EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Martha Stephens, whose road-trip comedy Land Ho! premiered at Sundance and was picked up by Sony Classics before the fest closed, has signed with UTA. Stephens (Pilgrim Song, Passenger Pigeons) collaborated with Aaron Katz (Cold Weather) to co-direct and co-write the film about two former brothers-in-law who go traveling on a youthful adventure through Iceland. Land Ho! is slated to be released July 11 and also screens at Tribeca this month and LA Film Fest in June. David Gordon Green is an exec producer alongside Julie Parker Benello, Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, and Wendy Ettinger of Gamechanger Films on the pic, which was produced by Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy, and Christina Jennings.
Land Ho! marked the first project to be backed by Gamechanger Films, which was established last year to finance features helmed by women. Stephens’ next project is feature Papaw Easy, which was selected for the Tribeca All-Access grant, IFP’s Project Forum, and the Sundance Creative Producing Lab. She’s also repped by Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers.