AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS FOR TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES





AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS FOR TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES

NEW SERIES, FILMS, SPECIALS AND MORE NOW STREAMING ON AMC NETWORKS’ SUITE OF TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES THIS NOVEMBER

New York, NY – October 25, 2021 – This November, AMC Networks’ targeted streaming services will bring viewers an extensive catalogue of compelling dramas, fan-favorite franchises, highly-anticipated films and timely collections on AMC+, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, IFC Films Unlimited, Shudder and Sundance Now.

Highlights from across the suite of services include (in alphabetical and chronological order):

On ACORN TV:

Dalgliesh (Acorn TV Original)
New Episodes Premiere Mondays Beginning November 1; Season Finale on November 15

Based on P.D. James’s global bestsellers, this riveting mystery series stars Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Doctor Foster) as enigmatic Inspector Adam Dalgliesh. A recent widower and acclaimed poet, Dalgliesh employs his exceptional empathy and insight to plumb the darker depths of the human psyche while investigating complex crimes in 1970s England. The series consists of three two-part mysteries that each feature its own unique setting and extraordinary cast.

The Madame Blanc Mysteries (Acorn TV Original)
New Episodes Premiere Mondays Beginning November 15

In this six-part cozy mystery, antiques dealer Jean White (Sally Lindsay, Mount Pleasant, Cold Call is nearly bankrupt after her husband’s sudden death, and so she heads to their one last asset: a cottage in antiques hub Sainte Victoire, France. There, Jean begins investigating his death, aided by sympathetic taxi driver Dom (Steve Edge). She soon finds the colorful locals have a treasure trove of other mysteries for her to assess, too. Photos

Manhunt: The Night Stalker (Acorn TV Original)
New Episodes Premiere Mondays; Season Finale on November 8

The highest-rated UK drama returns with BAFTA and SAG Award-winning actor Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) reprising his acclaimed role as former London Metropolitan Police detective DCI Colin Sutton. Based on the real-life Sutton’s diaries, Manhunt: The Night Stalker is the true story of the police pursuit of a notorious burglar and serial rapist whose 17-year reign of terror left thousands of elderly people in Southeast London living in fear. The drama explores how Colin came late to the inquiry and helped solve it in a matter of weeks, taking an incredibly dangerous criminal off the streets.

On ALLBLK:

LACE (ALLBLK Original Legal Drama)
New Series Premieres Thursdays Beginning November 4

Lace follows the courtroom, boardroom, and bedroom chess matches of Lacey McCullough as she and her firm navigate clients, cases, exclusive call-girl (and boy) services, and their personal lives.

Covenant (ALLBLK Original Anthology Drama)
Episode 5 (“The Retribution,” Part 3) Premieres Monday, November 8

“The Retribution” is the story of Aiden Whitfield, a devoted husband, and her apparent to the illustrious Whitfield dynasty, must fight for his life and family when his world is turned upside down after a near fatal accident, and the ultimate betrayal occurs. Featuring Phaedra Parks and Duane Finley.

Partners in Rhyme (ALLBLK Original Sitcom)
New Series Premieres Thursdays Beginning November 18

A legendary rapper (MC Lyte) manages the budding career of her niece (Precious Way) in order to save her own while also managing massive debt.
On AMC+:

Ragdoll (AMC+ Original)
New Series Premieres Thursdays Beginning November 11

From the award-winning producers of Killing Eve, this modern-day Faustian thriller stars Henry Lloyd-Hughes (The Irregulars, Killing Eve), Thalissa Teixeira (Too Close, The Musketeers) and Lucy Hale (The Hating Game, Pretty Little Liars). Six people have been murdered, dismembered and sewn into the shape of one grotesque body suspended from a ceiling in a block of flats in London– nicknamed the “Ragdoll.” Assigned to this shocking case are newly reinstated DS Nathan Rose (Lloyd-Hughes); his best friend and boss, DI Emily Baxter (Teixeira); and the unit’s new recruit, DC Lake Edmunds (Hale). The ‘Ragdoll Killer’ taunts the police by sending them a list of his next victims, with Rose’s name at the very end. And with those victims to protect, our heroes soon come under intense public scrutiny. A gruesomely imaginative serial killer thriller, Ragdoll captures the fascinating but flawed friends struggling with the consequences of institutionalization and trauma.

Anna (AMC+ Original)
New Series Premieres Thursdays Beginning November 18

Based on the critically-acclaimed Italian novel, Anna is a dystopian story of a ravaged world destroyed by a virus which kills adults but spares children. Set amongst parched fields and mysterious forests, the crumbling hulks of shopping malls and abandoned cities pierce deserted wide-open spaces on an island reclaimed by nature and run by savage communities of survivors, most of whom are children. Anna only has one guide: a book left by her mother with instructions on how to survive. But, with each passing day she discovers that the old rules no longer apply, and instead has to make up new ones as she goes along.

Fear The Walking Dead
Early Access to New Episodes Continue One Week Ahead of Linear Premieres; Season 7A Finale Premieres Sunday, November 28

Alicia enlists Morgan’s help to search for a new home for her people, but Morgan soon learns the search is more complicated than he imagined.

On IFC FILMS UNLIMITED:

The Nightingale
Film Premieres Wednesday, November 3

Set during the colonization of Australia in 1825, the film follows Clare (Aisling Franciosi), a 21-year-old Irish convict, who, after serving time, is desperate to be free of her abusive master, Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Caflin). She becomes the victim of a harrowing crime at the hands of the lieutenant and his cronies and when British authorities fail to deliver justice, Clare decides to pursue Hawkins, with the help of a young Aboriginal tracker Billy (Baykali Ganambarr) who grudgingly takes her through the rugged wilderness to track him down.

Death of Stalin
Film Premieres Wednesday, November 3

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader.

Vita & Virginia
Film Premieres Wednesday, November 24

Set amidst the bohemian high society of 1920s England, Vita & Virginia tells the scintillating true story of a literary love affair that fueled the imagination of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated writers. Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton), the brash, aristocratic wife of a diplomat refuses to be constrained by her marriage, defiantly courting scandal through her affairs with women. When she meets the brilliant but troubled Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki), she’s immediately attracted to the famed novelist’s eccentric genius and enigmatic allure. Their intense relationship leaves both women profoundly transformed and inspires one of Woolf’s greatest works.

On SHUDDER:

The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula (Shudder Original)
New Episodes of Season 4 Continue Every Tuesday

The groundbreaking Shudder Original series follows ten drag artists from around the world competing for a $100,000 grand prize – the largest in show history. Season four will feature a spectacular lineup of guest judges including Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical film series), Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows), Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones), Misha Osherovich (Freaky), Queer country music icon Orville Peck, pop metal star Poppy, Ray Santiago (Ash vs. The Evil Dead), Bob the Drag Queen (We’re Here), and more.

