Oscilloscope Laboratories acquired U.S. rights to Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais’ Whitewash, starring Thomas Haden Church. The pic world premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Best New Narrative Director Award. Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically and across all digital platforms. In the film, Haden Church plays Bruce, a down-on-his-luck and recently unemployed plow operator in a small, snowy Canadian town. When Bruce accidentally kills a man In the midst of an angry rampage with his snowplow, he must deal with the consequences. Whitewash simultaneously explores the internalized guilt and frustration Bruce is harboring, and his external battle with the rugged wintry terrain he is faced with as he attempts to escape his situation.
Phase 4 has released a new red-band trailer for Another Happy Day, the film written and directed by Sam Levinson that won him the Waldo Salt Screenwriting award at Sundance. High-strung Lynn (Ellen Barkin) and her three troubled children (Ezra Miller, Kate Bosworth, Daniel Yelsky) are hurled deep into the heart of domestic darkness and primal family dynamics when they attend the wedding of her eldest son. While a long-simmering feud rages with her ex-husband (Thomas Haden Church) and his hot-tempered wife (Demi Moore), Lynn struggles against her cold, disdainful mother (Ellen Burstyn) and her distant father (George Kennedy). With an apathetic husband , (Jeffrey DuMunn) at her side, Lynn is left to wander in a generational emotional minefield. The film opens November 18.
EXCLUSIVE: Slasher Films, the genre shingle launched by Michael Williams, Rob Eric and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, has scared up its first greenlit film. Anthony Leonardi is set to direct Nothing to Fear, and Thomas Haden Church is in talks to star. Jonathan W.C. Mills wrote the script. Leonardi is making his directing debut after serving on the creative teams of directors Gore Verbinski and Francis Lawrence, developing creatures and storyboard design for films like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Rango, Constantine and Water for Elephants.
The pic focuses on a family’s journey toward a better life, and how it is undone by a charismatic but unbalanced man of the cloth (Church). It’s based on an actual town purported to be one of the seven gateways to hell. The picture will begin shooting in late October in Louisiana, with funding from Upload Films and upstart film investment company Middle Crisis Productions. Movie Package Company’s Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield arranged the financing and will be executive producers. CAA reps Slasher Films and will broker a domestic deal.