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Sundance 2013: Phase 4 Films Pockets Shaka King's 'Newlyweeds'

"Newlyweeds"
Phase 4 Films has acquired North American rights to Shaka King’s feature debut “Newlyweeds,” which had its world premiere in the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT <=> section last week. The company plans a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release this summer.

Amari Cheatom and Trae Harris star as a repo man and his young girlfriend as they struggle to maintain their romantic relationship, their dreams and their obsession with getting stoned. Tone Tank, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Tonia Pinkins, Colman Domingo, Hassan Johnson, Adrian Martinez and Anthony Chisholm so-star.

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Jim Wareck, Michael Mathews, King and Gbenga Akinnagbe produced, with Andy Sawyer and Neil Katz serving as executive producers.

“We are thrilled to be working with Shaka on his first feature,” said Phase 4 president and CEO Berry Meyerowitz. “‘Newlyweeds’ is an audience pleaser and we are looking forward to exposing it to audiences nationwide.”

Phase 4’s Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe negotiated the deal with Glen Reynolds of Circus Road Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

Phase 4 picked up “That’s What She Said” (2012) and “Another Happy Day” (2011) at recent Sundance festivals. Upcoming releases include “Eden” and “Generation Um.” 

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