EXCLUSIVE: Henri M Kessler’s fledgling Micro Films Group has secured co-financing and a production start for Phoenix, the second feature from Amy Redford.

Intandem division Manifest Film Sales handles international sales and has been in talks with buyers at the EFM.

The New York-set film follows two love-averse strangers on a trek to Phoenix and back as they navigate the emotional possibilities and repercussions of a one-night stand. 

Scott Organ adapted Phoenix from his play of the same name, which had its world premiere at the 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville and in New York at The Barrow Group.

Pre-production is set to begin in March and principal photography for April-May in New York.  Buzz Koenig and Paul Urcioli will produce and Kessler is on board as executive producer.

Redford made her feature directorial debut in 2008 with The Guitar starring Saffron Burrows and Paz de la Huerta.

Phoenix is a modern romance that reflects all of the complexities of actually falling in love – navigating hard choices, the absurdity and exhilaration of life,” said Redford. “I am inspired by Scott’s authentic, well-crafted script and the first-rate group that is coming together to realise this film.”