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).

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.

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 “Ketchup, Altitude form Pact”

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


From Brian Brooks,

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

VARIETY: 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’



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: Ketchup Ent. Acquires U.S. Rights To David Hayter-Helmed ‘Wolves’” Specialty B.O. Preview – ‘Big Sur’



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 “ Specialty B.O. Preview – ‘Big Sur’”