XLrator Media acquired North American rights to the Southern Gothic thriller Holy Ghost People which premiered last month at SXSW. The film centers on 19-year-old Charlotte (Emma Greenwell), who enlists ex-Marine Wayne, (Brendan McCarthy) to infiltrate a snake-handling church deep in the Appalachian Mountains in search of her sister. What Wayne and Charlotte uncover during their time on the mountain – about themselves and the nature of faith – will shake them to their core. Holy Ghost People was directed by Mitchell Altieri and written by Kevin Artigue and Joe Egender, Altieri and Phil Flores. The pic was produced by Jeffrey Allard, Phil Flores, Mitchell Altieri, Joe Egender, and Kevin Artigue and executive produced by L.C. Nussbeck. The deal was negotiated by Gordon and the Paradigm Finance Group on behalf of the filmmakers.

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