Behind the Monsters (Shudder Original)
New Episodes Continue Every Wednesday

The new original docu-series Behind the Monsters takes a deep dive on cinematic horror icons, including Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Candyman, Chucky and Pinhead, and features interviews with horror experts and the writers, directors and actors from the original films that made each character the stuff of genre legends. Written and directed by Gabrielle Binkley and Anthony Uro and produced by Stage 3 Productions, Behind the Monsters is executive produced by Phil Nobile Jr., Kelly Ryan and Mark Shostrom.

Great White (Shudder Exclusive)
New Film Premieres Thursday, November 11

A blissful tourist trip turns into a nightmare when five seaplane passengers are stranded miles from shore. In a desperate bid for survival, the group tries to make it to land before they either run out of supplies or are taken by a menacing terror lurking just beneath the surface. Starring Katrina Bowden (30 Rock), Aaron Jakubenko (Tidelands), Kimie Tsukakoshi (Riptide), Tim Kano (Neighbours) and Te Kohe Tuhaka (Love and Monsters)

On SUNDANCE NOW:

Stella Blómkvist (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Season 2 Binge Premieres Thursday, November 11

Set two years after the events in the Ministry, that changed the political landscape of Iceland, season two of Stella Blómkvist finds our eponymous character back to her old tricks defending criminals and hustling her way through the court system. Meanwhile Stella’s ex-lover/current Prime Minister Dagbjört is causing massive social upheaval with her war chest full of money from the Chinese government. This is a changed world, and not to everyone’s liking. But when a series of new cases demand Stella’s attention, she will have her wits, her sense of justice and even her belief in herself, truly tested. And of course, there will be diabolical murders to solve. *Icelandic foreign language drama

Hollington Drive (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Premieres Thursdays Beginning November 18

On a Summer evening in the seemingly idyllic suburb of Hollington Drive, 10-year-old Alex is declared missing. As grief tears through the community, sisters Theresa and Helen fight to hold their lives and their families together. Secrets and lies begin to surface as long-held facades falter.

Too Close
Season 1 Binge Premieres Thursday, November 4

AMC+ Original’s three-part psychological thriller centers around forensic psychiatrist Dr. Emma Robertson (Emily Watson), who must assess criminal suspect Connie Mortensen (Denise Gough, The Fall, Colette) – only to fall victim to Connie’s insightful, yet manipulative nature. Connie has a searing insight into Emma’s deepest insecurities and starts to brutally exploit them. Ultimately, their sessions are meant to uncover what happened on the night when Connie’s despicable crime occurred. To do that, Emma must uncover the truth around Connie’s complex relationship with her beautiful best friend, Ness (Thalissa Teixeira, Two Weeks to Live, Trigonometry), which seemingly triggered Connie’s psychological descent.

About AMC Networks:

AMC Networks is a global entertainment company known for its popular and critically-acclaimed content. Its portfolio of brands includes AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, IFC Films, and a number of fast-growing streaming services, including the AMC+ premium streaming bundle, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK. AMC Studios, the Company’s in-house studio, production and distribution operation, is behind award-winning owned series and franchises, including The Walking Dead, the highest-rated series in cable history. The Company also operates AMC Networks International, its international programming business, and 25/7 Media, its production services business.



IFC FILMS SNAPS UP U.S. RIGHTS TO THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO’S ‘OFFICIAL COMPETITION’





IFC FILMS SNAPS UP U.S. RIGHTS TO THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO’S ‘OFFICIAL COMPETITION’ STARRING PENÉLOPE CRUZ AND ANTONIO BANDERAS AFTER VENICE FILM FESTIVAL DEBUT

OFFICIAL COMPETITION MARKS THE FIRST TIME ACTING HEAVYWEIGHTS PENÉLOPE CRUZ AND ANTONIO BANDERAS HEADLINE A FILM TOGETHER

NEW YORK, NY (October 21, 2021) – IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to OFFICIAL COMPETITION, directed by Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat, and written by Cohn and Duprat with Andrés Duprat. The film had its world premiere at the 2021 Venice Film Festival in competition, where it earned glowing reviews and brought Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas together as headliners for the first time alongside Oscar Martínez and José Luis Gómez to round out the cast. OFFICIAL COMPETITION was produced by The Mediapro Studio’s Jaume Roures, with executive producers Javier Méndez, Laura Fernández Espeso, and Javier Pons. IFC Films will release the film in 2022.

In OFFICIAL COMPETITION, an octogenarian millionaire pharmaceutical tycoon (José Luis Gómez) decides to finance a great work of cinema after having surveyed his legacy and finding it lacking in prestige. He purchases the rights to a Nobel Prize–winning novel about sibling rivalry and entrusts the property to enigmatic auteur Lola Cuevas (Penélope Cruz). A visionary conceptualist with a penchant for offscreen theatrics and micromanagement, Lola casts as her embattled co-leads a pair of veteran thespians who couldn’t be less alike: Iván Torres (Oscar Martínez) is a revered educator and legend of the stage much concerned with ethics and artistry, while Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) is a glamorous global star known mostly for brainless, bombastic entertainments.

Alternating between exacerbating the actors’ mutual antipathy and uniting them in their discomfort with her psychologically tumultuous rehearsal techniques, Lola seeks to capture the drama of two alpha males vying for the limelight — but it won’t be long before the gambit goes off the rails.

Critics took notice of Cruz and Banderas, describing their colorful performances as truly “letting loose” and Cruz specifically as “fizzy, frenzied, physically elastic inventiveness”. In a review for The Playlist, the headline describes OFFICIAL COMPETITION as “a crowd-pleasing comedy that skewers film-world pretensions”, with critic Sophie Monks Kaufman further explaining, “it is a credit to Cohn and Duprat’s skillful direction that the uniformly excellent cast is on message regarding the precise nature of this comedy. It is calibrated to be deadpan but not sardonic, and ridiculous without being farcical.”

Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films said, “Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas shine together onscreen in OFFICIAL COMPETITION. Their chemistry is undeniable, and we believe US audiences will be delighted to see them come together in this crowd-pleasing film.”

“We hope that the American public will have fun and surprise with this acid comedy and discover a new acting side of Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas. Going hand in hand with IFC Films, together with our international distributor Protagonist Pictures, is already a guarantee of success,” has said Marta Ezpeleta, Director of The Mediapro Studio Distribution.

Protagonist’s CCO George Hamilton said, “A film as special as Official Competition deserves an equally special home, and we can think of no one better than our friends at IFC to share this whip-smart satire with US audiences.”

The deal for the film was negotiated by IFC Films’ President Arianna Bocco with CAA Media Finance, Protagonist’s CCO George Hamilton and COO James Pugh and Manny Nunez on behalf of the filmmakers. Protagonist Pictures represented worldwide sales.

