Eric Roberts on the set of “Alone Today”; Michelle Yeoh, Jenny Slate SFFILM Tributes – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Eric Robert (Virtuous Gemstones) reconnects with his train out of control co-star Danny Trejo as part of the cast of alone todayan upcoming crime drama from director Wendy Wilkins, which will also star Shannon Elizabeth and Frank Whaley.
The film tells the story of a woman (Elizabeth) in an abusive relationship with a dirty detective (Roberts) who helps move sex-trafficked girls crossing the Mexican border. When she tries to save a single truck before it “disappears forever”, everything goes wrong and she decides to take a different path.
The project comes from the founder of Different Duck Films, Rob Margolies (Bobcat Moretti), who will produce alongside Errol Sack and Julia Verdin. Production is underway in Los Angeles. Roberts is replaced by Sovereign Talent Group, Imperial Artists Agency and Miles Anthony Associates in London, director Eliza Roberts, Empire Agency in Germany and Scott Carlson Entertainment in Canada.
EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures acquired worldwide rights to writer-director Theresa Rebeck’s thriller Overview and writer-director LazRael Lison’s mystery thriller #Unknown. The Anthem Sports & Entertainment Company plans to release the former title in theaters and on demand on May 6, bringing the latter to VOD platforms on June 28.
Overview explores a sinister world where corporate espionage reaches into the homes and minds of its employees. Panic mounts as lives are compromised and controlled by a ruthless oligarch who manipulates reality with unsettling pleasure. What is the price of loyalty? And what is the price of freedom? Janet McTeer, Raul Esparza, Erin Darke, Carrie Preston, Jonathan Preston, Michael Emerson, Alysia Reiner, David Alan Basche, Ashley Nicole Black, Krysta Rodriguez, Van Hughes and Joseph Collins stars.
Rebeck and Andrew Carlberg (The skin, feel through) produced, with Reiner and Basche exec producing. Roxanne Donovan, Mêlisa Annis and Peter Tadros served as co-producers.
#Unknown picks up years after a series of random murders, as book author Michael Lane (Hal Ozsan) suddenly begins to receive haunting calls from the unknown. Instead of focusing on recalling his first bestselling book, he becomes obsessed with this mystery and spins out of control as he unravels each victim caught in a dangerous killer’s web.
The film also stars Judd Nelson, Denise Boutte, Master P, Nicholle Tom and Tom Sizemore. Lison produced for Summer House Pictures, alongside Tatiana Chekhova, Master P and Romeo Miller, with Antonio Trotter of High Rolling Entertainment executive producing.
Brett Rogalsky brokered the deal for Overview on behalf of Gravitas Ventures, with ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. Gravitas brokered the deal for #Unknown with Newman Thomas Management and Summer House Pictures.
EXCLUSIVE: 1091 Pictures picked up the North American rights to the action drama Free dead or alivewith black cinema claim South Korean rights through a commercial agent Iuvit Media Sales.
The film takes audiences on a deadly road trip where a young girl (Edy Ganem) embarks on a perilous journey between South and Central America and the United States, unaware of the true dangers that await her, including the trafficking in human beings. Its cast also includes Alejandro De Hoyos, Robert Avellanet, Patricia Velazquez, Seth Michaels, Robert LaSardo, Dyana Ortelli, Marcus DeAnda, Juan Pablo Olyslager, Al Coronel, Thomas Hennessy, Christiana Leucas and Anna Carvalho.
Free dead or alive recently won the top five categories at the California Women’s Film Festival. Erik Bernard directed from his script and produced alongside Marco-Angela La Porta. Ganem, Michaels, Courtney Le Marco, Grady Craig, Matthew Helderman and Luke Taylor produced, with Tracey Bradley associate producing and John Hoernschemeyer serving as production manager on the project. Bernard is represented by Espada PR & Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: Freestyle Digital Media acquired the North American rights to the autobiographical true-crime docudrama Untold: This is my story, written, directed and produced by Gina M. Garcia. Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group/Entertainment Studios digital film distribution division plans to release the film on VOD platforms on April 19.
Garcia’s feature debut as a director focuses on the hate crime that sparked disturbing flashbacks to her childhood abduction, leading her to seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder at a hospital in Veterans. Gina’s autobiographical journey for the truth implodes her family and nearly takes her life.
Pic’s cast includes Terri Ivens, Melody Butiu, Carlos Gomez, Jennifer Rubin and civil rights lawyer Gloria Allred. Freestyle Digital Media negotiated the acquisition agreement Untold: This is my story directly with Garcia.
EXCLUSIVE: Writers-producers Alexandra Boylan and Andrea Polnaszek (also known as The Boylan sisters) have wrapped production on their latest feature, the teen comedy Identity crisis.
Pic focuses on Madison (Scout Lepore), a bright student who lacks confidence. While working in the university library, she discovers a long-abandoned cloning machine. Madison’s desire to become more confident and outgoing then leads to cloning herself, creating a new “Madison” (played by Scout’s twin sister, Sophia Lepore) who is willing to do things she’s always been afraid of. to try. But now with two Madisons on campus, the pressure is mounting on the original to keep his life together.
While Identity crisis is Polnaszek and Boylan’s sixth feature film together, following titles such as Switched and catch the faith, this is their first production as The Boylan Sisters. Actress Shari Rigby directed her feature debut, from a script by The Boylan Sisters, with Ben Howard and Erin Mae Miller producing. Pic’s ensemble also includes Finn Roberts, Maria Canals-Barrera and Laura Leigh Turner.
Boylan is replaced by Mitchell & Associates Talent; Rigby by Houghton Talent in Georgia and Treasure Coast Talent Agency; Scout Lepore by DDO Artists Agency, Players Talent Agency, AFA Prime Talent Media; and Sophia Lepore by AFA Prime Talent Media
EXCLUSIVE: Actress and director Katie Cassidy (Arrow) is preparing to direct the comedy Father issues from its original screenplay.
Her first feature film backed by Boston’s Marina Studios is a coming-of-age story set in Los Angeles about three adult women who should have grown up already, but can’t seem to escape the relationship dysfunction whose they learned from their fathers.
Cassidy will also produce and star in Father issues. Maria Bertrand and Meg McCaig co-wrote the screenplay, with Marina Cappi’s Marina Studios on board the project after Cassidy presented at the 2022 Mammoth Film Festival. Production will take place in Boston and Los Angeles this fall.
Cassidy is represented by APA and Authentic Talent and Literary Management; Bertrand by HRI Talent and Octagon Entertainment; and McCaig by CESD.
SFFILM announced this week that Everything everywhere all at once Star Michelle Yeoh and actress and comedian Jenny Slate will be honored with special tributes at the 65th San Francisco International Film Festival. Slate will be celebrated at the Castro Theater on April 22 at 7:30 p.m., followed by a screening of his long-awaited film A24 Marcel the shod shellwith Yeoh to celebrate at the Castro on April 29 at 6 p.m.
Honored creators of past SFFILM tributes include Steve Coogan, Claire Denis, Laura Dern, Ethan Hawke, James Ivory, Shah Rukh Khan, Vanessa Kirby, Laura Linney, Sienna Miller, John C. Reilly, Charlize Theron, Wayne Wang and John Ridley , amongst others. This year’s festival runs from April 21 to May 1, and its full lineup of films will be announced on March 30. Tickets for the tributes to Yeoh and Slate are $30 for SFFILM members and $35 for the general public. The box office is now open to members on this link and opens to the general public on March 23.