Screen Media Films and Verdi Productions have acquired worldwide rights to Bad Hurt, Mark Kemble’s drama that premiered at Tribeca last year. The film will hit theaters and VOD day-and-date on February 12. Bad Hurt chronicles a family’s hopeful battle to stay together as personal demons and destructive secrets threaten to rip them apart. Theo Rossi, Karen Allen, Michael Harney, Johnny Whitworth, Ashley Williams, Calvin Dutton and Iris Gilad star. Kemble and Jamieson Stern penned the screenplay for the pic, which is produced by Rossi, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Nick Koskoff, Nicholas Carmona, Jamieson Stern and Pamela Thur. Tom Archdeacon, Brian Arnott, Timothy Evan Jones, Patrick McErlean, Chad A. Verdi, and Michelle Verdi are the exec producers. Screen Media Films control the worldwide rights. The deal was negotiated by Seth Needle, Screen Media’s Director of Worldwide Acquisitions, and Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
Magnolia Pictures has focused in on global rights to Harry Benson: Shoot First, a documentary about legendary photographer Harry Benson. The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival, and the distributor is targeting a 2016 theatrical release. Featuring interviews with the likes of Donald Trump, Alec Baldwin, Sharon Stone, Dan Rather and James L. Brooks, Shoot First charts the career of the 86-year-old photographer who initially rose to fame alongside the Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the U.S. in 1964. His portfolio also includes iconic images of Winston Churchill, Bobby Fischer, Muhammad Ali, Greta Garbo, Michael Jackson, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Robert F. Kennedy assassination. Written and directed by Matthew Miele and Justin Bare, the film was produced by Bare, Gigi Benson and Heather Silverman. Executive producers are Miele, Stephen McCarthy, and Clive Gershon. The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP Acquisitions Dori Begley and VP Acquisitions John Von Thaden with Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers. Magnolia International will be selling international rights at EFM.