Watch: First Trailer For Bart Layton’s Sundance Crime-Thriller ‘American Animals’


The first trailer has landed for well received Sundance crime-thriller American Animals by The Imposter director Bart Layton. It’s a nice one.

Rising actors Barry Keoghan, Evan Peters and Blake Jenner star in the genre-bending movie which was picked up after its debut by The Orchard and MoviePass in a $3m dollar deal. The Raw and Film4-produced pic, backed by AI Film, is based on the true story of four teenagers in Lexington, Kentucky who tried to strike it rich by…

‘Outside In’ Review: Sterling Performances From Edie Falco & Jay Duplass Make This Richly Human Indie A Must


Director Lynn Shelton is always a welcome presence on the indie scene, with pint-size hits like Humpday, Touchy Feely, Your Sister’s Sister and others that usually turn up at the likes of Sundance and SXSW before landing a modest distribution deal. It has been four years since her last and — until her latest — best film, 2914’s Laggies. In the meantime, she has also carved out a TV directing career to further enhance her résumé and, frankly, pay the bills. It is…

‘American Animals’ Director Bart Layton Discusses Audacious Doc-Fiction Hybrid — SXSW


An audacious, gorgeously stylized doc-fiction hybrid premiering at Sundance, where it was acquired by The Orchard and MoviePass for a summer release, Bart Layton’s American Animals continues its successful journey along the festival circuit this week at South by Southwest. Based on a true story, the film follows four men who, mistaking their lives for a movie, attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history.
For Layton, who stopped in today at Deadline’s SXSW

The Orchard & MoviePass Ventures To Unleash Sundance Acquisition ‘American Animals’ This Summer


The Orchard will be releasing its Sundance pick-up American Animals on June 1. This is the Bart Layton-directed feature that they acquired in partnership last month with MoviePass Ventures, which is the monthly movie subscription’s indie film finance arm.
MoviePass hope here is that by taking some skin in a film, that they can gain a greater share in the upside of a pic’s box office, and in return guarantee its subscribers to show up on opening weekend. No word as to…

‘Outside In’ Trailer: Jay Duplass Gets Sprung, Edie Falco Catches Him


“Congrats on your release – maybe now I can get my wife back.” And with that we meet Outside In‘s Chris, a 38-year-old man (played by Jay Duplass) just released from prison thanks to the tireless advocacy of his former high school teacher Carol (Edie Falco). The guy offering congratulations (watch the trailer above) is Carol’s husband, and we wish him luck.
Outside In, directed by Lynn Shelton from her script with Duplass, bowed at the Toronto Film Festival last fall…

The Orchard Grabs Domestic Rights to Sundance Drama ‘We The Animals’


The Orchard announced on Wednesday that it has bought the domestic distribution rights to Jeremiah Zagar’s directorial debut, “We The Animals,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last week and won the event’s NEXT Innovator Award.

Written by Zagar and Dan Kitrosser and based on the novel of the same name by Justin Torres, “We The Animals” follows three boys growing up in rural New York as their parents go through a turbulent relationship. When the three grow up, the two elder sons resemble their loving but erratic father, while the youngest son, Jonah, grows closer to their mother.

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This is The Orchard’s second Sundance acquisition this year, previously acquiring rights to the art heist film “American Animals” with MoviePass Ventures last week.

“With ‘We the Animals,’ Jeremiah has masterfully created a dream-like backdrop for a story of personal identity and family,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s EVP for Film & TV in a statement.  “It is a captivating, magnetic film that deserves to be seen in theaters and we are proud to be a part of making that happen.”

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“It’s always been my dream to get this movie out in theaters as widely as possible, and I’m thrilled to work with The Orchard to make that happen. I think they’re the perfect partner for this film,” said Zagar.

The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo, VP of Acquisitions for The Orchard, and Eric Sloss of Cinetic Media. The film was financed by Cinereach and produced by Cinereach and Public Record.