EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Spurlock‘s production company Warrior Poets has partnered with indie distributors Virgil Films and Abramorama to form the label Morgan Spurlock Presents. The plan is to acquire and release distinctive fiction and documentary features theatrically and on cable VOD. Two films are first up under the new venture and will be released this year: A Brony Tale, the docu that premieres Saturday at Tribeca and centers on the cultural phenomenon of men obsessed with Hasbro’s My Little Pony, the magical talking horse toys. It is set for a July bow. The other is Two: The Story Of Roman & Nyro, from Heather Winters, the exec producer of Spurlock’s Oscar-nominated breakout docu Super-Size Me. It follows rock songwriter Desmond Child and his longtime partner Curtis Shaw Child as they raise their two sons.
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Under the model, films the companies discover that have targeted audiences but that otherwise might be overlooked will be released via the label in 20-30 theatrical markets just before cable VOD bows. Read More »
Virgil Films acquired the U.S. rights to Foreclosure, a Richard Ledes-directed horror film that stars Michael Imperioli, best known for his work in mob sagas The Sopranos and Goodfellas. This is the third distribution arrangement between Virgil Films and writer-director Ledes, following Fred Won’t Move Out and The Caller, which both starred Elliott Gould. Submarine’s Josh Braun made the deal with Virgil president Joseph Amodei. They’ll put it out VOD early next year. Ged Dickersin is producer and Joseph Infantolino is exec producer.
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Imperioli plays a man who takes his father-in-law and son to Queens to to the house of a recently deceased relative. The neighborhood has been decimated by foreclosures, but they try to get a fresh start in the house. Then stuff starts happening. Spencer List, Bill Raymond, Wendell Peirce, Meital Dohan, Matt Servitto and David Costabile also star. Amodei said: “Richard Ledes has created a compelling drama that also happens to be a shocking horror film.”
EXCLUSIVE: Linda Bloodworth Thomason‘s feature-length documentary looking into the issue of marriage inequality has been acquired by Virgil Films, which has nabbed all North American rights. The plan is to release Bridegroom later this fall, followed by VOD and DVD rollouts. The pic, which won the Audience Award at this year at the Tribeca Film Festival, centers on the real-life story of Shane Bitney Crone, who lost the love of his life, Tom Bridegroom, in an accident. Because they weren’t married (and despite the partners having been together for six years), Crone had no legal connection to Bridegroom, and he was barred from the funeral and received no survivor benefits. His YouTube video posted a year later about the ordeal, titled “It Could Happen to You”, went viral, generated worldwide support and attracted the attention of Bloodworth Thomason, creator of such TV series as Designing Women and Evening Shade. The pic is timely with several states weighing same-sex marriage bills and has been selected by the entertainment industry nonprofit Creative Coalition as a 2013 Spotlight Initiative Film.
“The story of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom has touched millions and now Linda Bloodworth Thomason has created an equally poignant and powerful documentary feature” Virgil’s Joseph Amodei said in announcing the deal. “We are excited and honored to bring this important story to audiences everywhere.” The agreement was negotiated … Read More »