EXCLUSIVE: Londonderry Entertertainment, the finance and management company co-founded by Patrick Millsaps, has just come aboard to executive produce Wild Man which stars Kate Upton, Mike Vogel and Christine Woods. The company was established to help women filmmakers. Wild Man is being co-directed by two women — Jacquie Phillips and Stefanie Black. Londonderry is putting up about a third of the film’s small indie budget. Wild Man is almost completed and will finish shooting in Tennessee this month.
“We’re excited to have Londonderry aboard and happy to be able to finish this film,” said Phillips, who will next be looking for distribution.
Millsaps was an executive producer on I’ll See You In My Dreams after he helped with financing on that picture as well. That one starred Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott, Malin Akerman, June Squibb, Rhea Perlman & Mary Kay Place. Wild Man will now be produced in association with Londonderry Entertainment. Nancy DeWitt Pickard will also serve as executive producer.
Londonderry is the manager for one of the producers on the film, Sarena Khan. Wild Man is a coming-of-age indie that stars Ted Welch (The Help) and George Dalton (Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer) as unlikely friends who meet when Bo (Welch) serves house arrest across the street from Elliott (Dalton).
Wild Man is being produced by Jacquie Phillips and Khan with Brian Adler and co-executive produced by Christopher Barkley and Nicholas Buggs of Bonsai Creative Enterprises. Welch co-wrote the screenplay with Black (who also has a supporting role in the film).
Human Terrain, also produced by Khan, was awarded the 2016 Tribeca Film Institute Sloan Filmmaker Fund Grant. (One of the previous recipients of this award was The Imitation Game). Human Terrain, directed/produced by another female — Iranian/American female director Parisa Barani — is about an American female anthropologist working in Iraq for a military initiative that embeds social scientists in combat units who is accused of treason for helping an Iraqi woman survive. That film, written by Jennifer Blackmer, is going to Cannes as is Barani’s other short film Ablution.