Shout! Studios to Distribute Bruce Willis Actioner ‘American Siege’

Shout! Studios, the filmed entertainment production and distribution arm of Shout! Factory, has signed an exclusive deal to distribute the new action thriller American Siege from The Exchange.

American Siege, featuring Bruce Willis, recently wrapped principal photography in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Willis plays a washed-up sheriff who guards the secrets of the wealthy residents of Fitzgerald, a quiet town in Georgia. He finds himself in the middle of a confrontation between the town’s mayor (Timothy V. Murphy) and three outlaws who take the town’s doctor hostage.

“Bruce Willis starring in a taut, twisty, nitrous oxide-fueled thriller is about as good as it gets.  We could not be more excited to share it far and wide,” stated Jordan Fields, VP of acquisitions at Shout! Studios.

The cast also includes Corey Large, Cullen G. Chambers, Rob Gough and Johnny Messner. The film is a production of 308 Enterprises in association with The Exchange and BondIt Media Capital.

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Shout! Studios has secured all distribution rights in North America, including digital, video-on-demand, broadcast, theatrical and home entertainment for cross-platform releases.

Shout! Studios Nabs Rights to Two Aaron Lee Lopez ‘Teenage’ Comedies

Shout! Studios, the multi-platform entertainment distribution and production arm of Shout! Factory, has acquired North American rights to two young adult comedy features directed by Aaron Lee Lopez, Teenage Girl: Valerie’s Holiday and Teenage Vampire, both from Mutt Productions.

Under the agreement, Shout! Studios gets domestic theatrical and home entertainment rights (broadcast, digital, video-on-demand, and all packaged media) for cross-platform releases. Shout! Studios plans a strategic launch for both films, beginning with the release of Teenage Girl: Valerie’s Holiday on major entertainment platforms later this year.

The deal was negotiated by Shout’s Jordan Fields, VP of acquisitions, and Steven Katz, VP of business affairs, and Dead Rabbit Films’ David Chackler and Nadia Redler, along with Kurt Wipfli for Mutt Productions.

Teenage Girl: Valerie’s Holiday (2019) is about a nerdy teenage girl who pretends to be her beautiful, fake twin sister from California to become the most popular girl in high school and ultimately learns that being yourself is more important than popularity. The cast includes Valeria Jauregui (DeputyIt Came Upon A Midnight Clear), Montana Leann, and Paulina Chavez (Netflix’s The Expanding Universe of Ashley GarciaFeliz NaviDAD).

Teenage Vampire (2020) finds two girls joining the high school cheerleading squad in order to be cool, only to find out the team is infested with vampires. The cast includes Claire Tablizo (Teenage Girl: First WheelsTeenage Girl: Valerie’s Holiday) Jaeden Riley Juarez (It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Teenage Girl: First Wheels), and Gabby Garcia (Supernatural Activity).

Shout! Studios Bringing Actioner ‘Take Back’ to VOD and Theaters June 18

Shout! Studios will release the action thriller Take Back via VOD, digital retailers and in select theaters June 18.

Directed by Christian Sesma and written by Zach Zerries, Take Back tells the story of Zara (Gillian White) and Brian (Michael Jai White), who are living the perfect small-town life when Zara heroically foils a robbery and becomes headline news. This unwanted notoriety draws elements of Zara’s mysterious past back into her life, putting the lives of her family in danger. When Zara and Brian’s daughter is kidnapped by a sadistic gang of people traffickers led by the vicious Patrick (Mickey Rourke), the pair face a race against time to save her life. With Det. Chalmers (James Russo) also on Patrick’s trail, Zara and Patrick’s paths collide in a final stand-off in the desert.

The cast also includes Jessica Uberuaga, Paul Sloan, Nick Vallelonga and newcomer Priscilla Walker.

Gillian White, who is most known for classic hits like How to Be A Player, Jackie Brown and, more recently, the Netflix film Welcome to Sudden Death, marks “the first black lead female martial arts action star in the history of film,” according to Shout!.

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Shout! Studios Wins Distribution Rights to ‘Language Lessons’

Shout! Studios, the multi-platform distribution and production arm of Shout! Factory, April 6 announced it has acquired North American rights to the drama Language Lessons from Duplass Brothers Productions.

Starring and written by Mark Duplass and Natalie Morales, Language Lessons, a platonic love story, marks the feature directorial debut of Morales and was produced by Mel Eslyn. The film premiered at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the SXSW Film Festival.

Duplass plays Adam, whose husband surprises him with a gift of a year’s worth of weekly Spanish lessons. But when tragedy strikes, his teacher, Cariño (Morales), becomes a lifeline he didn’t know he needed and the two develop an unexpected and complicated emotional bond.

