Distrib Gets NA Rights to Sundance Comedy From the Producers of GARDEN STATE, WAITRESS, MARGARET and THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
New York, NY (May 14, 2012)– IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring all North American rights to director Michael Mohan’s modern romantic comedy SAVE THE DATE. The film, with a screenplay co-written by Mohan, acclaimed graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown, and Egan Reich, stars Lizzy Caplan (BACHELORETTE, MEAN GIRLS), Alison Brie (MAD MEN, COMMUNITY), Martin Starr (KNOCKED UP), Geoffrey Arend (500 DAYS OF SUMMER), and Mark Webber (SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD.) Jordan Horowitz,Michael Roiff, and Michael Huffington produced the project, with Gary Gilbert executive producing. SAVE THE DATE made its world premiere earlier this year in dramatic competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
The production team behind SAVE THE DATE boasts an impressive collection of past titles. Gilbert Films (Gilbert and Horowitz) has produced such acclaimed projects as hit comedy Zach Braff's GARDEN STATE starring Braff and NataliePortman, Lisa Cholodenko’s Academy Award-nominated THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, and Kenneth Lonergan’s MARGARET starring Anna Paquin and Mark Ruffalo. The company is also currently in production on YOU ARE HERE, written and directed by Matthew Weiner (MAD MEN) and starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler. Night and DayPictures (Roiff) produced the romantic comedy WAITRESS starring Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion and just wrapped IN YOUR EYES, which was written and executive produced by Joss Whedon. Huffington Productions (Huffington) justcompleted production on writer/director Stephen Gyllenhaal’s GRASSROOTS starring Cobie Smulders, Jason Biggs and Lauren Ambrose.
In SAVE THE DATE, fiercely independent Sarah (Caplan) breaks up with her overeager boyfriend Kevin (Arend) and finds herself caught-up in an intense rebound relationship with new infatuation Jonathan (Webber). Always one to give life advice is Sarah's sister Beth (Brie), who is diligently planning her upcoming wedding to apprehensive fiancé – and Kevin's band mate – Andrew (Starr). With heart and humor, all five struggle with the trials, happiness, and pain of modern love. Simple and honest and always human, SAVE THE DATE is a contemporary story about the familial and romantic bonds that make us who we are.
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: "Michael Mohan has made an emotionally moving and often very funny film about commitment, skillfully transplanting Jeffrey Brown's graphic novels. We look forward toworking with the team and this amazing young ensemble cast to bring this film to the largest possible audience."
Noted Mohan: "I am genuinely ecstatic that the handsome people at IFC Films are releasing our movie. The task of adapting Jeffrey Brown's voice to the screen was one that was handled with absolute care and love, not only by myself, but by my entire crew. I couldn't be happier that our awesome creative family has expanded just a bit further with IFC, who - as they bring the film to a larger audience - will maintain that spirit."
The deal for the film was negotiated by Jeff Deutchman, Director of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with CAA and XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
IFC Films is a sister label to IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.