Meanwhile XLrator Media will release We The Party, Film Movement has acquired Teddy Bear, The Cinema Guild samples Step Up To The Plate and Wrekin Hill has acquired Sundance premiere The End Of Love.

GMA Films’ horror tale The Road becomes the first all-Filipino film to be “commercially released in mainstream cinemas all over the US” and will go out day-and-date on May 11, with Freestyle Releasing handling the theatrical debut in 16 markets and Freestyle Digital Media overseeing digital launch.

The Road centres on efforts by investigators to find three teenagers missing after they use a notorious abandoned road. Yam Laranas directed and produced.

Freestyle Releasing co-president Mark Borde and Freestyle Digital Media CEO Susan Jackson negotiated the deal with Annette Gozon-Abrogar of GMA Films and Laranas.

  • XLrator Media has picked up worldwide rights to coming-of-age comedy We The Party written and directed by Mario Van Peebles and will release theatrically in top US urban markets on Apr 6, expanding a week later. Van Peebles, Michael Jai White, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Snoop Dogg are among the cast. XLrator Media and the filmmakers will collaborate on the release.
  • Film Movement has taken US rights to Mads Matthiesen’s feature directorial debut Teddy Bear (pictured), a comedy in Danish, Thai and English about a 38-year-old bodybuilder who lives with his domineering mother. The film premiered at Sundance and will screen at Directors/New Films Festival starting on Mar 21 in New York and receive a New York theatrical release on Aug 22 with limited national roll-out to follow. Film Movement president Adley Gartenstein brokered the deal with Ryan Kampe of Visit Films.
  • The Cinema Guild has taken all US rights to Paul Lacoste’s documentary Step Up To The Plate following its world premiere in Berlin. The film follows a three-Michelin star chef Michel Bras as he prepares to hand over his restaurant to his son. Ryan Krivoshey of The Cinema Guild negotiated the deal with Caroline Nataf of Jour2fête. The film will open theatrically this summer followed by VoD and DVD release through Cinema Guild’s Spark label.
  • Wrekin Hill has taken North American rights to Mark Webber’s drama The End Of Love, which launched at Sundance. President and CEO Chris Ball is planning a summer theatrical and VoD release on the story of a young widower and parent.