Indie distributor Screen Media Films unveiled today seven movies that it will release this year under new president Suzanne Blech, who could add to that list as she’s a buyer at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. One of the films is the Matt D’Elia-directed SXSW title American Animal, which Screen Media acquired earlier this month. Blech said the company eventually will release a minimum of 12 films during the year and an additional 30 direct to the marketplace. Here’s the slate so far:
GOOD FOR NOTHING – directed by Mike Wallis, who has worked on films ranging from “Avatar” to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, the film stars Inge Rademeyer and Cohen Holloway in this gritty and entertaining western that follows a young English woman who is kidnapped by a rugged outlaw while attempting to immigrate to her uncle’s ranch. As they continue west, emotions run high and feelings begin to change, leading to new discoveries and heightened drama. This hold-onto-your-hat western creatively rekindles the feelings of the Old West.
AMERICAN ANIMAL – directed by Matt D’Elia and starring D’Elia, Brendan Fletcher, Mircea Monroe, and Angela Sarafyan, this loud, irreverent comedy features Jimmy, a terminally ill young man with a penchant for waxing philosophical and sudden costume changes. His hedonistic world of casual sex, drinking and board games get derailed when he learns that his best friend and roommate, James, has gotten a job. The film premiered last year at SXSW Film Festival.
A HAPPY EVENT (UN HEUREUX EVENEMENT) – following its showing at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, this comedic drama was adapted from the novel by Eliette Abecassis. The film, directed by Remi Bezancon and stars Josiane Balasko, Thierry Fremont, Pio Marmai, and Louise Bourgoin, portrays the struggles faced by two young adults as they embark on one of life’s biggest rollercoaster’s – pregnancy and parenthood.
L’ASSAULT – starring Vincent Elbaz directed by Julien LeClerq, this gripping true story of the December 1994 terrorist hijacking of Air France flight 8969 in Algiers, Algeria.
MAMITAS – starring E.J. Bonilla, Veronica Diaz-Carranza, and Jennifer Esposito, this coming-of-age film directed by Nicholas Ozeki follows two Latino youths from different backgrounds as they form life-changing friendships in Los Angeles.
For the Summer, Screen Media will release:
WILD HORSE WILD RIDE – directed by Alex Dawson, this documentary tells the story of the Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge, an annual contest that dares 100 people to each tame a totally wild mustang in order to get it adopted into a better life beyond federal corrals.
SNOW ON THA BLUFF – directed by Damon Russell written by Chris Knittel and Curtis Snow. The Story of Atlanta robbery boy and crack dealer, Curtis Snow, who stole a camera from some college kids in a dope deal and made a documentary about his life.