By Jason Guerrasio | Indiewire January 26, 2012 at 5:39PM
Rough House Pictures, the production company headed by David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Jody Hill, have announced they have come on board to present U.S. Dramatic entry “The Comedy.”
Directed by Rick Alverson ("New Jerusalem"), the film is a cautionary tale as it follows the privileged life of a Brooklyn hipster, played by Tim Heidecker of “The Tim and Eric Awesome Show.”
At last year’s Sundance, the Rough House team produced Todd Rohal’s “The Catechism Cataclysm."
Sales agent for “The Comedy,” Submarine Entertainment, is currently in discussions with buyers.
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Park City, UT – January 26, 2012 – Submarine Entertainment announced today from the Sundance Film Festival that Rough House Pictures, the Production Company of Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, Jody Hill, and Matt Reilly, has come on board to present Jagjaguwar’s darkly irreverent and controversial film THE COMEDY, starring Tim Heidecker of The Tim and Eric Awesome Show.
Indifferent even to the prospects of inheriting his father’s estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker) whiles away his days with a group of aging Brooklyn hipsters, engaging in acts of recreational cruelty and pacified boredom. Desensitized and disenchanted, he strays into a series of reckless situations that may offer the promise of redemption or the threat of retribution. A scathing look at the white male on the verge of collapse, Rick Alverson’s carefully observed portrait provokes and disorients; a cautionary fable for the autumn of the American Era. Featuring Eric Wareheim, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Jeff Jensen, Kate Lyn Sheil, Alexia Rasmussen, and Gregg Turkington (A.K.A. Neil Hamburger). The film is produced in conjunction with Jagjaguwar, Greyshack Films and Glass Eye Pix.
Director Rick Alverson says, “THE COMEDY is meant to be an uncompromising exploration of humor and numbness. There's a true harmony between David's lyrical filmmaking and Danny's darkly comic sensibility that makes Rough House Pictures a perfect partner for our film."
David Gordon Green says, “THE COMEDY is a totally unique movie-going experience that balances the emotional with the absurd. It's rare that you discover a project that has a face with a big heart and laughs but such a beautiful melancholy darkness behind the eyes. Alverson's latest film is an invitation to the flip-side of what we know of Tim and Eric, and that unexpected, unpredictable, personal journey is a wonderful thing.”
Danny McBride adds, "This is Tim Heidecker's IRON LADY . . . it is not to be missed."
Submarine Entertainment is currently in discussion with buyers at the Sundance Film Festival, where the film has polarized audiences and stirred controversy due to its unfiltered humor and provocative sensibility.
ABOUT ROUGH HOUSE PICTURES
Rough House Pictures is comprised of David Gordon Green, Jody Hill, Danny McBride and Matt Reilly. Combining their creative filmmaking with their strong expertise in producing and financing, ROUGH HOUSE PICTURES seeks to establish itself as a hub for exciting and bold voices. Their hegemony extends from the big studio projects and franchises, to the newest filmmaker with their first movie, with the goal of supporting filmmakers at every level.
Jody Hill, David Gordon Green and Danny McBride all went to the North Carolina School of the Arts and lived on the same dormitory floor. McBride saw Green’s first short film called Will You Lather Up My Rough House and that was that in terms of his admiration for Green. McBride was the second unit director on Green’s feature debut George Washington and McBride had a supporting role in Green’s next film All the Real Girls, which won the 2003 Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
McBride first gained industry awareness with this role; however, it was when he returned in 2006 with the Sundance Film Festival smash hit comedy The Foot Fist Way that he became a known name in Hollywood and desired by its top producers and directors. McBride, who starred and co-wrote the film with Jody Hill and Ben Best (Superbad), caught the attention of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay after it debuted at Sundance, under their banner Gary Sanchez Production, and the film was later released by Paramount Vantage. McBride is currently starring in HBO’s East Bound and Down, which he and Hill co-created, co-write and produce together. Hill and Green both direct episodes. The third season for HBO premieres this February.
