Films and Projects by Stephen Stanley

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Avenge The Crows, now out on Blu-Ray, iTunes, In-Demand. Coming soon to Showtime

From PR Newswire

LOS ANGELESNov. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Danay Garcia (TV’s Fear the Walking DeadSniper: Ultimate Kill, TV’s Prison Break), Danny Trejo (Machete, TV’s Sons of Anarchy) and Golden Globe nominated actors Lou Diamond Phillips (La BambaYoung Guns) and Steven Bauer (TV’s Ray DonovanScarface) star in the gripping tale of blood for blood in the crime thriller AVENGE THE CROWS, launching on Blu-ray, DVD and digital Dec. 5.

Danay Garcia stars as Loca, a former gang member who now makes her money dealing drugs while protecting her cousin Cammy (Angelique Rivera) from the realities of life on the street. After Joker (Michael Flores) gets orders from prison-mate Casper (Phillips) about Loca and her drug-dealing partner Carlos (Emilio Rivera), he is released from prison and sets out to settle an old debt. Once attacked, Loca turns to rival gang leader Angel (Cesar Garcia) and local bar owner Tony (Trejo) to stop Joker and squash a potential war with a Mexican drug cartel. Former professional boxer Victor Ortiz has a cameo in the film as Loca’s slain husband Manny.

The pendulum of revenge is set in motion when an assassin named Joker is released from prison with orders from the Reyes Ricos prison gang to take down Loca, an ex-gang member who once ran the powerful Los Grajos crew before it was destroyed. Now Loca makes her living pushing drugs, and maintains a watchful eye on her young cousin, Cammy, the only family she has left. Although she is cunning and street smart, Loca doesn’t see Joker coming, and he attacks Cammy to lure her out of hiding. While launching her counterstrike, Loca gets tangled up with a rival crew, and then dragged to the brink of war with a Mexican drug cartel. As the pressure mounts she must make the hard choice between avenging the ones she’s lost and survival.

AVENGE THE CROWS was written and directed by Nathan Gabaeff and produced by Steven GabaeffNathan GabaeffStephen StanleyDanay GarciaMichael FloresTrent GarrettRobert BaekCindy Barger and Tereza Kacerova for Gabaeff Pictures. The film is being distributed by Gravitas Ventures. The film has a runtime of 96 minutes and is rated R for violence and sexual content.

Ketchup Entertainment & Bridge Independent Ink Digital Deal

From Deadline.com. Click here for the full story.

Bridge Independent

EXCLUSIVE: Straight Outta Compton producer Bill Straus’ newly relaunched sales outfit Bridge Independent and indie distributor-financier Ketchup Entertainmentare teaming on a digital distribution pipeline for select titles from Bridge’s indie slate. The plan is to distribute 5-10 titles a year with a marketing push.

As a former executive at New Line, Straus in 2012 founded New York-based BGP Film, where he has repped recent pics including Darling, Buzzard, Through A Lens Darkly and Sweaty Betty.

“As Ketchup continues to expand its U.S. distribution business we are excited to partner with Bridge Independent,” said Stephen Stanley, Ketchup’s Head of Distribution and Acquisitions. “Bill Straus has repeatedly shown extraordinary vision in finding smart, commercial, and forward looking independent films and we’re excited to formalize an already great working relationship.” Continue reading

This Is Not A Club to premiere at Newport Beach Film Festival

I couldn’t be more proud that This Is Not A Club will make its festival premiere at Newport Beach Film Fest!   The doc features Chris Pine narrating and tells the story of an amazing group of young people competing in high school Speech Club (also known as Forensics to those of you back home in the South).   Here’s a clip from the film:

This is Not a Club: Clip 1 from Ari Levinson on Vimeo.

Chris Pine To Narrate ‘This Is Not A Club’

Chris Pine
From Deadline: Star Treks Chris Pine is beaming his voice into high school debate documentary This Is Not A Club, the coming-of-age film about high schoolers performing in two-person speech competitions leading up to the annual National Speech and Debate tournament in Las Vegas.

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Ketchup, Altitude form Pact


From Screen Daily Via IMDB:

Altitude to distribute Ketchup titles across UK home ent, pay TV and free TV windows.

