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Entertainment One Plants "Family Tree" for North America

"Family Tree" by Vivi Friedman. Photo courtesy of Entertainment One.

North American rights to "The Family Tree" by Vivi Friedman has been picked up Entertainment One. The film, which about a contemporary American family starring Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Max Thieriot, Brittany Robertson and Chi McBride willopen August 26th with a platform theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles followed by release via home video, VOD, digital and TV.

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New York – June 14, 2011 – Entertainment One has acquired North American rights to "The Family Tree," a hilarious, touching and offbeat comedy which explores the frailties and complexities of the contemporary American family, starring Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Max Thieriot, Brittany Robertson and Chi McBride. The acquisition was negotiated by Sejin Park, VP of Worldwide Acquisitions for Entertainment One, and producers Allan Jones and J. Todd Harris. Entertainment One will open the film August 26th with a platform theatrical release in New York City and Los Angeles prior to distribution on home video, VOD, digital and TV.

Entertainment One’s U.S. President Michael E. Rosenberg commented, “It is truly a pleasure to be releasing an independent feature like "The Family Tree." With its smart script and incredible ensemble cast, we are confident that audiences will embrace the film and respond to its unique wit and charm.”

In "The Family Tree," life in suburban Serenity, Ohio is never quite as serene as it appears. The dysfunctional Burnett family – Bunnie (Hope Davis), Jack (Dermot Mulroney) and their twin 17-year-olds Eric (Max Thieriot) and Kelly (Brittany Robertson) – seems like a lost cause. When a freak accident leaves Bunnie with a case of amnesia, the Burnetts get an unexpected second chance at happiness. Meanwhile, next door neighbor Simon (Chi McBride) is relieved that his tryst gone wrong with Bunnie remains undetected, at least for the moment. Before long, a slew of past relationships, kids with guns, a suicidal teacher, a very zealous religious club, misinterpreted advances, corporate down-sizing, and one fateful squirrel combine to create enough mayhem to test the resolve, sanity and future of any family! After all, every family has its hang-ups.

"The Family Tree" is directed by Vivi Friedman, written by Mark Lisson, produced by Allan Jones, J. Todd Harris, Mark Lisson and Kathy Weiss, executive produced by Robert E. Griffin, Jr. and Marc Toberoff, with editing by Patrick Sheffield, music by Stacey Hersh, cinematography by Hong-Wei Joplin Wu, production design by Jesse Benson, costume design by Kelle Kutsugeras, and editing by Seth Flaum and Justine Halliday. The film stars Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Max Thieriot, Brittany Robertson, Chi McBride, Keith Carradine, Madeline Zima, Shad Moss aka Bow Wow, Christina Hendricks, Gabrielle Anwar, Evan Handler and Jane Seymour.

Entertainment One has been actively acquiring content rights for the U.S. market and has established a comprehensive, national distribution network. "The Family Tree" is the latest in a series of titles that eOne will be distributing across multiple platforms, including theatrical.

For more information, please visit "The Family Tree" online at www.thefamilytreemovie.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheFamilyTreeMovie.

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  • Mishell | October 4, 2011 5:51 AMReply

    Here's another take:
    Suburban Desire under the Elms: The Family Tree
    http://culturecatch.com/film/family-tree