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IFC Films Takes Stephen Elliott's Porn Flick 'Cherry'

Photo of Bryce J. Renninger By Bryce J. Renninger | Indiewire March 22, 2012 at 5:19PM

IFC Films has taken North American rights to famed author Stephen Elliott's ("The Adderall Diaries") debut feature "Cherry," which premiered in the Panorama section of this year's Berlinale.
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"Cherry"
"Cherry"

IFC Films has taken North American rights to famed author Stephen Elliott's ("The Adderall Diaries") debut feature "Cherry," which premiered in the Panorama section of this year's Berlinale.

The film, written by Elliott and Lorelei Lee, builds off of the writing duo's experience in sex work to tell the story of Angelina (newcomer Ashley Hinshaw), who is just beginning her career in the porn industry and comes under the mentorship of a porn director played by Heather Graham.  The film also stars Dev Patel and James Franco.

Indiewire's critic Eric Kohn was not a fan of the film at this year's Berlinale, but the film surely has a built-in audience.

The film will have its North American premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April.

The full press release is reprinted below.

IFC FILMS TAKES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO STEPHEN ELLIOTT’S CHERRY

New York, NY (March 22, 2012)– IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to acclaimed author Stephen Elliott’s directorial debut CHERRY. The film stars Ashley Hinshaw, Dev Patel, Heather Graham, and James Franco. Produced by Jordan Kessler and Elizabeth Destro, in association with Enderby Entertainment, Elana Krausz, Gordon Bijelonic/Datari Turner Films, and Kink.com, CHERRY premiered earlier this year at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. It will have its North American premiere on April 24th at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

CHERRY is about Angelina (Hinshaw), an 18-year-old girl on the verge of finishing high school. One morning her boyfriend (Jonny Weston) suggests she take naked pictures for money. She balks at first but then does the photo shoot, using the money to run-off with her best friend (Patel) to San Francisco. In San Francisco, while cocktailing in a strip club, Angelina meets Frances (Franco) a well-off lawyer who offers to introduce her to a different kind of world, a place full of expensive dresses and fancy parties. At the same time Angelina, using the moniker Cherry, has begun exploring the San Francisco porn industry under the direction of Margaret (Graham) a former performer turned adult film director.

CHERRY was shot in the San Francisco Armory, home of Kink.com. At 250,000 square feet, the armory is the largest adult film studio in the world. Elliott is a former sex worker and the author of seven books including The Adderall Diaries. The movie was written by Elliott and Lorelei Lee, a porn performer who is also a writer and lecturer at New York University.

CHERRY challenges assumptions about porn, sexuality, and success, and faces the difficult question of where you need to be in order to find yourself.

"I'm thrilled to be working with IFC," Elliott said. "This is an independent movie that looks at the adult industry in a way it's never beenlooked at before. We needed a company that wasn't afraid and really understood independent cinema. Nobody fits that bill better than IFC."

The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films and Jeff Deutchman, Director of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with ICM on behalf of the filmmakers. ICM represents Hinshaw, Taylor, Weston and Gordon Bijelonic/Datari Turner Films.

IFC Films is a sister division to IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects, and is owned andoperated by AMC Networks Inc.

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