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IFC Takes "Sleepover" Rights for SXSW/Cannes Title

A scene from David Robert Mitchell's "The Myth of the American Sleepover." Image courtesy of IFC Films.

North American and select international rights to David Robert Mitchell's award-winning drama, "The Myth of the American Sleepover" have been picked up by IFC Films.

Starring a cast of young newcomers in their feature film debuts and produced by Adele Romanski ("The Freebie"), "Sleepover" had its U.S. debut at the SXSW Film Festival in March and its international premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in the International Critics' Week section, the first American film in five years to be selected for this honor. IFC Films will release the film next year.

Jeff Deutchman, Manager of Acquisitions & Productions for IFC Films negotiated the pact with George Rush of the Law Office of George M. Rush. Deutchman also negotiated with Ryan Kampe of Visit Films for select international rights.

A coming-of-age drama, "The Myth of the American Sleepover" follows four young people on the last night of summer - their final night of freedom before the new school year starts. The teenagers cross paths as they explore the suburban wonderland they inhabit in search of love and adventure - chasing first kisses, elusive crushes, popularity and parties. Inspired by Mitchell's experiences growing up in Michigan, the film is a portrait of summertime adolescence and the search for human connections.

"I used the spine of 'American Graffiti' to tell a story that is a bit more gentle, natural and intimate," Mitchell told indieWIRE in Cannes last May about the film. "There are small moments that may not seem important but are actually very important. Sitting with a girl on the slide and wanting to kiss her. Inching a bit closer to someone. Hanging out on a summer evening with your friends in the backyard. There are the bigger moments too, of course, but there are also those quiet and gentle moments that are important."

"David Robert Mitchell has made one of the most assured debuts of the year with 'The Myth of the American Sleepover,'" commented IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring in a statement. "He has taken a well known genre and breathed new life into it. We're thrilled to introduce him and his talented cast to American audiences when we release the film next year."

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