The Film Arcade will release “James White” theatrically this Fall followed by an awards campaign, which the LA-based indie distributor promises to be “aggressive,” for the career-topping work of Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon. No release date has been set.
Based on writer/director Mond’s real-life ordeal, this devastating drama hits like a brick through a windshield. Abbott, who left HBO’s “Girls” to pursue film, is deeply affecting as a twenty-something alcoholic caught in arrested development, and eliciting concern from his best friend (Kid Cudi). He channels Marlon Brando as the self-destructive son of his strong-willed mother — played by a brutally committed and amazing Nixon — who is rapidly dying of cancer. Makenzie Leigh, Ron Livingston and David Call co-star.
“James White” comes from Borderline Films, a NYC-based indie production arm formed by Mond, “Simon Killer” director Antonio Campos and “Martha Marcy May Marlene” director Sean Durkin. All three have collaborated closely since graduating from Tisch in New York, where “James White” was shot on-location.
This film will mark the first serious awards push from The Film Arcade, which will also release another Sundance indie, Kris Swanberg’s “Unexpected,” in 2015.