CINEDIGM ENTERTAINMENT GROUP ACQUIRES U.S. DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO 2012 TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL MIDNIGHT MADNESS PREMIERE, “COME OUT AND PLAY”
Cinedigm to Release Makinov’s Horror Film in Theatres, Across Digital, On-Demand and DVD
(Los Angeles, CA, September 14, 2012) – Cinedigm Entertainment Group, a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to COME OUT AND PLAY (El Juego De Niños), Belarus-born Makinov’s English-language horror film that made its world premiere last night at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival. Cinedigm’s theatrical distribution will commence in early 2013, with subsequent roll out across on-demand, digital and DVD.
In COME OUT AND PLAY, Beth (Vinessa Shaw) and Francis (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), vacation before the birth of their child. Francis insists on venturing to a more serene locale, Beth hesitantly agrees. They set out to a beautiful island, but soon discover it’s mysteriously abandoned and the only people on the island are children. Beth and Francis are left to uncover the mystery of the disappeared adults and a day in paradise quickly turns into a struggle for survival.
Written and directed by Makinov, COME OUT AND PLAY is produced by Mexico/Los Angeles based Canana. Pablo Cruz is the producer. Cloaking his true identity, Makinov wears a mask while working with his cast and crew, in an effort to enforce his personal vision of a cinema that detaches itself from the ego-driven model of the director.
“We’ll admit that at first we didn’t know what to make of Makinov,” said Vincent Scordino, Vice President of Acquisitions, Theatrical, for Cinedigm. “That confusion ended upon seeing this provocative film. We can’t wait to introduce it to horror audiences, as well as anyone considering having children.”
“Canana is very excited to be working with a company that shares similar ideas and a passion for innovation,” says Canana’s Pablo Cruz. We can’t wait to see our film released in the U.S. by Cinedigm. And we know Makinov will be as happy as we are.”
The filmmakers were represented in the negotiation by Cinetic Media, and for Cinedigm by Vincent Scordino.
Additionally in the horror vein, “Citadel,” Ciaran Foy’s Irish agoraphobia horror film, releases from Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film Company later this Fall.
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About Cinedigm Entertainment Group
Cinedigm Entertainment Group, a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp., is a state of the art digital distributor of award-winning independent films and alternative content. CEG has released close to 200 independent films and alternative content events over the last few years, with past releases ranging up to 1,000 screens based on content and audience footprint. Films released by Cinedigm include: “Life In A Day.” directed by Kevin McDonald; “The Ward,” directed by John Carpenter; “Smell of Success,” featuring Billy Bob Thornton, Téa Leoni and Ed Helms; Foo Fighters documentary, “Back & Forth,” directed by Oscar® winner James Moll; and Peter Bogdanovich’s “Runnin’ Down A Dream,” with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Current and upcoming CEG films include “No Room For Rockstars,” Parris Patton’s documentary chronicling the Vans Warped Tour; “Like Water,” directed by Pablo Croce; and “The Invisible War,” directed by Kirby Dick; “In Our Nature,” starring John Slattery; and “22 Bullets,” starring Jean Reno and produced by Luc Besson.
Additionally, Cinedigm delivers feature films, TV programs and web originals via digital download, streaming, video-on-demand, Blu-ray, and DVD. The company’s library includes award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen indies from Flatiron Film Company®, including international blockbuster “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” and acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Film. New Video is proud to distribute many Oscar®-nominated films including “Hell and Back Again,” “GasLand,” “Waste Land,” “The Secret of Kells,” “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” and “Chico & Rita.”
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