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Shot in secret during the pandemic with a skeleton crew in Los Angeles and Costa Rica, Language Lessons received critical acclaim out of Berlin and SXSW.

Shout! Studios has secured all distribution rights in North America to Language Lessons, including theatrical, digital, video-on-demand, broadcast and home entertainment for cross-platform releases. Shout! Studios plans a strategic launch of this movie across all major entertainment platforms in North America, beginning with a theatrical launch later this year.

“We’ve been so humbled by the response to our little film, but it was Shout!’s unwavering passion and innovative strategy that won us over in the end,” Duplass said. “Can’t wait for this one!”

The movie deal was negotiated by Jessica Lacy at ICM Partners for Duplass Brothers Productions and Shout’s Jordan Fields, VP of acquisitions, Julie Dansker, head of new content sales, and Steven Katz, VP of business affairs, for Shout! Studios.

Language Lessons is a masterfully acted, sharply crafted, and profoundly entertaining portrait of friendship by Natalie and Mark,” Fields said. “It leaves you hopeful that real human connection can blossom in the uncongenial world of screens.”

“I am thrilled to partner once again with Mark and Mel, iconic storytellers and filmmakers, on this award-winning and very special film,” added Dansker. “The performances from Mark and Natalie are amazing and we are so excited to share Natalie’s incredibly impressive and refreshing directorial debut with audiences.”

A production of Duplass Brothers Productions, Language Lessons was executive produced by Natalie Morales, Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass. The film features original music by Gaby Moreno.

Shout! Celebrates Transgender Day of Visibility With June 1 Release of ‘The Sound of Identity’ Doc

In honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, Shout! Studios on June 1 will give home viewers the chance to watch The Sound of Identity, a groundbreaking feature documentary from director James Kicklighter (Angel of Anywhere) that profiles opera star Lucia Lucas’ historic performance at the Tulsa Opera.

The documentary will be available digitally and on demand from Shout! Factory.

Lucas is a transgender baritone who grew up in Sacramento. She studied horn and voice at California State University at Sacramento and did graduate work at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. She moved to Germany in 2009 as Lucas Harbour. She decided to transition in November 2013, started taking estrogen and antiandrogens in July 2014 and underwent facial feminization surgery in September. In 2016, she had her gender reassignment surgery.

Winner of the 2020 Outshine Film Festival’s prestigious Programmers Award of Excellence, the documentary captures Lucia Lucas on the cusp of international stardom, profiling the moment in an artist’s career when everything could fall apart or come together. Showcasing the collaborative process between Lucas and her mentor, prolific and renowned composer Tobias Picker, Mozart’s Don Giovanni comes to life as Lucas takes the spotlight and all the pressures that come with it. Taking place at the height of her career, Lucas provides fresh insights into her transition, the professional risk she is taking, and what it means for those who follow.

The Sound of Identity is a production from the Emmy Award-winning team of Russ Kirkpatrick and Andy Kinslow and is executive produced by Golden Globe winner and Academy Award-nominated Josh Bachove.

WWII Action Thriller ‘The Final Stand’ Heads Home May 11

Shout! Studios has announced the May 11 release of The Final Stand, a World War II action thriller by Igor Ugonikov and directed by Vadim Shmelev that is inspired by the true story of the heroic military outside of Moscow in 1941.

The film will be released through digital retailers as well as Blu-ray Disc and DVD, with physical copies available at most big retailers, including Amazon and Walmart.

The Final Stand premiered in Russia in November 2020 and stars Artyom Gubin, Lubov Konstantinova, and Igor Yudin.

The true story chronicled in the film follows 3,500 young cadets, who, at the height of WWII, are sent with their commanding officers to hold the last line of defense outside of Moscow. Sent to the Ilyinsky line of defense, cadets from the Podolsk infantry and artillery schools fight alongside units from the 43rd Army to hold back the German advance until reinforcements arrive. Hopelessly outnumbered, the young men in their teens lay down their lives in a battle lasting almost two weeks to obstruct the far superior Nazi forces.

The collectible Blu-ray and DVD editions include both English and Russian audio tracks with English subtitles.

Shout! Studios Gains Rights to Thriller ‘Dead of Night’

Shout! Studios, the multi-platform filmed entertainment and production arm of Shout! Factory, and VMI Worldwide announced a distribution collaboration to bring new suspense horror thriller The Dead of Night to a wide variety of entertainment platforms in the United States.

Written and directed by Robert Dean, The Dead of Night stars Matthew Lawrence and Lance Henriksen in the story of nomadic murderers dressed as wolves besieging a small rural town and terrorizing a ranch run by a brother and sister. The cast also includes Jake Etheridge, Colby Crain, Leah Bezozo and Kyle Overstreet.

