"Song One," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, has been picked up by Cinedigm and Film Arcade for a planned Fall release. Film Arcade with distribute the film theatrically with Cinedigm handling all other platforms.
Written and directed by first-time feature director Kate Barker-Froyland, "Song One" is Anne Hathaway's first performance after her Oscar win for "Les Miserables," and once again, it has her singing. She plays Frannie, a student whose younger brother fights for his life in a coma. She not only repairs family relationships, but sparks a romance with James Forester (Johnny Flynn), a famed musician and idol of her brother's.
In her review of the film at Sundance, Mary Sollosi called "Song One," a "gentle, music-themed movie that's practically a love letter to its Oscar-winning headliner."
Star Hathaway also made her debut as a producer on "Song One." She told Indiewire that after reading the screenplay by Barker-Froyland (with help from Jonathan Demme) she "thought it was so beautiful on the page."
"We love the authenticity of the family relationships, the romantic chemistry of the leads and the incredible role the original music plays in Kate’s film," said The Film Arcade's Andy Bohn and Vincent Scordino, Senior Vice President of Theatrical Releasing, for Cinedigm.
The deal was negotiated by Creative Artists Agency, who represents Worldview Entertainment and helped arrange the financing for the film. No date has been stated for a "Song One" to hit theaters, but a multi-platform release is anticipated for this Fall.