RLJE FILMS ACQUIRES
“THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK”
Thriller to Make Its World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival
XYZ Films to handle international sales and introduce the film to buyers at TIFF
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11, 2018 –RLJE Films (NASDAQ: RLJE) has acquired all North American rights to The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, the upcoming thriller from CINESTATE and XYZ Films. Written by Henry Dunham who is also making his feature directorial debut, the film stars James Badge Dale (13 Hours), Chris Mulkey (Captain Phillips), Brian Geraghty (NBC’s “Chicago P.D”.), Robert Aramayo (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Patrick Fischler (Showtime’s “Twin Peaks”), Happy Anderson (Cinemax’s “The Knick”) and Gene Jones (The Hateful Eight). The Standoff at Sparrow Creek will make its world premiere at Midnight Madness at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. RLJE plans to release the film nationally in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD in early 2019.
“This is our seventh collaboration with Dallas Sonnier, the producer of Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99,” said Chief Acquisitions Officer Mark Ward for RLJE Films. “With a Black List script by Henry Dunham and a talented cast led by James Badge Dale, we are confident we will not disappoint genre enthusiasts at this year’s Midnight Madness at TIFF.”
In The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, after a shooting at a police funeral, reclusive ex-cop Gannon (Dale) finds himself unwittingly forced out of retirement when he realizes that the killer belongs to the same militia he joined after quitting the force. Understanding that the shooting could set off a chain reaction of copycat violence across the country, Gannon quarantines his fellow militiamen in the remote lumber mill they call their headquarters. There, he sets about a series of grueling interrogations, intent on ferreting out the killer and turning him over to the authorities to prevent further bloodshed.
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek was produced by Dallas Sonnier (Brawl in Cell Block 99) & Amanda Presmyk (Dragged Across Concrete) for the Texas-based entertainment studio CINESTATE, alongside Sefton Fincham (What They Had), Johnathan Brownlee (Three Days in August) and Adam Donaghey (A Ghost Story). XYZ Films’ Nate Bolotin (Mandy) and Todd Brown (The Raid) executive produce, as well as Danielle Cox, Steve Gossett, Jr., Preston Poulter and Michael Shader.
Ward and Jess De Leo from RLJE Films negotiated the deal with Sonnier and United Talent Agency on behalf of CINESTATE and the filmmakers. XYZ Films is handling international sales and introducing the film to buyers at TIFF.
ABOUT RLJ ENTERTAINMENT
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premium digital channel company serving distinct audiences primarily through its popular OTT branded channels, Acorn TV (British TV) and UMC (Urban Movie Channel), which have rapidly grown through development, acquisition, and distribution of its exclusive rights to a large library of international and British dramas, independent feature films and urban content. RLJE’s titles are also distributed in multiple formats including broadcast and pay television, theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-ray, and a variety of digital distribution models (including EST, VOD, SVOD and AVOD) in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Additionally, through Acorn Media Enterprises, its UK development arm, RLJE co-produces and develops new programs and owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited. Investors in RLJE include Chairman Robert L. Johnson and AMC Networks. For more information, please visit RLJEntertainment.com, Acorn.tv, and UMC.tv.
RLJE Films new and upcoming features include Terminal starring Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg and Mike Myers and written & directed by Vaughn Stein; and the 2018 Sundance Film Festival hit Mandy from writer/director Panos Cosmatos and starring Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roache. RLJE Films’ past films include I Kill Giants starring Zoe Saldana, Pilgrimage starring Tom Holland, and writer/director S. Craig Zahler’s Brawl in Cell Block 99 starring Vince Vaughn and Bone Tomahawk starring Kurt Russell. www.us.rljentertainment.com.
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