Freestyle Takes on '04 Hamptons Fest Feature "Fighting Tommy Riley"
by Brian Brooks
Hamptons International Film Festival feature "Fighting Tommy Riley" from newcomer Eddie O'Flaherty and J.P. Davis has been acquired by the recently formed Santa Monica distributor Freestyle Releasing, the company announced over the weekend. The film, which received the Kodak Award for Cinematography at the festival, stars J.P. Davis, who also wrote the screenplay, and actor Eddie Jones, as a boxing team who must deal with their own personal demons as they struggle to establish themselves on the fighting circuit.
Susan Jackson, CEO and president of acquisitions at Freestyle negotiated the deal with Bettina Tendler O' Mara on behalf of Visualeyes Productions and Jellyworks. Freestyle will handle North American theatrical distribution, and will release the film in the second quarter of 2005.
Based on Davis' screenplay, the film was financed and produced by O'Mara's Visualeyes Productions and Jellyworks, and had its world premiere at the IFP Los Angeles Film Festival back in June. It screened in competition this this weekend in The Hamptons and CURB Entertainment is handling international sales.
"Eddie O'Flaherty and J.P. Davis have delivered a knock-out feature film debut of fierce intensity with beautifully realized characters, exceptionally acted b y all, with veteran character actor Eddie Jones giving a powerful star turning performance which is the tragic center of the film," commented Freestyle Releasing exec Susan Jackson in a statement." The fight scenes are spectacular in their reality and the film is a great combination of character, action and story."
Freestyle Releasing was formed by Susan Jackson, formerly of Turtles Crossing, Mark Borde from Innovation Film Group, and Mike Doban from Arcangelo Entertainment. Their first release is James Redford's "Spin."