Brooklyn-based distributor Factory 25 has acquired North American rights to Hellaware, writer-director Michael M. Bilandic’s indie satire about a wannabe photographer caught in the lowbrow-highbrow collision between the NYC art gallery scene and the grimy rapcore world of Juggalo culture. Keith Poulson stars as Nate, whose coked-up YouTube search leads him to a music video by Insane Clown Posse knockoff the Young Torture Killers. The fictional band drew free publicity for the film when online viewers took a controversial music video from the movie for the real thing. Factory 25 will open the film in NYC on September 26 and digitally on September 23.
DigiNext has pacted directly with indie shingle Vision Vehicle Productions for worldwide rights to two features from the label co-founded by actor Malcolm Goodwin (American Gangster, Leatherheads, Breakout Kings, iZombie). Faith-inspired flick Pass The Light stars Cameron Palatas as a 17-year-old high school student who runs for Congress to counteract a congressional candidate’s use of religion to spread hatred and intolerance. Romantic musical Construction tracks a blue-collar New Yorker (Victor Hawks) as he pursues a Broadway dreams and the girl he loves. Both pics are helmed by Goodwin and written by Hawks, and will see limited theatrical release in 2015 via DigiNext parent company Carmike Cinemas as well as direct-to-consumer through DigiNext. NYC-based Vision Vehicle Productions’ first feature A True Story was distributed last year by Freestyle Releasing.
Cinedigm and Cinema Management Group have made a multi-year home entertainment deal with the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Moriah Films docu collection. The deal includes two Oscar-winning films in the Jewish human rights organization’s library: 1982’s Genocide and 1997’s The Long Way Home. The collection include films narrated by Elizabeth Taylor, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Christoph Waltz, Nicole Kidman, Whoopi Goldberg, and Sandra Bullock. Pact covers home video, digital, TV, and non-theatrical rights in the U.S. and digital rights in Canada; all titles will be available through Cinedigm’s direct-to- consumer digital channel.