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Coming Soon from The Orchard: “Missionary”

Missionary Movie PosterFor those of you looking for a Fatal Attraction déjà vu, The Orchard’s got you covered with our brand spankin’ new acquisition of horror film Missionary. The Anthony DiBlasi–directed thriller follows in the filmmaker’s usual style of relentless terror, but adds to it romance, seduction and religion to really lure you into a cinematic experience of twisted fright.

Dawn Olivieri (House of Lies, American Hustle) plays Katherine Kingsmen, a struggling single mother estranged from her husband. Mormon-in-training Kevin Brock (played by Mitch Ryan, One Tree Hill) arrives in Katherine’s front-yard one afternoon to preach the gospel, and ends up sparking a love interest that turns into a passionate affair. But when that spark goes out for Katherine, it turns into madness for Kevin – he uses his Mormon religion to justify their relationship as God’s destiny. Maniac obsession sets in, and the viewer is left anxiously awaiting an end to the ruthless hysteria.

DiBlasi delves into the daunting truth that no one really knows how random run-ins with others will play out in their lives. Katherine and Kevin have a seemingly innocent chance-meeting, emphasized by religious connotations. But when that meet-cute evolves into gory chaos, DiBlasi shows his audience how true-life happenstance can lead down a very dark trail.

Catch the horror flick on the big screen during its Halloween release, or digitally later on. And if you wanna hear more about the deal itself, check out our official press release here, or the press coverage from ComingSoon.net.

Welcome, Larron!

August 13, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

larron_armsteadIntroducing Larron Armstead, Senior Software Engineer

My name is Larron Armstead and I was born a hot July day in Los Angeles, California. During my childhood I spent some time bouncing between Dayton, Ohio and my former home, California. My father was a C++ programmer so it was only natural that my younger brother and I would flourish in the world of technology.

At age 11, my training shot into serious mode when a friend of mine showed me the ropes with torrenting, Napster and the like. The technology realm was wide open and left me with no other choice but to LEVEL UP. I installed Flash and animated my first ridiculously hilarious comic within a week. I won’t go into extreme detail about the clip but I will say that it had a cowbell sound and was about an alien coming down in a UFO who set his eyes on a cow and ultimately had barbeque for dinner (yes, flames were involved).

I continued to train and decided that I wanted to make some cash, so I began picking up odd jobs from technology forums and freelance websites. I got through the frustration of my training along with the cold winter months of Dayton, Ohio by using one simple tool… Push-Ups.

At the age of 15, as you’d assume, I was quite leveled up and had started a web development company that needed clients. I took to what seemed to be the most obvious route — manual_e-mail_spam. I know… I know what you’re thinking, but hey, read on! One dark and gloomy day (or night) I just happened to e-mail a real estate agent who just happened to be at the executive level of an international real estate company formerly named Red Carpet. After a few phone calls, a deal was inked and I’d like to think that I was the happiest 15 year old in the world at the time. Looking back I think they may have been the happiest old people considering that I would later go on to rebuild their entire corporate website for six large (=$600). Obviously my tech skills were elite but my negotiation skills needed some help. Fortunately this later led to a business meeting in a suit and with the head dude in charge of not only Red Carpet, but also Home Life and Realty World (yeah, pretty cool).

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The Orchard Chart Toppers: July 2014

The Orchard Chart Toppers

July brought us much excitement on the charts, and we’re happy to be able to share the love and pride with you here. First, we’re stoked at how long we managed to take over the iTunes Brazil Singles chart, claiming up to 15/20 spots including the full Top 10 with local band and “SuperStar” reality TV show winner, Malta. Deathcore Metal champs Suicide Silence absolutely killed it — erm, no pun intended — debuting at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 and staying put there and on the Independent and Current Albums charts for three straight weeks. Country/Hip-Hop Georgia man Colt Ford also took impressive hold of the charts; The Raveonettes’ surprise album Pe’ahi got a warm welcome both in the U.S. and their native market, Denmark; and we even scored a #1 Jazz hit with Smooth Jazz trumpet player, Rick Braun.

On the film front, Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company didn’t go anywhere since last month, and is still claiming its spot on Documentary and Sports Films charts around the world. Other notable mentions include Zero to 100: The Lakey Peterson Story, an action sports doc on female surfing sensation Lakey Peterson, and Shock Till You Drop horror flick, Ghostlight.

PS. This is only a snapshot of our artists’ chart positions. They’ve also placed in many genre charts on both Billboard and iTunes, but we’ve zoned in on the more general charts for the purpose of this post.

WEEK ENDING August 3, 2014

Billboard Top 200 Albums
#52 — Colt Ford: Thanks For Listening [Average Joes]
#56 — Suicide Silence: You Can’t Stop Me [Nuclear Blast]
#108 — Yes: Heaven & Earth [Frontiers Records]

Billboard Current Albums
#52 — Colt Ford: Thanks For Listening [Average Joes]
#56 — Suicide Silence: You Can’t Stop Me [Nuclear Blast]
#95 — Yes: Heaven & Earth [Frontiers Records]

Billboard Independent Albums
#4 — Colt Ford: Thanks For Listening [Average Joes]
#5 — Suicide Silence: You Can’t Stop Me [Nuclear Blast]
#15 — Yes: Heaven & Earth [Frontiers Records]
#48 — Various Artists: Hits Of The 90′s [TUTM]

Billboard Heatseekers
#8 — The Raveonettes: Pe’ahi [Beat Dies]
#20 — Vanna: Void [Pure Noise]
#30 — To The Wind: Block Out The Sun & Sleep [Pure Noise]
#39 — Front Porch Step: Aware [Pure Noise]

Portugal Top Albums
#12 – Various Artists: Latin Hits 3 [Vidisco]
#14 – Various Artist: Caribe 2014 – o Teu Toque [Vidisco]
#10 – Various Artist: Piradinha 3 [Vidisco]
#20 – Tony Carreira: 25 Anos [Farol]

Spain Top Albums
#1 — Gemeliers: Lo Mejor está por venir [Pep's Records]

Denmark Top Albums
#9 — The Raveonettes: Pe’ahi [Beat Dies Records]

iTunes Top 200 Albums
#190 — Four Year Strong: Go Down In History EP [Pure Noise]

iTunes Metal Albums
#1 — Suicide Silence: You Can’t Stop Me (Special Edition) [Nuclear Blast]

iTunes Italy Top Albums
#9 — Elisa: L’anima vola [Sugar Music]

iTunes Russia Top Albums
#3 — Various Artists: Новая волна 2014 [Studia Soyuz]
#5 — Владимир Высоцкий: Избранное [Melodiya]
#17 — Grigory Leps: The Best (Deluxe Version) [Nikitin]

iTunes Latvia Top Albums
#5 — Various Artists: Vislabākā Latviešu Šlāgermūzikas Izlase (Izdevniecība MicRec)

iTunes Brazil Top Albums
#4 — Sambô: Sambô (Ao Vivo) [Som Livre/Globo]
#6 — Chitãozinho & Xororó – 40 anos: Chitãozinho e Xororó [Som Livre/Globo]
#14 – Jorge & Mateus: A Hora é Agora (Ao Vivo) [Som Livre/Globo]

iTunes Denmark Top Albums
#7 — The Raveonettes: Pe’ahi [Beat Dies Records]

iTunes Denmark Top Electronic Tracks
#2 — Julias Moon: “Lipstick Lies” [NMS]
#10 — Julias Moon: “Bay [Single]” [NMS]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies US
#5 — Zero to 100: The Lakey Peterson Story [LIEBERVISION]
#16 — 2014 NBA Champions: San Antonio Spurs [Team Marketing]