Ketchup Entertainment has formed a distribution partnership with UK sales and distribution outfit Altitude Film Entertainment, which will see the latter distribute Ketchup titles across home ent, pay TV and free TV in the UK.

The deal was negotiated by Gareth West and Stephen Stanley, head of acquisitions, on behalf of Ketchup and by Will Clarke and Andy Mayson on behalf of Altitude Film Entertainment. Continue reading

Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘The Love Punch’


From Brian Brooks, Deadline.com

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Director-writer: Joel Hopkins
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Tuppence Middleton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Marisa Berenson
Distributor: Ketchup Entertainment

Ketchup first had a taste of The Love Punch at the 2012 AFM. The comedy revolves around a divorced couple who scheme to recover the retirement money that was stolen from them. “Even at the promo stage, it had great chemistry,” said Ketchup’s Stephen Stanley. “It then premiered in Toronto and we closed the deal.” Stanley said that the older demographs are the natural fit for The Love Punch, though, they hope it will break out. “The film had the elements we like. It’s a commercial film with great actors,” added Stanley. Continue reading

Berlin: Soccer Doc ‘Next Goal Wins’ Gets U.S. Distribution

From Variety:

Ketchup Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to soccer documentary “Next Goal Wins,” the directorial debut of Mike Brett and Steve Jamison, and plans a spring theatrical release.

K5 Intl. is selling “Next Goal Wins” at Berlin. It recently struck theatrical distribution deals with Icon (U.K.), Bodega (France), Madman (Australia), Asmik (Japan) and Falcon (Middle East).

Kristian Brodie produced for Archer’s Mark and Agile Films. The movie follows the fortunes of the American Samoan soccer team, which had not won a game in more than a decade, and the arrival of eccentric Dutch coach Thomas Rongen.

Ketchup CEO Gareth West stated, “With the World Cup happening this year, I am delighted to bring this very timely doc to American audiences.”

The deal was negotiated by West and Stephen Stanley with WME’s Christine D’Souza.

Deadline: Ketchup Ent. Acquires U.S. Rights To David Hayter-Helmed ‘Wolves’


From Deadline.com

EXCLUSIVE: Ketchup Entertainment today acquired U.S. distribution rights on Wolves, the action thriller that marks the feature directorial debut of X-Men and Watchmen scribe David Hayter. Written by Hayter, the film stars X-Men: First ClassLucas Till, Watchmen‘s Stephen McHattie, and Game Of ThronesJason Momoa. Copperheart Entertainment’s Steve Hoban produced with makeup effects by Oscar-winning creature designers Dave Elsey and Lou Elsey. Till plays a high school student who witnesses the brutal murder of his parents, and finds himself turning into a savage wolf. He is thrust between two warring wolf packs fighting for control of Lupine Ridge.  Merritt Patterson and John Pyper-Ferguson round out the cast. The film will be released this summer.


The film was funded by Copperheart Entertainment, TF1 International and Telefilm Canada. Ketchup’s West and acquisitions head Stephen Stanley negotiated with UTA Independent Film Group and exec producer Benedict Carver on the deal. Continue reading

Deadline.com: Specialty B.O. Preview – ‘Big Sur’


From Deadline.com:

Big Sur
Director-writer: Michael Polish
Writers: Jack Kerouac (novel)
Cast: Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell, Anthony Edwards, Balthazar Getty
Distributor: Ketchup Entertainment

In the third Beat Generation film to come out in the past year or so, Big Sur recounts Kerouac’s three sojourns to a cabin in California’s Big Sur, owned by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. “We first saw Big Sur at Sundance and were immediately impressed with what a beautiful, intimate and lyrical movie Michael Polish had assembled,” said Ketchup Entertainment’s Stephen Stanley. “The strong ensemble cast (Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell, Balthazar Getty, Anthony Edwards, and a breakout performance by Jean-Marc Barr) gave us confidence it could perform across multiple platforms.” Continue reading

Verizon on board as LINSANITY release partner

We’re excited to bring Verizon Wireless on as a sponsoring partner through the release of LINSANITY.  For more info visit their Linsanity website here.


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