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Ddi heads to Toronto with world rights to 'The Cleansing Hour' (exclusive)

Genre project currently in post-production.

Toronto-based Ddi has picked up worldwide sales rights to supernatural horror The Cleansing Hour and will launch sales at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) next week.

CEO Jason Moring (pictured) and his team will introduce buyers to the feature about millennial entrepreneurs who get tormented by a demon during a live webcast.

When the evil spirit possesses the fiancée of one of the men, it forces them to expose dark secrets. Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner and Alix Angelis star

The Cleansing Hour is currently in post-production and marks the feature directorial debut of Damien LeVeck,
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Netflix Buys Drake Doremus’ ‘Newness,’ Gravitas Picks Up ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Netflix has acquired the worldwide Svod rights to Drake Doremus’ “Newness,” Deadline reports. The film stars Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa as a couple in contemporary Los Angeles navigating the world of online dating and social media–driven hookup culture. The film was a last-minute addition to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and co-stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Courtney Eaton, Danny Huston and Courtney Eaton. Netflix acquired the rights in a reported seven-figure deal.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired writer-director Angus MacLachlan’s second feature film, “Abundant Acreage Available.” The film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Best Screenplay Award in the U.S. Narrative Competition. The film focuses on siblings Tracy (Amy Ryan) and Jesse
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Altitude Boards ‘The Boy Downstairs’ For Int’l Sales, UK Distribution – Cannes

Altitude Boards ‘The Boy Downstairs’ For Int’l Sales, UK Distribution – Cannes
Altitude Film Sales has boarded international sales rights for Tribeca hit The Boy Downstairs, starring Zosia Mamet and Matthew Shear, and will be shopping the project to buyers in Cannes this month. The company's distribution arm, Altitude Film Distribution, has taken UK rights to the title. UTA is repping North American rights. Project marks the feature debut from writer-director Sophie Brooks and is produced by Cliffbrook Films' Dan Clifton (The Belko Experiment)…
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'The Boy Downstairs' starring Zosia Mamet gets UK deal

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'The Boy Downstairs' starring Zosia Mamet gets UK deal
Altitude has taken international sales and U.K. distribution on the Tribeca title.

Altitude Film Distribution has acquired UK distribution rights to The Boy Downstairs, starring Girls actress Zosia Mamet.

Altitude Film Sales will also present the title - which played at Tribeca - to international buyers at Cannes.

The film co-stars Matthew Shear and is helmed by first-time writer-director Sophie Brooks.

The Boy Downstairs is produced by Cliffbrook FilmsDan Clifton (The Belko Experiment), David Brooks (Atm) and Motion Picture Capital (Hampstead, Sense8), with executive producer Paul Brooks (Pitch Perfect).

The UK distribution deal was struck by Altitude’s co-ceo Andy Mayson with Motion Picture Capital, the major financier of the film.

In the film Mamet plays a woman who moves back to New York City after a few years in London and finds what seems to be the perfect Brooklyn apartment. However, on the first night in her new home she discovers her ex-boyfriend Ben, played
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Interview : The Belko Experiment – Vr Escape Room With David Yarovesky

Have you ever found yourself suddenly enveloped in a nightmare? You must be dreaming, right? Either that, or you’re in an immersive Vr escape room, trying to save your own life while a friend fucks with you from the sidelines! That was the fun, panicked predicament I found myself in when I headed to The Microsoft Lounge to play The Belko Experiment – Vr Escape Room Experience created by my talented friend, David Yarovesky.

The game, co-created by Dan Clifton, is an interactive puzzle which puts you in the middle of The Belko Experiment. You have fifteen minutes to solve the clues in order to save your own life. It’s designed for the Htc Vive and Oculus Rift headsets through the Steam Platform, so you have a bit of a choice. Did I mention that it is Free? As someone who has experience with both headsets, I was glad
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Indie Spotlight: The Atticus Institute, Alien Outpost, Frankenstein Vs. The Mummy, The Philip K. Dick Film Festival

We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details on Amnesiac, The Atticus Institute, and Alien Outpost, multiple trailers, premiere details for Head, and a Q&A with the founder of The Philip K. Dick Film Festival:

Amnesiac Distribution and Release Details: “Amnesiac tells the story of a man (Wes Bentley) who wakes up in bed suffering from memory loss after being in an accident, only to begin to suspect that his wife (Kate Bosworth) may not be his real wife. The web of lies and deceit deepen inside the house where he soon finds himself a prisoner.

XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the psychological thriller Amnesiac starring Kate Bosworth (Still Alice, Superman Returns) and Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games series, Interstellar). XLrator Media will release the film in Summer 2015 on its acclaimed “Macabre” genre label.
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The Atticus Institute – The Only Case of Real Demonic Possession

Anchor Bay Entertainment presents the disturbing new horror thriller The Atticus Institute, from producer of The Conjuring Peter Safran, available on DVD and Blu-ray™ January 20st, 2015. Written and directed by Chris Sparling (writer of “Buried”) in his directorial debut, The Atticus Institute stars Rya Khilstedt (“Dexter”), William Mapother (“Lost”, The Grudge), Harry Groener (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), John Rubenstein (“Angel”) and Sharon Maughn (The Bank Job) and was executive produced by Dan Clifton. The … Continue reading →

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The Atticus Institute Blu-ray / DVD Release Details

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Similar to how The Shop was interested in the pyrokinetic abilities of young Charlie in Stephen King’s Firestarter, the U.S. Department of Defense becomes intrigued by Judith Winstead’s supernatural powers and tries to harness the uncontrollable dark forces within her in The Atticus Institute, coming out on home media early next year from Anchor Bay:

“Los Angeles, November xx, 2014 – Anchor Bay Entertainment presents the disturbing new horror thriller The Atticus Institute, from producer of The Conjuring Peter Safran, available on DVD and Blu-ray™ January 20st, 2015. Written and directed by Chris Sparling (writer of “Buried”) in his directorial debut, The Atticus Institute stars Rya Kihlstedt (“Dexter”), William Mapother (“Lost”, The Grudge), Harry Groener (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), John Rubinstein (“Angel”) and Sharon Maughan (The Bank Job) and was executive produced by Dan Clifton. The Atticus Institute will be available on DVD for an Srp of $22.98 and on Blu-ray™ for
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IFC Midnight Acquires Rights to Zachary Donohue's High-tech Horror 'The Den'

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IFC Midnight, the genre arm of IFC Films, announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to Zachary Donohue's debut film, "The Den." Co-written by Donohue and Lauren Thompson, the film stars Melanie Papalia, David Schlachtenhaufen, Adam Shapiro and Matt Riedy. "The Den" follows a young woman, who, studying the habits of webcam chat users, witnesses a brutal murder online, and plunges into an investigation that could befall a similarly grisly fate. The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Svp of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with Cliffbrook Films and Intricacy Productions on behalf of the filmmakers. “The Den is a unique, modern thriller and we are very happy that it has found a home at IFC Midnight,” says producer Dan Clifton. “We’re excited for audiences to experience the film in both a theatrical setting and as a VOD title, which are opportunities presented in working with IFC Midnight.
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IFC Midnight Acquires ‘The Den’

IFC Midnight acquired North American rights to the Zachary Donohue-directed The Den. Scripted by Donohue and Lauren Thompson, the pic stars Melanie Papalia, David Schlachtenhaufen, Adam Shapiro and Matt Riedy. David Brooks and Dan Clifton produced. A young woman studying the habits of webcam chat users witnesses a brutal murder online and, after she decides to investigate digitally, is immersed in a nightmare in which she and her loved ones are targeted for a similarly grisly fate.
See full article at Deadline Movie News »

First Hours Poster & Trailer Starring Paul Walker & Genesis Rodriguez

Check out the new poster for Eric Heisserer's Hours thriller starring Paul Walker and Genesis Rodriguez. The film which is written directed by Heisserer, opens December 13th, 2013 via Lionsgate's Pantelion Films. The film showed at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and is produced by Peter Safran while Dan Clifton, Kevin Scott Frakes and Ken Hirsh serve as executive producers.
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IFC Goes Psycho For Thriller 'Atm'

IFC Goes Psycho For Thriller 'Atm'
IFC Midnight has acquired all U.S. rights to David Brooks' thriller Atm, which stars Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Josh Peck (The Wackness), Alice Eve (Entourage), says Variety. The trio play co-workers who make a late-night visit to an Atm and find themselves fighting for their lives when they become trapped by an unknown man. Script was penned by Chris Sparling, whose previous credits include the Ryan Reynolds-starrer Buried. Gold Circle Films prexy Paul Brooks and Peter Safran produced the pic, while Scott Niemeyer and Dan Clifton served as exec producers. Paul Brooks negotiated the deal with Arianna Bocco of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. IFC Midnight recently released The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) and will soon distribute festival pics The Catechism Cataclysm and Kill List.
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David Brooks' Atm thriller goes to IFC Midnight