iTunes Top Sports Movies US
#1 — Zero to 100: The Lakey Peterson Story [LIEBERVISION]
#10 — 2014 NBA Champions: San Antonio Spurs [Team Marketing]

iTunes Top Short Films US
#9 — The Cradle of Storms [Surfer Films]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies CA
#5 — Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company [Red Bull Media House]
#14 — 2014 NBA Champions: San Antonio Spurs [Team Marketing]

iTunes Top Sports Movies CA
#5 — Brandon Semenuk’s Rad Company [Red Bull Media House]
#8 — 2014 NBA Champions: San Antonio Spurs [Team Marketing]

iTunes Top Documentary Movies AU
#5 — Lost: MH 370 [Journeyman Pictures]
#11 — Discovering Mavericks (Bonus Cut) [Joshua Pomer Films]

iTunes Top Sports Movies AU
#3 — Discovering Mavericks (Bonus Cut) [Joshua Pomer Films]

iTunes Top Horror Films AU
#9 — Saving Grace [Eagle One Media]

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Welcome, Lee!

August 6, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

LeeBarterIntroducing Lee Barter, Senior Account Manager, Video Services, Europe

Hello team, I’m Lee, the bearded bloke with the tattoos.

Pleasure to finally be here, after finally escaping the world of Warner Music (ADA). In my past lives, I’ve worked for Essential Music and Believe Digital (boooooo!) in a myriad of roles (label manager, account manager, dragon slayer, neighbouring rights management, production goon, IT guy, gofer, digital sales, all sorts) before selling out and landing a role at ADA where I was the “Digital Production & YouTube Manager” AKA “the ‘your bright ideas are my late nights & total utter nightmares’ guy.” I then saw the light and came over to the wonderful world of The Orchard.

A bit of background info:

I like music on the heavier side of things but I’m willing to give anything a go.

I pretend to play the drums and can successfully hold both sticks.

I’m 30, but dress like an angry 16 year old and like to pretend I’m still 22.

I don’t really drink, but don’t let that stand in the way of doing something stupid for fun.

I’m a fully functioning nerd (I can hold a conversation with real people, yet still recite the script for ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ – clearly the best film in the series).

I think Spider-man would beat Batman in a fight.

I make the best brownies ever. Fact.

I try and ruin every photo I’m in.

I have 2 ears, 2 eyes and a nose.

Shoe size is either 11 or 12 depending on the style / brand.

My girlfriend is an award-winning hairdresser.

I have no idea what I’m doing.

I am delighted to be here.

The Orchard Hits the Mark with “Point and Shoot” Acquisition

Point and ShootPlenty of 27-year olds grapple with internal doubts about their futures. Few, though, take harrowing leaps to resolve those fears. But in the case of Baltimore native Matthew VanDyke, the 20-something not only leapt across international borders to silence those internal battles, he went so far as to fight in another country’s war.

Point and Shoot is the result of VanDyke’s leaving his safe home for the voyage of a lifetime. Hoping to inspire others through film and yearning for adventure, Matthew climbed on the back of a motorcycle and trekked through Northern Africa and the Middle East. The solitary journey began as a quest for manhood. But the 35,000-mile trip brought on more than he could have ever imagined. After serving beside his Libyan friends in the country’s revolt against ruler Muammar Gaddafi, captivity was inevitable.

Talk about self-discovery!  VanDyke’s adventure led him to some of the most extreme corners of the world in the midst of their darkest times. Upon returning home, VanDyke teamed up with Academy Award nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry to recreate the unfathomable journey. Curry molds the footage into a thought-provoking film, worthy of Tribeca Film Festival’s documentary Grand Jury Prize.

Soon, you’ll be able to catch this courageous tale thanks to The Orchard Film crew! They’ve gotten their hands on U.S. theatrical, physical and digital rights to the documentary so that you can see the remarkable story for yourself. Read more about the deal in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and the official press release, and watch the trailer below.

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