First Run Features Grabs "Suspended Animation"
by Brian Brooks
First Run Features has acquired North American rights to Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Hancock's "Suspended Animation," the company announced late last week. The film brings the director, who received the Academy Award nomination in 1971 for "Sticky My Fingers...Fleet my Feet" (best short subject, live action subjects), back to his beginnings in the psychological-horror film genre.
"Suspended Animation" centers on Hollywood animator Tom Kempton who gets lost during a trip in the hills of Northern Michigan but finds shelter in an isolated cabin owned by a pair of sisters who have a penchant for cannibalism. He later escapes, however, but later develops an "unhealthy obsession with one of his captors."
"I'm pleased to have such a distinguished director with so fine a body of work to all us to release his scary and funny new film," commented Seymour Wishman, president of First Run Features in a prepared statement. The film will be released this Halloween (Friday, October 31) in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago with other markets added later.
Founded in 1979, First Run Features distributes international, documentary and children's films in theaters as well as DVD and video. Current releases include docs "Bonhoeffer" and "The Trials of Henry Kissenger," and the Italian comedy, "The Embalmer."