Comedy ‘East Bay’ Headed to Theaters April 26, On Demand May 31 From Level 33

The comedy East Bay will be released in theaters April 26 and via on demand May 31 from Level 33 Entertainment.

The unexpectedly uplifting comedy follows a 39-year-old man who is forced to accept he’s a failure and starts having hallucinations that make him question reality. He turns to his friends, whose lives also haven’t exactly gone as planned.

The film stars Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians, Hustlers, ABC’s “Fresh Off The Boat”), Kavi Ramachandran Ladnier (CBS Crime Series “NCIS: Los Angeles,” Cold Pressed), Daniel Yoon (Post Concussion), Edmund Sim, Destry Miller (Post Concussion), Melissa Pond (The 4 Corners), Dougald Park (Bruce Almighty, The Last Ship) and Jennifer Chang (What If He Wins).

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Thriller ‘Deadly Justice’ Due Via On Demand April 16 From Level 33

Level 33 Entertainment will release the thriller Deadly Justice via on demand April 16.

The film follows Holly Powell (Kelly Sullivan), a successful prosecutor who put away a prominent but corrupt Judge. After appearing on a true crime show to discuss the case, Holly’s life and business are turned upside down by a murderous stalker who is convinced that Judge Halstead is an innocent man and becomes hellbent on putting Holly away for good.

The film also stars Brian Krause, Corin Nemec, Christiana Leucas, Jason London and Marco St. John.

 

Gambling Drama ‘Double Down South’ Available On Demand From Level 33

Level 33 Entertainment has released the gambling drama Double Down South via on demand.

Set in the high stakes world of illegal keno-pool gambling, the film follows veteran ace Nick, who is enamored of smart, tough, and charming newcomer Diana and is determined to stake her. Diana must prove herself in a man’s world to win a match against DuBinion, the world’s best shooter. Soon Diana and Nick find themselves in more danger than they ever imagined.

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Written and directed by Academy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society), the film stars Kim Coates (“Bad Blood,” “Sons of Anarchy,” Goon), Lili Simmons (“Banshee,” “True Detective,” “Ray Donovan”), Igby Rigney (F9: The Fast Saga, “The Midnight Club”), Tom Bower (“Lucky Hank,” “Senior Love Triangle,” Die Hard 2), Justin Marcel McManus (“Power Book II: Ghost,” “Search Party,” “Blue Bloods”), Rebecca Lines (“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “Cobra Kai,” “House of Cards”), and Cameron Cowperthwaite (“American Horror Story,” “Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” “Shameless”).

 

Level 33 to Bow Serial Killer Thriller ‘Cold Meat’ in Theaters and On Demand Feb. 23

Level 33 Entertainment will release the serial killer thriller Cold Meat in theaters and on demand Feb. 23.

In the film, while passing through the Colorado Rockies, David stops for a meal at a diner and ends up heroically saving a young waitress from her violent ex-husband. David hits the road again amid a dangerous blizzard, and one false move sends him into a ravine in the eye of the storm. Slowly running out of resources, it’s hard to tell what will get him first: the cold or the beast that’s prowling outside.

Cold Meat stars Allen Leech (The Imitation Game, Bohemian Rhapsody, “Downtown Abbey”), Nina Bergman (Hell Hath No Fury, Doom: Annihilation), Yan Tual (“Outlander,” “Nasdrovia”), Riley Banzer (Hello Au Revoir, “#Sti”), James Barton-Steel (Knuckledust, Sparrow’s Call), Sydney Hendricks (The Podcast Murders, The Tree), William Kuklis (Conquest, The Way to the Heart), Kat Fullerton (Scared Stiff, Dead to Me), Gil Botelho (Hello Destroyer).

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The film premiered at Frightfest Festival London and was nominated for The Total Film Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Allen Leech) and Best Scare.

 

Sci-Fi Rom-Com ‘Molli and Max in the Future’ Headed to Theaters Feb. 9 From Level 33

Level 33 Entertainment will release the sci-fi fantasy rom-com Molli and Max in the Future in theaters on Feb. 9.

A sci-fi rom-com about a man and woman whose orbits repeatedly collide over the course of 12 years, four planets, three dimensions and one space cult, Molli and Max in the Future takes the character-driven romance of When Harry Met Sally and combines it with an eclectic sci-fi universe like “Futurama.” Classic practical effects combined with cutting edge technology create Molli and Max’s unique universe.

Directed by Michael Lukk Litwak, the film stars Zosia Mamet, Aristotle Athari, Erin Darke, Okieriete Onaodowan, Arturo Castro, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Aparna Nacherla, Grace Kuhlenschmidt, Matteo Lane, Michael Chernus and Danny Burstein.

