CANNES – IFC Midnight announced today that it is acquiring U.S. rights to Larry Fessenden’s DEPRAVED, his modern Brooklyn-set Frankenstein adaptation. The film stars David Call (The Sinner), Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project), Alex Breaux (Bushwick), Ana Kayne (Another Earth), Chloë Levine (The Transfiguration, The Ranger), and Addison Timlin (The Town That Dreaded Sundown). The film world premiered in March at the IFC Center’s WhatTheFest?! and can next be seen at The Overlook Film Festival in New Orleans, and then will make its international premiere at Sydney Film Festival next month.
Fessenden, who heads the celebrated indie horror production house Glass Eye Pix, wrote the film and produced alongside Jenn Wexler and Chadd Harbold. Joe Swanberg, Edwin Linker, and Peter Gilbert served as executive producers for Forager Film Company and Andrew Mer was co-executive producer. No stranger to genre fans, Larry Fessenden has been a producer and actor on many break-out genre films from the past decade that have premiered at SXSW, Tribeca, Fantastic Fest and Sundance, and DEPRAVED marks his bold return to the director’s seat. IFC Midnight is planning a Fall release.
“I am truly jazzed to partner up again with IFC; they handle my whole canon of films and it feels like home. I look forward to getting this very personal monster movie out to the public in time for the Halloween season. Let’s do this!” said Fessenden.
The deal for the film was negotiated by Adam Koehler, Acquisitions Coordinator at IFC Films/Sundance Selects/IFC Midnight and Hugues Barbier, Justin Timms, and Joe Yanick of Yellow Veil Pictures on behalf of the filmmakers.
Yellow Veil Pictures will launch international sales on the title at this month’s Marché du Film at Cannes Film Festival, DEPRAVED will screen for international buyers on May 19th.
ABOUT IFC MIDNIGHT
Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent 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.
Upcoming releases include Emma Tammi’s THE WIND and Jennifer Kent’s THE NIGHTINGALE. Some of the company’s successes have included Andy Nyman’s critical darling GHOST STORIES, André Øvredal’s follow up to TROLLHUNTER and box-office success THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, Peter Strickland’s modern giallo BERBARIAN SOUND STUDIO, Duncan Skiles’ THE CLOVEHITCH KILLER, Lucile Hadžihalilović’s EVOLUTION, Johnnie To’s Hong Kong revenge thriller VENGEANCE, Sean Byrne’s THE DEVIL’S CANDY, John McNaughton’s THE HARVEST, and the award-winning and cultural phenomenon THE BABADOOK. IFC Midnight is a sister label to Sundance Selects and IFC Films, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.
ABOUT YELLOW VEIL PICTURES
Formed in 2018 by Hugues Barbier, Justin Timms, and Joe Yanick, Yellow Veil Pictures is a New York City and Los Angeles-based worldwide film sales company. Focusing exclusively on boundary pushing genre cinema, Yellow Veil seeks to highlight emerging filmmakers who exist on the cusp of commercial, arthouse cinema, while maintaining a unique focus on festival strategy and production and packaging.
Launching out the 2018 Frontières market at the 2018 Fantasia International Film Festival, with Tilman Singer’s debut LUZ. Yellow Veil have since worked on debuts from Josh Lobo (I TRAPPED THE DEVIL), A.T. White (STARFISH), as well as boarding films by Rob Grant (HARPOON) and Joel Potrykus (RELAXER). In addition, Yellow Veil are packaging Sam Marine and Michael Borowiec’s second feature, DESERT WITCH, and act as the festival agent for Jenn Wexler’s THE RANGER and Sonia Escolano’s HOUSE OF SWEAT AND TEARS.
ABOUT GLASS EYE PIX
Glass Eye Pix (“one of the indie scene’s most productive and longest-running companies” —Filmmaker Magazine) is the fierce independent NYC-based production outfit headed by art-horror auteur Larry Fessenden (DEPRAVED, BENEATH, ABC’s of DEATH 2, NBC’s Fear Itself episode “SKIN AND BONES,” THE LAST WINTER, WENDIGO, HABIT, NO TELLING). Glass Eye Pix is responsible for narrative films, documentaries, books, comics, audio plays, and other unique work designed to inspire and contrast with corporate media. Fessenden (winner of the Someone to Watch Spirit Award) has operated the company since 1985, with the mission of supporting individual voices in the arts.
Glass Eye Pix established its reputation with a series of trend-setting genre films, starting with Fessenden’s first films, then the early films of Ti West: THE ROOST, TRIGGER MAN, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL and THE INNKEEPERS, as well as the gently macabre I SELL THE DEAD by Glenn McQuaid, and the vampire saga STAKE LAND (Jim Mickle — winner of the Audience Award at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival’s Midnight Madness.) Glass eye Pix has gone on to produce numerous critically acclaimed films in and out of the horror genre, including THE RANGER (2018, Jenn Wexler), LIKE ME (2017, Robert Mockler), MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND (2017, Ana Asensio), STRAY BULLETS (2017, Jack Fessenden), STAKE LAND 2 (2016, Dan Berk, Bobby Olsen), DARLING (2016, Mickey Keating), BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD (2013, Rob Kuhns), THE COMEDY (2012, Rick Alverson), WENDY AND LUCY (2009, Kelly Reichardt) and RIVER OF GRASS (1994, Reichardt)
Glass Eye also produces the critically acclaimed series of spooky audio dramas TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE, created by Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid, and soon to launch as a podcast, continuing Glass Eye Pix’s mission to haunt audiences’ dreams with boldly original work.
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