Melanie Lynskey’s ‘Little Boxes’ Finds Home at Gunpowder & Sky

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Gunpowder & Sky has picked up the rights to Rob Meyer’s “Little Boxes” starring Melanie Lynskey and Nelsan Ellis, the studio announced on Monday.

Written by Annie J. Howell, “Little Boxes” will hit theaters on April 14. The film also stars Armani Jackson, Oona Laurence and Janeane Garofalo.

“Little Boxes” follows Clark (Jackson) who is the new biracial kid in a very white town. He discovers that to be cool, he needs to act “more black.” Meanwhile, his parents try to adjust to small-town living after having lived in New York.

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The film premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

“‘Little Boxes’ is as heartwarming as it is timely,” said Gunpowder & Sky Distribution’s Jake Hanly. “Rob unpacked a very complex issue in a way any audience can understand and relate to.”

Director Meyer added, “It’s a thrill and an honor to team up with Gunpowder & Sky Distribution for the theatrical and VOD release. They distribute the kind of movies that I want to watch.”

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“Little Boxes” was produced by Ken H. Keller, Caron Rudner, Jordan Horowitz, and Jared Ian Goldman, the latter of which also produced Jeff Nichols’ “Loving.” The film was executive produced by Cary Joji Fukunaga, Wyatt Gatling, Marc H. Simon, Gary Gilbert, and Rose Troche.

The deal with Gunpowder & Sky Distribution — a fledgling studio founded last year — was negotiated by UTA on behalf of the filmmakers.
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‘Ingrid Goes West’ Acquired by Neon at Sundance

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After a number of competitive bids Tom Quinn and Tim League’s new distribution banner, Neon, have acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Sundance breakout, “Ingrid Goes West,” following the world premiere on Friday night.

Directed by Matt Spicer and starring Aubrey Plaza (“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” “Parks and Recreation”) and Elizabeth Olsen (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Martha Marcy May Marlene”).

Based on a script by Spicer and David Branson Smith, the dark comedy also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Wyatt Russell, Billy Magnussen, and Pom Klementieff.

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“Ingrid Goes West” follows Ingrid Thorburn (Plaza) a mentally unstable young woman who becomes obsessed with Taylor Sloane (Olsen), a social media “influencer” with a seemingly-perfect life. When Ingrid decides to drop everything, and move to the west coast to befriend Taylor in real life, her behavior turns unsettling and increasingly dangerous.

“Ingrid Goes West” marks Spicer’s feature directorial debut. He recently co-wrote Flower, along with Max Winkler who will also direct. The film is a twisted coming-of-age comedy starring Zoey Deutch, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn and Tim Heidecker, which Spicer will also produce alongside Rough House Pictures and Diablo Entertainment. Along with Winkler, Spicer will write the recently announced Rocketeer sequel for Disney.

Star Thrower Entertainment and 141 Entertainment financed and produced.

Producers include Jared Ian Goldman, Star Thrower Entertainment’s Tim and Trevor White, 141 Entertainment’s Adam and Robert Mirels, and Aubrey Plaza.

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Mary Solomon, Rick Rickertsen and Allan Mandelbaum executive produced.

CAA represented the US rights and negotiated the deal.

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