EXCLUSIVE: Dark Sky Films has acquired all North American distribution rights to timely pandemic thriller Before The Fire, from female duo Charlie Buhler, who made her directorial debut, and Jenna Lyng Adams of Netflix series The Kominsky Method, who wrote and stars in the film.
MPI Media Group, Dark Sky’s parent company, will be handling worldwide sales of the film and will launch business at the virtual Cannes Marché next month. U.S. release is planned for mid-summer 2020.
The film follows Ava Boone (Adams), a Hollywood actress whose rising career is cut short when a pandemic influenza sends her back to the small town she fled years before, only to find something more dangerous than any virus waiting for her. Instead of shelter, her South Dakota hometown brings her face to face with unforeseen peril. You can check out the film’s good-looking first trailer above.
Adams is joined in the cast by Jackson Davis (Vida), Ryan Vigilant (Naked As We Came) and Charles Hubbell.
The feature had its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in March, immediately preceding the national lockdown in the U.S., which brought the film’s festival run to a halt.
Nicola Goelzhaeuser, MPI/Dark Sky’s VP of Sales & Acquisitions, negotiated the deal for the Madfire Pictures production with John W. Bosher and Chris Charles of Throughline Films and Michelle Chang of Ramo Law on behalf of the filmmakers, including producer Kristen Murtha.
Buhler said, “We fought to make this movie because we felt that there was a very specific expectation about the types of stories women were able to tell. Jenna and I both love action and sci-fi, so we wanted to make a female protagonist that we women could really rally behind.”
Screenwriter and star Jenna Lyng Adams added, “Audiences are thirsty for unconventional, layered and imperfect women on-screen. Dark Sky Films has been known to support female driven films and we are happy to have found the right partnership for this movie.”
Dark Sky Films’ Nicola Goelzhaeuser added, “Before The Fire arrives as the world is caught in an existential crisis, but it is really a timeless achievement that reveals how far people will go to survive. We look forward to bringing this female driven film to audiences everywhere.”
Adams is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and BRS/Gage Talent Agency. Director Charlie Buhler is repped by attorney Lev Ginsburg.
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