FilmRise has nabbed North American rights to From Nowhere, a drama about undocumented teenagers in NYC that won the Narrative Spotlight prize at SXSW. It follows a Dominican girl, an African boy and a Peruvian girl who are about to graduate high school in the Bronx. Like most teens, all they want to do is hang out with their friends, fall in love, and figure out where to go to college, but unlike their American classmates, these three live with the threat of being discovered by the authorities. When one of their teachers (Julianne Nicholson) connects them with a lawyer (Denis O’Hare) to help them get their papers, the teens start to dig into their family history to assist their immigration cases, forcing them to confront their pasts. FilmRise plans a winter theatrical bow for the film directed by Matthew Newton, who co-wrote it with Kate Ballen. From Nowhere also stars J. Mallory McCree, Octavia Chavez-Richmond and Chinasa Ogbuagu.
Freestyle Digital Media has picked up North American rights to Dependent’s Day, a millennial love story that explores what happens to men when women are the breadwinners. An October 18 VOD launch is planned. Directed by Michael David Lynch, the relationship comedy follows Cam (Joe Burke), an unemployed actor who is claimed as a dependent by his successful girlfriend Alice (Benita Robledo). As he stumbles from one humiliating job to the next, Cam still tries to keep his dream alive as well as his relationship. Will he ever rise to the occasion? Will Alice have the patience to find out? Lisa Ann Walter, Shannon Lucio, Brian George and Todd Bridges co-star in the pic, which won the Audience Award for Comedy at the 2016 Cinequest Film Festival.