ABOUT IFC FILMS

Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) and digital platforms.

Current releases include Mia Hansen-Løve’s critically acclaimed BERGMAN ISLAND and Paul Verhoeven’s BENEDETTA. Some of the company’s successes over the years have included BOYHOOD, THE DEATH OF STALIN, FRANCES HA, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, THE BABADOOK, TOUCHING THE VOID, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, CHE, SUMMER HOURS, ANTICHRIST, IN THE LOOP, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, TINY FURNITURE, and CARLOS. IFC Films has worked with established and breakout filmmakers, including Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Miranda July, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noé, Todd Solondz, Cristian Mungiu, Susanne Bier, Olivier Assayas, Jim McKay, Larry Fessenden, Paul Dano, Gregg Araki, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, Abdellatif Kechiche, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Abbas Kiarostami, Alfonso Cuaron, Noah Baumbach, Lena Dunham, Ethan Hawke and many more. IFC Films is a sister label to IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.



IFC FILMS AND FILMNATION ENTERTAINMENT WIN BIDDING WAR FOR U.S. RIGHTS TO ‘HAPPENING’





IFC FILMS AND FILMNATION ENTERTAINMENT WIN BIDDING WAR FOR U.S. RIGHTS TO ‘HAPPENING’, VENICE GOLDEN LION WINNER DIRECTED BY AUDREY DIWAN

NEW YORK, NY (October 4, 2021) – IFC Films President Arianna Bocco and FilmNation Entertainment’s CEO Glen Basner announced today that they are acquiring U.S. rights to French writer-director Audrey Diwan’s sophomore feature HAPPENING. The film marks Diwan’s arrival as a major talent and was written by Diwan with Marcia Romano as an adaptation of Annie Ernaux’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. HAPPENING had its world premiere at the 2021 Venice Film Festival where Diwan took home the festival’s top prize, the coveted Golden Lion, an early indicator of Oscar® prospects in years past. Diwan’s film was the unanimous choice from the jury that included recent Oscar® winners Bong Joon Ho and Chloé Zhao. HAPPENING is poised to be a major contender for France’s official Oscar® entry for Best International Film. HAPPENING was produced by Rectangle Productions’ Édouard Weil (Declaration of War, Love, Climax, Vortex) and co-produced by Srab Films (Les Miserables). IFC Films will release the film theatrically in early 2022.

HAPPENING is set in France, 1963. Anne is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. But when she falls pregnant, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background disappearing. With her final exams fast approaching and her belly growing, Anne resolves to act, even if she has to confront shame and pain, even if she must risk prison to do so.

The critical reception out of Venice was explosive, describing the film as ‘timely’, ‘important’, ‘uncompromising’, and touting Diwan as a major talent. In his review for The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney said, “HAPPENING is a slice of clear-eyed French social-realism that will be meaningful to anyone who cares about personal freedoms.”

IFC Films has a long-standing history of supporting and releasing films from Europe’s premiere filmmakers. Notably the Palme d’Or winners Abdellatif Kechiche’s BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR and Jacques Audiard’s DHEEPAN, as well as one of the Dardenne Brothers’ highest grossing film of their career, TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT, which landed an Oscar® nomination for Marion Cotillard. IFC Films made a splash at Cannes this year with three of the buzziest films of the festival including Mia Hansen-Løve’s BERGMAN ISLAND set to release this month, as well as the new Audiard PARIS, 13TH DISTRICT and the most talked about festival film of the season, BENEDETTA from Paul Verhoeven which will open theatrically December 3rd. Most recently, IFC Films released THE PAINTED BIRD which was shortlisted for the Best International Feature category at the 92nd Academy Awards.

Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films said, “Audrey has crafted an award-winning film that puts a face on the choices women have to make, achieving something incredibly rare and rewarding in its powerful depiction of humanity. We look forward to working with Audrey, Glen and the entire filmmaking team to bring this film to the widest audience possible in the US.”

Glen Basner, CEO of FilmNation Entertainment said, “Audrey’s stunning and powerful film could not be more timely and we are thrilled to collaborate with Arianna and her team at IFC Films to bring this emotional cinematic experience to US audiences.”

Director Audrey Diwan added, “Through the lens of IFC Films and FilmNation, I realized what HAPPENING could represent to audiences in the U.S. I feel incredibly supported by this alliance, whose common goal is to take this story to new heights and champion my artistic vision. Arianna Bocco and Glen Basner have both long advocated for compelling and important films, which assures me this partnership that we are about to embark on together will be an extremely exciting one.”

The deal for the film was negotiated by IFC Films’ President Arianna Bocco with CAA Media Finance and Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers. Wild Bunch International is handling international sales.

ABOUT IFC FILMS

Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) and digital platforms.

Current releases include Mia Hansen-Løve’s critically acclaimed BERGMAN ISLAND and Paul Verhoeven’s BENEDETTA. Some of the company’s successes over the years have included BOYHOOD, THE DEATH OF STALIN, FRANCES HA, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, THE BABADOOK, TOUCHING THE VOID, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, CHE, SUMMER HOURS, ANTICHRIST, IN THE LOOP, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, TINY FURNITURE, and CARLOS. IFC Films has worked with established and breakout filmmakers, including Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Miranda July, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noé, Todd Solondz, Cristian Mungiu, Susanne Bier, Olivier Assayas, Jim McKay, Larry Fessenden, Paul Dano, Gregg Araki, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, Abdellatif Kechiche, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Abbas Kiarostami, Alfonso Cuaron, Noah Baumbach, Lena Dunham, Ethan Hawke and many more. IFC Films is a sister label to IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.

ABOUT FILMNATION ENTERTAINMENT

FilmNation Entertainment is a leading producer, financier and distributor of independent films, television, theater, audio and new media. Since being founded in 2008, FilmNation has grown organically from its roots in independent film by leveraging its bold creative taste and experience entertaining global audiences. FilmNation has worked with many of the world’s most renowned filmmakers and storytellers including Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick, Sofia Coppola, Pedro Almodóvar, Rian Johnson, Julie Taymor, Armando Iannucci, Emerald Fennell and Denis Villeneuve. The company has established itself as a home for specialty filmmaking with global appeal by focusing on a highly selective group of filmmakers and projects that emphasize both creative integrity and commercial potential, and in recent years has strategically diversified its avenues of storytelling with television, theater and podcasting.

