Screen Media to Bow Crime Drama ‘Bad Hombres’ Via On Demand Jan. 26, on DVD March 12

Screen Media will release the crime drama Bad Hombres in theaters and on demand on Jan. 26 and on DVD March 12.

Directed by John Stalberg Jr., the film features an ensemble cast the includes Luke Hemsworth (“Westworld”), Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Nick Cassavetes (Face/Off), Tyrese Gibson (The Fast and The Furious), Diego Tinoco (“On My Block”), Hemky Madera (“Queen of the South”) and Paul Johansson (“One Tree Hill”).

Bad Hombres follows the story of two immigrants who take a simple job. When their employers reveal themselves to be criminals, surviving becomes the most difficult job of their lives.

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Former Screen Media Execs Launch Blue Harbor Entertainment

Industry veterans and former Screen Media executives Amanda Sherwin, Mike Messina and Seth Needle have launched Blue Harbor Entertainment, a new distribution, marketing and consulting company. 

The company aims to support 10 to 15 feature film releases per year, as well as provide advisory services to third parties, according to a release.  The trio are currently negotiating multiple deals.  
 
“Blue Harbor provides an alternative path for filmmakers — the opportunity to hire their distributor, and work with them — collaboratively and transparently — to bring their films to audiences,” Needle said in a statement. “Whether that’s something they decide once they have a completed picture, during the packaging stage, or somewhere in between, we are here to help them craft a strategy for success.”
 
Blue Harbor Entertainment offers a full-service marketing and distribution solution that encompasses theatrical, home entertainment, digital streaming platforms and television on a service fee basis, according to the release. Sherwin, Messina and Needle together bring a combined 75-plus years of industry experience across hundreds of releases.
 
“One of the unfortunate challenges facing filmmaking teams today is that too many well-made movies are falling through the cracks as filmmakers struggle to find distribution deals that make sense for them,” Messina said in a statement. “Blue Harbor offers a compelling solution for those looking to bring their movies to market while unlocking and capturing the economic upside in their projects.”  
 
Having collaborated together often during the past decade, Sherwin, Messina and Needle spent the past five years working together at Screen Media. Their recent releases include Rod Lurie’s feature film The Outpost, based on Jake Tapper’s The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor; the Nicolas Cage starrer Willy’s Wonderland; and the documentary Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
 
“Mike, Seth and I come to a project from three different vantage points with complimentary skills in acquisitions, marketing and distribution. While working together at Screen Media we built a filmmaker friendly process that led to our fair share of successes,” Sherwin said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to take this next step together and look forward to putting more films in front of the audiences they deserve.”
 
Sherwin has more than two decades of experience working in independent film. She most recently served as SVP of marketing at Screen Media running the campaigns for 20-plus releases annually, including Willy’s Wonderland, Poker Face and Maggie Moore(s). Prior to joining Screen Media, Sherwin consulted for PBS Distribution and managed theatrical service provider Paladin, overseeing the releases on an array of films from the comedy “What We Do in the Shadows” to the Oscar-nominated documentary For Sama. Sherwin began her career at CFP, a precursor to Lionsgate, where she later assumed the role of VP of marketing. She then went on to help start THINKFilm, where she served as SVP of marketing and distribution and orchestrated the campaigns on more than 80 films, resulting in eight Academy Award nominations and two wins. Sherwin is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
 
Messina has worked in independent film for more than 25 years. In his recent role as EVP of distribution at Screen Media, he oversaw the distribution, marketing and sales of 100-plus movies, including The Outpost, Till Death and The Ritual Killer, and was an executive producer on the Emmy award-winning documentary Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street. Previously, Messina spearheaded independent film distribution and acquisitions at Starz and managed global streaming sales of Starz Original Series, including “Spartacus” and “Power.” He was also a senior executive at New Amsterdam Entertainment, where his producing credits included Dawn of the Dead (2004) which opened No. 1 at the U.S. box office and was a Cannes Film Festival selection. Messina holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a Dartmouth College graduate. 

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Needle is a leading content acquisition and creative executive, having previously served as EVP of global acquisitions and co-productions at Screen Media for the past 12 years. During his tenure, he was responsible for such acquisitions as The Outpost, Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, the Emmy award-winning Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, The Lifeguard starring Kristen Bell, and Stephen King’s A Good Marriage, which King penned himself. He also established strategic business relationships with Focus Features, Starz, Roadside Attractions, and more. In addition, Needle oversaw all content licensing for the company’s streaming platforms that included Crackle, Popcornflix and Redbox. Needle also served as an executive producer on Willy’s Wonderland, Maggie Moore(s), Fast Charlie, Girl and several other titles. Prior to joining Screen Media, Needle worked in the acquisitions department at Lionsgate and in the research department at Marketcast.

