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Exclusive: The London-based festival teams with Mpi Media and Dark Sky Films to find new genre voices.
Horror Channel FrightFest has launched a scheme to find new genre writers with distribution company Mpi Media and their sister production company Dark Sky Films.
The initiative, called ‘New Blood’, aims to find horror writers and nurture their projects from script to screen. Screen International is the official media partner on the initiative.
Mpi/Dark Sky Films, which produced and distributed The Innkeepers, Starry Eyes, Stake Land and It Stains The Sands Red, is searching for ideas that can be developed into feature films budgeted below $1m for an international market.
The shortlisted applicants will be mentored by industry experts including Travis Stevens, producer of Starry Eyes and We Are Still Here; actor, producer and horror icon Barbara Crampton; actor and director Dominic Brunt; and Giles Edwards, Mpi Media’s head of acquisitions and development.
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As scary as a cabin in the woods can be, one of the most disturbing backdrops for a film can be the college culture, where horrors that are all too real sometimes take place. Such is the case in Natalie Leite’s M.F.A., which made its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival (read Heather's review here) and has now been acquired for Us distribution by Dark Sky Films.
Press Release: New York, NY (June 8, 2017) - Mpi Media Group announced today that it has acquired all rights in the U.S. to M.F.A., a critically acclaimed powerful thriller starring Francesca Eastwood in a stand out role. The film, from female director and female screenwriter, takes on the searing current issue of sexual violence on campus. M.F.A will be released domestically this fall under the company's Dark Sky Films banner.
The distribution agreement was negotiated by Nicola Goelzhaeuser, Mpi's »
- Derek Anderson
Over the last few weeks, the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival celebrated the best that the indie filmmaking world has to offer, and during the fest’s run, I had the chance to check out just a few of the genre-related offerings on Tribeca’s lineup: The Endless from Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, Pat Healy’s feature film directorial debut, Take Me, and the psychological thriller Tilt from Kasra Farahani. Read on for my thoughts on this trio of thought-provoking cinematic treats.
The Endless: Before I start discussing The Endless, I want to take a moment and say that I feel like the best way to experience the latest from Benson and Moorhead is to go in knowing as little as possible, because that’s how I saw it, and it 110% blew my mind. That being said, part of my job is reviewing movies, so I promise I will keep »
- Heather Wixson
Press Release: New York (May 9, 2017) - Mpi Media Group announced today that it has acquired multi-territory rights to Bitch, a dark and unsettling dramedy from writer-director Marianna Palka, who also stars alongside Jason Ritter. The film, which premiered to critical raves at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, is one of the boldest in the growing body of work by new female directors. Mpi Media Group will be handling international territory sales of the film in Cannes and will release Bitch domestically under the company's Dark Sky Films banner later this year.
- Derek Anderson
Best known for his dramatic turns in a number of cult favourite movies over the last few years, notably Compliance, Cheap Thrills and The Innkeepers, Pat Healy is making his feature film debut behind the camera in the action comedy Take Me.
Written by up-and-comer Mike Makowsky, Healy directs and also stars as Ray Moody, a businessman with an upstart business specializing in kidnappings. That's right, for a fee, Moody will orchestrate the kidnapping of your dreams.
For his latest job, he's hired by Anna St. Blair (Taylor Schilling of "Orange is the New Black" fame) for a "surprise" kidnapping job. Things quickly get bad for Moody when it turns out Anna may not be who she claims to be. Comedy ensues.
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You’ve seen his acting work in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Cheap Thrills, Compliance, The Innkeepers, and more, and now Pat Healy is getting behind the camera again for his solo directorial debut. The first trailer has arrived for Take Me, a new Duplass brothers production that is set in the world of high-end simulated abduction. Along with director, Healy also stars as the faux-kidnapper who gets in over his head when his latest target (Taylor Schilling) makes life a bit complicated.
Seemingly blending dark humor with some light danger — like a pellet gun instead of a real one — Take Me could introduce a strong directorial voice in the indie world. Ahead of a premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, and a release soon after, see the trailer below, along with a poster and synopsis.
- Mike Mazzanti
Dan just wants his home to be supernatural-free, but he gets caught in the middle of two very different paranormal techniques in the horror comedy Another Evil. Following its screenings at SXSW last year (check out Heather's interview with the cast and crew), Another Evil is looking to haunt theaters and Digital HD on May 5th from Dark Sky Films, and a new poster introduces Os, the "straight up ghost assassin."
Press Release: New York, NY (March 30, 2017)- Ridding your home of ghosts is serious business, but finding the right expert to do the job proves to be the real challenge in the new supernatural comedy, Another Evil. The film, a hit at SXSW, BAMcinemaFest and the Fantasia Film Festival, will be released in theaters and on digital HD by Dark Sky Films on May 5, 2017.
- Derek Anderson
The executive flies into Berlin this week and has been named head of acquisitions and development, Europe.
He will play a key role in identifying and developing source material to feed Mpi’s expanding in-house production slate, as well as assessing films for acquisition.
Greg Newman, executive vice -president at Mpi, said: “We’ve enjoyed a very productive working relationship with Giles during his tenure with Metrodome.
“He is a talented executive and we are thrilled to have him bring his skills, taste and discernment to Mpi.”
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8 items from 2017
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