By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire September 29, 2010 at 2:37AM
Hot off the heels of acquiring "Casino Jack," ATO Pictures has bought up U.S. theatrical rights to Azazel Jacobs' "Terri," starring John C. Reilly and Jacob Wysocki (ABC Family's "Huge"). Jacobs is best known for the 2008 film "Momma's Man," that played at both the Sundance and New Directors/New Films festivals. He's also been named by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the 25 faces of Independent Film. ATO has slated Jacobs' latest for a 2011 release.
"Terri" tells the story of a socially awkward and overweight teenage boy (Wysocki) who befriends a well-meaning high school Vice Principal (Reilly), who has his own share of insecurities.
"We’ve been longtime fans of Azazel’s - one of the standout filmmakers of his generation," said ATO co-founders Johnathan Dorfman and Temple Fennell. "Azazel, the wonderful John C Reilly, his talented young co-stars and the seasoned producing team of Alison, Lynette, Alex and Hunter spelled out a winning combination for us. 'Terri' is what great American independent film is all about."
Jacobs added, "I feel extremely fortunate that ATO has come on board to release our film. "'Terri' is a story for anyone who’s ever had issues in high school. Anyone who ever felt alone, misunderstood, or miscast, which, in my mind at least, applies to all of us. I believe that with ATO behind the film, the sky is the limit."
Sarah Lash and Vicki Cherkas, the latter acting as legal counsel, negotiated on behalf of ATO with the producers Orlovsky and Gray and their attorney Andre Des Rochers.