AFM Briefs: Exclusive Media Nabs International To ‘Shomer’, ‘Murder Of A Cat’ & ‘Out Of The Dark’; XLrator Acquires ‘Don Peyote’; Lightning Strikes ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’; AFM Announces Hong Kong Day; ‘If You See Her’ Casts Leads; Imagina International Takes ‘A Night In Old Mexico’

Exclusive Media has nabbed international rights to three new feature film titles: supernatural thriller Shomer, Gillian Greene’s Murder Of A Cat and Participant Media’s Out Of The Dark. Produced by Lawrence Bender, Lauren Selig and Ray Ricord, Shomer centers on 25-year-old Isaac (Aneurin Barnard), who is chosen to be a shomer for a deceased doctor. Inexplicable occurrences begin to take place as Isaac begins his overnight vigil with the body. Guillem Morales directs and David Abram Nahmod penned the screenplay. Comedic murder mystery Murder Of A Cat stars Fran Kranz, Nikki Reed, JK Simmons, Blythe Danner and Greg Kinnear. New Girl’s Christian Magalhaes and Robert Snow penned the screenplay. Alex Walton negotiated the deal on behalf of Exclusive Media. CAA is representing the domestic sales rights on the film. And supernatural thriller Out Of The Dark is Luís Quílez’s feature film directorial debut, written by Carriers scribes David Pastor and Alex Pastor and produced by Dynamo, Apaches Entertainment and XYZ Films. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King are executive producing for Participant Media which also financed the film. The deal was negotiated by Alex Walton and Matt Brodlie on behalf of Exclusive Media with Jeff Ivers, Jonathan King and Gabe Brakin on behalf of Participant Media. Exclusive Media is repping and selling worldwide rights to the film.


XLrator Media has acquired North American rights to comedy Dan Fogler’s Don Peyote. Fogler co-wrote and directed with Michael Canzoniero. Fogler also stars along with Josh Duhamel and Jay Baruchel. Don Peyote tells the story of Warren Allman (Fogler), an unemployed stoner who finally finds a purpose in life after an unpleasant encounter with a homeless man preaching the end is near. The deal was negotiated by Barry Gordon and Mike Radiloff on behalf of XLrator Media and Delphine Perrier and Arianne Fraser of Highland Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers. Highland Film Group will be handling international rights during AFM.

Lightning Entertainment has inked a deal to rep international sales on Toronto Film Fest entry We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, from brothers Zeke and Simon Hawkins. The South Texas-set pulp thriller scripted by Dutch Southern follows a trio of teenagers (Jeremy Allen White, Logan Huffman, and Mackenzie Davis) forced to pull off a robbery for a local cotton farmer (Mark Pellegrino), only to discover the money really belongs to a local gangster (William Devane). Submarine is repping all rights ex-USA. The Rough & Tumble Films production is produced by Justin Duprie and Brian Udovich (All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Wackness). The deal was negotiated by Submarine’s Josh Braun and Lightning’s Richard S. Guardian and Ken DuBow. The film will screen during AFM as well as at AFI Fest.

AFM and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will jointly present “Hong Kong Day” at AFM for the fourth year in a row. Held on November 7, the day will feature events boosting co-producing in Hong Kong including a co-production seminar, distribution workshop, opening ceremony at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, and an evening cocktail reception, announced AFM Managing Director Jonathan Wolf and HKTDC Assistant Executive Director Raymond Yip.

Sara Paxton (The Innkeepers) and Janet Montgomery (Our Idiot Brother) will star in Paragraph Pictures’ If You See Her, from writer-director Joan Carr-Wiggin (If I Were You). The comedy-drama “about secrets and weddings, and best friends forever” follows ex-besties Heather (Montgomery) and Sarah Ann (Paxton), who reunite when cynical docu filmmaker Heather returns to their small town and agrees to film Sarah Ann’s wedding. David Gordian is producing for Paragraph Pictures with Green Screen Productions’ Alan Latham. Montgomery is repped by Anonymous Content and UTA. Paxton is repped by Principato Young, UTA and SMGSB.

Emilio Aragón’s A Night In Old Mexico has inked with Imagina International Sales for distribution in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. The English-language road pic stars Oscar winner Robert Duvall in the tale of a grandfather and grandson, perfect strangers, who set off on a journey in search of fun and adventure and discover their respective dreams during a frenzied pit stop in Mexico. War Horse‘s Jeremy Irvine, Angie Cepeda, Joaquín Cosío and Luis Tosar co-star.

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