EXCLUSIVE: Latin America- and U.S.-based Dark Factory is setting up a film distribution company in the U.S. called Little Luca and will be acquiring films to push through the new label. Overseen by Jason Tamasco, a longtime collaborator who has been named CEO, Little Luca’s goal is to acquire and distribute two to three story-driven projects (across all genres) with budgets up to $5 million. The first title they will distribute is one they had a hand in producing, The Bad Guys, which premiere at the Austin Film Festival.
The film, which was also produced by Romark Entertainment and Resolute Pictures, is the English-language debut of director Carlos Rincones. He co-wrote the script alongside Rock Shaink and Alena Smith, whose award-winning play of the same name served as the basis of the story. Shaink and Rincones produced the film alongside Isaac Levy, Daniel Posada and Rodolfo Marquez.
Dark Factory’s co-founder/CEO Daniel Posada and co-founder Samantha Castellano will serve as co-chairs in Little Luca and will be financing this new venture directly and will use their international relationships “to leverage outputs on a global scale.” Those executives and Tamasco are currently looking for titles to acquire at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
One note, however, is that Dark Factory will not release its entire product through Little Luca and will continue to seek third-party distribution for certain titles.
Dark Factory also has the LAFF title Opening Night, which had its world premiere Friday and is having a second screening today. The film, produced by Dark Factory, was directed by Isaac Rentz and stars Topher Grace, Lauren Lapkus, Alona Tal, Taye Diggs, Anne Heche, JC Chasez, Rob Riggle, Paul Scheer, Brian Husky and Lesli Margherita.
Dark Factory currently produces one to two films per year, focusing on genre-bending films that defy classic formulaic story structure. Budgets range from $1M-$5M and are funded by private equity from Mexico and Latin America. The company was founded in 2012 and its first U.S. film was Bound To Vengeance which bowed at Sundance and was acquired by IFC during the festival.