Wraps “I love my father”; “Bad Detective” and “A Rising Tide” Offers – Film Briefs – Deadline


Patton Oswalt heads the bill and stars alongside writer-director James Morosini in I love my father, a comedy-drama that just wrapped up principal photography in Syracuse, NY. Claudia Sulewski, Rachel Dratch, Ricky Velez are also starring Lil Rel Howery and Amy Landecker.

Inspired by Morosini’s real-life experiences, the photo follows Chuck (Oswalt), a estranged father who is desperate to reconnect with his depressed son, Franklin (Morosini). Stuck on social media and worried about his son’s life, Chuck poses as a waitress (Sulewski) online and begins making contact with Franklin. But things start to escalate when Franklin falls in love with this imaginary girl and wants nothing more than to meet her in person.

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Bill Stertz and Sean King O’Grady produce for Atlas Industries alongside Dane Eckerle, Daniel Brandt and Phil Keefe and Sam Slater of Burn Later Productions. Lauren Hantz and John Hantz are executive producers through their fully funded Hantz Motion Pictures. Jeremy Garelick, Will Phelps and Ryan Bennett are also EPs. Verve takes over the rights.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to make this weird and half-true movie with this incredible cast and talented crew,” said Morosini. “I can only hope that something less bizarre will serve as the basis for my next project.”

Hantz Motion Pictures just saw IFC Midnight land its first feature film We have to do something coming up though its premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.



NewFest and BuzzFeed team up for the very first BuzzFeed Pride Film Festival, which will begin on June 27 on the home page of the new site. The event will feature BuzzFeed video chats moderated by trans journalist and activist Ashlee Marie Preston around five queer films – Gay USA, Kiki, Man Made, Appropriate Behavior and Rafiki – after which the public will be able to watch the films for free on the NewFest platform from June 27 to 30.

Panel participants for the discussions are from the LGBTQ Movie Club Facebook group.

The event comes after NewFest earlier this month launched NewFest Pride, a virtual summer film series that ran from June 4-7. The event hosted by the New York-based LGBTQ + film and media organization kicked off Pride Month by presenting six feature films as well as a short film program co-presented with Vimeo, as well as panels and special events LGBTQ-focused. It also included a live virtual reading of The revenge of a blonde featuring an all-queer and trans cast.

“Following the success of our NewFest Pride event earlier in the month, we are delighted to continue the pride celebration by partnering with BuzzFeed and Facebook groups for this event,” said NewFest Executive Director David Hatkoff. “We can’t wait for audiences to check out these wonderful queer movies and continue the conversation that BuzzFeed and Facebook started. “


Bad detectives

“Bad detectives”
Mutiny Pictures

Mutiny Pictures has acquired the rights to Bad detectives, a crime thriller movie directed by Presley Paras and starring Freya Tingly and Draelle Aierken. Mutiny and Mill Creek Entertainment will release it on June 22 on digital platforms.

The photo, written and produced by Chris Johnson, follows two unlikely friends who discover the death of their beloved sleuth grandfathers was a calculated murder. Despite their mutual animosity, they strike a difficult partnership to solve the case and get involved in a twisted game of dubious lawyers, corrupt politicians, sneaky detectives, wayward antique dealers and an infamous Chinese gang.

“Being a proud Asian American, I was thrilled to lead Asian American characters who felt authentic and weren’t some kind of a trope,” Paras said. “Sticking to this choice has helped me deliver the best version of Bad detectives and I’m proud of where it landed.


The fourth edition Animation is a movie The festival will take place October 22-24 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood. The festival, which is in partnership with the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, will include virtual and in-person screenings and is a return to action after the 2020 edition was canceled by the pandemic.

In 2019, the international lineup included the Oscar nominee I lost my body among its special presentations, retrospectives and short film programs which attracted more than 7,000 guests.

“Animation Is Film is delighted to once again celebrate the best in animation from around the world,” said Matt Kaszanek, Director of AIF. “The enthusiasm for AIF’s return to Hollywood – from filmmakers, industry partners and the public – is extremely gratifying and clearly shows that people are eager to come together in person. Despite the pandemic, animation has flourished as an industry and art form, and we’re excited to feature a diverse list of projects from established studios as well as home movies from emerging international filmmakers. And for the first time, AIF will feature virtual presentations, so audiences outside of LA County can enjoy themselves. “


Freestyle Digital Media acquired the rights to VOD in the United States for A rising tide, a romantic drama set against the backdrop of Hurricane Sandy. Hunter Parrish, Ashley Hinshaw, Tim Daly, Jonathan Togo, Nana Visitor and Victor Slezak are the stars of the photo, which will now be released on digital platforms on July 13.

Directed by Ben Hickernell, the inspirational story of redemption based on real events centers around a talented chef (Parrish), who, after the destruction of the family restaurant in Atlantic City during Hurricane Sandy, must grow up quickly and take the greatest risks of his life. to bring his food back to the recovering Jersey Shore. (See the trailer below.)

Hickernell, Daryl Freimark and Kristin Fairweather are producers. Hinkernell negotiated the deal with Freestyle.


the Hamptons Movie SummerDocs The series will debut on June 26 with Summer of Soul, directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. Other titles include The Lost Leonardo from Sony Pictures Classics and Lily Topples the World from Discovery +. After each screening, HamptonsFilm Co-Chair Alec Baldwin and HamptonsFilm Artistic Director David Nugent will lead conversations with filmmakers and guests. Tickets cost $ 40. More information here.


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