One of the funkier selections in the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT <=> program is “Newlyweeds,” the filmmaking debut of writer-director Shaka King. In its look at the life of a couple in love with smoking up as much as with each other, the dark romance-comedy has the pungent aroma of a potential cult hit wafting from it.
Indiewire has a few exclusive photos from “Newlyweeds” below, including one of King and former NYU graduate school classmate Michael Matthews, who produced the film, on set. While the movie, which will have its premiere Jan. 18 at Prospector Square Theatre, is pitched as a comedy with a dramatic undercurrent (it does involve three veterans of “The Wire”), the filmmakers put together a Kickstarter video to raise finishing funds that goes straight for the laughs (and succeeds).
L.A.-based Circus Road Films (“Geezers!”) has just come aboard to rep sales on “Newlyweeds,” as well as a Slamdance title premiering the same day, Harry Patramanis’ debut feature “Fynbos.” The latter, shot and cast in South Africa, is a mystery-drama about a near-bankrupt real estate developer who heads off with his wife to a remote property they own to close a life-saving deal. Check out the first-look photo below.