IFC nabs Us rights to Brian Geraghty, Josh Peck, Alice Eve starrer Atm. In Atm, scripted by Chris Sparling, Geraghty, Peck and Eve play co-workers who visit an Atm late at night and wind up fighting for their lives after their are trapped by an unknown man. Sparling's no stranger to weaving talent; he did a great job with Ryan Reynolds thriller Buried from Lionsgate. Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Films produced the film alongside Peter Safran. Pic is executive produced by Dan Clifton and Scott Niemeyer. IFC Midnight's latest releases include Tom Six's The Human Centipede (Full Sequence) with upcoming films including Colin Farrell...
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David Brooks' Atm thriller goes to IFC Midnight

IFC nabs Us rights to Brian Geraghty, Josh Peck, Alice Eve starrer Atm. In Atm, scripted by Chris Sparling, Geraghty, Peck and Eve play co-workers who visit an Atm late at night and wind up fighting for their lives after their are trapped by an unknown man. Sparling's no stranger to weaving talent; he did a great job with Ryan Reynolds thriller Buried from Lionsgate. Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Films produced the film alongside Peter Safran. Pic is executive produced by Dan Clifton and Scott Niemeyer. IFC Midnight's latest releases include Tom Six's The Human Centipede (Full Sequence) with upcoming films including Colin Farrell...
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Letters: Iranian film-makers

As UK film-makers and members of Directors UK, we are greatly saddened to learn of the imprisonment of acclaimed Iranian film-makers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof (Iran jails film-maker who dared to back opposition for six years, 21 December). We strongly condemn the actions of the Islamic Republic of Iran in seeking to temper free speech and believe that a greater understanding of the people of Iran at home and abroad can only result from the unhindered expression of creativity in film, media and the arts in all their forms.

We express our sense of solidarity with Jafar and Mohammad and call upon the Iranian government to immediately rescind the sentences and to release them without delay.

Paul Greengrass (President, Directors UK), Udayan Prasad, Nigel Cole, Kevin Macdonald, David Yates, Michael Apted, Julian Jarrold, Iain Softley, Paul Unwin, Andrew Gillman, Tim Sullivan, Piers Haggard, Dan Clifton

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Buried Writer, Producer Make an Atm Run

The Safran Company and Gold Circle Films have picked up the spec script Atm by Buried writer Chris Sparling. David Brooks will direct. Peter Safran, who also produced Buried , will produce the project along with Paul Brooks ( A Haunting in Connecticut ). Scott Neimeyer, Norm Waitt and Dan Clifton are executive producing. The film centers on three co-workers who - on a routine stop at an Atm - unexpectedly end up in a desperate fight for their lives. The project will be shot in the fall.
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Buried Writer and Producer Making Atm

The Safran Company and Gold Circle Films have picked up the spec script Atm by Buried writer Chris Sparling. David Brooks will direct. Peter Safran, who also produced Buried , will produce the project along with Paul Brooks ( A Haunting in Connecticut ). Scott Neimeyer, Norm Waitt and Dan Clifton are executive producing. The film centers on three co-workers who -- on a routine stop at an Atm -- unexpectedly end up in a desperate fight for their lives. The project will be shot in the fall.
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A Trip to the 'Atm' Becomes a Nightmare

Sounding very similar to how Darren Lynn Bousman's Mother's Day kicks off comes Atm, which centers on three co-workers who -- on a routine stop at an Atm -- unexpectedly end up in a desperate fight for their lives. The Safran Co. and Gold Circle Films picked up the spec script by Buried writer Chris Sparling. David Brooks, who gained fame with his short "Gone", will get behind the camera this fall. Paul Brooks ("A Haunting in Connecticut") will also produce. "Buried," starring Ryan Reynolds, was the first major sale at Sundance with Lionsgate snapping up domestic distribution rights for $3.2 million. Scott Neimeyer, Norm Waitt and Dan Clifton are exec producing "Atm." Safran is also producing actioner "Elephant White," starring Djimon Hounsou, and action-comedy "Flypaper," starring Patrick Dempsey. Paul Brooks is a producer on Warner Bros.' "Life as We Know It," starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel.
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