The distributor has picked up North American rights to Mickey Keating’s SXSW Midnight thriller.

Vertical co-president Rich Goldberg plans to release Pod theatrically and digitally day-and-date in autumn.

The film stars Dean Cates and Lauren Ashley Carter as estranged siblings who travel to their isolated family lake house in Maine hold an intervention on their troubled war veteran brother. Brian Morvant also stars.

Morgan White, Sean Fowler, William Day Frank and Keating produced, while Ryan W Keating and Lauren Conoscenti served as executive producers.

Nate Bolotin and Mette-Marie Katz of XYZ brokered the deal with Goldberg and Vertical vice-president of acquisitions Peter Jarowey.