By Julia Selinger | Indiewire July 11, 2013 at 10:51AM
ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to the family film "Standing Up." Based on Brock Cole's award-winning young adult novel "The Goats," the film was written and directed by D.J. Caruso ("Disturbia," "I Am Number Four"). "Standing Up" tells the story of an 11-year-old boy (Chandler Canterbury) and a 12-year-old girl (Annalise Basso) who are bullied by their peers at summer camp. Rather than returning to camp, the pair embarks on a three day journey where they encounter new experiences and form a unique friendship. Also starring is Val Kilmer.
"We're glad to be a part of a film that sends a positive message to young people and the community at large that we all need to come together to 'Stand Up' against bullying," said ARC Entertainment CEO Trevor Drinkwater. "This is a film with great courage and heart."
The deal was brokered by Drinkwater, CAA and Aldamisa Entertainment’s Jere Haufsfater and Tim Swain. The film is being produced by Alexander Rodnyansky and Media Talent Group’s Geyer Kosinski, with Boris Teterev and Sergei Bespalov as Executive Producers.