New York, NY (February XX, 2012)– IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to directors Philip Dorling and Ron Nyswaner’s PREDISPOSED. The film, with a screenplay also by Dorling and Nyswaner, stars Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo, Tracy Morgan, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sarah Ramos, and Emma Rayne Lyle. Nyswaner, Neda Armian, Brice Dal Farra, Claude Dal Farra, Lauren Munsch, and Paul Prokop produced the project, which premiered earlier this year at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
PREDISPOSED tells the bittersweet story of Eli Smith (Eisenberg), a piano prodigy, and his mother Penny (Leo) who despite her cheerful, loving disposition, struggles with drug addiction. On the day of his audition for a prestigious music program, Eli's mother plans to enter rehab, but a glitch in the system forces them to enlist the help of an unlikely ally, her drug dealer Sprinkles (Morgan). Circumstances conspire that turn them into a comical yet determined band of collaborators who are forced to deal with their internaldemons over the course of the day.
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: "Phil Dorling and Ron Nyswaner have made a film as funny as it is moving with PREDISPOSED featuring terrific performances from Jesse Eisenberg, Melissa Leo and Tracy Morgan. We look forward to working with them all as well as continuing our relationship with BCDF Pictures."
In a joint statement, BCDF Pictures & Armian Pictures commented, "We could not be more pleased to be working with IFC on the release of PREDISPOSED. We love IFC's classy taste and their passion for the film is unparalleled. They will be the perfect team to work with such a remarkable cast and bring this film to audiences."
Noted Dorling and Nyswaner: "We are delighted to have IFC releasing our film. IFC is synonymous with independent filmmaking, and we are confident in their ability to distribute the picture."
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with ICM and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers. ICM also represents Eisenberg and Ramos.
IFC Films is a sister division to IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects, and is owned andoperated by AMC Networks Inc.