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Molli and Max in the Future premiered at SXSW 2023 and won the Jury Award Best Film at the Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival; the Lost Weekend Award Best Story at the Film Club’s The Lost Weekend; the Prix D’or Best of Fest at the Lower East Side Film Festival; and the Grand Jury Prize Best Narrative Feature at the Oak Cliff Film Festival. It was nominated at SXSW for the Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award and for the American Independent Award Best Feature Film at the Denver International Film Festival.

Level 33 to Bow Thriller ‘Double Down South’ in Theaters Jan. 19

Level 33 Entertainment will release the thriller Double Down South in theaters Jan. 19.

Set in the dangerous high stakes world of illegal keno-pool gambling, the film follows veteran ace Nick (Kim Coates), who is enamored of smart, tough, and charming newcomer Diana (Lili Simmons) and is determined to stake her. Diana must prove herself in a man’s world to win a match against DuBinion (Justin Marcel McManus), the world’s best shooter. Soon Diana and Nick find themselves in more danger than they ever imagined.

The film won the Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Cordillera International Festival and the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Omaha Film Festival. Its trailer was nominated for the Golden Trailer Award for Best Independent Trailer.

Independent Film Distributors Gear Up for AFM as Film Market Opens Today

Independent film distributors, whose target audience primarily watches movies at home, are gearing up for the annual American Film Market (AFM), which starts its six-day run today (Oct. 31) at Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica (530 Pico Blvd.).

Andreas Olavarria, president and CEO of Level 33 Entertainment, said he’s “looking to meet with sales agents and discover some good feature films for our 2024 slate of theatrical and on-demand releases. We are open to content in all genres, but typically look for movies with a strong hook and known cast/elements. We also are selling several wonderful feature films from festivals like Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca at the market this year.

Olavarria said he’s attended AFM for more than a decade “and bought many films over the years. We acquired the movie Simmer from Sublimity Entertainment, and it went on to air on HBO and Max after a successful VOD and DVD release. Deadly Cuts is a film we acquired from Myriad Picture at AFM, and it is currently on Showtime and Paramount+. We were approached last year by the director of the award-winning film Waikiki, which will be released in select theaters in November and on demand beginning in December.”

Ed Seaman

Ed Seaman, CEO of MVD Entertainment Group, a family-run business that has been releasing music and film to home viewers since 1986, also will be at AFM 2023.

“It is a great opportunity to spend face-to-face time with clients and customers, to have some time to be cerebral and creative with our trade partners,” Seaman said. “We are not so much looking to buy films here but strengthen our relationships, and build new ones. So often we think we know what our trade partners do until we have some unstructured time, and we find there are new ways we can help each other.”

Another indie who will be at AFM this year is Richard Wolff, CEO of Breaking Glass Pictures, which licenses about 30 titles a year and produces 10 films annually for worldwide distribution. “Yes, we are attending from the beginning to the last day,” Wolff said. “We’re looking for films of all genres – we’re hoping to secure about a dozen pictures.”

Wolff, too, is a longtime regular at AFM, “beginning when the market was in February. We always made great deals, as this is the last market of the year. I’m curious to see how the new venue fares – and the condition of the elevators!”

Bill Sondheim will also be at AFM this year. A veteran home entertainment executive who once was president of PolyGram Video when the company was approaching the ranks of the majors, he now runs Greenfield Media LLC, a content consulting company that helps content creators find distribution and financing for their films before they are made, helps producers develop and package films, and represents films already made for licensing deals.

“I am going to AFM and looking forward to a busy few days,” Sondheim said. “I have several films at various stages of development that I will be pitching to distributors. I also represent some distribution companies, and I will meet with program suppliers that might benefit from added distribution capabilities. This show allows me to meet with dozens of content companies in a pleasant and convenient meeting area.”

Bill Sondheim

Sondheim said he’s gone to AFM “for many years and always found it productive. Last year I sold two films as a producer that started with dialogs at AFM. I also got a new representation deal due to meetings at last year’s AFM. Going to the show is a very productive time.

Mitch Mallon, the founder and CEO of Stadium Media, also is attending the show. “We attend to continually measure where the business is and possibly progressing to, as well as to meet and establish initial relationships with some of the newer suppliers from the United States and around the globe.”

Stadium Media is a global distribution company established in 2015 with a catalog of over 400 titles. Mallon and his team work directly with most digital and OTT platforms throughout North America “and the ever-expanding global digital landscape,” Mallon said.

“I have been attending AFM since our launch and have met, and developed relationships with, several suppliers that we still work with to this day in releasing digitally. AFM is where I began to formalize what Stadium Media might become.”

Absent from AFM this year is Michael Rosenberg of Film Movement. “We went last year, but decided to skip it this year,” he said. “We’re in regular contact with everyone and saw a bunch of sales agents in Venice, at TIFF, and in Karlovy Vary. Also, we have a lot of films in the pipeline already at this time.”

Another no-show is Dan Gurlitz, the founder of Soundview Media Partners, which specializes in independent films as a sales agent, represents films for non-theatrical exhibition licensing, and publishes The Sound View: Independent Film Digest, a monthly publication focused on the release of unique films, both classic and contemporary.

