EXCLUSIVE: France’s Celluloid Dreams has picked up international rights to Sundance competitor Jamie Marks Is Dead and is launching sales at Filmart.
Carter Smith’s follow-up to The Ruins is a supernatural drama adapted from Christopher Barzak novel One For Sorrow.
The film centres on teenagers Adam and Gracie, played by Cameron Monaghan and Morgan Saylor, who are visited by the ghost of their recently deceased classmate, Jamie Marks (Noah Silver). Co-stars include Judy Greer and Liv Tyler.
Celluloid Dreams president Hengameh Panahi said: “We are delighted to welcome Carter Smith under our Directors’ Label.
“This is a perfect acquisition where all the elements are miraculously aligned; an amazingly singular talented director to promote worldwide, plus the immensely creative and dedicated producers Alex Orlovsky and Hunter Gray of Verisimilitude.”
Other producers include Jacob Jaffke, Omri Bezalel and Carter Smith from Verisimilitude Production, which made the film in association with Mountaintop Productions, Kings County Productions, and KGB Media.
UTA Independent Film Group negotiated the deal on behalf of filmmakers.
The feature is set in a wintry small town where the body of a teenager named Jamie Marks is found by the river. Adam, the star of his cross-country team, becomes fascinated with Jamie - a boy nobody really knew or interacted with, except occasionally to bully him.
When Jamie’s ghost begins to appear both to Adam and Gracie, the classmate who discovered the body, Adam is caught between two worlds. He has a budding romance with Gracie, but he also feels a deep connection to Jamie, who brings him closer to the world of the undead.