The high-school comedy “Bindlestiffs” from writer-director Andrew Edison has gone to Phase 4 Films for North American distribution. The film debuted at Slamdance (where it won the Audience Award for Best Feature Narrative) and is currently at SXSW.
The film, co-wrote with Luke Loftin, is about three smart-mouthed high school virgins who, after being suspended from school because of graffiti, flee to the inner city to live out the plot of “The Catcher in the Rye.”
“Bindlestiffs,” with Edison and Loftin also produced, will be the first film released (in June) under Kevin Smith’s SModcast Pictures Presents banner. Its release will include a theatrical tour with Q & As between Smith and the filmmakers.
Smith says the film is “a ballsy high school comedy that was conceived by real, live high schoolers (who are actually way funnier than the 20-something adults who usually play teens in movies)! This mind-bendingly original and gut-bustingly hysterical first film is so confidently made and one-of-a-kind, I cannot wait to stand on a stage beside the ‘Bindlestiffs’ boys and smell the room after the audience has pissed themselves laughing at their debut film.”
More on the Phase 4 and SModcast Pictures pairing below:
Phase 4 and SModcast Pictures’ distribution partnership, which was announced in early 2012, will allow Phase 4 to acquire exclusive rights to exhibit and distribute up to twelve films per year under Smith’s banner. Phase 4 will release four of these films theatrically each year, and these will include a live tour with Kevin Smith. To submit a film for consideration under the “Kevin Smith’s SModcast Pictures Presents” label, please email SMacquisitions@phase4films.com.