Consistently ranked as one of the highest-grossing independent international film distributors, FilmNation has produced award-winning box office hits that include Denis Villeneuve’s ARRIVAL starring Amy Adams and Kumail Nanjiani’s and Emily V. Gordon’s THE BIG SICK and released the Academy Award winning THE KING’S SPEECH, ROOM and THE IMITATION GAME. Upcoming releases include Pablo Larrain’s SPENCER starring Kristen Stewart, Pedro Almodovar’s MADRES PARALELAS starring Penelope Cruz and Sean Baker’s RED ROCKET. Recently the independent studio released Emerald Fennell’s Academy Award winning PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN starring Carey Mulligan, Sean Durkin’s THE NEST starring Jude Law, THE COURIER starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and Armando Iannucci’s THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD starring Dev Patel.

The studio’s first foray into television, I Know This Much Is True, was released on HBO and garnered Mark Ruffalo an Emmy Award for his lead role. The independent studio has a number of high-profile television projects lined up including adaptations of Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits, Daisy Goodwin’s American Heiress for EPIX, and Susan Choi’s 2019 National Book Award winner Trust Exercise. FilmNation is also producing an adaptation of John Updike’s Rabbit Run, a co-production with U.K. outfit Lookout Point, and The Hidden Girl based on Ken Liu’s science fiction short story. The company has broadened its platform with strategic investments into other storytelling arenas, including theatrical productions of Tony winning The Band’s Visit and The Sound Inside and the West End’s critically acclaimed True West. The company made its foray into the audio space with podcast Hyper-Thetical and Murder on the Towpath for Luminary and continues to build its audio slate and digital content. The company announced in early 2019 the launch of its UK-based television production company with Nordic Entertainment Group.



AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS FOR TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES





AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS FOR TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES

NEW SERIES, FILMS, SPECIALS AND MORE NOW STREAMING ON AMC NETWORKS’ SUITE OF TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES THIS OCTOBER
New York, NY – September 21, 2021 – This October, AMC Networks’ targeted streaming services will bring viewers an extensive catalogue of compelling dramas, fan-favorite franchises, highly-anticipated films and timely collections on AMC+, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, IFC Films Unlimited, Shudder and Sundance Now.

Highlights from across the suite of services include (in alphabetical and chronological order):

On ACORN TV:

Midsomer Murders
Season 22, Part 2 (exclusively in the U.S. and Canada) Premieres Mondays Beginning October 4

Midsomer Murders, the long-running, much-loved and highly anticipated mystery series returns with brand new episodes. Detective Chief Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and Detective Sergeant Winter (Nick Hendrix) investigate homicides, blackmail, greed, and betrayal in England’s most murderous county. This season marks Dudgeon’s 50th episode.

Manhunt: The Night Stalker (Acorn TV Original)
Season 2 Premieres Mondays Beginning October 18

The highest-rated new drama of 2019 on all UK television returns with BAFTA and SAG Award-winning actor Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) reprising his critically acclaimed role as former London Metropolitan Police detective DCI Colin Sutton. Based on the real-life Colin Sutton’s diaries, Manhunt: The Night Stalker is the true story of the police pursuit of a notorious burglar and serial rapist whose 17-year reign of terror left thousands of elderly people in Southeast London living in fear. The drama explores how Colin came late to the inquiry and helped solve it in a matter of weeks, taking an incredibly dangerous criminal off the streets.

My Life is Murder (Acorn TV Original)
New Episodes Continue Every Monday; Season 2 Finale on October 25

Starring award-winning actress Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Spartacus), this acclaimed contemporary mystery-of-the-week series features fearless and unapologetic detective Alexa Crowe (Lawless) whose unique skills and insights allow her to unravel baffling crimes. Guest star in the season finale is Renee O’Connor, Lucy Lawless’ former castmate on Xena.

On ALLBLK:

Covenant (ALLBLK Original)
Part 1 Episode 1 Premieres Thursdays Beginning October 14

Covenant will create a world of thrilling, suspenseful drama where characters and stories of the bible are thrust into a vicious dystopia of present-day, real-life situations. Four classic bible stories are reimagined as it would take place in the modern world – challenging viewers to examine how sacred lessons of faith and love fit into today’s society.

A Closer Look (ALLBLK Original)
Episode 5: TRINA Premieres Thursday, October 21

A Closer Look is a music documentary series that profiles R&B, Soul, and Hip-Hop artists whose song(s) have and continues to top the billboard charts and re-shape the music industry. Each episode consists of a one-on-one sit-down interview between the artist and producer of the show, and highlights music videos/live performances, studio sessions, archival interviews, B-roll footage, and guest interviews, placing, “A Closer Look” on the artist’s career and life. This will be the fifth installment of the docuseries which will feature TRINA.

Dead Places (ALLBLK/Sundance Now)
New Episodes Continue Every Thursday; Season Finale Premieres October 28

World-renowned paranormal expert and UK-based author, Will Stone (Anthony Oseyemi), travels to his native South Africa to write his latest book. While his publisher believes he’s there to investigate the country’s supernatural realm and to delve into Africa’s rich folklore and mythology, Will has another reason for coming home. He’s finally ready to interrogate his sister’s death and to face up to the truth of what happened to her when they were children. Did she really drown in a tunnel? The victim of a flashflood? Or did something else happen to her? Something…far more sinister?

On AMC+:

Kin (AMC+ Original)
New Episodes Continue Every Thursday; Season Finale Premieres October 28

New AMC+ Original series starring Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones) and breakthrough Irish actress Clare Dunne (Herself), Kin charts the lives of a small, but tight-knit fictional Dublin crime family, The Kinsellas, who are embroiled in a war against a powerful drug kingpin, Eamon Cunningham (Hinds). A boy is killed and his family embark on a gangland war with an international cartel – a war that is impossible to win. It’s David and Goliath. Out-numbered, out-financed and out-gunned, the Kinsellas find themselves holed up in their Dublin stronghold while their businesses fail, and family members and associates are picked off. But they have something the cartel does not: the unbreakable bonds of blood and family.

The Walking Dead Season 11A
Early Access to New Episodes Continue One Week Ahead of Linear Premieres; Season 11A Finale Premieres Sunday, October 3

In “For Blood,” The Reapers defend Meridian from an incoming herd. Meanwhile, Alexandrians scramble to protect themselves when a violent storm leaves them vulnerable to walkers.

On IFC FILMS UNLIMITED:

Wildling
Premieres Wednesday, October 6

A teenage girl’s coming of age comes with a terrifying twist in this spellbinding take on werewolf legend. Since birth, Anna (Bel Powley) has been raised in isolation by a man she knows only as Daddy (Chucky star Brad Dourif) who has done everything possible to conceal the truth about the girl’s origins from her. But when the teenage Anna is suddenly thrust into the real world under the protection of no-nonsense police officer Ellen (Liv Tyler), it soon becomes clear that the young woman is far from ordinary.

