John P Aguirre's college comedy The Utopian Society starring Malin Akerman is already out on DVD in the US via Warner Bros and now Hugh Edwards' Aspect Film has closed new deals for Scandinavia (Scanbox), Romania (Globcom), and the Middle East (Front Row).

Monty Lapica's festival hit Self Medicated, about out of control youth, has sold to Benelux (Homvision) and North America (THINKFilm).

London- and Spain-based Aspect has also sold four more films to Front Row for the Middle East: Zackary Adler's Familiar Strangers, a family comedy/drama starring Nikki Reed, DJ Qualls and Shawn Hatosy; low-budget UK drama Drawn; Judy Greer and Jeremy Sisto-starring In Memory Of My Father (which has more offers in negotiation now); and Scottish crime drama The Clan.

Documentary The Peter Green Story has sold to Scanbox for the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia; and to airlines British Airways and Qatar Airways.

Edwards has unveiled plans to establish a West Coast production company, tentatively titled Aspect Film West, in partnership with Rob Mankowitz and Matthew Richmond at Crazy Thai Lady Productions and John P Aguirre and Scott Rudolph at Great American Cinema.

Aspect Film West hopes to establish a new franchise with sex comedy Lucky Stroke, to start shooting in February or March 2009 on a budget of about $2m. Director Aguirre is talking to potential cast including Austin Nichols and Arielle Kebbel.

Edwards will serve as one of the producers and handle worldwide sales. They are seeking potential partners here at the AFM.

Aspect West will also produce romantic comedy Pretend and Orange County Anthology, both scripted by Frederick Ponzlov (Undertaking Betty).

Aguirre also is in talks with George Lopez to star in Peppersteps, also for a 2009 shoot. That $5m film, based on a true story, is about a wrestling coach who trains two Latino brothers.

Just ahead of AFM, Aspect also picked up rights (excluding domestic) for Doughboys, from Louis Lombardi of 24 and Sopranos fame.

Aspect's slate also includes Fading Of The Cries is now shooting in LA, a $5m fantasy thriller being directed by visual effects veteran Brian Metcalf and starring Brad Dourif, Thomas Ian Nicholas and Mackenzie Rosman.

Aspect Films is expanding into Aspect Media Group, including Aspect Film, Aspect Film West and web company Aspect Click.