DISTRIBUTION ROUND-UP: Main Street Films, Image Entertainment, Participant Media and FilmBuff and Factory 25 also unveil latest deals.
Focus Features has set a July 18 platform release in New York and Los Angeles for Wish I Was Here starring Zach Braff.
The comedy will expand on July 25 and roll out in additional markets on August 1. Wild Bunch handles international sales on the film, funded in part through Kickstarter. Braff directed and co-stars alongside Kate Hudson and Mandy Patinkin.
- Main Street Films has set an April 18 theatrical release for the comedy Bank$tas, styled as a satirical look at the high cost of education, corporate greed, corruption and student debt. The Lumanity Productions film stars Alan Thicke, Joe Dinicol, Michael Seater and Laura Vandervoort. Jeff Stephenson directed from a screenplay by Robert Budreau, who also produced. William Santor and John Hills of Productivity Media served as executive producers alongside Main Street’s Harrison Kordestani, CC Hang, Arti Modi and Jay Modi.
- Image Entertainment has picked up the US on horror-thriller Cabin Fever: Patient Zero by Kaare Andrews and will release on theatrically and on VOD in summer. Voltage Pictures handles international sales.
- Participant Media and FilmBuff have licensed all North American rights to Brian Knappenberger’s documentary The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story Of Aaron Swartz. The film’s release day-and-date theatrical and VOD has been tentatively scheduled for June, followed by a broadcast television premiere on Participant’s television network Pivot in the fourth quarter.
- Factory 25 has acquired worldwide rights to Aaron Schimberg’s Go Down Death, an episodic anthology of macabre folk tales shot in 16mm black and white. The film will premiere theatrically in New York on March 28 at Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn, with multiple screenings with Smell-O-Vision, before expanding into additional markets throughout the summer and launching on digital platforms.