Trespassers
Premieres Wednesday, October 20

Two couples, each working through relationship issues, rent a gorgeous house in the desert for a sex- and drug-fueled escape from reality. Sarah (Angela Trimbur) and Estelle (Janel Parrish) are longtime best friends looking forward to reconnecting after a period apart; their boyfriends, Joseph (Zach Avery) and Victor (Jonathan Howard), however are immediately wary of one another. As tensions escalate over the course of a debaucherous night, things take an unexpected turn when a woman (Fairuza Balk) claiming to be a neighbor with car trouble shows up at the door. As the twists and turns pile up, so does the body count.

On SHUDDER:

V/H/S/94
Premieres Wednesday, October 6

A Shudder Original Film, V/H/S/94 is the fourth installment in the hit horror anthology franchise and marks the return of the infamous found footage anthology with segments from franchise alumni Simon Barrett (Séance) and Timo Tjahjanto (May the Devil Take You Too) in addition to acclaimed directors Jennifer Reeder (Knives & Skin), Ryan Prows (Lowlife) and Chloe Okuno (Slut). In V/H/S/94, after the discovery of a mysterious VHS tape, a brutish police swat team launch a high intensity raid on a remote warehouse, only to discover a sinister cult compound whose collection of pre-recorded material uncovers a nightmarish conspiracy.

Creepshow Season 3 (Shudder Original)
New Episodes Continue Every Thursday; Season Finale Premieres October 28

Based on the 1982 horror comedy classic, the anthology Creepshow returns for a third season and is still the most fun you’ll ever have being scared! From showrunner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), a comic book comes to life in a series of vignettes, exploring terrors ranging from murder, creatures, monsters, and delusions to the supernatural and unexplainable. You never know what will be on the next page.

Horror Noire (Shudder Original)
New Anthology Premieres Thursday, October 28

A new Shudder Original anthology film, Horror Noire is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed 2019 documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror and features new work from both established and emerging talents, showcasing stories of Black horror from Black directors and screenwriters. Anthology writers featured include Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Victor LaValle, Shernold Edwards, Al Letson and Ezra C. Daniels. Cast featured include Lesley-Ann Brandt (Lucifer, Spartacus), Luke James (The Chi, Thoughts of a Colored Man), Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse, A Black Lady Sketch Show), Brandon Mychal Smith (Four Weddings and a Funeral, You’re the Worst), Sean Patrick Thomas (Macbeth, The Curse of La Llorona), Peter Stormare (American Gods, Fargo,) Malcolm Barrett (Genius: Aretha Franklin, Timeless) and Rachel True (The Craft, Half & Half), among others.

On SUNDANCE NOW:

One Lane Bridge (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Season 2 Premieres Thursdays Beginning October 7

This season, when Detective Ariki Davis (Dominic Ona-Ariki) is trying to harness his Māori gift of matakite to save his boss Stephen Tremaine (Joel Tobeck) from attempting suicide on the infamous One Lane Bridge, he inadvertently triggers a cataclysmic chain of events – unleashing rivalries and uncovering long buried secrets. Burdened by his second sight, Ariki’s loyalties are tested as he navigates a murder investigation rife with ulterior motives and conflicts of interest, including his own.

Trial in the Outback (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Season 1 Binge Premieres Tuesday, October 12

Lindy Chamberlain made headlines in 1980 when she claimed a dingo had killed her 9-week-old baby in the Australian outback. With little evidence, Lindy was convicted of murder, and spent the next 30 years trying to prove her innocence. With exclusive personal accounts in this revelatory three-part true crime documentary series from award-winning director Mark Joffe, Lindy and her family finally share their own story.

Dead Places (ALLBLK/Sundance Now)
New Episodes Continue Every Thursday; Season Finale Premieres October 28

World-renowned paranormal expert and UK-based author, Will Stone (Anthony Oseyemi), travels to his native South Africa to write his latest book. While his publisher believes he’s there to investigate the country’s supernatural realm and to delve into Africa’s rich folklore and mythology, Will has another reason for coming home. He’s finally ready to interrogate his sister’s death and to face up to the truth of what happened to her when they were children. Did she really drown in a tunnel? The victim of a flashflood? Or did something else happen to her? Something…far more sinister?

About AMC Networks:

AMC Networks is a global entertainment company known for its popular and critically-acclaimed content. Its portfolio of brands includes AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, IFC Films, and a number of fast-growing streaming services, including the AMC+ premium streaming bundle, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK. AMC Studios, the Company’s in-house studio, production and distribution operation, is behind award-winning owned series and franchises, including The Walking Dead, the highest-rated series in cable history. The Company also operates AMC Networks International, its international programming business, and 25/7 Media, its production services business.



IFC MIDNIGHT SCOOPS U.S. RIGHTS TO ESKIL VOGT’S CHILLING SUPERNATURAL DRAMA “THE INNOCENTS”





IFC MIDNIGHT SCOOPS U.S. RIGHTS TO ESKIL VOGT’S CHILLING SUPERNATURAL DRAMA “THE INNOCENTS”
Sophomore feature by the Thelma, Louder Than Bombs, and Oslo, August 31 screenwriter bowed at Cannes 2021 Un Certain Regard and will next screen at Fantastic Fest

NEW YORK, NY (September XX, 2021) – IFC Midnight announced today that they are acquiring U.S. rights to the coming of age supernatural drama The Innocents, written and directed by Eskil Vogt. IFC Midnight will release the film in 2022.

One of Scandinavia’s most acclaimed screenwriters for his collaborations with Joachim Trier, including Thelma, Louder Than Bombs, and Oslo, August 31, Eskil Vogt made his directorial debut with the 2014 Sundance and Berlin prizewinner Blind. His second feature as writer/director, The Innocents stars Rakel Lenora Fløttum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim, and Sam Ashraf alongside Morten Svartveit and Ellen Dorrit Petersen. The film was produced by Maria Ekerhovd for Mer Film, in co-production with Zentropa Sweden, Film i Vast, Snowglobe, Bufo, Logical, Zefyr, and Don’t Look Now.

A dark and twisted morality fable that unfolds under the bright Nordic sun, The Innocents follows a group of young children who become friends during the summer holidays, drawn together by the discovery of mysterious shared abilities. Out of sight of the adults, the children bond quickly, exploring their newfound powers and testing their limits in the forests and playgrounds surrounding their brutalist apartment complex. As the children’s loyalties shift and small cruelties escalate, their innocent play takes a dark turn towards the malevolent, and strange things begin to happen.

