Worldwide rights to the Slamdance hit Buddymoon have been acquired by Gravitas Ventures, with day and date release set for July 1, the company has announced. The buddy comedy follows “David”, a man jilted by his fiancee days before their wedding. Convinced to take his upbeat best man, “Flula”, on the backpacking honeymoon trip he had planned rather than give it up, the pair spend seven days hiking the mountains of Oregon. Along the way, they cross paths with various creatures and people from all walks of life as their friendship and even their lives are tested.
Starring David Giuntoli (Grimm), Flula Borg (Pitch Perfect 2) and Claire Coffee (Grimm), Buddymoon took home the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at Slamdance earlier this year. The debut feature from Emmy-nominated director Alex Simmons (Chasing El Chapo), the script was co-written by Simmons, Giuntoli, and Borg, produced by Jennifer Wood (Heartland) and exec produced by Borg, Giuntoli, and Simmons. Simmons also served as editor on the project, with cinematography by Peter Alton (Concrete Jungle) and Michael Lockridge (White Walls Say Nothing).
“Gravitas couldn’t be happier in working with the ‘Buddymoon’ team,” said Dan Fisher, Sr. Director of Acquisitions from Gravitas. “From the moment the opening credits rolled at Slamdance we knew this was a special film that balances zany humor and true camaraderie set against the beautiful backdrop of the Oregon wilderness.”
The acquisition is the latest in a string of pickups by Gravitas over the last few days that includes the Toronto Independent Film Festival comedy Boned starring Bai Ling, and fellow Slamdance pic How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town. The deal was negotiated by Dan Fisher and Michael Lange for Gravitas and Adam Galen and Zac Bright from Preferred Content with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.