The Orchard has acquired North American rights to writer/director Kris Avedisian’s dark comedy Donald Cried, which premiered this year at SXSW Film Festival. The company will be released theatrically early next year.

With a story by Avedisian, Jesse Wakeman and Kyle Espeleta, the film was produced by Electric Chinoland’s Kyle Martin (Tiny Furniture). After DONALD CRIED debuted at SXSW, the filmmaking team was signed by CAA and Cinetic.

Jesse Wakeman stars in the film about a guy (Peter Latang) who leaves working class Warwick, Rhode Island to reinvent himself as a slick, Wall Street mover and shaker. Fifteen years later, when he’s forced to return home to bury his Grandmother he loses his wallet on the trip. Stranded, the only person he can think of to help him out is his next door neighbor and former childhood friend Donald Treebeck (Avedisian). Donald hasn’t changed a bit, and what starts as a simple favor turns into a ride into their past.

“It is a film distributor’s dream to come across a movie that is so utterly surprising, unique, hilarious, and deeply layered,” said Danielle DiGiacomo, VP of acquisitions for The Orchard in making the announcement.

Linzee Troubh of Cinetic negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.