By Brian Brooks | Indiewire May 18, 2009 at 10:25AM
In another pick up in a busy past seven days of acquisition announcements, Roadside Attractions has made a pact for U.S. rights to "Mystery Team," the first feature length film from DERRICK Comedy, the distributor's co-president Eric d'Arbeloff announced Monday. Josh Braun of Submarine negotiated the deal for DERRICK Comedy with d'Arbeloff. Roadside plans to take the film on an advance-release tour of colleges in the late summer, to be followed by a national release this fall.
Premiering at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, "Mystery" revolves around a band of kid detectives dedicated to solving child-sized mysteries: who put their finger in the pie, or who stole a tricycle. The town loved them for it. Fast forward, the team is about to graduate from high school and move in to the real world, but they're still storming the playground to bust little kids, which eventually doesn't sit well with the town's people. One day a neighborhood girl asks the team to find out who killed her parents, and are taken for the first time into Oakdale's dark underbelly. A violent cartel of drug lords and strippers will threaten their lives, strain their friendships.
"This film is a jaw-dropping mash-up of absurd comedy and a dark crime mystery," said d'Arbeloff in a statement. "It's no wonder DERRICK'S shorts have been viewed over 100 million times online. Their enormous fan base will be a key part of this release. We're thrilled to be working with the team."