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Voltage sparks with supernatural thriller ‘Bedeviled’

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Voltage Pictures is at the EFM talking up Bedeviled, a new supernatural thriller from The Vang Brothers.

President of international sales John Fremes and his team will present footage to Berlin buyers of the story about a seemingly harmless Siri-like app that manipulates the deepest fears of users to literally scare them to death.

Saxon Sharbino of the Poltergeist remake stars alongside Brandon Soo Hoo, Mitchell Edwards, Jordan Essoe, Carson Boatman, Victory Van Tuyl, and Alexis G. Zall.

Kirk Roos, Cheng Yang and Leng Yang produce the film and Stephen Stanley, Brad Brizendine and Scott P. Barlow are the executive producers.

 

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Ketchup Entertainment & Bridge Independent Ink Digital Deal

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

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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

New Project “BeDeviled” Announced on Deadline!

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

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Abel and Burlee Vang, who won the Nicholl Fellowship in 2011 for their Hmong/CIA secret wars screenplay The Tiger’s Child, are in production on their first feature directorial collaboration Bedeviled, a horror film which is described as a cross between Spike Jonze’s Her and Stephen King’s It. 

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“Spark” Is In At Carmel Film Fest

I can’t imagine anywhere better to be in October than Carmel – and Spark will be playing this year’s fest! Stay tuned for schedule updates.

Interview with Filmback podcast!

I had the great pleasure of recording an episode of Filmback TV.  I met Claire when my short premiered at Macon Film Festival and was able to catch up with her later and discuss my filmmaking, my time in the industry, and advice for people just starting out on their creative journeys.  Check it out here (link to the podcast at bottom of page).

“Spark” to play LA Short Film Fest

I’m very excited to bring Spark to the LA Short Film Fest.   It’s my third time bringing a film here and it’s always a wonderful experience.   More info on the program is here and if you’re in LA I’d love to see you there!

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’

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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

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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

New Stills from “Spark”!

Ben realizes the robot is sneaking up on him

We’re nearing a rough cut on the film.  Click here for an update from Kickstarter with stills from the shoot:

 

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