Vogt made a splash at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival with two films, premiering The Worst Person in the World in competition with Joachim Trier and making his first directorial Cannes appearance with The Innocents in Un Certain Regard, where it caught the attention of critics for Vogt’s meticulous direction and the haunting performances by its young cast. In a review for the Hollywood Reporter, Leslie Felperin wrote, “The lonely, uncanny and sometimes unthinkingly violent world of childhood is explored with chilling candor and exceptional skill… Vogt keeps the focus tight on the children throughout, which somehow punches up the sense of dread”. Writing for Variety, Jessica Kiang hailed the film as “superbly atmospheric, deftly crafted horror”, adding, “this superior chiller is both a satisfying genre exercise and a minute observation of the process by which young children acquire morality…in [Rakel Lenora] Fløttum’s remarkably assured and self-possessed performance, Vogt finds a perfect avatar for his provocative yet persuasive ideas about the innocence (or otherwise) of children”.

Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films, said, “Eskil Vogt is one of the most exciting filmmakers working in Scandinavia today. He has developed a distinct voice through his many high-profile writing credits over the years, and it’s with much excitement that we are now able to partner with him on his second directorial feature THE INNOCENTS. Although the film explores horror on a more supernatural level, there is a deeply rooted story of the complexities of morality layered in between, which makes this the perfect fit for IFC Midnight.”

Director Eskil Vogt added, “I’ve been a long time admirer of how IFC Films have championed independent and genre bending cinema in an ever changing marketplace. They have such a great and innovative team and I couldn’t be happier to work with them in unleashing THE INNOCENTS in the U.S.” Dave Bishop, CEO of Protagonist Pictures, said, “THE INNOCENTS is a brilliant and deeply unsettling film from a master filmmaker and we have no doubt that it will land with a punch. Our long-time friends at IFC are the perfect partners to connect Eskil Vogt’s stunning picture with U.S. audiences.”

The deal for the film was negotiated between IFC Films with Protagonist’s Chief Commercial Officer Geroge Hamilton and Chief Operating Office James Pugh of Protagonist Pictures representing the filmmakers.

ABOUT IFC MIDNIGHT

Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on digital and cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform, reaching nearly 50 million homes.

Upcoming releases Welsh-language horror THE FEAST in November, Ruth Paxton’s A BANQUET, and Hannah Bergholm’s HATCHING. Some of the company’s successes have included Andy Nyman’s critical darling GHOST STORIES, André Øvredal’s box-office success THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, Peter Strickland’s modern giallo BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, Natalie Erika James’ RELIC, SWALLOW from Carlo Mirabella Davis and the award-winning and cultural phenomenon THE BABADOOK. IFC Midnight is a sister label to IFC Films, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.



ALL-NEW TRAILER RELEASED FOR IRREVERENT KIWI COMEDY GOOD GRIEF





ALL-NEW TRAILER RELEASED FOR IRREVERENT KIWI COMEDY GOOD GRIEF

Binge All Six Episodes of the Acclaimed Import Thursday, September 30 Exclusively on Sundance Now, Premiering Monday, October 4 on IFC

In Good Grief, two millennial sisters in small town New Zealand inherit a funeral home from their grandfather. Unsure what to do with it – or the oddball staff that keep the place running – Ellie (Eve Palmer, The Adam And Eve Show) and Gwen (Grace Palmer, Shortland Street) are thrust into a world of embalming, emceeing, and embarrassment. Recently fired from her teaching career, Ellie starts to warm to the job, but all Gwen wants to do is go DJ in Bali. By staring death in the face every day, Ellie and Gwen begin to confront the realities of their own life, and what they want to make of it.

Good Grief, Season 1 will make its U.S., Canadian and U.K. premiere on September 30 as binge release (6×15) on Sundance Now followed by its North American broadcast premiere on IFC beginning October 4. Season 2 will go into production later in 2021 in Auckland city and premiere in 2022 with 6 episodes expanded to 20 minutes each.

Good Grief, Season 1 is directed by Kiel McNaughton (The Legend of Baron To’a, My Life is Murder), produced by Angela Cudd (I Am Waru) and Kerry Warkia (Vai, Waru). The first season’s creative team and lead cast will also return for Season 2.

EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS

*FULL SEASON BINGE ON SUNDANCE NOW, BEGINNING THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Episode 1 – “A Matter of Life and Death: Part 1” – Premieres Monday, October 4 at 12am ET/11c on IFC

Two very different sisters inherit a funeral home – and its eccentric employees – from their koro. While Ellie is determined to uphold her grandfather’s legacy, Gwen can’t wait to get to Bali and become a DJ. Can they figure out their lives while staring death in the face?

Episode 2 – “A Matter of Life and Death: Part 2” – Premieres Monday, October 4 at approx. 12:15am ET/11:15c on IFC

Ellie and Gwen infiltrate a funeral at a competitor mortuary, which goes horribly wrong. Ellie tells Gwen she doesn’t want to sell the business.

Episode 3 – “Face Off” – Premieres Monday, October 11 at 12am ET/11c on IFC

Ellie tries to manage the crew’s expectations. Gwen learns how to apply mortuary makeup.

Episode 4 – “Missed Connections – Premieres Monday, October 18 at 12am ET/11c on IFC

A family wants Loving Tributes to provide a medium so their dead mum can plan her own funeral. Sharyn is happy to help.

Episode 5 – “Sick Puppies” – Premieres Monday, October 25 at 12am ET/11c on IFC

The funeral for a handsome young man brings unwelcome guests to the mortuary.

Episode 6 – “Heart Attack” – Premieres Monday, October 25 at approx. 12:15am ET/11:15c on IFC

Ellie takes the staff to a health and safety course, which is neither healthy or safe.



IFC FILMS SWEEPS UP NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS FOR ADRIEN BRODY CRIME THRILLER “CLEAN”





IFC FILMS SWEEPS UP NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS FOR ADRIEN BRODY CRIME THRILLER “CLEAN”

NEW YORK, NY (September 1, 2021) – IFC Films announced today that they are acquiring North American rights to Paul Solet’s crime drama Clean, starring Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody, who developed and produced the film through his production company, Fable House. IFC Films will release the film in 2022.

A longtime passion project for Adrien Brody, who also acts as producer, co-writer, and composer, Clean is directed and co-written by Paul Solet. The film stars Brody, Glenn Fleshler, Richie Merritt, Ari Chandler-DuPont, Mykelti Williamson, RZA, Michelle Wilson, and John Bianco, and is produced by Daniel Sollinger and Adrien Brody alongside Paul Solet and Elliot Brody.

Grappling with the tragic loss of his daughter and haunted by nightmares from his own criminal past, Clean (Adrien Brody) attempts to live a quiet life of service, caring for his community as a sanitation worker and acting as a mentor to his young neighbor. When local gang violence puts his neighbor’s life in danger, it ignites a return to the violence and darkness that he has struggled to put behind him. Forced to reconcile with his past to save those he has grown to care for, Clean might very well save himself in the process.

