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29 Oct 2019

KEW MEDIA DISTRIBUTION BOLSTERS INTERNATIONAL SALES SLATE WITH IMPRESSIVE NEW TITLES AHEAD OF AFM

Leading global distributor Kew Media Distribution has secured international sales rights to a fresh slate of films that the company will be showcasing at the upcoming American Film Market (AFM), adding John Barr’s directorial debut feature Allagash and John Suit’s poignant sci-fi feature 3022 (both of which will be having premiere market screenings), as well as acclaimed filmmaker Nick Broomfield’s most personal documentary My Father and Me, political documentary Slay the Dragon, Justin Molotnikov’s thrilling The Small Hand: A Ghost Story, Tyson Culver’s directorial debut documentary Juice:  How Electricity Explains The World, Seth Larney’s sci-fi feature 2067 and Jonathan McHugh’s music documentary, Long Live Rock...Celebrate the Chaos.

Kew Media Distribution’s EVP of Sales Jonathan Ford said, “The widening array of movie watching experiences, be it theatrical or streaming, is allowing great films to find audiences more efficiently than ever before, while creating greater demand amongst distributors. Coming into this AFM with such a diverse slate means we’ll be busier than ever—developing the best sales and release strategy for each title.”

 

About the Films

Allagash is a taut thriller starring Tom Berenger (Platoon, Inception) as a retired veteran who, while hunting in Northern Maine, stumbles across a dead woman - and a large sum of money. The story spirals out of control when a group of criminals searching for the money encounter him. Together they embark on a test of will and survival, in the brutal winter terrain.

The film is directed by John Barr and produced by Suza Horvat. Executive Producers are John Barr, Suza Horvat, Dan MurphyJeff Stearns, and Paul T. Casale Jr. Allagash will have its premiere market screening at the AFM.

 

3022 is a sci-fi thriller in the vein of Alien and Event Horizon, and will also have its premiere market screening at the AFM. Directed by John Suits, 3022 stars Omar Epps, Kate Walsh, Miranda Cosgrove, Enver Gjokaj, Haaz Sleiman, Angus Macfadyen and Jorja Fox.

3022 follows a group of astronauts aboard Pangea, a space station and shepherding point between Earth and Europa One, Jupiter’s third moon and the site of mankind’s first off-world colony. After five long years, the haunting emptiness of deep space begins to take a toll on the astronauts’ psyche, driving the team apart as they become exceedingly pulled to the dark corners of their mind. Suddenly, the once promising crew are deemed mentally unfit to continue their work and must prepare to leave Pangea before they become a danger to the mission, and themselves.

But before they can return home, the crew awaken to find Earth has suffered a cataclysmic extinction level event, leaving four unstable souls the last known survivors of the human race. Now marooned on a dying space station, they must embark on a desperate fight for survival; battling each other, unforeseen threats, and the mind shattering horror of what it means to be the last humans alive.

John Suits and Tara L. Craig produced the film from a screenplay written by Ryan Binaco. 3022 is a Squid Farm production.

My Father and Me is the latest documentary from acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker Nick Broomfield (Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love), and premiered in the prestigious New York Film Festival’s Spotlight on Documentary section, followed quickly by the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival. 

Broomfield has often implicated himself in his filmmaking with honesty and candour, yet never has he made a movie more distinctly personal than this complex and moving film about his relationship with humanist-pacifist father, Maurice Broomfield.

In October 2020 the V&A Museum will celebrate his acclaimed industrial photographer father’s vivid, often lustrous images of industrial post-WWII England, which inspired Nick’s own filmmaking career, while notably outlining a marked difference in their outlook, with Nick’s less romantic, more left-wing political identity stemming from his Jewish mother. A memoir and tribute, in its intimate story My Father and Me takes an expansive, philosophical look at the twentieth century, and the relationship between parents and offspring.

Mark Hoeferlin (Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love, Whitney: Can I Be Me), Shani Hinton (Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love) and Kyle Gibbon (Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love) produced the film. My Father and Me is a Lafayette Film production.

 

Participant presents in association with React Films, an Ark Media Production, the new documentary Slay the Dragon, which had its world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

Directed and produced by Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance, the movie follows a handful of citizens’ groups, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person’s vote should count equally, as they battle party operatives and an entrenched political establishment to fix a broken system.

Executive producers are Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Coralie Charriol Paul and William Von Mueffling, with Grace McNally serving as co-producer.

 

An Awesome / Two Rivers Media production for Channel 5, Susan Hill’s The Small Hand: A Ghost Story is directed by Justin Molotnikov (Crying with Laughter, Poldark) and written by Barbara Machin (Waking The Dead).

Antique book dealer Adam Snow (Douglas Henshall, Shetland, Outlander) leads an empty life, infatuated with Alice (Louise Lombard, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), the wife of a wealthy client (Adrian Rawlins, Chernobyl) and barely present for his older brother, Hugo (Cal MacAninch, The Victim), who is suffering a mental breakdown. But when Adam stumbles upon a dilapidated mansion near his client, he feels the presence of the ghost of a small child.

Adam soon receives increasingly sinister visits from the ghost, causing him to question his own sanity. He struggles to repair his fractured relationship with Hugo and excise the spirit from his life, but the ghost will not be ignored, ultimately revealing a haunting secret from his childhood. Also starring Neve McIntosh (Stan Lee’s Lucky Man) and Paul Barber (The Full Monty).

