Alex Ross Perry‘s dark comedy that premiered at Sundance this year now has a North American rights deal and a release date: Tribeca Film has acquired Listen Up Philip and has set a theatrical release for October 17, 2014, with VOD following the next week. Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter, Joséphine de La Baume, Dree Hemingway and Jess Weixler star in the pic, about an author (Schwartzman) awaiting the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his girlfriend (Moss), and his own indifference to promoting the book. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman (Pryce) offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject — himself. The pic is produced by Washington Square Films and Sailor Bear Productions, the team behind Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. Perry (The Color Wheel) wrote and directed. The deal was negotiated for Tribeca Film by Nick Savva, with John Sloss of Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.
Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen star as fresh-out-of-high-school besties who make a pact to lose their virginity during the summer before they leave for college. Of course they both fall hard for the same dude, hunky artist David (Boyd Holbrook), and lifelong bonds are strained when one starts seeing him on the QT. Writer and rookie director Naomi Foner’s Very Good Girls also stars Ellen Barkin, Clark Gregg, Peter Sarsgaard, Richard Dreyfuss and Demi Moore. The R-rated drama from Tribeca Film and Well Go USA Entertainment, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, goes out June 24 on VOD and hits select theaters on July 25. Here’s the trailer:
After premiering as the opening night film of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, hip hop doc Time Is Illmatic, about the creation and legacy of rapper Nas‘ landmark 1994 album Illmatic, has been acquired by Tribeca Films. Pic is directed and produced by artist One9 and written by Erik Parker and traces the musical origins and evolutions of the Queens-bred MC known throughout his two-decade career as Nasty Nas, Esco, Escobar and Nastradamus. An October theatrical and VOD debut is in the works with a lineup of Nas performances in select cities and educational youth screenings bringing more buzz to the release. Time Is Illmatic was supported by The Ford Foundation’s Just Films and Tribeca Film Institute’s Tribeca All Access program. “With Time is Illmatic, Erik and I wanted to celebrate Nas’ groundbreaking album Illmatic and shed light on the socio-economic conditions that created it. Most importantly, we wanted to show how one piece of art gave hope to those searching for their voice in America,” said One9. “We are confident that our partnership with Tribeca will give the proper platform for this important American experience.” Tribeca Films Nick Savva negotiated the deal with David Koh, Dan Braun, and Josh Braun for Submarine Entertainment and WME’s Liesl Copland on behalf of the filmmakers.
UPDATE, 3:25PM: Madison Square Garden Company is buying a 50% stake in Tribeca Enterprises at $45 million, both companies have confirmed. CEO and co-founder Jane Rosenthal will continue to lead Tribeca along with President and COO Jon Patricof. For MSG, the upside is Tribeca’s content, not to mention an entry into the film festival business, while Tribeca will benefit from MSG’s marketing and promotional expertise and platforms. It also puts Tribeca in a position to expand its film festival brand and programs in New York and nationally. In the future, MSG will have the opportunity to up its share in Tribeca.
PREVIOUS BREAKING, SATURDAY 2:41PM: Madison Square Garden Company is making a strategic investment in Tribeca Enterprises — which includes Tribeca Film Festival. MSG is taking a substantial position in Tribeca. We are told MSG’s investment is at least $20 million-plus, upwards of $45 million. MSG and Tribeca are two of the best-known Gotham-based entertainment brands. The Tribeca Film Festival attracted 450,000 attendees last year at $550 a pop for top tier passes and $350 for second tier tickets. The fest is said to generate $750 million in economic activity for New York City. We are told that Tribeca Productions, which was founded by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal in 1989, is not part of the deal.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Production Starts Next Week On ‘The Inbetweeners Movie 2′; Tribeca Film Picks Up ‘Palo Alto’; More
‘The Inbetweeners Movie 2′ Ready To Start Filming
The sequel to the UK’s most successful homegrown comedy film of all time is gearing up to shoot next week. The original Inbetweeners Movie was scripted by Iain Morris and Damon Beesley and based on the British TV series. Morris and Beesley will direct the second feature (Ben Palmer helmed the orignal) about four friends navigating their way through life, this time in Australia. The duo also scripted the film that’s got kangaroos, Aussies “and possibly koalas.” Bwark Productions is producer and will co-finance The Inbetweeners Movie 2 with Channel 4/Film4. There’s an August release set; a summer date that reflects the first film’s debut in 2011.
Tribeca Film Taking ‘Palo Alto’ To North America
Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Gia Coppola’s Venice debut Palo Alto. The ensemble teen drama stars Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer, James Franco, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin and Val Kilmer. It’s written and directed by Coppola, based on Franco’s short story collection of the same name. Tribeca is planning a spring theatrical release.
Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Scottish director David Mackenzie’s prison drama Starred Up, which stars Jack O’Connell who is making his name quickly known after also landing the lead role as Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. O’Connell stars in this one with Ben Mendelsohn and Homeland‘s Rupert Friend, and a 2014 U.S. theatrical release is planned for the pic, which played Telluride and Toronto this fall festival season. O’Connell stars as ultra-violent 19-year-old Eric, who is prematurely transferred to the same adult prison facility as his estranged father (Mendelsohn). Eric is approached by a volunteer psychotherapist (Friend) who runs an anger management group for prisoners. Torn between gang politics, prison corruption, and a glimmer of something better, Eric finds himself in a fight for his life. Independent, who worked with Mackenzie on his Berlin Silver Bear winner Hallam Foe, is repping international sales at AFM. The deal was negotiated for Tribeca Film by Alison Diviney, Acquisitions Manager, and Independent’s Abigail Walsh on behalf of the filmmakers. Fox Searchlight will release the film in the UK in spring 2014.
Tribeca Film acquired U.S. rights to Neil LaBute’s Some Velvet Morning. Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve star in the relationship drama written and directed by LaBute and produced by Tim Harms, Daryl Freimark, Michael Corrente, Trent Othick, and David Zander. Pic premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca plans a theatrical and on-demand release platform in December. Pic is about a man who shows up on the doorstep of his mistress after a four-year absence. He says he has finally left his wife, but she isn’t interested and he becomes obsessed with her and things get ugly. It’ll come out on multiple platforms December 10 and reach some theaters three days later. Submarine repped the film.
A tattoo shop owner and a banjo player fight to save their marriage in Felix van Groeningen’s romantic drama. After scoring the Audience Award in Berlin, The Broken Circle Breakdown won best screenplay and actress trophies at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, and Tribeca Film acquired it a month later. Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh star in the bluegrass-infused film scripted by Carl Joos and van Groeningen. Here’s the trailer for the Belgium-Netherlands co-production, which opens November 1:
Geek media company Nerdist Industries makes its foray into distribution with Comic-Con acquisition Zero Charisma, about a dungeon master (Sam Eidson) whose position of power at his regular role-playing game night is threatened by a neo-nerd interloper. Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews directed the pic which Nerdist and Tribeca Film will release to theaters October 11. Here’s the new trailer:
Tribeca Film acquired U.S. rights to the Marion Vernoux-directed Bright Days Ahead, which gets its North American preem tonight at Toronto after being released in France earlier this year. The Vernoux-scripted adaptation of the Franny Chesnel novel A Young Girl With Gray Hair stars Fanny Ardant, along with Laurent Lafitte, Patrick Chesnais, Jean-Francois Stevenin, and Marie Riviere. Pic’s a co-production between Les Films du Kiosque and 27.11 Production. A retiree finally gets the chance to take care of her children and husband and she is bored to tears in no time. She’s invited to her neighborhood’s senior club and finds mischief there and a break from obligation and conformity.
New York, NY – May 29, 2013 – Tribeca Film today announced it has acquired all U.S. rights to director Felix van Groeningen’s (Cannes entry The Misfortunates) bluegrass-infused drama The Broken Circle Breakdown. A late 2013 theatrical release is planned for the film which is written by Carl Joos and van Groeningen and produced by Dirk Impens. A box office hit when it opened in Belgium this past fall, the film recently played in competition at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, where writers Joos and van Groeningen won Best Screenplay for a Narrative Feature Film and lead actress Veerle Baetens won Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film. Earlier this year it won the Panorama Audience Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival.
Tribeca Film and Well Go USA Entertainment co-acquired North American rights to Francesca Gregorini’s (Tanner Hall) psychological thriller Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes. The film stars Kaya Scodelario, Jessica Biel, Alfred Molina and Frances O’Connor in the story of a troubled girl who becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor, who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. Writer/director Gregorini produced with Matthew R. Brady. Tribeca Film And Well Go plan a late 2013 theatrical release along with on-demand platforms. The deal was negotiated for Tribeca Film by Nick Savva, Director of Acquisitions, and on behalf of the filmmakers by Kevin Iwashina and Abby Davis of Preferred Content, and Jonathan Gray of GKSD Law.
Penn Badgley stars as musician Jeff Buckley in the Daniel Algrant-directed drama, which premiered at the Toronto Film Fest. The pic follows Buckley on the eve of the public singing debut that would launch his career as he comes to terms with the legacy of his late father, folk singer Tim Buckley. Imogen Poots co-stars. Tribeca Film and Focus World open the pic in New York and LA on May 3.
Tribeca Film today announced it has concluded a deal with Protagonist Pictures to acquire all North American rights to Irish director Lenny Abrahamson’s drama What Richard Did – which swept this past weekend’s Irish Film & Television Awards, taking home five IFTAs for Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor and Best Editing.