Horror Flick ‘The Bell Keeper’ Due Via On Demand Oct. 13, on DVD Dec. 5

Screen Media will release the horror flick The Bell Keeper in theaters and on demand Oct. 13. It will be released on DVD Dec. 5.

In the film, a group of friends travel to a haunted campsite with a mysterious bell. According to legend, if you ring the bell at midnight, a murderer will appear. This group’s plan to debunk the myth goes awry as they discover that the truth is stranger — and far more frightening — than fiction. 

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The film stars Randy Couture (The Expendables), Kathleen Kenny (The Sex Lives of College Girls), Reid Miller (Joe Bell), Mike Manning (Days of Our Lives) and Bonnie Aarons (The Nun).

 

Screen Media Acquires Mystery Comedy ‘Helen’s Dead,’ Due for Day-and-Date Release Nov. 3

Screen Media has acquired all North American rights to the mystery comedy Helen’s Dead.

Screen Media plans to release the film as a day-and-date release on Nov. 3.

Directed by K. Asher Levin and written by Amy Brown Carver from a story by Levin and Carver, Helen’s Dead stars Emile Hirsch, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Tyrese Gibson, Dylan Gelula and Oliver Cooper. 
 
The film follows the story of Addie (Gelula). After a terrible breakup with her boyfriend, Addie goes to confront her best friend about cheating allegations and accidentally steps into a murder scene.
 
“I have always dreamt of making my very own freewheelin’, one crazy night movie,”said Levin in a statement. “It’s truly a blessing to have assembled such an amazing cast and found such a supportive company in Screen Media to release the film.”
 
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Screen Media recently acquired Tom DeLonge’s directorial debut Monsters of California and the Bella Thorne-led thriller Saint Clare, starring Ryan Phillippe and Rebecca DeMornay. Recent film releases include Maggie Moore(s), starring Emmy winners Jon Hamm and Tina Fey; The Ritual Killer, starring Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman and Cole Hauser; Devil’s Peak, starring Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton and Emmy winner Robin Wright; The Locksmith, starring Ryan Phillippe, Kate Bosworth, and Ving Rhames; and Poker Face, directed by and starring Academy Award winner Russell Crowe.

 

‘Monsters of California’ Available Via On Demand Oct. 6 and on DVD Dec. 5

Screen Media will release the sci-fi adventure Monsters of California, the directorial feature debut of Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge, via on demand Oct. 6 and on DVD Dec. 5.

In the film, after discovering research left behind by a missing government agent, Dallas Edwards and his misfit high school friends embark on a righteous and dangerous adventure to uncover a paranormal conspiracy in Southern California that brings them face-to-face with some of the government’s most guarded mysteries.

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Written by DeLonge, Ian Miller and Ben Kull, the film stars Jack Samson (Zodiac), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Camille Kostek (Free Guy), Richard Kind (A Serious Man) and Arianne Zucker (“Days of Our Lives”).

 

WWII Film ‘Come Out Fighting’ Headed to DVD and Blu-ray July 4

The World War II film Come Out Fighting, inspired by the story of the 761st Tank Battalion known as “The Black Panthers,” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc July 4 from Screen Media.

In the military adventure, a small, specialized squad of U.S. Army African American soldiers are sent on an unofficial rescue mission behind enemy lines to locate their missing commanding officer. The squad, upon battling their way through the German defenses, encounters more than it bargains for when it locates a downed U.S. Army fighter pilot. With the help of their friends at the 761st tank battalion, known as “The Black Panthers,” the squad must find a way to survive and make it back in one piece.

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Written and directed by Steven Luke (Operation SeawolfBattle of the Bulge: Winter War), the film stars Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight), Tyrese Gibson (“The Fast and Furious” franchise), Kellan Lutz (“The Twilight Saga”), Hiram A. Murray (Operation Seawolf) and Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV).

 

Mystery Thriller ‘The Man From Rome’ Due in Theaters, Via On Demand June 30

The mystery thriller The Man From Rome will be released in theaters and via on demand June 30 from Screen Media.

In the film, Vatican intelligence operative Father Quart (Richard Armitage) investigates an anonymous message sent to the pope concerning a crumbling Spanish church that “kills to defend itself.” A deep conspiracy unfolds that puts Father Quart’s loyalty and faith to the test.

