The documentary God Knows Where I Am has been acquired in North America by Bond/360 with theatrical release set for fall, 2016 in New York and Los Angeles ahead of a planned forty market expansion. The directorial debut of Oscar-nominated producers Jedd and Todd Wider, the film follows the struggle of Linda Bishop, a well educated New Hampshire mother determined to stay free of the mental health system following early release from a psychiatric hospital after a diagnosis of severe bipolar disorder. Shot in 16mm and 35mm, the film depicts experiences Bishop chronicled in her diary, breaking into an abandoned farmhouse, living off rainwater and apples for several months and, faced with one of the coldest winters on record, finding herself trapped at the property. A look at how the mental health system fails the most vulnerable people, the documentary features Lori Singer (Footloose, Short Cuts) voicing Bishop’s diary. The deal was negotiated by Elizabeth Sheldon, COO of BOND/360, with Todd and Jedd Wider for Wider Film Projects.
The Wider brothers previously produced the Oscar-winning documentary Taxi to the Dark Side, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, and Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. God Knows Where I Am premiered at Hot Docs, winning the Special Jury Prize – International Feature Documentary. It’s set for digital, broadcast and home video release in 2017.
North American distribution rights to the suspense thriller The Windmill have been acquired by XLrator, which plans to release the film through its genre label “Macabre” in October. Originally titled The Windmill Massacre, the Film harkens back to slasher pics like Friday The 13th and follows an Australian girl on the run from her past who ends up in Amsterdam where, in a desperate attempt to stay ahead of the authorities, she joins a group of tourists but ends up trapped with them in what may be a haunted landmark, learning that the thing they all have in common is a shared secret that has marked them for doom.
Starring Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones), Charlotte Beaumont, Patrick Baladi, Tanroh Ishida and Ben Batt, The windmill marks the directorial debut of Nick Jongerius (who produced Frankenstein’s Army and Dead End) and was written by Suzy Quid and Chris W. Mitchell. Daniel Koefoed (Frankenstein’s Army), Jongerius, Guirec Van Slingelandt (Kidnapping Mr. Heineken) and Eric Brenner (Amnesiac) produced. It will have its world premiere in August at FrightFest. The acquisition deal was negotiated by XLrator Media’s Barry Gordon with Blue Fox Entertainment’s Todd Slater on behalf of the filmmakers.