Paladin Pictures has acquired "A Short History of Decay", the directorial debut by author journalist, and war correspondent Michael Maren ("The Road to Hell"). The film debuted last fall at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
The film follows Nathan Fisher (Bryan Greenberg of "Prime" and "One Tree Hill"), a thirtysomething Brooklyn hipster whose ambitious girlfriend (Emmanuelle Chriqui) leaves him after his writing career stalls.
Nathan soon gets a call from his brother in Florida that their father (Harris Yulin) has been hospitalized. Nathan arrives home to find his father recovering, if grouchy, and his mother (Linda Lavin) in a hazy state. While there, he meets his mother's manicurist (Kathleen Rose Perkins), the polar opposite of his girlfriend, but perhaps what he needs to recover.
The acquisition was announced by the Paladin's president, Mark Urman. The company previously released Michel Gondry's "The We and the I" and acquired last year's Sundance Audience Award winner "Valley of Saints." "A Short History of Decay" will see release Spring 2014.