A month after world premiering in the NEXT section of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Steven Caple Jr.’s “The Land” has found a distribution home thanks to IFC Films. The company has acquired all U.S. rights to the movie, which stars Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Moises Arias, Kim Coates, Linda Emond, Erykah Badu and Michael Kenneth Williams.
The official synopsis reads: “In ‘The Land,’ four teenage boys devote their summer to escaping the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, by pursuing a dream life of professional skateboarding. But when they get caught in the web of the local queenpin, their motley brotherhood is tested, threatening to make this summer their last.”
“With his film ‘The Land,’ Steven Caple Jr. continues Sundance Selects and IFC Films’ long history of bringing the best of first time filmmakers to the big screen,” said Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, in an official statement. “‘The Land’ is an authentic and heartfelt drama and we’re delighted to be working with Steven on his amazingly touching debut feature.”
The deal reunites IFC Films with producers Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder and Greg Little after the success of last year’s “The Stanford Prison Experiment.” The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, SVP of Acquisitions from Sundance Selects/IFC Films, with WME Independent on behalf of the filmmakers.
No release date has been set.