 

Juice:  How Electricity Explains The World is the directorial debut from documentary filmmaker Tyson Culver. While electricity availability doesn’t guarantee wealth, its absence almost always means poverty. The film takes viewers to Beirut, Reykjavik, Kolkata, San Juan, Manhattan and Boulder to tell the human story of electricity and to explain why power equals power.

The defining inequality in the world today is the disparity between the electricity rich and the electricity poor. In fact, there are more than three billion people on the planet today who are using less electricity than what’s used by an average American refrigerator.

Electricity is the world’s most important and fastest-growing form of energy. It’s also the biggest source of global carbon-dioxide emissions. To illuminate its importance, the Juice team travelled 60,000 miles to interview more than 50 people from seven countries on five continents. Juice shows how electricity explains everything from women’s rights and climate change to Bitcoin mining and indoor marijuana production. The punchline of the film is simple: darkness kills human potential. Electricity nourishes it.

Juice:  How Electricity Explains The World explains who has electricity, who’s getting it, and how developing countries all over the world are working to bring their people out of the dark and into the light.

Culver wrote and produced the film with Robert Bryce, a journalist and author of five books on energy. His sixth book, A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations, was written during the course of production and will be released on March 10, 2020, by his longtime publisher PublicAffairs.

 

2067  is a dystopian sci-fi thriller, directed by Seth Larney (Tombiruo: Penunggu Rimba, Hipsters) and  starring Kodi Smit-McPhee (Alpha, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Road), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, The Hurricane Heist, The Oath), Deborah Mailman (Black B*tch, The Sapphires, Offspring), Damian Walshe-Howling (Mystery Road, Janet King), and Leeanna Walsman (Safe Harbour, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones).

In the year 2067, earth is on the verge of collapse. After years of doing too little to reverse climate change, humans are paying a terrible price – forests, plants and wildlife are gone, and soon humans will be too, due to the dramatic decline in available oxygen. In this grey, dying world, the synthetic oxygen people breathe through masks has begun to make them sick. With no cure in sight, the only place humanity can look for help is to the future, in the hope someone is still alive and can tell them how to save the planet. Chronicorp, the world’s leading supplier of oxygen, has spearheaded that project. One day, they receive a message from 400 years in the future: “Send Ethan Whyte”.

Ethan is a utility worker at Chronicorp; seemingly a nobody. But the future asked for him, and the people in charge of this project aren’t going to disappoint their saviors. Ethan is defiant at first, but encouragement from Jude, his surrogate big brother, and promises from Chronicorp that they will help Ethan’s sick wife convince him. Ethan barrels into the future as humanity’s last hope. He arrives into a new world – lush, green, and… alone. Ethan was led to believe that the future would give him answers, but there are only more questions, most notably: if he’s the only one here, who sent that message?

The film is produced by Lisa Shaunessy (Killing Ground, The Furies), Kate Croser (Top End Wedding, The Infinite Man) and Jason Taylor (X-Men:Days of Future Past, H+, Name of The Game). Executive Producers are Michael Rymer (Battlestar Galactica), Alexandra Burke, Craig McMahon, James Boyce, Claire Evans, Geoff Clark, Clement Dunn, Will Gammon, Adam Scott, and Josh Pomeranz2067 is an Arcadia, KOJO, Freedom Films and Futurism Studios production.

 

Long Live Rock...Celebrate the Chaos features exclusive interviews with the leading titans of rock including Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Slipknot, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, and many more, and follows their passionate fans as they drop everything to ‘commune’ with their ‘rock family’ wherever the road takes them… 

Viewers celebrate the chaos through a deep dive into the fandom of this often misunderstood but beloved genre of music, as artists share why they’ve dedicated their lives to rock and discuss the unique relationship they have with their fans. The film also explores the inescapable dark side of this lifestyle, chronicling such delicate topics as substance abuse, depression, loss of life and the unspoken truths that are unfortunately too commonplace in the rock ‘n’ roll world.

Jonathan McHugh (Cosplay Universe) directed Long Live Rock...Celebrate the Chaos as well as produced the film alongside Gary Spivack (leading rock festival promoter) and Jonathan Platt (Cosplay Universe).

 

In addition to these films, Kew Media Distribution’s impressive international slate includes: Alex Gibney's critically acclaimed awards contender Citizen K; Nancy Lang and Peter Raymont’s documentary on the international best-selling and beloved author MARGARET ATWOOD: A Word after a Word after a Word is Power, an official selection/world premiere at IDFA 2019; Liam Firmager’s debut rock documentary Suzi Q based on the inimitable Suzi Quatro; Grace Sweeney’s documentary feature The Sheriff, which follows candidates in two contrasting and highly charged sheriffs’ elections; and, Girl Taken and The Alexander Complex from filmmaker David Rane; among several other diverse, powerful and thought-provoking filmed projects.

 

About Kew Media Distribution

Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, distributes a diverse catalogue of film, television and digital assets to broadcasters and viewing platforms across the world. Kew Media Distribution manages international rights to a library of over 11,000 hours of TV and digital content, including major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.kewmedia.com