By Brian Brooks | Indiewire July 21, 2011 at 7:16AM
U.S. rights to Joshua Leonard's Sundance dark comedy, "The Lie," have been picked up by Screen Media. Starring Leonard, Screen Media plans a fall 2011 theatrical release in select cities with a simultaneous VOD release.
The full release follows:
Screen Media, one of the leading American distributors of independent films, announced today it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Joshua Leonard’s "The Lie," a critically acclaimed dark comedy that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, in which Leonard also stars. Based on a T.C. Boyle short story that first appeared in the New Yorker, "The Lie" centers on a man who tells a lie to get out of work that inadvertently changes his life.
"The Lie" also stars Jess Weixler ("Teeth") and Mark Webber ("Scott Pilgrim vs. The World") and features an impressive array of actors in supporting roles including Jane Adams, Kelli Garner, Alia Shawkat, Gerry Bednob and Holly Woodlawn. The film was produced by Mary Pat Bentel and executive produced by Siriam Das and Mitchell Goldman of Das Films.
The deal for THE LIE was negotiated by Robert Baruc and Suzanne Blech on behalf of Screen Media with Rena Ronson and Bec Smith at UTA.
"The Lie" is a candid, yet charming look at how a seemingly harmless and momentary lapse of judgment can lead to life-altering calamity. Lonnie ("Humpday"'s Joshua Leonard) and Clover ("Teeth"'s Jess Weixler) were once young idealists -- destined to change the world, until an unanticipated pregnancy derailed their plans. Instead of making their mark, the pair finds themselves trapped in a bourgeois nightmare, hosting BBQ’s and arguing about organic diapers. Clover is in her final year of law school, while Lonnie, stuck in a nine-to-five routine, remains in a daze about the artistic lifestyle they were forced to abandon.
Deciding he needs some time away from his soul-sucking job to renew his stalled aspirations, Lonnie calls in sick and creates a shocking lie to justify his absence. Swept away in a series of misadventures beyond his control, he attempts to close the Pandora’s box, but finds that it is too late. As Lonnie's crudely constructed lie begins to unravel, "The Lie" takes us on a journey of self-discovery as it astutely examines what it means to be an adult, and the steps we all take to get there…eventually.
Robert Baruc, President of Screen Media said, “We couldn’t be happier to be in business with Joshua Leonard who has crafted one of the most sophisticated and enjoyable dark comedies I’ve seen in a long time. We are very excited to be releasing "The Lie" and believe it has the legs to thrive in all of our platforms.”
Joshua Leonard said, “Screen Media runs a strong, artist-friendly ship, that has long been a home for some of my favorite films. We're honored to be working with them and excited to collaborate on bringing THE LIE to a wider audience. ”
Screen Media is releasing "The Lie" in the fall of 2011. The film will be released theatrically in select cities and will also have a simultaneous day and date VOD release.