Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Maggie Kiley’s Dial A Prayer, a film that stars Brittany Snow, William H. Macy, Glenne Headly, Tom Lipinski, and Kate Flannery. Co-President’s Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin closed on the terms of the deal during a meeting at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with producer Jason Potash, Paul Finkel, and representatives from XYZ Films and Preferred Content. Vertical plans to release the film in theaters in late spring 2015. Snow plays a disenchanted and troubled young woman, who begrudgingly answers phones at a Prayer Call Center under the watchful direction of its religious leader Bill (Macy). When her prayers start making a difference, one caller shows up convinced he’s been saved by her voice. With the discovery of her newfound gift, Cora struggles to reconcile her troubled past, and grapples with the faith that others have started to show in her.
Vertical formed last year, and they’ve just hired Cari Levine as Director of Marketing and Acquisitions. She spent the past three years working for Redbox and will be part of the production company’s drive to expand.