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The Orchard Catches Big Air with Warren Miller Entertainment

It’s pretty cool to be able to tell the world you were the first person to take skiing to the big screen. It’s equally as awesome to hold the world record for the longest running film series; Warren Miller Entertainment has accomplished both. The ski film phenomenon began in 1950 under Warren Miller himself, and we’re psyched to now offer WME a digital distribution home for their massive, ever-growing catalog!

Here at The Orchard, we love a good adventure sports film – just take a look at our campaign around Into the Mind! WME shares our passion: as soon as Miller returned home from WWII, he began his ski-themed filmmaking career; by 1950, Deep and Light hit the big screen, and thus began the biggest film franchise in the world. Every year since, WME has released a ski-related picture with the count going up to 65 this year.

If you’re not familiar with the annual movie drop, you’ll have lots of catching up to do. Where to begin? There’s the flick that launched 64 more to come, mentioned above – it’ll give you a rundown of how the entire WME name began. There’s also #52: Cold Fusion, which includes two ski world records, #49: Freeriders, with plenty of nods to the late 90s, and #58: Playground, featuring the latest and greatest ski parks around the world.

Not only do WME films give you access to the world’s “Best in Show” among skiers, the movies also take you to some of the most exotic snow-capped mountains and top-tier ski resorts you could only hope to visit. Hence why we are stoked to be bringing this long-running and fabulously crafted series to the web for all to see. You can find more info on the deal itself in our official press release and VideoInk’s news coverage.

Check out what’s coming in this year’s No Turning Back below:

“Preservation:” Kill, Or Be Killed

Preserve_KM_102313_677The typical hunting trip usually entails a leisurely retreat to the woods, a bit of an escape from the hunter’s nine-to-five either as a solo expedition or with friends. But in Christopher Denham’s (you know him from Shutter Island and Argo) latest project, Preservation, the writer/director toys with that hunter vs. hunted concept to create a nail-biting thriller.

The cast of characters includes Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black), Aaron Staton (Mad Men), and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire). That list of theatrical expertise alone should have you reeled in. But we’ll keep things moving along and get into a plot.

Brothers Sean and Mike (Schreiber and Staton), along with Mike’s wife Wit (Schmidt), set out on your average hunting expedition at a forest preserve. As luck would have it, two out of the three hunter-gatherers are captured, but one remains. And that one must use wit, expertise and guile for self-preservation. A total survival-of-the-fittest mechanism in play here, Denham will make you twist and squirm throughout the entire bloodbath.

We might be biased about just how wonderfully terrifying this film is (we are distributing it, after all!). But others are just as nervously excited to see this adrenaline-rush of a movie as we are! It’s been touted “a sustained white-knuckler,” as well as “a stylish and incredibly suspenseful piece of storytelling.”

Be sure to check out our official press release and Deadline’s coverage for more info on the deal.

Now, get your cold sweat on in the clip below:

“Club Life:” A Look Behind the Nightlife Curtain

stillEver wonder what it must be like walking into a star-studded, sparkler-in-your-champagne kind of nightclub? Tons of people see the glitz and glam all the time on TV, but few ever get to experience it, much less live it on a regular basis. That’s because few ever reach the New York or Las Vegas big-name club promoter status. But Danny A. Abeckaser did, and now he’s letting you in on the secret life in his film, Club Life.

The movie follows Johnny D. (Jerry Ferrara), a young New Yorker desperately seeking monetary relief for his father’s medical treatment. Just as the stars align in life every so often, they line-up perfectly for Johnny so that he meets top club-guru Mark (played by Danny A. himself, the legendary NY nightlife don). Little by little, hustle by hustle, Johnny broadens his horizons and becomes a top-dog himself. He no longer waits in line behind that velvet rope, but decides who’s allowed behind it. Drama is inevitable – amongst co-workers, his trusted club-going guide, and girlfriend Tonya (Jessica Szohr). Ultimately, Johnny must decide if the sparkling lights and bottle service are enough to tear him away from a more simplistic, blue-collar life, and how to stay in the runnings.

What’s cool about this flick? For starters, it features Jerry Ferrara (whom you’ll know from Entourage) and Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl’s rebel-darling). On top of that, the film is loosely based on Danny A., the NYC club god who not only stars in the film, but also wrote and produced it. So you know you’re getting a true-to-life insider look.

Be on the lookout for this hot premiere next year! In the meantime, read the full press release here and check out official coverage from The Hollywood Reporter.

Now, press play below for a sneak peak:

Oh, You Are Most Welcome In This House, “What We Do In The Shadows”

WhatWeDoInTheShadowsIt’s time for TIFF — Toronto International Film Festival, that is — and we have one movie screening there that we’re super excited to tell you about: What We Do In The Shadows. Having first premiered at Sundance, this deep and insightful documentary on how age-old vampires live in modern-day New Zealand will give you chills and blow your mind with the information it reveals.

Just kidding!

Well, only about the “deep and insightful” part. What We Do In The Shadows is, in fact, a hilarious mockumentary/comedy brought to you by Flight of the Conchords and Men in Black 3 veteran Jemaine Clement and Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi. Believe us when we say: this one will have you in stitches, and not because Vladislav, Viago, Deacon or Petyr have sunk their teeth into your sweet, sweet skin. Lucky for us and all vampire lovers out there, we have the privilege of distributing this masterpiece digitally, on DVD and broadcast across the United States in partnership with Funny Or Die and Unison Films.

In What We Do In The Shadows, writers and directors Jemaine and Waititi also star as vampires Vladislav and Viago, who along with their flatmates Deacon and Petyr struggle to adapt to 21st century life, from paying rent and sharing household chores to getting expressly invited into nightclubs. They turn a young hipster, Nick, to feast on both his blood and his knowledge of the modern world. We won’t spoil the rest, but you can expect much discovery, surprise, emotion (vampires have feelings, too) and of course, laughter.

If you’re in Toronto for the fest, catch the film at TIFF on Friday, September 12th at 11:59pm at Ryerson, Saturday, September 13th at 9:30pm at Scotiabank Theatre 12 and Sunday, September 14th at 3:45pm at Scotiabank Theatre 3. Now, we expressly invite you to feast on the trailer below:

Find out more about the deal on our official press release, here.

“Loitering With Intent:” Lessons on Inspiration

0fd4739977459a3caa2decbf1ccf3f07What happens when a couple of friends are down on their luck in the midst of a job-hunt? They make their own work, of course! Which is precisely what Michael Godere, Ivan Martin and a slew of other actors and actresses do in Loitering with Intent, the latest film to be added to The Orchard’s catalog.

The true-to-life film came out of the frustration fellow New York City actors and writers felt about the real-life dramas that come from lack of work in the industry. Director Adam Rapp and his motley crew know what failed efforts in the movies feel like. So they did something about it and created their own work with the help of hand-picked friends and colleagues.

The story: Struggling actors Dominic (Godere) and Raphael (Martin) are on a mission to write a screenplay in 10 days. To do so, they decide a retreat to the Catskills is their best option. But their idyllic, countryside setting quickly becomes the center of house party mayhem when their host’s (Marisa Tomei) crazed group of friends start trickling in. The result? More fodder for a screenplay than the so-called “writers” know what to do with.

The movie itself resonates with many in the film industry, but also those looking for a delightful indie dramedy. The all-star lineup also includes Sam Rockwell, Natasha Lyonne and Brian Geraghty, to name a few. The entire ensemble creates a very special friend-fueled romantic comedy that we’ll soon be dishing out for you in theaters and on-demand. Read more about the deal in Indiewire’s coverage and our official press release.

For your viewing pleasure:

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