AFM, he said, “is not a show that caters to the kind of films Soundview Media Partners traditionally specializes in. More importantly, business has been extraordinarily strong. Leads and new clients come in mostly via word of mouth, so there’s little need to attend a show like this at this time.”

AFM 2023 has lined up 245 exhibitors, according to organizers. Film screenings will be held at theaters throughout Los Angeles, while the AFM’s conference series will take place at The Hilton Santa Monica Hotel (1707 4th St).   

The exhibitor list features independent film and TV production, sales and distribution companies as well as national pavilions from China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Thailand and the United Kingdom. International trade organizations, film commissions and production service companies also have a significant presence as part of this year’s enhanced LocationEXPO exhibition, according to organizers. 

Registrants include buyers from more than 65 countries, according to organizers.  

Action Comedy ‘Adventures of the Naked Umbrella’ Headed to Theaters and Premium VOD Nov. 10 From Level 33

Level 33 Entertainment will release the action comedy Adventures of the Naked Umbrella in theaters and via premium VOD Nov. 10. 

In the film, after his trailer home goes up in flames, convicted arsonist and conspiracy theorist Sam Wanoutsky and his wife Irene must prove his innocence. Off his meds, Sam traverses his relationship with reality and his eternal love for his wife.

The film stars Jeremy Davies (Saving Private Ryan, Twister, “Justified”), Tom Arnold (“The Best Damn Sports Show Period,” Madea’s Witness Protection, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star), Taryn Manning (“Orange is the New Black,” Hustle & Flow, 8 Mile), Richard Riehle (3 From Hell, Texas Chainsaw, Bridesmaids), Darnell Rhea (The Bobby Brown Story, Ray), and Cindy Vela (Run Hide Fight, End Game, Desdemona: A Love Story). 

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Theaters showing the film Include:

  • Cinema 14 Chatham Powered by Emagine DMA: Chicago
  • Emagine Lakeville 21 Lakeview DMA: Minneapolis
  • Emagine Woodhaven 10 Woodhaven DMA: Detroit
  • Galaxy Grandscape 15 The Colony DMA: Dallas
  • Laemmle Glendale DMA: Los Angeles

 

View the trailer here.

Drama ‘Waikiki’ Headed to Theaters Oct. 27, On Demand Dec. 5 From Level 33

Level 33 Entertainment will release the indie drama Waikiki in theaters Oct. 27 and via on demand Dec. 5.

In the film, when a Native Hawaiian hula dancer escaping her abusive boyfriend crashes her van into a mysterious homeless man, she finds herself flung into a surrealistic journey of self-exploration and reconnection to nature within the shadows of commercial Waikiki. The intimate narrative breaks down the enduring, stereotypical image of paradise to reveal a vulnerable and authentic portrait of indigeneity. 

Directed by Christopher Kahunahana, Waikiki stars Danielle Zalopany (How to Spell Revenge, “NCIS: Hawaii,” Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates), Peter Shinkoda  (Midway, The PredatorGodzilla, I, Robot), Jason Quinn (Inhumans, The Short List, “The Last Resort”) and Kimo Kahoano (Blue Crush).

The film won Best American Narrative Feature, Grand Jury Award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival; Best Cinematography, Special Jury Award, at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival; Best Feature Grand Prize at the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival; Best Narrative Feature at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival; Jury Award Honorable Mention at the Bentonville Film Festival; Indie Vision Breakthrough Performance Award at the Twin Cities Film Festival; Best Feature Film, Jury Award, at the Hawaii International Film Festival; Best Cinematography, Jury Award, at the Hawaii International Film Festival; Best Hawaii Film at the Hawaii Film Critics Society; and Best Music in a Feature Film at the BMI Film Festival Awards.

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WAIKIKI Official Trailer_NF from Level 33 Entertainment on Vimeo.

 

Doc ‘Plan C’ Headed to Theaters Oct. 6, On Demand Nov. 14 From Level 33

Level 33 Entertainment will release the documentary Plan C in theaters on Oct. 6 and via on demand Nov. 14.

The documentary follows a grassroots network with a controversial visionary at the helm that fights to expand access to abortion pills across the United States during a global pandemic and the fall of Roe v. Wade.

From filmmaker Tracy Droz Tragos (Rich Hill, Abortion: Stories Women Tell, Be Good, Smile Pretty), the film was nominated for the Audience Award Festival Favorites at the SXSW Film Festival and the Global Health Competition Best Film at the Cleveland International Film Festival. The film was also an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival; the Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBOSTON); the Women Film Festival, Denver; the Athena Film Festival; the Nevada City Film Festival; the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival; the deadCenter Film Festival; the MKE Film Festival; and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

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PLAN C Official Trailer from Level 33 Entertainment on Vimeo.