Originally slated to bow at the canceled 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, Clean made its world premiere in the Spotlight section of this year’s festival, with Brody and Solet’s collaboration attracting notice from critics. In a review for Screen Anarchy, Andrew Mack wrote, “Brody and Solet give us a character who bears the emotional brunt of his past, his torment,” adding, “not content with just delivering a thriller that depends on excitement, they’ve made a compact vision of the ‘Man With a Past’ type thriller and given it more emotional heft than most of its predecessors combined”.

Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films, said, “With thrilling neo-noir elements and a powerful redemptive arc, Clean has all the grit of a classic crime drama with real depth at its core, and it’s a truly collaborative vision from Paul Solet and Adrien Brody. We’re excited to be partnering with Paul and Adrien for the release of this film.”

“I couldn’t be more pleased that Clean has found a home at IFC Films. Arianna and her team have proven time and again their ability to successfully bring deep and nuanced material to an audience,” said Adrien Brody. “From script to screen, I’ve never been more involved in the creation of a film. I feel this labor of love is in the best hands possible, and I look forward to the next stage of the journey together.”

The deal for the film was negotiated by IFC Films President Arianna Bocco with CAA Media Finance acting on behalf of the filmmakers.

ABOUT IFC FILMS

Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) and digital platforms.

Current releases include the critically acclaimed and record-breaking THE DRY starring Eric Bana and horror-comedy WEREWOLVES WITHIN directed by Josh Ruben (SCARE ME). Some of the company’s successes over the years have included BOYHOOD, THE DEATH OF STALIN, FRANCES HA, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, THE BABADOOK, TOUCHING THE VOID, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, CHE, SUMMER HOURS, ANTICHRIST, IN THE LOOP, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, TINY FURNITURE, and CARLOS. IFC Films has worked with established and breakout filmmakers, including Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Miranda July, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noé, Todd Solondz, Cristian Mungiu, Susanne Bier, Olivier Assayas, Jim McKay, Larry Fessenden, Paul Dano, Gregg Araki, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, Abdellatif Kechiche, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Abbas Kiarostami, Alfonso Cuaron, Noah Baumbach, Lena Dunham, Ethan Hawke and many more. IFC Films is a sister label to IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.



IFC/Sundance Now Acquire Comedy Good Grief, Co-Commission Second Season





IFC/Sundance Now Acquire Comedy Good Grief, Co-Commission Second Season
IFC and Sundance Now Acquire Exclusive Rights to Season 1 of New Zealand Comedy GOOD GRIEF and Co-Commission Second Season From BSAG Productions Ltd
Series co-created and stars sisters Eve and Grace Palmer

New York, NY; August 31, 2021 – AMC Networks’ IFC and the targeted streaming service Sundance Now have acquired the exclusive U.S., Canada and U.K. premiere rights to New Zealand comedy Good Grief and have already co-commissioned a second season from Kiel McNaughton and Kerry Warkia’s Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions Ltd. Co-created, co-written and starring sisters Eve and Grace Palmer along with co-creator/co-writer Nick Schaedel, the six-episode comedy series is set in small New Zealand town and follows two millennial sisters with very different personalities who inherit a funeral home from their grandfather. Good Grief, Season 1 will make its U.S., Canadian and U.K. premiere on September 30 as binge release (6×15) on Sundance Now followed by its North American broadcast premiere on IFC beginning October 4. Season 2 will go into production later in 2021 in Auckland city and premiere in 2022 with 6 episodes expanded to 20 minutes each.

Unsure what to do with the funeral home – or the oddball staff that keep the place running – Ellie and Gwen Goode (Eve and Grace Palmer) are thrust into a world of embalming, emceeing, and embarrassment. Recently fired from her teaching career, Ellie starts to warm to the job, but all Gwen wants to do is go DJ in Bali. By staring death in the face every day, Ellie and Gwen begin to confront the realities of their own life, and what they want to make of it. Good Grief finds light in the darkness, weaving both the comedy and tragedy of life into a rich emotional tapestry.

Good Grief, Season 1 is directed by Kiel McNaughton (The Legend of Baron To’a, My Life is Murder), produced by Angela Cudd (I Am Waru) and Kerry Warkia (Vai, Waru). The first season’s creative team and lead cast will also return for Season 2.

Eve and Grace Palmer said, “We’re honoured to be working with AMC Networks to bring our little kiwi comedy to an international audience. They say ‘if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry’ but we hope that in watching this dark comedy about life and death, you’ll be able to do both.”

“Good Grief is a unique and quirky comedy that we’re excited to bring to audiences on both Sundance Now and IFC,” said Dan McDermott, president of original programming, AMC Networks. “After watching the first season, we were so in love with the Goode sisters that we jumped at the chance to work with Eve, Grace, Nick, Kiel and Kerry to commission further adventures with them.”

Kiel McNaughton, founding partner of Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions noted, “We are over the moon to be partnering with AMC Networks to bring more unique and underrepresented voices to audiences around the world. We can’t wait to get going with season 2.”

Sundance Now has a successful history of experimenting with new formats and short form series, most recently with the series State of the Union, which was renewed for a second season earlier this year. Season one, written by Nick Hornsby and directed by Stephen Frears, starred Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd and swept the short form categories at the 2019 Emmy Awards, with wins as best Short Form Comedy or Drama Series and for both Pike and O’Dowd. State of the Union’s second season will match the format of the first, with 10 episodes, each 10 minutes long, and stars Brendan Gleeson, Patricia Clarkson and Esco Jouléy.

About IFC

IFC is the home of offbeat, unexpected comedies. Acclaimed series Documentary Now!, Brockmire, Sherman’s Showcase, Baroness von Sketch Show, and Year of the Rabbit air alongside fan-favorite movies and comedic cult TV shows. IFC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc., and available across multiple platforms. IFC is Always On, Slightly Off.

About Sundance Now

Sundance Now is for culture craving TV watchers looking for their next series to obsess over and offers a rich selection of original and exclusive series from engrossing true crime to heart-stopping dramas and fiercely intelligent thrillers from around the world, all streaming commercial-free. Adding exclusive new programs every week, Sundance Now has exclusively premiered several distinctive, critically acclaimed Sundance Now Original Series, including supernatural drama A Discovery of Witches; glamourous thriller Riviera; and critically acclaimed French spy drama The Bureau; plus Sundance Now Exclusives, such as Nordic noir thriller Wisting and British drama Des starring David Tennant; as well as riveting true crime series like No One Saw a Thing.

About BSAG Productions Ltd

Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions has forged a distinctive voice as a production company with a unique kaupapa. Our goal is to tell award winning stories unique to Aotearoa that reach local and international audiences. Our passion is innovative content that celebrates diversity, in particular Māori, Pacific and Asian perspectives.

Kiel McNaughton is currently in post production on a feature film co-produced by Kerry Warkia & JJ Fong and BSAG are repped by The Gotham Group and Bob Getman of Jackoway, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Austen, Mandelbaum, Morris & Klein.