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Directed by Sergio Dow (The Day You Love Me), the film stars Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Amaia Salamanca (Gran Hotel), Fionnula Flanagan (The Others), Franco Nero (Django Unchained) and Paul Guilfoyle (Don’t Look Up).

 

Screen Media Acquires Rights to ‘Sight Extended,’ Eyes June 6 Digital Release

Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, May 30 announced the acquisition of North American rights to the science-fiction fantasy film Sight Extended.

Written and directed by Daniel Lazo and Eran May-Raz, the film stars Andrew Riddell, Nova Gaver and Phillip Andre Botello.

Screen Media is planning a June 6 digital release.

The film is set in a near future dominated by augmented-reality eyepieces. A troubled young man who suffers from agoraphobia experiences an unlikely transformation when he comes across a mysterious A.I. that transforms every facet of his life into a game.

“As we move toward a future where augmented reality and AI become an increasingly integral part of our lives, it’s important to question our own agency in this new world,” said director Daniel Lazo. “Sight Extended explores the fascinating and terrifying possibilities that emerge when we allow AI to know us better than we know ourselves. Through the lens of a thrilling, thought-provoking story, we invite audiences to consider the complex interplay between technology, identity, and agency in our rapidly evolving world.”

Sight Extended is based on the viral award-winning short film Sight (2012), which Forbes described as “an 8-minute augmented reality journey that makes Google Glass look tame.” Sight Extended also won Best Sci-Fi Film at the Paris Film Festival and the Gold Award for Best Indie Feature Film at the Hollywood Gold Awards.

Lev Avery-Peck negotiated the deal on behalf of Screen Media.

Other recent Screen Media acquisitions include Tom DeLonge’s directorial debut Monsters of California, John Slattery’s Maggie Moore(s), starring Emmy winners Tina Fey and Jon Hamm, and the Bella Thorne-led thriller Saint Clare, starring Ryan Phillippe and Rebecca DeMornay. Recent film releases include Tom DeNucci’s Johnny & Clyde, starring Avan Jogia, Ajani Russell, and Megan Fox; Devil’s Peak, starring Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton and Emmy winner Robin Wright; The Locksmith, starring Ryan Phillippe, Kate Bosworth, and Ving Rhames; Poker Face, directed by and starring Academy Award winner Russell Crowe; The Accursed, Kevin Lewis’ follow-up to Willy’s Wonderland, starring Alexis Knapp and Mena Suvari; and The Enforcer, starring Antonio Banderas and Kate Bosworth.

Screen Media to Release Drama ‘Dealing With Dad’ Digitally May 9

Screen Media will release the drama Dealing With Dad digitally May 9.

It is also available in select theaters.

In the film, Margaret Chang reluctantly returns to her hometown, along with her hapless brothers, to deal with the sudden depression of their jerk of a dad. As it turns out he’s nicer depressed than well, and the siblings wonder if they should even get him better as they struggle to find a solution.

Written and directed by Tom Huang (Find Me, Unusual Targets), the film stars Ally Maki (Upcoming Shortcomings, “Wrecked”), Hayden Szeto (The Edge of Seventeen, “The Good Place”), Peter S Kim (“Fairfax,” Yes Day), Dana Lee (“Dr. Ken,” Birds of Prey), Page Leong (Another 48 Hrs, Argo), Echo Kellum (“Arrow,” “Key and Peele”), Karan Soni (Safety Not Guaranteed, Deadpool), Cindera Che (Tigertail, “Fresh Off the Boat”), Megan Gailey (“Pause With Sam Jay”) and Ari Stidham (“Scorpion,” Huge).

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WWII Film ‘Come Out Fighting’ Due in Theaters and on VOD May 19

The World War II film Come Out Fighting, inspired by the story of the 761st Tank Battalion known as “The Black Panthers,” will be available on demand and in theaters May 19 from Screen Media.

In the military adventure, a small, specialized squad of U.S. Army African American soldiers are sent on an unofficial rescue mission behind enemy lines to locate their missing commanding officer. The squad, upon battling their way through the German defenses, encounters more than it bargains for when it locates a downed U.S. Army fighter pilot. With the help of their friends at the 761st tank battalion, known as “The Black Panthers,” the squad must find a way to survive and make it back in one piece.

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Written and directed by Steven Luke (Operation Seawolf, Battle of the Bulge: Winter War), the film stars Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight), Tyrese Gibson (“The Fast and Furious” franchise), Kellan Lutz (“The Twilight Saga”), Hiram A. Murray (Operation Seawolf) and Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV).