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Film Acquisition Rundown: Momentum Pictures Takes ‘Brimstone,’ IFC Films Goes For ‘Between Us’ and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that's been picked up around the globe.


Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Momentum Pictures has acquired North American rights to the Western thriller “Brimstone.” The film, which first premiered in September at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, is written and directed by Martin Koolhoven. It stars Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Kit Harington, Carice van Houten and Emilia Jones. The film “tells the story of a frontier woman turn fugitive when she is wrongly accused of a crime she didn’t commit and is hunted by a vengeful preacher.”

Momentum Pictures will be releasing the film in theaters and on VOD in March 2017.

– IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Rafael Palacio Illingworth’s “Between Us.” The film, written and directed by Illingworth, stars Olivia Thirlby, Ben Feldman, Adam Goldberg, Analeigh Tipton, Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Bogdanovich and Scott Haze. It made its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and will be released by IFC Films in January 2017.

In the film, “a couple confronts the fear that settling down and getting married will mean their carefree days as city-dwelling young adults is coming to an abrupt and depressing end. Both are tempted by the allure of another life before ultimately realizing why they fell in love in the first place.”

– Josh Locy’s debut feature, “Hunter Gatherer,” will get a theatrical release from Rough House Pictures, starting in New York and Los Angeles on November 16, before expanding to other theaters. The Orchard will release the film via digital platforms in January.

The film made its world premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, where film’s star Andre Royo picked up the Jury Award for Best Actor.

– Momentum Pictures ahas acquired North American rights to the horror film “Abattoir,” which is set to release in theaters, VOD and Digital HD on December 9, 2016. Written by Christopher Monfette and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (The Saw Series), the film stars Jessica Lowndes, Joe Anderson, Lin Shaye and Dayton Callie.

Based on the Radical Publishing 6-issue comic book mini-series created by Bousman, “Abattoir” world-premiered at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival in the Nightfall section and has screened in a dozen festivals this summer, winning Best in Festival at the Hot Springs Horror Festival.

The film “centers on a real estate reporter (Jessica Lowndes) who unearths an urban legend about a house being built from rooms where horrific tragedies have occurred. The investigation ultimately leads her and ex-lover Detective Declan Grady (Joe Anderson) to the enigmatic Jebediah Crone (Dayton Callie) and the answer to the question, ‘How do you build a haunted house?'”



– Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up the LA Film Festival hit, “A Hundred Streets,” which will be released under the new title “100 Streets.” The ensemble drama explores the interconnecting stories of a range of city dwellers: a former rugby star (Idris Elba) and his wife (Gemma Arterton), a small time drug dealer (Franz Drameh), a photographer (Tom Cullen) and more – all fighting to keep their lives on track in vibrant contemporary London.

Samuel Goldwyn Films will release the film in U.S. theaters and on demand on January 13, 2017.

– Gravitas Ventures has secured worldwide Video On Demand rights to “Almost Adults” from director Sarah Rotella and writer Adrianna DiLonardo. Rotella and DiLonardo are the power duo behind the popular YouTube channel “Unsolicited Project” otherwise known as “The Gay Women Channel,” which boasts almost 350,000 subscribers and over 85 million views. The feature film raised over 300% of its Kickstarter goal and earned 1.5M views of their trailer on YouTube. It will premiere at the Austin Film Festival and arrives to VOD in February 2017.

The film “follows two best friends in their final year of college while they transition into adulthood. Mackenzie (Elise Bauman) embraces her sexuality and tries to catch up on everything she has missed during her teenage years, while Cassie (Natasha Negovanlis) ends a long term relationship with her boyfriend and discovers her life isn’t going as planned. Suddenly the BFFs are struggling to keep their friendship together as they are confronted with the very adult proposition of growing apart.”

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