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The Inbox (Jun. 23-29, 2012)

Every week, I get several press releases, screening invitations and other notifications from a handful of studio contacts. While I won't be sharing any information regarding my screening invites, some of the press releases might be of interest to my readers, so I thought I'd start sharing them in toto with all of you. These could include new image galleries for various films or important updates to upcoming releases from various smaller studios and art house production companies.


Press Release: Freestyle Obtains Rights to 'Munger Road'

FREESTYLE DIGITAL MEDIA SCARES UP RIGHTS FOR SUSPENSE THRILLER ‘MUNGER ROAD’

Los Angeles, CA (June 26, 2012) –Freestyle Digital Media LLC (FDM) has acquired the rights to MUNGER ROAD, a tension filled suspense-thriller from Insomnia Productions that will debut on DVD, Digital Download and Video On-Demand. The film was written and directed by Nicholas Smith, produced by Kyle Heller and stars Bruce Davison (“X-Men,” “Luck”). Last year, MUNGER ROAD was released theatrically by Freestyle Releasing in the Chicago area to a remarkable $30,000 plus per screen average. The film is slated for release on September 11th.

MUNGER ROAD takes place in a sleepy Midwestern town on a night when a group of teens explore the famed ‘Munger Road’ – a spot where a horrific tragedy occurred years earlier. Something terrible happens to the group, forcing the local police to acknowledge there is a returning killer lurking in the area as thousands of people converge on the town for the annual Scarecrow Festival.

The deal was negotiated by FDM’s CEO Susan Jackson and Executive Producer Jeffery Smith, from Insomnia Productions. “’Munger Road’ has a loyal following of fans and appeals to all ages,” said Jackson. “It really delivers on the scares in the tradition of ‘The Amityville Horror’ and ‘An American Haunting.’ It’s based on a real place and folklore, which gives it an extra edge.”

Freestyle Digital Media’s recent slate of releases includes the critically-acclaimed Filipino horror-thriller THE ROAD from director Yam Laranas. In addition, DEADHEADS, the acclaimed horror-comedy from directors Brett and Drew Pierce, SWINGING WITH THE FINKELS starring Mandy Moore and directed by Jonathan Newman, and TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN directed by Stuart Beattie, which also marked the first feature film to debut on Facebook.

About Freestyle Digital Media
Freestyle Digital Media, LLC was launched in November 2011 by its CEO Susan Jackson who is Co-President and founder of independent theatrical distributor Freestyle Releasing, LLC and North American sales company Turtles Crossing, LLC. Freestyle Digital Media supplies quality commercial film and TV content directly to all US VOD/SVOD rental DVD/Kiosks and theaters using the latest cloud-based technologies to automate digital workflow. Freestyle’s goal is to provide fresh, well-marketed product and stay on the cutting edge of the ever-compressing windows to ensure that their partners benefit from a platform that delivers an anytime-anywhere capability in the medium of their choice and a positive digital viewing experience on any device in any location.

Press Release: First Posters for Image Entertainments August Release Revealed

Image Entertainment has released the first posters for two of their August releases, GOATS and THE TALL MAN. The posters are now available on our FTP site: ftp://corp.prodigypublicrelations.com (username – prodigyftp / password – prodpr)

GOATS

Distribution Company: Image Entertainment
Theatrical Release Date: August 10, 2012
Directed by: Christopher Neil
Written by: Mark Jude Poirier (based on his novel of the same name)
Starring: David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Graham Phillips, Justin Kirk, Ty Burrell, Keri Russell, Anthony Anderson, and Dakota Johnson
Running Time: 94 minutes
Rating: R
Synopsis:
In GOATS, Ellis (Graham Phillips) is the most adult member of his eccentric family at 15 years old. His mom (Vera Farmiga) is a New Age hippie that spends all of her time working on self-help rituals with her hustler boyfriend (Justin Kirk). His dad (Ty Burrell) left home years ago and is more focused on his new wife (Keri Russell) and family. And then there’s Goat Man (David Duchovny), the goat-herding sage who has lived in their pool house since Ellis was a child, teaching him the meaning of stability, commitment, and expanding one's mind.

When Ellis decides to leave Tucson to go to the same East Coast prep school that his father went to, he easily assimilates to his new environment - even gaining the attention of a local girl (Dakota Johnson). But as he re‐connects with his estranged father, he finds Goat Man’s influence and his life out West thrown into stark contrast.

Based on Mark Jude Poirier’s best-selling novel, director Christopher Neil's hilarious and poignant film is a witty reversal of the coming of age formula, a beautifully honest portrayal of life with its rough edges, awkward moments, and non-endings.

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THE TALL MAN

Distribution Company: Image Entertainment
Theatrical Release Date: August 31, 2012
Written and Directed by: Pascal Laugier
Starring: Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, William B. Davis, and Samantha Ferris
Running Time: 106 minutes
Rating: R
Website: http://tallmanthemovie.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ImageEntertainment
Synopsis:
In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace – abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as “The Tall Man.” Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical…until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent’s darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”) called THE TALL MAN.

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