ARC Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the drama Safelight from writer/director Tony Aloupis (Sugar). The film stars Evan Peters (Kick-Ass, X-Men franchise), Juno Temple (Dark Knight Rises. Maleficent) and Kevin Alejandro (True Blood). The film will be released in theaters and on VOD July 17.  ARC Entertainment’s Head of Acquisitions Scott Moesta negotiated the deal.

Safelight, according to ARC, tells the story of three desperate individuals whose paths perilously cross in a dusty desert town. Charles (Peters) is a high school senior with physical challenges;  Vicki (Temple) is a troubled runaway turning tricks at a truck stop; And Skid (Alejandro) is her dangerously psychotic pimp, who has a huge chip on his shoulder. Their lives take a menacing turn when the Charles and Vicki embark on a road trip without Skid up the California coast to photograph lighthouses. The three characters eventually face each other in a violent showdown that will change their lives forever.”

The film was produced by Aloupis, Bernie Gewissler (Chillerama) and Cory Neal (Frozen) and executive produced by Joe Krieg (Sugar) and Andrew Mysko (Hatchet). Concourse Film Trade, the worldwide sales arm of Matthew Shreder and Andrew Felts’, negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.  Concourse Film Trade also handled worldwide rights on the film.

Women in FilmIn other film news, Women in Film announced that applications are being accepted beginning June 8 for their Finishing Fund grants. The application period runs through August 7, 2015. Winners will be announced in November. Interested filmmakers should go to the WIF website and apply.  WIF will give up to $25,000 cash, in-kind and consultation grants for films by, for or about women as represented in documentary, narrative, animated and/or experimental films, shorts or feature length. WIF has been doing this for the past 30 years and ince its inception in 1985, the Fund has awarded more than $2 million worth of grants to over 220 films from all over the world. Entrants do not have to be Women In Film members to apply for a grant