EXCLUSIVE: Here Alone, which won the Audience Award at Tribeca earlier this year after world premiering in the fest’s Midnight section, has landed at Vertical Entertainment. The worldwide rights deal for Rod Blackhurst’s post-apocalyptic thriller comes ahead of the pic’s screening this weekend at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival. An early 2017 theatrical release is planned.

Directed by Blackhurst and written by David Ebeltoft, Here Alone stars Lucy Walters, Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson and Shane West in a story set after a virus has destroyed civilization, leaving humanity divided into two groups: the uninfected, and those whom the virus has turned into insatiably violent savages. A young woman is forced deep into the unforgiving wilderness, and she encounters two other survivors who make her confront her past while putting all of their lives at risk.

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Here Alone is a quietly haunting thriller that resonates with moviegoers everywhere, as shown by the Audience Award at Tribeca,” said Vertical co-president Rich Goldberg. “We are very proud to work with such talented filmmakers on a global release.”

Noah Lang, Ebeltoft, Blackhurst, Arun Kumar and Josh Murphy produced the pic, which is executive produced by Kevin Iwashina, Marc Bortz, Anthony Gentile, John Gentile, Kanwaldeep Kalsi, Nalit Patel, Paul Ebeltoft, Gail Ebeltoft, Sinan Germirli, Leigh Jones, Ian Keiser, Paul Pathikal, Bradley J. Ross, Brendan Walsh, and Eric Schultz.

The deal was negotiated by Goldberg and Peter Jarowey at Vertical, with Bortz and Iwashina from Preferred Content and attorney George Rush on behalf of the filmmakers.