NEW YORK -- Producer-actress Rosario Dawson
's harrowing date rape drama Descent
has been acquired for domestic theatrical release by City Lights
Sister company City Lights Home Entertainment will handle video and digital distribution of the film as part of its recently announced partnership with Warner/Elektra/Atlantic.
In the less than $3 million feature, set for a platform release in late spring, Dawson will play a college student slowly recovering from a brutal date rape. While trying to rebuild her life, she decides to take revenge on her attacker (Chad Faust
) in a manner City Lights
CEO Danny Fisher describes as "equally shocking, controversial and graphic."
Fisher said he is prepared to release the film unrated or with an NC-17 rating because of its violence as he doesn't want to diminish the power of the material.
"This is not a revenge thriller, and we're not planning to market it as such," Fisher said. He plans to reach out to rape and women's organizations to spread awareness about the subject matter and launch a strong Internet campaign, including a presence in online support groups.