IFC Films, February 15, 2011

IFC Midnight to Release Vampire Flick Stakeland With MPI Media Group

New York, NY (February 15, 2011) – IFC Midnight announced today that the company is partnering with MPI Media Group and its subsidiary Dark Sky Films to release director Jim Mickle’s (MULBERRY STREET) STAKELAND. The dark thriller, which was produced by indie horror producer-writer-director Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER), stars Nick Damici (WORLD TRADE CENTER), Connor Paolo (MYSTIC RIVER), Danielle Harris (HATCHET II), Kelly McGillis (THE ACCUSED), Sean Nelson (LAW & ORDER) and Michael Cerveris (FRINGE). Damici and Mickle co-wrote the screenplay for the film, which was the winner of the Midnight Madness Audience Award at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

America is a lost nation. When an epidemic of vampirism strikes, humans find themselves on the run from vicious, feral beasts. Cities are tombs and survivors cling together in rural pockets, fearful of nightfall. When his family is slaughtered, young Martin (Paolo) is taken under the wing of a grizzled, wayward hunter (Damici) whose new prey are the undead.

Simply known as Mister, the vampire stalker takes Martin on a journey through the locked-down towns of America’s heartland, searching for a better place while taking down any bloodsuckers that cross their path. Along the way they recruit fellow travelers, including a nun (McGillis) who is caught in a crisis of faith when her followers turn into ravenous beasts. This ragtag family unit cautiously moves north, avoiding major thoroughfares that have been seized by The Brethren, a fundamentalist militia headed by Jebedia Loven (Cerveris) that interprets the plague as the Lord’s work.

Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: "We had the pleasure of working with Larry Fessenden on his previous films LAST WINTER and I SELL THE DEAD, and are excited to be on board with him once again. This is a film that will no doubt thrill the IFC Midnight audience."

The deal for STAKELAND was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Greg Newman of MPI/Dark Sky on behalf of the filmmakers.

IFC Midnight is a sister division to Sundance Selects and IFC Films, and is owned and operated by Rainbow Media.

Established in 2010 and based in New York City, IFC Midnight is a leading U.S. distributor of genre entertainment including horror, science-fiction, thrillers, erotic art house, action and more. Its unique distribution model makes independent genre films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform, reaching nearly 50 million homes. Some of the company’s successes have included Tom Six’s controversial horror film The Human Centipede (First Sequence) and Johnnie To’s Hong Kong revenge thriller Vengeance. Upcoming IFC Midnight releases include James Gunn’s Super starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page and Kevin Bacon; Mexican filmmaker Jorge Michel Grau’s feature directorial debut We Are What We Are; Miguel Angel Vivas’ powerful and shocking home invasion flick Kidnapped and Tom Six’s highly anticipated frightfest The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence). IFC Midnight is a sister division to Sundance Selects and IFC Films, and is owned and operated by Rainbow Media.

About MPI Media Group
The MPI Media Group is a leading producer, distributor and licensor of films, home entertainment, historical footage and more. Founded in 1976, Chicago-based MPI Media Group remains one of the largest independent entertainment companies producing and distributing a compelling slate of the world’s most respected cinema, documentaries, performances and television programs. MPI’s wholly owned subsidiaries include MPI Home Entertainment, Dark Sky Films, and the WPA Film Library.


Michael Kupferberg