– THR reports that IFC Films has picked up U.S. rights to Jason Lew’s Sundance premiere “The Free World.” The Elisabeth Moss- and Boyd Holbrook-starring drama follows “a man trying to reintegrate with society after being released from prison.” Octavia Spencer, Sung Kang and Waleed Zuaiter also star. There’s no word yet when the distributor plans to release the film.
– FilmBuff will release the crowd-pleasing documentary “We the People: The Market Basket Effect” this spring. The film “documents the epic battle in which billion-dollar New England-based corporation Market Basket was brought to its knees by thousands of employees and millions of consumers standing together to support their ousted CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas. Demoulas was embroiled in a bitter family dispute over the company. When his cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas, ousted ‘Artie T.,’ employees loyal to their CEO (who was known for his strong leadership ethics and fair treatment of employees) came to his defense.” FilmBuff will release the film theatrically April 14-19 and on all major On Demand platforms on April 22.
– Gravitas Ventures has acquired the U.S. rights to the Slamdance premiere “How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town.” Directed by Jeremy LaLonde, the film centers on, you guessed, an orgy. Per the film’s official synopsis: “Wholesome Beaver’s Ridge is a tight-knit community known for its fervent emphasis on family values…until ‘town slut’ turned sex columnist Cassie Cranston (Jewel Staite) returns for her mother’s funeral. When Cassie was shunned from the community years before due to a sex scandal at a house party, she ran away to the big city and became a sex columnist, publicly labeling the town prudish and thus widening the gap between her and her former life there. But when she’s forced to return home, a group of eclectic town folk are inspired try to plan an orgy and beg Cassie to serve as their mentor. Things spice up in Beaver’s Ridge when each person’s ulterior motive is revealed and the orgy – which is awkward all on its own – takes on a surprise new meaning.” Gravitas will release the film theatrically and On Demand on May 13.
– SUPERGRAVITY Pictures has picked the rights to Maya Newell’s documentary feature “Gayby Baby,” with a theatrical rollout planned for April 1, followed by an On Demand release on May. The film “is a gripping portrait of four Australian kids – Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham – whose parents all happen to be gay. As they each wrestle with their own unique challenges, the outside world wrestles with the issue of marriage equality, and whether or not kids like them are at risk.”
– Deadline reports that Saban Films has grabbed North American rights for Rob Zombie’s Sundance horror premiere “31.” The film was officially set to be released by the beleaguered Alchemy, but Saban has now stepped in to the release the chiller, which “follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive 12 hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.” The film will open in limited theatrical release on September 16.
Check out a clip from “How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town” below: