“Carnage Park,” Mickey Keating’s fifth feature after such heavy-hitting genre efforts like “Pod” and “Darling,” rocked the Sundance Film Festival last week with its savage cat-and-mouse-game. Earlier today, Content Media secured international sales rights to the film, and the company, led by President of Film Jamie Carmichael and Head of Sales Harry White, will introduce the feature to international distributors for the first time at the European Film Market in Berlin. CAA is handling North American sales rights for the film.
Inspired by a true story, Keating’s latest genre exercise harkens back to the thrillers of the 1970s as it depicts a harrowing fight for survival between a pair of crooks, their hostage and a psychotic ex-military sniper in a remote stretch of wilderness. Ashley Bell and Pat Healy star. Eric B. Fleischman and Sean Tabibian produced the film through their Diablo Entertainment banner.
“‘Carnage Park’ is my total love letter to Peckinpah, and ‘Deliverance,’ and ’70s survival movies,” Keating recently told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s set in 1978 and it’s a crime story [which] turns into a fight for survival. It’s hard to categorize in a way, because it’s an energetic crime movie that goes horribly horribly awry. I think it’s going to be something different for people.”
The acquisition of sales rights to “Carnage Park” isn’t the first time Content has looked to the Sundance Midnight section for purchases. Over the past few years, the company has been such genre fare as “The Pact,” “The Nightmare” and “Bound to Vengeance.”