by Mark Rabinowitz
Last week October Films announced the creation of a "genre" division to
be called Rogue Pictures, with Trey Parker's "Orgazmo" set to be the new
division's first release, followed by David Raynr's "G's Trippin'" and
the recent October script acquisition, Ken Selden's "Cherry Falls."
To be headed by Patrick Gunn in New York and Matt Wall in Los Angeles,
the new division will acquire product at all stages of development, and
the projects will me marketed and distributed domestically by October
Films staff. Video and television sales will be managed through
October's distribution agreement with Universal Pictures, while foreign
sales will be handled by October Films International through its
partnership with Good Machine International and its president David
The phrase "genre division" has been bandied about for some time, with
Miramax's Dimension Films being the first specialty division to use the
phrase. indieWIRE spoke with Gunn about his take on the definition, and
he indicated that October and Rogue were "looking to define (genre
division), somewhat broadly," and added that their films would "not be
typical October films." As is evidenced with their first three films.
"Orgazmo" is a comedy about a mormon young man who becomes a porn star,
"G's Trippin'" is an urban comedy and "Cherry Falls" is a twist on the
teen-horror genre, with the virginal teens, rather than the kids who
sleep around that are getting hunted by the psychopath. Gunn added that
Rogue would be producing films ranging in budget from "low budget to the
double digit millions."
"Cherry Falls" is set to be produced by Marshall Persinger along with
executive producers Eli Selden ("Eve's Bayou") and Julie Yorn ("Eve's
Bayou") and co-executive produced by Joyce Schweickert, Persinger's
partner at The Fresh Produce Company. Fresh Produce's most recent film
is James F. Robinson's "Still Breathing," and Yorn and Selden are talent
managers at Industry Entertainment (formerly Addis-Wechsler).