Iranian Action Film ‘Layers of Lies’ Coming to DVD, Digital Retailers on Jan. 23

Freestyle Digital Media has acquired U.S. rights to the Iranian action feature Layers of Lies and is releasing the film, for rent or purchase, through digital retailers, and on DVD, Jan. 23.

Layers of Lies follows a man’s journey back home through Tehran. Returning to Iran after many years in exile in Finland, Sam (Ramin Sohrab) finds that he has not yet escaped his past. In order to drag him into a violent scheme for revenge, a shady figure kidnaps Sam’s wife, Emma (Jessica Wolff). But Sam is a relentless fighting machine who will stop at nothing to rescue the woman he loves. 

Directed by Sohrab, Layers of Lies was co-written by Sohrab and Chris Larsen, and produced by Jonna Enroth, Sohrab and Mohsen Sarafi. 

Layers of Lies is a feature film that combines classic action drama with the power of low-budget filmmaking,” said filmmaker Sohrab. “This is not just another action movie, it is the first Finnish-Iranian action film — a testament to the power of collaboration and the beauty of diversity. It celebrates both cultures and brings them together in a way that has never been done before, and I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with such a talented cast and crew to bring it to fruition.”

Freestyle Digital Media Snags North American VOD Rights to ‘Waiting for the Light to Change’

Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, has acquired North American VOD rights to the drama Waiting for the Light to Change.

The film, which won the Best Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize at the 2023 Slamdance Film Festival, will be released digitally for home viewing in the fall of this year.

Waiting for the Light to Change premiered at the Heartland International Film Festival in Indianapolis in October 2022, screened at the Chicago Critics Film Festival in May, and just had its West Coast premiere in Los Angeles at Dances With Films on June 28, 2023. 
Freestyle says the film’s acquisition kicks off its first-look with DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts and its Indie Studio Initiative, which produces DePaul student feature films. Launched in 2018 by Assistant Professor James Choi, the program supports student-directed and produced micro-feature films through financing and in-kind services. This includes guidance through all aspects of the filmmaking process, such as screenwriting, directing, and editing, with students fully owning the completed projects, providing a unique opportunity for the next generation of filmmakers to grow both creatively and professionally. 

Waiting for the Light to Change takes place over the course of a week-long beachside getaway. Set over several days in and around a lake house in Michigan, the film follows five young adults in their early 20s who gather for a small getaway in the early spring. But with little to do in the small, lakeside town, everyone finds themselves dealing with the sort of malaise that happens in one’s early-to-mid 20s: growing older, establishing a career, finding a purpose in life, going over past regrets, and anxious about what the future might hold.

Directed by female director Linh Tran, Waiting for the Light to Change was co-written by Lihn Tran, Jewells Santos, and Delia Van Praag. Producers are Jake Rotger, Jewells Santos, and Sam Straley. James Choi served as executive producer. The film’s cast includes Sam Straley, who appeared in the Hulu series “The Dropout” and as a series regular on “The Kids Are Alright” (ABC) and “Welcome to Flatch” (Fox). The cast also includes Eric Barrientos, Qun Chi, Joyce Ha and Jin Park.

Freestyle Media Sets Jan. 31 Release Date for ‘Exceptional Beings’

Freestyle Digital Media has acquired North American rights for the psychological action fantasy thriller Exceptional Beings and has set a release date on DVD, VOD and for digital purchase Jan. 31, 2023.

Exceptional Beings tracks the existential crisis of two supernatural beings as they begin to question their godhood, when they encounter a woman with an uncanny essence that doesn’t conform with their 4,000 years of knowledge. They journey through her existence, as it relates to their desperate need to understand answers to question, they never believed existed. The movie is a prequel to the book Godhood.

The cast includes Ciarra Carter (‘Ooga Booga,” “The Colony”), Dane Oliver (“The Resonator,” “Cupid’s Match”), Rachel Thundat (“9-1-1: Lone Star,” “Secrets Exposed”), Bunmi Famuyiwa (“Ida B. Wells: A Red Record,” “The Wake”), Clark Moore (“Yellowstone,” “Dahmer-Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”), Chad Sano (“Grease Live!,” “My Crazy Ex”), Jean Charles, Sarah Bonrepaux (“Strayed,” “Mr. Know-It-All”), Victoria Antonelli (“Switched Before Birth,” “Blader”), and Eric Roberts (Inherent Vice, The Dark Knight).

The film is produced by The Gestalt Effect and FJ Morgan, and co-directed by Nigerian novelist Njedeh Anthony and South African Christian Kazadi.

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Freestyle Digital Media Joins Allied Vaughn MOD Service

Allied Vaughn announced that Freestyle Digital Media has joined its manufactured-on-demand disc service.

Freestyle Digital, a boutique distribution company, is releasing two new-to-DVD titles through Allied Vaughn’s MOD collection.

Shannon Elizabeth stars in the golf drama Swing Away, which also features “Seinfeld’s” John O’Hurley.  The film follows a professional golfer who travels to her grandparents’ village in Greece to escape the harsh spotlight of the international sports world.

In Generational Sins, two estranged brothers return home to see their abusive, alcoholic father and fulfill their mother’s dying wish.

Both titles debuted May 8.