Indie Thriller ‘Circle’ Squares FilmBuff Deal; Drafthouse Acquires ‘Klown’ Sequel

Circle, the indie sci-fi thriller co-written and directed by Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione that premiered at the Seattle Film Festival in May, has landed a deal at FilmBuff and will hit VOD beginning October 16. The pic follows 50 strangers brought together who are forced to choose the one person among them who deserves to live, pitting a group of economically, generationally, socially and religiously diverse people as they come to grips with the shared responsibility of each other’s existence. Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, and Xbox are among the platforms on board for the bow.

Carter Jenkins, Lawrence Kao, Allegra Masters, Michael Nardelli and Julie Benz star in the thriller produced by Michael and Tim Nardelli’s Taggart Productions and Votiv Films (Obvious Child). Brent Stiefel, Michael Nardelli, Tim Nardelli, Scott Einbinder and Justin Bursch produced and Autumn Federici, Kyle Hansen and Brad Reinke are executive producers. Hann and Miscione made their directorial debuts with web series The Vault.

Circle is another example of an indie thriller that has dared to intellectually challenge viewers while delivering a heart-pounding and personally affecting experience,” says FilmBuff’s Sam Scupp, who negotiated the deal. “Films that challenge the norm are what we strive for here at FilmBuff, and we can’t be more proud to have had a part in helping this film find its audience.”

Klown ForeverDrafthouse Films has acquired distribution rights to Klown Forever, the sequel to the depraved 2010 original comedy that reunites the indie distrib with Denmark’s Nordisk Film, director Mikkel Nørgaard and comedic duo Casper Christiansen and Frank Hvam. Drafthouse released both the original film and the Danish TV series on which it was based in 2012. The sequel was released in Denmark this weekend, and Drafhouse plans a limited theatrical release nationwide alongside VOD and digital platforms in 2016.

Klown Forever picks up five years later, with Casper and Frank’s strained friendship at risk when Casper relocates to Hollywood. In a last-ditch attempt to salvage the relationship and escape an increasingly humdrum domestic life, Frank follows Casper — and the pair inflict their particular brand of ignominy upon several of LA’s denizens including Isla Fisher, Adam Levine and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Nutmeg Movies produced the pic in collaboration with TV2 Danmark. Jesper Zartov and Lars Knudsen are producers and Hvam and Christensen executive produced. The deal was negotiated by Tim League and James Emanuel Shapiro on behalf of Drafthouse and Mike Goodridge, Marta Ravani-Lorber and Vanessa Saal for Protagonist Pictures.

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