IFC MIDNIGHT SNATCHES U.S. RIGHTS TO HOME INVASION THRILLER “SEE FOR ME”





IFC MIDNIGHT SNATCHES U.S. RIGHTS TO HOME INVASION THRILLER “SEE FOR ME” STARRING A BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE BY VISUALLY IMPAIRED ACTOR SKYLER DAVENPORT

NEW YORK, NY (August 30, 2021) – IFC Midnight announced today that they are acquiring U.S. rights to Randall Okita’s SEE FOR ME, a home invasion chiller that pits a blind house-sitter against three experienced thieves. IFC Midnight will release the film in 2022.

Directed by artist and filmmaker Randall Okita, SEE FOR ME is a Wildling Pictures Production. Written by Adam Yorke and Tommy Gushue, produced by Matt Code and Kristy Neville, and David Di Brina is the executive producer. The film is produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and Ontario Creates. The film stars visually impaired actor Skyler Davenport as blind house-sitter Sophie, alongside Kim Coates, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Pascal Langdale, Joe Pingue, George Tchortov, Laura Vandervoort, and Emily Piggford.

When blind former skier Sophie accepts a last-minute house-sitting job in a secluded mansion, she awakes in the middle of the night to find the house under invasion by a group of thieves seeking a hidden safe. Her only means of defense: a new app called “See For Me”, which matches her with a volunteer across the country who uses Sophie’s cell phone to see on her behalf. Stubbornly independent, Sophie is reluctant to accept help until she is connected to Kelly, an army veteran who spends her days playing first person shooter games. As the game of cat-and-mouse with the intruders escalates, Sophie is forced to learn that if she’s going to survive the night, she’ll need to take all the help she can get.

The sophomore feature from Randall Okita, who previously directed The Lockpicker and acclaimed VR experience The Book of Distance, SEE FOR ME made its World Premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, where critics took notice of Okita’s confident direction and intricate staging. In a review for Bloody Disgusting, Meagan Navarro wrote, “Okita never ceases to find distinct angles or keep things visually interesting…the snowy setting and the disconcerting sound design contribute to the isolated atmosphere”.

Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films, said, “SEE FOR ME is an innovative take on the home invasion thriller and an impressive showcase of Randall’s skills as a storyteller and visual artist, with nail-biting twists and turns that are perfect for IFC Midnight audiences. It’s also an exciting debut by lead actor Skyler Davenport, who really anchors the film with their expressive and complex performance.”

Director Randall Okita added, “We are delighted to be working with IFC Midnight, and I can’t wait for audiences to be thrilled and uplifted by Sophie’s journey in SEE FOR ME.”

The deal for the film was negotiated by IFC Films with XYZ and Elle Driver representing the filmmakers.

ABOUT IFC MIDNIGHT

Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on digital and cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform, reaching nearly 50 million homes.

Upcoming releases Welsh-language horror THE FEAST in November, Ruth Paxton’s A BANQUET, and Hannah Bergholm’s HATCHING. Some of the company’s successes have included Andy Nyman’s critical darling GHOST STORIES, André Øvredal’s box-office success THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, Peter Strickland’s modern giallo BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, Natalie Erika James’ RELIC, SWALLOW from Carlo Mirabella Davis and the award-winning and cultural phenomenon THE BABADOOK. IFC Midnight is a sister label to IFC Films, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.



IFC FILMS PICKS UP NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO LAUREN HADAWAY’S AWARD WINNING DEBUT FILM ‘THE NOVICE’





IFC FILMS PICKS UP NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO LAUREN HADAWAY’S AWARD WINNING DEBUT FILM ‘THE NOVICE’ STARRING ISABELLE FUHRMAN
WINNER OF THE ‘BEST U.S. NARRATIVE FEATURE’ & ‘BEST ACTRESS’ AND ‘BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY’ PRIZES AT THE 2021 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

NEW YORK, NY (August 6, 2021) – IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Lauren Hadaway’s award winning thriller THE NOVICE. The film had its world premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival where it earned glowing reviews and won the “Best Actress” Award for its lead, Isabelle Fuhrman (ORPHAN), and “Best Cinematography”, as well as the top prize of “Best U.S. Narrative Feature”. Amy Forsyth, Dilone, Kate Drummond, Jonathan Cherry, and Charlotte Ubben round out the cast. THE NOVICE was produced by Ryan Hawkins, Kari Hollend, Steven Sims, and Zack Zucker, alongside executive producers Alex Engemann, Michael Tennant, Chris Hines, Ryan Bartecki. IFC Films will release THE NOVICE on December 17th, 2021.

In THE NOVICE, queer college freshman Alex Dall (Fuhrman) joins her university’s rowing team and undertakes an obsessive physical and psychological journey to make it to the top varsity boat. Hadaway’s bold debut feature is based on personal experience as a competitive collegiate rower, and has been hailed as unapologetic and raw, posing provocative questions about the expectations imposed on young women in America and the psychologically damaging effects of a culture that encourages the pursuit of being ‘the best’ no matter the cost.

Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films said, “We’re thrilled to introduce Lauren Hadaway to U.S. audiences with her stunning and personal debut feature THE NOVICE. Isabelle Fuhrman’s knockout performance will speak to audiences who are perfectly primed for this devastating yet all too familiar story of striving for greatness.”

Director Hadaway added, “I have visceral memories of being a 16-year-old wannabe filmmaker in small town Texas and watching IFC – it was my only way to see independent films that I couldn’t find at the local video store or movie theater. 15 years later, I’m proud to say that my first film is a part of the IFC family.”

The deal for the film was negotiated by IFC Films’ President Arianna Bocco and Director of Acquisitions Aijah Keith with CAA Media Finance and XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

Hadaway is represented by CAA and Bellevue Productions.

ABOUT IFC FILMS

Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) and digital platforms.

Current releases include the critically acclaimed and record-breaking THE DRY starring Eric Bana and horror-comedy WEREWOLVES WITHIN directed by Josh Ruben (SCARE ME). Some of the company’s successes over the years have included BOYHOOD, THE DEATH OF STALIN, FRANCES HA, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, THE BABADOOK, TOUCHING THE VOID, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, CHE, SUMMER HOURS, ANTICHRIST, IN THE LOOP, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, TINY FURNITURE, and CARLOS. IFC Films has worked with established and breakout filmmakers, including Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Miranda July, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noé, Todd Solondz, Cristian Mungiu, Susanne Bier, Olivier Assayas, Jim McKay, Larry Fessenden, Paul Dano, Gregg Araki, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, Abdellatif Kechiche, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Abbas Kiarostami, Alfonso Cuaron, Noah Baumbach, Lena Dunham, Ethan Hawke and many more. IFC Films is a sister label to IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.