NEW YORK, NY (October 3, 2014) – IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring US rights to Ruba Nadda’s thriller OCTOBER GALE. The film, written and directed by Nadda, stars Patricia Clarkson, Scott Speedman, Tim Roth and Callum Keith Rennie and was produced by Blue Ice Pictures’ Daniel Iron. The film was executive produced by Kirk D’Amico, Christine Vachon, Emily Alden, Lance Samuels, Steven Silver and Neil Tabatznik. OCTOBER GALE had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Myriad Pictures is handling worldwide sales on the film.
In OCTOBER GALE, a doctor (Patricia Clarkson) takes in a mysterious man (Scott Speedman) when he washes ashore at her remote cottage with a gunshot wound — and soon discovers that his would-be killer (Tim Roth) is on his way to finish the job.
“Ruba Nadda has created an incredibly gripping and psychologically intense thriller,” said Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. “We are proud to be working again with Ruba and Patricia Clarkson, two incredibly gifted talents, who have reunited here for the first time since Cairo Time.”
The deal was negotiated with Jay Cohen at Gersh and Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico on behalf of the filmmakers.
IFC Films is a sister label to IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.
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About Myriad Pictures
Based in Santa Monica, California, Myriad Pictures is a leader in the independent financing, production, distribution and worldwide sales of major motion pictures and television programming. Myriad’s current slate includes the critically acclaimed The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, You’re Not You starring Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum, Ruth & Alex starring Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman, and Robert Carlyle’s directorial debut The Legend Of Barney Thomson starring Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone.
About IFC Films
Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of quality talent-driven independent film. Recent IFC Films successes include Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Lorelei Linklater, and Michael Winterbottom’s THE TRIP TO ITALY starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Some of the company’s notable releases over the years have included Joel Zwick’s MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Michael Moore’s FAHRENHEIT 9/11, Lena Dunham’s TINY FURNITURE, Noah Baumbach’s FRANCES HA, and Alfonso Cuaron’s Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN. IFC Films is a sister label to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.
About Blue Ice Pictures
Blue Ice Pictures is an independent film and television production company based in Toronto with offices in Los Angeles, London, Cape Town, and Johannesburg. The company’s highly skilled team produces critically acclaimed and commercially viable films, television series, documentaries, and reality series—both domestically and internationally, with a longstanding involvement in international co-productions. Steven Silver and Neil Tabatznik of Blue Ice Group founded Blue Ice Pictures with Lance Samuels in 2011, with Samuels positioned at the helm. Soon after its inception, Blue Ice Pictures bought Foundry Films and Daniel Iron joined the team to become the Canadian President of the company. Recently, Blue Ice Pictures announced that Mark Levenstein, former Vice President of Production for HBO and Cinemax, would be joining the company. Mark is based in Los Angeles and helms Blue Ice’s US office. Blue Ice Pictures is currently producing Mandela, a six-part series with BET on the life of the former South African President and anti-Apartheid revolutionary. Other upcoming projects include a cop-drama starring comedian Russell Peters, and an MOW based on the life of Pakistani Squash star, Maria Toorpakai Wazir.