Newcomer Jack Reynor (to be seen in the upcoming Transformers sequel) and Róisín Murphy star alongside Sam Keeley (The Other Side of Sleep, Misfits), and Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing) in this striking portrait adapted from Kevin Powers’ award-winning book Bad Day in Blackrock. The world is bright and everything seems possible for Richard Karlsen, the golden boy of his privileged set of Dublin teens, until he does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Featuring extraordinary performances from its largely young cast, What Richard Did is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be.
The English Teacher stars Julianne Moore, Nathan Lane, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins and Michael Angarano and will be released this spring as part of a double-team rights deal between Cinedigm Entertainment Group and Tribeca Film. As part of the pact, an ultra-VOD and digital window will be followed by a theatrical run, DVD and TV in the U.S. Moore stars in the comedy as a beloved English teacher whose repressed personal life exists in stark contrast to the passion she brings to the classroom. Her routine is upended when a former star pupil returns to her small town after failing miserably as a playwright. Craig Zisk (Nurse Jackie, Weeds) made his directorial debut on the pic, which was co-written by Dan and Stacy Chariton. Matthew E. Chausse, Naomi Despres, Ben LeClair and Robert Salerno produced. Vincent Scordino, VP Acquisitions, Theatrical, for Cinedigm negotiated the deal with Tribeca Film Director of Acquisitions Nick Savva.
EXCLUSIVE: Tribeca Film and Focus World have picked up Greetings From Tim Buckley, starring Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley. Tribeca will release the Daniel Algrant-directed film theatrically next year, with the companies working together on VOD and other digital platforms. The film, which debuted at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, follows Jeff Buckley in the days leading up his 1991 tribute concert to his distant and now deceased father. Badgley plays the younger Buckley, who shot to fame in the 1990s before drowning in Tennessee’s Wolf River in 1997. Imogen Poots also stars. Algrant, Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel penned the screenplay; the Smuggler Films pic was produced by Patrick Milling Smith, John Hart, Amy Nauiokas and Fred Zollo. Tribeca Film’s director of acquisitions Nick Savva; and Focus’ EVP Strategic Planning, Business Affairs and Acquisitions Avy Eschenasy and Kent Sanderson, Director, Alternative Content & Distribution, negotiated the deal with CAA and Hengameh Panahi of Celluloid Dreams for the filmmakers. Greetings is the first of three Buckley films to be released: Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’s Reeve Carney signed on last year for another Buckley biopic, and Mad Bastards director Brendan Fletcher is mounting is A Pure Drop, based on the book A Pure Drop: The Life Of Jeff Buckley.
The co-star of HBO’s Girls wrote or co-wrote, directed and starred in both the drama Rubberneck and comedy Red Flag, which have been acquired by Tribeca Film. The plan is to release both relationship-themed pics in February 2013 theatrically and on-demand. Rubberneck, co-written by Alex Karpovsky and Garth Donovan, is a story of workplace romance gone wrong. Months after a weekend fling, Boston research scientist Paul (Karpovsky) continues to lust after his beautiful co-worker Danielle (Jamie Ray Newman), nurturing his fantasies with the occasional polite exchange at work. But once she starts dating another scientist at their lab, his infatuation quickly turns into obsession. Red Flag is a road-trip comedy starring Karpovsky as Alex Karpovsky, a newly single indie filmmaker who hits the road with an old friend (Onur Tukel) to promote one of his films. As the pair travels from one half-empty theater to the next, they are pursued by an adoring fan (Jennifer Prediger) who drives them into an exceptionally uncomfortable love triangle.
NEW YORK – Sept. 21, 2012 – Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to award-winning thriller No Rest for the Wicked (No habra paz para los malvados), which is currently screening as part of Fantastic Fest in Austin. The film was the big winner at the most recent Goya Awards —the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars— last February, capturing six prizes, including Best Film. Tribeca Film plans a December release for the film, which is the first outing after an eight-year absence by noted Spanish thriller/film noir director Enrique Urbizu (Box 507, Life Marks). The release will span multiple platforms, including availability on demand in more than 40 million homes through a variety of video-on-demand offerings, as well as iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, VUDU and Xbox.
TORONTO – Sept. 13, 2012 – Tribeca Film has acquired U.S. rights to Bert Marcus Productions’ How to Make Money Selling Drugs, which had its world premiere on Friday night at the Toronto International Film Festival. The provocative documentary offers an in-depth look at the high-stakes world of drug dealing and drug enforcement by blending authentic reportage with pop culture references. Directed by Matthew Cooke, the film reunites producers Bert Marcus of Bert Marcus Productions and Adrian Grenier (HBO’s Entourage), the team that created the breakout hit Teenage Paparazzo. Tribeca Film plans a 2013 theatrical release day and date with on-demand platforms, where it will be available in more than 40 million homes through a variety of video-on-demand offerings, as well as iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, VUDU and Xbox.