Lionsgate Finds Itself Among Friends in the U.S.
Finally the Danielle Harris-directed slasher flick Among Friends (review here) has found itself some domestic distribution, and you can read on for all of the odds and ends. Dig it!
From the Press Release
Grindstone Entertainment has picked up US rights to Three Little Birds Productions’ Among Friends, the directorial debut of veteran scream queen Danielle Harris (Halloween, The Last Boy Scout), and it will be released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
The deal was brokered by Aspect/Chiller CEO Hugh Edwards and Grindstone’s Head of Acquisitions Stan Wertlieb.
“As a longtime fan of Danielle Harris, I eagerly anticipated her directorial debut; and she has really made a disturbing horror statement. One to remember and take note of,” says Wertlieb.
Edwards added, “It’s fitting that after years of being in front of the camera, in a solid string of horror movies, opposite the likes of genre greats such as Michael Biehn, Brad Dourif and Malcolm McDowell, Danielle Harris’ directorial debut feature will get its domestic release with Lionsgate Home Entertainment through Grindstone”.
“We’re excited to be bringing Among Friends to domestic fans through such distinguished companies,” says producer Athena Lobit (The Things We Carry). Writer and star Alyssa Lobit chimes in, “We’ve been on an amazing international festival tour, playing at Sitges, Dedfest, Horrorthon and Lund Fantastisk. What great news to come home to!” Producer and star Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (The Victim, The Divide) says, “I’m so proud to be working with such strong, determined women and happy to present that package through Grindstone/Lionsgate.”
Having wanted to make the jump into the director’s seat for quite some time, Danielle Harris mirrors her team’s enthusiasm: "This is the perfect home for Among Friends, and I'm honored to have such well-respected distributors supporting me on my first feature behind the camera. This is just the beginning of many more to come!”
Among Friends is a horror comedy about a dinner party gone wrong. Set against an 80s backdrop, good times take a dark turn when one in the group hijacks the evening in the name of integrity. Through an attempt to help the others come clean about secret betrayals against one another, it’s revealed who's willing to cut through the bone to expose the truth. Starring Christopher Backus, Jennifer Blanc, AJ Bowen, Dana Daurey, Brianne Davis, Kane Hodder, Kamala Jones, Alyssa Lobit and Chris Meyer.
Shot in 2011, Among Friends is executive produced by Jay Lobit (Three Little Birds Productions) and William Allison (Hollywood Treasures, Inc.). Producers are repped by Jennifer Gray and Elsa Ramo; Alyssa Lobit is repped by Adam Trahan at Artist International Management.
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