Out Today by The Orchard: Clayton English, AWOL & More

Clayton EnglishToday kicks off Memorial Day Weekend in the States. With Monday dedicated to recognizing our troops, the weekend is often packed with picnics, barbecues and general summer-themed festivities to welcome the sun and adventures of the approaching season. Well, your summer fun has just arrived early as we welcome a comedian, a heart-melting film and a jazz-adelic album courtesy of yours truly.

Today marks the release of Clayton English‘s full length audio of All The Same via Comedy Dynamics. Recognizable from his win on Last Comic Standing, English has the crowd roaring with how easy it is to get weed and how it should be legalized. Clayton touches on the safety and medical benefits saying “-it helps people with Alzheimers, did you know that? Yea, they smoke weed and they forget they can’t remember.” Check out a clip from his winning set and listen to his full album here:


No One Cannes Like The Orchard Can: Kings, BPM & More

Kings Wrapping up Festival de Cannes, The Orchard film team has has scored some amazing wins. Now with three acquisitions underway we have now gained Kings and BPM (120 Battements Par Minute), in addition to Under The Eiffel Tower.

Written and directed by BAFTA-nominee Deniz Gamze Erguven (Mustang), The Orchard has acquired all North American rights to Kings, starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig. Set in 1992, the film follows a foster family’s arrival to South Central Los Angeles just weeks before violence erupts surrounding the Rodney King trial verdict. Produced by Charles Gillibert and Vincent Maraval, Kings is currently in postproduction and planned for a fall release.


Welcome, Michael V!

Introducing, Michael Vassallo, Creative Video Manager, Film & TV Operations

I’m Michael Thomas Vassallo, and I’m very excited to join the Orchard as Creative Video Manager on the Film/TV team.

I was born and raised in Philadelphia, where I attended the University of Pennsylvania and the MFA program in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. I moved to New York in 2012 and got my start in distribution managing digital releases for TLA Releasing. I came to The Orchard after a year on the film festival circuit, working in tech and print traffic for festivals including Rooftop Films, DOC NYC and Tribeca.


The Orchard Acquires “Under The Eiffel Tower” At Cannes

What’s more fitting than acquiring a French-themed film during Festival de Cannes? The Orchard is excited to acquire worldwide rights to Archie Borders’ Under The Eiffel Tower. 

Written by Borders and David Henry, Under The Eiffel Tower stars Matt Walsh (Veep) as Stuart, a salesman struggling through a mid-life crisis. In his search of fulfillment, Stuart finds himself on a Parisian vacation with is best friend’s family where he proposes to and is rejected by his friend’s 24-year-old daughter. In the throws of self-pity, Stuart takes off across the French countryside in search of meaning and meets a footballer and beautiful French woman along the way.