actually had Lionsgate help out with ancillaries on Red State, so he already had stopped going totally commando. Here’s the release:

Park City, UT (January 23, 2012) – Berry Meyerowitz, President & CEO of Phase 4 Films, announced today that the company has entered into an exclusive distribution deal with SModcast Pictures, the production company founded and run by filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Red State). Through the deal, Phase 4 obtains exclusive rights in the U.S. and Canada to exhibit and distribute up to twelve films per year under the newly created “Kevin Smith and SModcast Pictures Presents” label. Phase 4 will release four of these films theatrically each year, which will include a live tour with Kevin Smith, similar to that of Red State, with the remainder of films being released via all other traditional and digital platforms.

“We had a terrific experience

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