The distributor has acquired US rights to BiFrost Pictures and The Bridge Finance Company’s drama debut starring Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie that marks Paul Bettany’s feature directorial debut.

Daniel Wagner of BiFrost Pictures financed the project, which premiered in Toronto last year and tells of two homeless people who fall in love on the streets of New York.

Screen Media Films brokered the deal with UTA and plans a day-and-date theatrical and VOD launch this year followed by Netflix.

Robert Ogden Barnum, Katie Mustard, Wagner and Bettany produced Shelter and Cassian Elwes, Aimee Sheih, Melanie Greene, Dana Brown, Clay Floren and Kevin Scot Frakes served as executive producers.

  • Sundance Selects has picked up North American rights to LA-based All3Media America’s The Seven Five. Tiller Russell directed and Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman and Sheldon Yellen produced the documentary about corruption in the New York Police Department. ICM Partners represented the film-makers in the deal.