By Erin Whitney | Indiewire May 6, 2013 at 3:50PM
Phase 4 Films has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Matt Johnson's first feature "The Dirties," a drama about bullies and teenage revenge. The film, which premiered at Slamdance and won the Narrative Grand Jury Prize, is co-written, directed by and stars Johnson. "The Dirties" will have a theatrical release later this year and will be released on VOD via Kevin Smith's Kevin Smith Movie Club, which is in distribution partnership with Phase 4.
Produced by Johnson, co-writer Evan Morgan, and Jared Raab, the film tells the story of two best friends who film a comedy about killing their school bullies, but to one of them it isn't just a joke.
On the film's VOD distribution Kevin Smith said, "This is the most important film you will see all year. Matt Johnson has mashed-up the found footage film and the faux-documentary genres and crafted the most original, hypnotic, and human movie about a monster-in-the-making you will ever see. Not only is "The Dirties" an astonishingly great first film, it has the stones to deal with some very real subject matter in a mature, important way."
I'm crazy proud to be associated in any way with "The Dirties"-- a landmark achievement in not just indie film, but cinema in general."
Phase 4 Films negotiated the acquisition with Nate Bolotin and Aram Tertzakian of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers. Other recent acquisitions by Phase 4 include "Generation Um…" and "Milkshake."