Matt Reilly segued from his post as Vice President of Production at Warner Bros. Pictures in 2010 to join ROUGH HOUSE as President of Production. After buying the pitch for Observe and Report as an executive, he became friends with Jody, Danny and David through shared passion and taste. Alex Plapinger is a senior executive at Rough House who tracked the "The Comedy" and made it a priority for the company to see and get involved in.
On the TV front, Rough House has established itself as a force in both cable and network with first look deals at HBO and 20th Century Fox Studios.
Jagjaguwar was founded in 1996 by Darius Van Arman in Charlottesville, Virginia. The independent record label’s initial releases were almost exclusively recordings by Virginia artists, but its roster has become far more geographically diverse, now including such renowned artists as Bon Iver, Dinosaur Jr., Sharon Van Etten, Okkervil River and Black Mountain. In 1999, Van Arman became partners with Chris Swanson, one of the founders of Secretly Canadian, and Jagjaguwar relocated to Bloomington, Indiana. Since then, the Jagjaguwar partnership has grown to include Ben Swanson and Jonathan Cargill. Jagjaguwar gained special renown for releasing Bon Iver “Bon Iver” in June of 2011, an album which debuted at number 2 on the Billboard charts and has garnered four Grammy nominations. Jagjaguwar has also started to release or produce feature-length movies via a special partnership with director Rick Alverson (songwriter for Drunk and Spokane, two Richmond-based bands that Jagjaguwar has released 9 albums between.)
ABOUT GREYSHACK FILMS
Greyshack Films is a development and production company committed to creative, thought-provoking, energetic new cinema designed within a low-budget model. Company president Mike S. Ryan is a veteran member of the independent film community who started out in the industry’s 1990’s heyday with films like Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm and Todd Haynes’ Far From Heaven. As a producer, he has been responsible for a remarkable group of films in the last five years, most made for under $3 million.
ABOUT GLASS EYE PIX
Glass Eye Pix (“one of the indie scene’s most productive and longest-running companies” —Filmmaker magazine) is the fiercely independent NYC-based production outfit headed by art-horror auteur Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter, Wendigo, Habit, NBC’s Fear Itself) and home to producer Brent Kunkle ("The Comedy", "Bitter Feast" and "Stake Land"). Fessenden (winner of the 2009 Golden Hammer Award) has operated the company since 1985, with the mission of supporting individual voices in the arts. Glass Eye Pix is designed to exploit hungry new talent and inspire resourceful filmmakers to produce quality work through seat-of-the-pants ingenuity. Lean budgeted auteur-driven pulp pictures that nurture emerging talents in the independent filmmaking. Fessenden’s company has produced numerous critically acclaimed films including 2011’s Stake Land (Jim Mickle), 2010’s The Innkeepers (Ti West), 2009’s Wendy And Lucy (Kelly Reichardt), The House Of The Devil (Ti West), I Sell The Dead (Glenn McQuaid), and 2008’s Liberty Kid (Ilya Chaiken), Trigger Man (Ti West).
ABOUT RICK ALVERSON, DIRECTOR
RICK ALVERSON, director, writer, editor – (b. 1971) is a filmmaker and musician from Richmond, Virginia. His previous films include The Builder (2010), an existential character study of an Irish immigrant at odds with the promise of America. New Jerusalem (2011), starring Colm O’Leary (The Builder) and Will Oldham (Matewan, Old Joy), again considered the immigrant experience but this time through the lens of religious ideology. New Jerusalem premiered at the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam and SXSW in 2011. Also in 2011, he was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He also has directed videos for Bonny Prince Billy (New Wonder) and Gregor Samsa (Jeroen Van Aken). Upcoming films include a reconstruction era drama entitled Clement, to be produced in 2012, and Rabbit, both of which continue his collaboration with Colm O’Leary. In addition to his directorial work he has released 9 records on Jagjaguwar, most recently with his band Spokane in 2007.