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IFC Midnight Takes Sundance and SXSW's "Catechism Cataclysm"

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire March 7, 2011 at 8:23AM

IFC Midnight has nabbed the North American distribution rights to Todd Rohal's comedy "The Catechism Cataclysm," which world premiered in Sundance and will screen in the Emerging Visions section at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival. In addition to North America, the company also acquired television and digital rights for the picture in France, Benelux, Spain, Portugal, East-Central Europe, Turkey, and Greece.
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IFC Midnight has nabbed the North American distribution rights to Todd Rohal's comedy "The Catechism Cataclysm," which world premiered in Sundance and will screen in the Emerging Visions section at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival. In addition to North America, the company also acquired television and digital rights for the picture in France, Benelux, Spain, Portugal, East-Central Europe, Turkey, and Greece.

Full release below.

New York, NY (March 7, 2011) - IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring North American distribution rights to director Todd Rohal's comedy THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM. The company also acquired television and digital rights for the picture in France, Benelux, Spain, Portugal, East-Central Europe, Turkey, and Greece. The film, which was also written by Rohal, stars Steve Little (EASTBOUND & DOWN), Robert Longstreet (SEPTIEN), and Wally Dalton (THE OFF HOURS). Longstreet also executive produced the project, and David Gordon Green, Megan Griffiths, Jody Hill, Lacey Leavitt, Danny McBride, and Matt Reilly additionally served as producers. The film world premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and is also scheduled to play at the upcoming 2011 SXSW Film Festival in the Emerging Visions section.

Father Billy (Little), a young priest, is forced to take a sabbatical by his superiors when he is discovered telling inappropriate parables to his flock. Billy tracks down his high-school idol Robbie (Longstreet), who begrudgingly agrees to a canoe trip. On the water, the two men reminisce about Billy's days as the keyboardist in a Christian band and Robbie's as a guitarist for a metal band. When night approaches, they realize they have lost their way--and that's when things get weird.

President of IFC Films/Sundance Selects, Jonathan Sehring, said: "CATACLYSM CATECHISM is one of the funniest films we have seen in ages. It features one of the funniest campfire scenes in the history of cinema. It's a film that is destined for cult status. We can't wait to work with Todd Rohal and his fantastic cast on this film."

Noted Rohal: "It's been a blast making this film, premiering it at Sundance and working with Cinetic to find us a home at IFC Midnight. We're thrilled that IFC Midnight is embracing our mix of Christian values and Satanic ritualism and unleashing it into this troubled world. It's going to be a fun ride."

The deal for THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films and Jeff Deutchman, Manager of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Debra Fisher at Cinetic Media on behalf of the filmmakers.


IFC Midnight is a sister division to Sundance Selects and IFC Films, and is owned and operated by Rainbow Media.

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