Sundance entry and Outfest 2014 competitor “Jamie Marks Is Dead,” a teen horror thriller written and directed by famed fashion photographer and filmmaker
Carter Smith (“Bugcrush,” “The Ruins”), has been picked up by Gravitas Ventures for U.S. distribution.
In the film, a tragic death forges a supernatural bond
among three small town teenagers, played by TV-kid-veterans Cameron Monaghan (“Shameless”), Morgan Saylor (“Homeland”), and Noah Silver (“The Borgias”). Fifteen year old Adam McCormick’s (Monaghan) life
hasn’t been the same since classmate Gracie Highsmith (Saylor) found Jamie
Marks’ (Silver) dead body at the edge of the river. The town is shocked by the news, but as speculation swirls, it
becomes clear that they knew as little about Jamie as they do about the
circumstances surrounding his death. Adam becomes fixated on Jamie’s death and gradually a deep bond develops between the living teenager and the dead boy’s ghost, their unlikely relationship providing Adam with the support and
friendship he needs as the rest of his world falls apart. But the more
attached Adam becomes to Jamie’s ghost, the weaker his ties to reality
become. As he struggles with real world relationships, Adam is forced to rediscover what it means to be alive.
Based on Christopher Barzak’s acclaimed novel “One for Sorrow,” the movie is described as a love story infused with elements of horror and the supernatural. Produced by Verisimilitude’s Alexander Orlovsky (“The Place Beyond The Pines”), Hunter Gray (“Another Earth”), Jacob Jaffke, Omri Bezalel, and Smith, the film also stars Madisen Beaty (“The Fosters”), Liv Tyler (soon to be seen on HBO’s upcoming drama “The Leftovers”) and the always dependable Judy Greer (“Arrested Development”).
“Jamie Marks Is Dead”
will receive a theatrical release on August 29, making it available
not only in theaters across the country but on demand nationwide and on
such iVoD platforms as iTunes.