The multiyear deal gives Shout! Studios extensive U.S. distribution rights to The Dead of Night, including digital, video-on-demand, broadcast, theatrical and home entertainment packaged media. Shout! plans a strategic launch of this movie across all major entertainment platforms in 2021.

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Shout! Studios to Distribute Animated Family Feature ‘Dreambuilders’

Shout! Studios on Dec. 18 announced it has entered into an exclusive movie deal with Sola Media GmbH to distribute Dreambuilders, a new animated family feature film from the director of All Dogs Go To Heaven and Ferngully.

“Dreambuilders is an incredibly unique and engaging story, and we’re very excited to once again partner with Sola Media as we did on the wonderful family films Swift and Snowtime, to distribute it to a North American audience,” said Melissa Boag, Shout’s SVP of family entertainment.

Dreambuilders follows the story of a young girl named Minna who, in order to teach her stepsister a lesson, misuses her newfound ability to create and control other people’s dreams. This brings dire consequences, and Minna now must face the dreams she has created and enter the dream world one last time in to save her stepsister and her new family.  The film is directed by Kim Hagen Jensen, best known for All Dogs Go To Heaven and FernGully) and Tonni Zinck (The Neon Demon), and is produced by Nynne Selin Eidnes of First Lady Film.

Shout! Studios has secured all North American distribution rights to Dreambuilders, including theatrical, digital, video-on-demand, broadcast, and home entertainment for cross-platform releases. Shout! Studios plans a strategic launch of the film across all major entertainment platforms, including Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Shout! Studios to Launch Urban Distribution Feature ‘Coppélia’ Across All Platforms in 2021

Shout! Studios has entered into an exclusive deal with Urban Distribution International to distribute the upcoming fine arts feature Coppélia in the United States and Canada.

Coppélia will be released across all platforms in 2021. Shout! Studios has secured all North American distribution rights including digital, video-on-demand, broadcast, theatrical, and home entertainment for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada.

Coppélia combines animation and live action dance in a modern retelling of the love story between Swan and Franz, jeopardized by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Coppelius and his uncannily beautiful protégé, Coppélia.

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The feature is produced by award-winning creators Submarine (Undone, Amazon Prime), and 3 Minutes West in co-production with MotionWorks and Lunanime. The feature is directed by Jeff Tudor, Steven de Beul and Ben Tesseur, and was choreographed by Ted Brandsen, the director of the Dutch National Ballet,  with original music from Maurizio Malagnini (Call the Midwife, Peter and Wendy).

World-renowned ballerina Michaela DePrince (Take Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina) leads an international cast that includes dancers Daniel Camargo (Brazil), San Francisco Ballet star Sasha Mukhamedov (U.K.), Vito Mazzeo (Italy), Irek Mukhamedov (Russia) and English prima ballerina Dame Darcey Bussell.

The deal was negotiated by Shout’s Jordan Fields, VP of acquisitions, and Louise Ronzet, head of international sales at UDI.

“As sales agents, we immediately fell in love with this smart, modernized version of the world-famous ballet,” Ronzet said. “Coppélia conveys messages of body positivity and self-acceptance, which are essential to challenge our appearance-obsessed culture and standardization of beauty through social media. We have no doubt this will appeal to all families and we are thrilled to have Shout! on board.”

Coppélia will be distributed by Square One in German-speaking territories and Periscoop Film in Benelux. Both are planning a release in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Action Thriller ‘Dead Reckoning’ Heads Home Nov. 13

Shout! Studios has announced the Nov. 13 release date for Dead Reckoning, a suspense action thriller directed by legendary cinematographer and filmmaker Andrzej Bartkowiak (Prizzi’s Honor, The Verdict, Terms of Endearment, Doom, Speed).

The film will be available for home viewing on VOD and digital platforms such as AppleTV, Amazon, Vudu, FandangoNow, Hoopla, Sony, Microsoft, GooglePlay, Comcast, Cox, Charter, Verizon, DirecTV and Dish.

Dead Reckoning follows the story of Tillie Gardner, a young college student on summer break who is coping with the loss of her parents in a tragic private plane crash a few weeks earlier. A summer romance with a local cab driver named Niko is helping her cope, but what she doesn’t realize is that he is the brother of the terrorist who actually sabotaged the plane, and who is involved with a plot to bomb the annual Fourth of July beach celebration on Nantucket Island. Only time will tell if she can gather herself and her wits together and discover his dark secret in time to prevent the terrible massacre.

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Written by Alfred Carter and Kristin Alexandre, the film stars India Eisley (I Am the Night, Underworld Awakening), K.J. Apa (Riverdale, The Last Summer), James Remar (Dexter, X-Men: First Class), Ellie Cornell (Femme Fatales, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers), Sydney Park (The Walking Dead, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists) and Scott Adkins (Doctor Strange, The Expendables).