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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘The Sacrament’, ‘The Case Against 8′, ‘Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon’, ‘Obvious Child’, More

boxoffice-specialty__111212022432-200x150 (1)The Edge Of Tomorrow and The Fault In Our Stars may reign supreme among new theatrical offerings this weekend, but a crowded pack of specialty newcomers will nip at their heels including documentaries, thrillers and more. Ti West’s The Sacrament will open, following up on 2011 feature The Innkeepers, while A24 bows its Sundance feature Obvious Child, Drafthouse Films opens Borgman and FilmBuff gets theatrical with Burt’s Buzz. Radius-TWC hopes to repeat its box office and award-winning triumph 20 Feet From Stardom with docu Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon. HBO Documentary will open its Sundance winner The Case Against 8 in theaters ahead of its small-screen debut later this month. Emerging Pictures is launching the weekend’s foreign-language newcomer Dormant Beauty and Well Go USA and MPI will bow Rigor Mortis and Willow Creek in limited runs beginning tomorrow.

The SacramentThe Sacrament
Director-writer: Ti West
Cast: Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz, Kate Lyn Sheil, Gene Jones, Shawn Parsons, Donna Biscoe
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Filmmaker Ti West was looking to do something different from his previous feature, The Innkeepers, which opened in 2011. The thriller follows a news team in pursuit of a man as he travels to an undisclosed location to find his missing sister. Upon entering Eden Parish and meeting the community’s leader, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that things are not quite as they appear. “I wanted to something much more confronting and horrific,” said West, speaking from New Mexico where he’s working on his next project, the Western A Valley Of Violence. “I wanted to use a real event as the framework of the story and media brand.” The real event West is referring to is Jonestown, the infamous People’s Temple in Guyana headed by Jim Jones in which more than 900 people committed mass suicide in 1978. “I think it’s misunderstood. People just think about the mass [deaths] at People’s Temple,” said West. “[But] I think the circumstances are relevant today, but we’re desensitized to the violence because of the media.” West put together financing quickly and went right to location in Georgia. “I got the movie made over a treatment really,” said West. “I wrote the script with people in mind and wrote it to their strengths. At the end of the day we didn’t do much improvisation, but we were making a movie that wasn’t easy.” West said the production had a lot of “moving parts” so collaboration on the 18-day shoot was prohibitive “[Producer Eli Roth] gave me final cut and the final decision on casting,” added West. The Sacrament premiered at Venice and Toronto and is the fifth title he’s released via Magnolia. “It’s cool to have a company I get along with very well,” he said. “I get the feeling sometimes that we’re in this together which is great to have as an independent filmmaker.” The company will open Sacrament at Cinema Village in New York and The Carlton in Toronto. It will head to Charlotte, NC on June 12 with cities including LA, Portland, OR, Denver, Atlanta and Cambridge, MA opening June 13, with additional markets added throughout the month. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Ti West’s ‘The Sacrament’

By | Friday February 21, 2014 @ 3:19pm PST

Ti West’s Jonestown-esque found-footage thriller The Sacrament was acquired in a seven-figure deal by Magnet Releasing in Toronto after a strong festival run that included a buzzy premiere in Venice, where it drew praise for its take on the genre. The pic centers on a fashion photographer whose sister has joined Eden Parish, a community in an unidentified foreign country. He sets off to visit her with two journalists from Vice who intend to film the goings-on. It doesn’t go well. Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz and Gene Jones star. West wrote, directed and edited the film, and Eli Roth is presenting it. Magnet releases it May 1 on VOD and June 6 in theaters. Here’s the trailer that hit the web today:

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Magnet Releasing Dates Ti West’s ‘The Sacrament’ For Summer 2014

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 11:50am PST

The Sacrament release dateAfter a buzzy festival run and Toronto pick-up by The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing, Ti West‘s Jonestown-esque thriller The Sacrament has been set for a June 6, 2014 theatrical release. Before then it will hit VOD on May 1, 2014. AJ Bowen, Gene Jones, Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, Kentucker Audley, and Kate Lyn Sheil star in the film which tracks a VICE documentary crew’s visit to a seemingly idyllic agrarian commune with a photographer who hopes to reconnect with his sister. The Sacrament first premiered at Venice. West wrote, directed, and edited the film which is produced by Eli Roth, Jacob Jaffke, Peter Phok, and Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners. His recent films include House of the Devil, The Innkeepers and horror anthologies V/H/S, The ABCs Of Death, all Magnet releases.

Related: Venice: Ti West Gets Real With ‘The Sacrament’; Traditional Western May Follow

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TORONTO: Magnolia Confirms ‘The Sacrament’ Deal For Genre Label Magnet

Mike Fleming Jr broke this news from Toronto last week that Magnolia was finalizing a seven-figure deal for Ti West’s contemporary found-footage thriller that played in the Vanguard sidebar. Now Magnolia says the pic will go out through its genre distribution label Magnet Releasing sometime in 2014. The release: Read More »

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Toronto: Magnolia Nears Deal For Ti West’s ‘The Sacrament’

By | Friday September 13, 2013 @ 3:12pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Ti West wrote and directed The Sacrament, the contemporary found-footage thriller that world premiered at Venice before showing at Toronto over the weekend in the fest’s Vanguard section. Magnolia Pictures, which lost on an earlier bidding war here for Joe, is finalizing a deal for the pic reported to be for seven figures. CAA and UTA are co-repping the sale. The latest film from indie director West, whose credits include The House Of the Devil and The Innkeepers, is “presented by” Eli Roth who serves as a producer. It sends frequent collaborators AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg and Kentucker Audley on a harrowing journey into madness and messianic bloodshed that tweaks the horror genre. Patrick (Audley) is a fashion photographer. When his colleagues Sam (Bowen) and Jake (Swanberg), correspondents for Vice magazine, catch wind of a letter he received from his estranged sister Caroline (Seimetz), they decide her story would be a great subject for a documentary — she’s living in a “sober” commune at an unnamed location outside the U.S. While Patrick reunites with his sister, Sam and Jake investigate why members of the isolated community have followed a mysterious leader they call Father off American soil (think Jim Jones). Understandably skeptical at first, the guys slowly come around to the group’s utopian claims.

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Venice: Ti West Gets Real With ‘The Sacrament’; Traditional Western May Follow

By | Wednesday September 4, 2013 @ 12:41pm PDT

Director Ti West is known primarily for his work as a horror helmer, but with Venice and Toronto title The Sacrament – as well as an upcoming project – he’s taking a turn in a different direction. West’s credits include 2009’s The House Of The Devil, 2011’s The Innkeepers and a segment of 2012’s V/H/S. Although it’s presented by Eli Roth, The Sacrament, which received positive notices here, is not really a straight horror movie. It’s a contemporary found-footage film that tweaks the genre and is “the most realism” West has done, he told me this week. But he’s looking to step even further afield with a script he’s currently writing: He wants to do a “traditional western.” Read More »

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