MPI Media Group has acquired all North American rights to comedy-drama A Bag of Hammers. The company is planning an August theatrical release to be followed by VOD and DVD availability.

Directed by Brian Crano and co-produced by Manor Film, Two Ships and Locomotive, A Bag of Hammers stars Jake Sandvig (Easy A) and Jason Ritter (TV series The Event) as slacker buddies whose lives change when a single mother and her young son move in next door. The film screened at March’s SXSW festival.

The distribution deal was negotiated by Greg Newman, executive vice president of MPI Media Group, and Josh Braun of Submarine.