Dark Star Pictures has acquired North American distribution rights to psychological thriller PVT CHAT, which had its world premiere at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival.
Dark Star is planning a theatrical release in January followed by a VOD/digital release in February.
The film stars Julia Fox and Peter Vack in the story of an internet gambler from New York whose fixation on a San Francisco ‘camgirl’ - an online sex acts model - reaches boiling point when he sees her on a Chinatown street.
Ben Hozie, co-founder of art punk band Bodega, wrote the script and makes his debut as a director. Austin Brown, lead singer and guitarist of Parquet Courts, wrote the score.
Dark Star president Michael Repsch, who negotiated the deal with producer Oliver David, said: “PVT CHAT is shocking in subject matter yet intimate in its soul, a slice of life and glimpse into a subculture that many do not care to understand. Ben Hozie’s vision is distinct and unwavering in its approach to humanity and love for all - despite preconceived societal norms.”