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Laugh, Cry, Smile in Our Latest Film, “Nasty Baby”

cdn.indiewireIn what Vanity Fair deemed “2015’s greatest ‘shit happens’ movie,” we find actor/director Sebastián Silva, TV on the Radio‘s Tunde Adebimpe and everyone’s celebrity crush Kristen Wiig cooking up a modern day ménage-à-trois dramedy. Nasty Baby finds the threesome grappling with heavy subjects, albeit with a fair bit of humor, and we’ve just picked up this roller coaster of emotion so that we can dish it out to North American audiences later this year.

So what’s all the fuss about here? Brooklyn couple Freddy (Silva) and Mo (Adebimpe) are in the neighborhood for a child of their own, and they’ve asked Freddy’s best friend Polly (Wiig) to add her half to the baby-making process. But when Freddy learns that his sperm count is too low, all eyes are on Mo to take over. Intimate conversations and clashing opinions ensue until the film’s final act, when Silva (as director) throws everyone a nasty curveball. The movie takes a very dark turn, one that, much like life itself, goes from creating life to pondering just how quickly it can be taken away.

Nasty Baby, filmed almost entirely in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, has its initial moments of comedy and naïveté, but matures into a poignant look at how life’s extreme situations can take a toll. The “naturalistic, accessible and likable” performances from the trio (apparently Wiig’s best since Bridesmaids) create a film that could very well hit close to heart and home.

Be on the lookout for the film’s release happening later this year — you do not want to let this one slip you by. For more info on the deal, check out our press release and Indiewire’s coverage.

Martial Arts’ Next Big Thing: “Kung Fu Elliot”

static1.squarespaceWhat happens when Napoleon Dynamite is mixed with a few Jackie Chan-esque films? You get Kung Fu Elliot, one of our recent film acquisitions and the documentary that’s headed your way next week.

How could those two very different genres quite possibly meld together into movie form? It’s simple, really. You’ve got Elliot “White Lightning” Scott — Canada’s first great action hero (or so he hopes). Elliot, the amateur, very low-budget filmmaker he is, has already taken a stab at filmmaking with They Killed My Cat, among other non-blowout karate short films he’s made. Though not the blockbuster knockout expected, it’s amassed (somewhat) of a cult following. This martial arts fetish along with aspirations for a Hollywood hit make for an interesting bit of nonfiction by way of Elliot himself.

Hence why Jaret Belliveau and Matt Bauckman (filmmakers and directors in their own right) asked to document the making of Elliot’s next film, Blood Fight. In doing so, the perplexing eccentricities of this Canadian martial artist are captured. The film explores not just the making of Elliot’s film, but his real-life complex crisis. The initial humor slowly flows into a much deeper and darker look into Elliot’s background, his lies and how he plans on making it out on top.

The documentary, which raked in awards at this past year’s Fantastic Fest and Slamdance, is hitting movie theaters & VOD next week, and you do not want to miss out on this next cult classic. Check out more info on our press release, and watch the official trailer below:

The Orchard Goes Down to the Border in “Cartel Land”

10854395_1595955510635280_7125245618147132113_oSo often in war zones, citizens are left stranded in situations that have no clear black and white moral compass, leading them to question where the road truly diverges between right and wrong. Such is the case with the protagonists in Matthew Heineman‘s award-winning documentary Cartel LandBut rather than twiddle their thumbs, these harrowing citizens answer their questions of morality by taking the law into their own hands.

Director Matthew Heineman was initially drawn to the world of Mexican and Arizonan vigilante groups after reading articles about their ongoing involvement in the war on drugs. When he dug deeper, his findings were so chilling and unlike any he’d ever seen, he only knew of one solution: record it all on film.

In Cartel Land, which by the way won both Sundance’s Directing Award and Special Jury Award for Cinematography in U.S. Documentary Competition, Heineman gives his audience unparalleled access to lands overrun by drug cartel both north and south of the U.S./Mexico border. Think Breaking Bad meets Robin Hood, and you have the Autodefensas and team “Nailer,” two vigilante groups who’ve taken it upon themselves to fight against the terrorizing drug lords wreaking havoc in their lands. As you might expect, this true-life western walks a very thin line between good and evil.

We’ve picked up this absolute gem of a documentary, what Collider calls “a tight, dark, and powerful narrative that’s almost too dramatic to be true,” and we’ll be pushing it out digitally and theatrically later this year. For more info, read our official press release, The Hollywood Reporter’s news on the deal, and watch a sneak-peek below:

Ringing in The Next Generation at the 2015 Winter X Games

2015 X-GamesAt the tail-end of January, the 2015 Winter X Games returned to Aspen, CO for their 13th straight year. In typical X Games fashion, they outdid all previous years with action and entertainment.

To give you some highlights, there were both fresh faces on the podium and repeat gold medalists, with the most notable absence on the podium being the great Shaun White. Shaun was tempted out from “retirement” to compete in one last Winter X in an effort to claim a 14th gold medal. Unfortunately for Shaun, his best run could not compete with the young guns of the Mens Snowboard SuperPipe and he placed 4th — still, not bad! Danny Davis on the other hand threw down a jaw dropping gold medal run that made him the repeat champion. Like it? Stay tuned for the feature length film coming in November 2015 around the multi-time champ and his incredible story to the top.

In another sign that the kids are coming, Chloe Kim became the youngest Winter X Games gold medalist ever, overtaking the greatest women’s snowboarder of all time on her final run in the halfpipe final Saturday night. Kim, who wasn’t even born until 2000, scored 92 points in her third and final run. Chloe suffered a huge crash in practice, but regrouped and bounced back to take the Gold when it mattered. With that, she pushed four-time reigning X Games champion Kelly Clark to silver.

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Sundance Special: “Finders Keepers” Finds Its Home with The Orchard

10505615_796594467072545_3409195416410715561_nThis is one of those “stories” that, no matter how you tell it, it will always sound like something straight from The Twilight Zone. Except this is no story — this is real life exposed through narrative. Meet Finders Keepers, Sundance 2015’s weirdest documentary (co-directed by Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel) that follows the battle over an amputated leg, and just so happens to be our latest film acquisition.

The story begins just as it should: one of the documentary’s producers Ed Cunningham (Undefeated) overhears restaurant-goers talking about a severed foot that had been found in a barbecue smoker bought at an auction. Cunningham, his interest piqued, starts to dig. Ultimately, he uncovers John Wood’s tragic story — the leg was his, he’d lost it in a plane crash (the same one that killed his father), tried to save it for sentimental purposes, and lost it when his drug and alcohol addiction got the best of him, forcing him to sell almost everything he owned. Enter Shannon Whisnant, self-proclaimed entrepreneur and the lucky bidder who lands Wood’s locker-full-of-wonders. Whisnant seizes the “opportunity” to garner fame as “The Foot Man,” raking in his fortune by offering peeks of the severed leg. Ultimately (and perhaps as destiny would have it), the two go head to head in a custody battle over Wood’s leg, winding them up on sitcom-television in front of Judge Mathis‘s audience.

One of the more bizarre stories you’ll ever hear? Probably. Best part? It’s 100% fact. And we’ll be dishing out this stranger-than-fiction film experience to North American audiences later this year. We added the doc to our bag of Sundance goodies yesterday and will have it ready for you shortly! Check out more of the deal news in The Hollywood Reporter’s press coverage, and watch a snippet of the film below:

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