Six FilmRise Titles, Including Nicolas Cage Starrer ‘Vengeance: A Love Story,’ Coming to Blu-ray in March From MVD

A Nicolas Cage drama, a James Franco genre mash-up and film festival winners are among six FilmRise titles coming to Blu-ray Disc in March from MVD Entertainment Group.

The lineup begins with five titles streeting March 12th.

The Nicolas Cage action-drama Vengeance: A Love Story, a film in the vein of Death Wish, stars Cage as a detective seeking justice for a single mother that is brutally assaulted in front of her 12-year-old daughter.

Chloë Grace Moretz stars in The Miseducation of Cameron Post, based on the novel by Emily M. Danforth. The story follows Cameron as she’s sent to a gay conversion therapy center where she forms a bond with a group of fellow teenagers, and together they fight for survival. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Bonus features include an audio commentary with director-co-writer Desiree Akhavan and producer-co-writer Cecilia Frugiuele; a behind the scenes photo gallery; the theatrical trailer; and an accolades trailer.

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Clio Barnard’s Dark River, winner of the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival, is the story of a woman that returns home to her family farm after the death of her father. Having been gone for more than 15 years, she is forced to face dark memories from her past while attempting to rekindle the relationship with her brother.

Life in the Doghouse is a documentary that showcases the work done by Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta at Danny & Ron’s Rescue. In their 10-plus years of working together, the duo has saved more than 10,000 dogs. Bonus features include deleted scenes, a trailer and a photo gallery.

The final March 12 release is the modern cult classic The Greasy Strangler. Bonus features include audio commentary with director Jim Hosking, Michael St. Michaels and Sky Elobar; exclusive cast and crew Interviews; the original theatrical trailer; the red band trailer; and a teaser trailer.

Due March 26th is Dan Bush’s The Vault, a genre mash-up that opens like a pretty standard heist film about a bank robbery, but the tables take a turn when it’s revealed that the bank is haunted. The Vault Stars James Franco, Taryn Manning and Clifton Collins Jr.

Netflix Acquires Sundance Award Winning Political Doc ‘Knock Down the House’

Netflix has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the Sundance Audience Award-winning documentary Knock Down the House, which chronicles the campaigns of four female progressive candidates, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, against powerful incumbents in the 2018 midterm elections.

The Sundance Institute also announced Knock Down the House as the winner of the Festival Favorite Award, selected by audience votes from the 121 features screened at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

The film, directed by Rachel Lears and produced by Lears, Robin Blotnick, and Sarah Olson, also features Amy Vilela, Cori Bush and Paula Jean Swearengin.

When tragedy struck her family in the midst of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts in a restaurant to save her home from foreclosure. After losing a loved one to a preventable medical condition, Amy Vilela didn’t know what to do with the anger she felt about America’s broken health care system. Cori Bush was drawn into the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood. Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer and die from the environmental effects of the coal industry. At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, Knock Down the House follows these four women as they decide to fight back despite having no political experience.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Netflix on the release of Knock Down the House,” said director Lears, who also co-wrote the film in addition to producing, in a statement. “This platform will allow us to reach huge audiences worldwide, including viewers who may not usually watch independent documentaries. We’re also very excited to be working with Netflix on a campaign to spark wider cultural conversations about our democracy and how it can continue to evolve.”

“It is a transcendent moment when skilled filmmakers are able to train their lens on a major transformation,” said Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentaries for Netflix, in a statement. “With intimacy and immediacy, Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnik, bring viewers to the front lines of a movement, as four women find their voice, their power and their purpose, allowing all of us to witness the promise of true democracy in action.”

Amazon Streaming 2017 SXSW Film Festival Selections

Amazon Studios may have cut back on acquisitions at the recent Sundance Film Festival, but it’s hardly turning a blind eye toward independent film.

The company March 7 announced that more than 30 official selections from the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, are now able to stream on Prime Video.

The films are available through the Prime Video Direct (formerly Amazon Video Direct) Film Festival Stars program that offers filmmakers up to $200,000 and royalties of $0.30 for every hour the film is streamed on Prime Video.

Though criticized by some as lowballing content creators, the Film Festival Stars program is designed to establish a distribution model for titles screened at film festivals that either don’t secure theatrical distribution deals or are looking for distribution options after a theatrical release.

The official selections from the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival include Grand Jury winner for Narrative Feature, Most Beautiful Island; Special Jury Recognition for Best Ensemble, A Bad Idea Gone Wrong; Special Jury Recognition for Excellence in Documentary Storytelling, I Am Another You; SXSW Audience Award for Narrative Feature Competition, The Light of the Moon.

Prime Video Direct returns to the 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival (starting March 9) with the FFS program. A representative said Prime Video Direct would be taking meetings from March 10 – March 12 at the InterContinental (701 Congress Ave) to discuss the program. Interested rights holders should email PVD-festival@amazon.com to set up an appointment.

Other SXSW titles available to stream include:

 2 Pigeons

A Bad Idea Gone Wrong

Assholes

Bad Lucky Goat

Barracuda

Bill Frisell, A Portrait

California Dreams

Daphne

Divine Divas

Drib

Easy Living

Fits & Starts

Flesh and Blood

Going to Brazil

I Am Another You

Infinity Baby

Inflame

Inheritance

Let There Be Light

M.F.A.

Maya Dardel

Meatball Machine: Kodoku

Most Beautiful Island

Paa Joe & the Lion

Pornocracy

Ramblin Freak

Satan Said Dance

Signature Move

Spettacolo

Sylvio

The Honor Farm

The Light of the Moon

The Price

The Secret Life of Lance Letscher

Tormentero

Win By Fall

 

Amazon Upping Indie Film Compensation

Amazon Jan. 11 announced it is nearly doubling compensation to independent movies and documentaries participating in the Amazon Video Direct Film Festival Stars platform.

The program, which affords creators direct access to millions of Prime members through streaming video, paid out $5.8 million in one-time bonuses to more than 100 titles from the 2017 Toronto Film Festival.

Content included City of Toronto Award winner for Best Canadian First Feature Film, Luk’Luk’l, Toronto Platform Prize winner, Félécite, and Oscar shortlisted for documentary feature, Ex Libris – The New York Public Library.

The program, which doubled Toronto Film Festival cash bonuses, will be offered for this month’s 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Specifically, Sundance participants could get one-time payments of $150,000 for movie premiers and $120,000 for documentary premiers, among other compensation.

Citing distribution challenges for short films, Amazon is also bowing a FFS Short Film program at Sundance, similar to a campaign launched at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017.

Amazon also established a $50,000 cash bonus pool for official selection Sundance short films to be shared among the five most-streamed short films offered by Amazon Video Direct from Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018.

“Amazon’s FFS program is a much-needed breath of fresh air for … independent and foreign language,” Jon Gerrans, co-president, Strand Releasing, said in a statement. “We know the audience still exists for these films and … curated FFS programming is helping to connect that audience around the world with these wonderful films.”