By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire January 17, 2013 at 9:43PM
Just as the 2013 Sundance Film Festival was getting underway Thursday, Anchor Bay Films announced that it has acquired Calvin Lee Reeder’s “The Rambler,” which will have its world premiere Monday, Jan. 21 in the Park City at Midnight section. As part of the deal, the company has acquired theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital distribution rights in North America, the U.K. and Australia.
“The Rambler,” based on Reeder’s 2008 short, which also played at Sundance, follows a mysterious man just released from prison on a strange journey to find his long-lost brother. Dermot Mulroney, Lindsay Pulsipher and Natasha Lyonne star.
“Anchor Bay is the perfect partner for Calvin’s film ‘The Rambler,’” said Anchor Bay exec Kevin Kasha. “It has all the elements that our fans truly love and we look forward to working with Calvin.”
No stranger to Park City, Reeder premiered his writing-directing debut, “The Oregonian,” at Sundance in 2011, and he appeared on-screen in the 2012 Midnight selection “V/H/S.”
Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films produced along with Brooklyn Reptyle Films’ Roger M. Mayer and Christo Dimassis, Clayton Young of Benaroya Pictures on behalf of AKA Pictures and James Lesjek. Michael Benaroya financed the film through his genre label AKA Pictures.
Anchor Bay’s Kasha and Marc Barson negotiated the deal with Bolotin for XYZ Films. Celluloid Nightmares is handling foreign sales.
Anchor Bay Films will next release Rob Zombie’s “The Lords of Salem,” Billy Bob Thornton’s “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” and “No One Lives.”