Matt Osterman's debut feature "Phasma Ex Machina" has been picked up by Screen Media Films by XYZ Films. Screen Media plans a second quarter 2011 roll out of the supernatural thriller on DVD/VOD with the new title, "Ghost from the Machine." The film has played at the Fantasia International Film Festival, Telluride Horror Film Festival, and Arizona Underground Film Festival where it was awarded "Best of the Fest."
Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films brokered the deal with Robert Baruc, President, Screen Media Films and David T. Fannon, Executive Vice President, Screen Media Ventures.
In the film, a young man tasked with raising his younger brother after the death of their parents, plunges himself into the murky science of the supernatural. Ignoring his responsibilities as a caretaker, he invents a machine intended to be a conduit to the other side. He reaches an unintended level of success that not only threatens his safety, but also of those around him.
Commenting about the acquisition, Baruc commented: "We are looking forward to the opportunity to bring the many anxious fans this original and intelligent twist on the traditional ghost story."
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