Mystery/Thriller from Director Anders Anderson
Theatrical and Movies on Demand Release Set for March 2010
New York (NY) (February 3, 2009) – IFC Films, the leading American distributor of independent and foreign films, announced today it has acquired North American rights to the mystery thriller STOLEN starring Josh Lucas (GLORY ROAD) and Jon Hamm (MAD MEN). This marks the feature film debut for Director/Producer team Anders Anderson and Andy Steinman and their production company A2 Entertainment. STOLEN (formerly known as STOLEN LIVES) centers on a small-town police chief who works to uncover the truth behind the mummified remains of a boy found in a box, buried for 50 years. James Van Der Beek (VARSITY BLUES) and Rhona Mitra (UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS) co-star. Glenn Taranto, a well-known character actor who has appeared in such films as CRASH, penned the script and also appears in the film.
The deal for STOLEN was negotiated by Lizzie Nastro and Arianna Bocco from IFC Films with Chris Perry at Arclight.
IFC Films will release STOLEN this March via its IFC in Theaters platform which brings critically-acclaimed independent movies to on-demand viewers at home the same day they premiere in theaters. The film is premiering nationwide on VOD on March 3rd and will open at the Clearview Chelsea in New York on March 12th and the Sunset 5 in Los Angeles on March 19th.
Work has become an obsession for Detective Tom Adkins (JON HAMM) since the disappearance of his ten-year-old son, Tommy Jr. When an early morning phone call leads him to the mangled remains of a young boy who was brutally murdered 50 years ago, Adkins takes on the case in hopes of finding absolution. His investigation leads him to a man who lived in 1958 named Matthew Wakefield (JOSH LUCAS) and his innocent son, John. The striking similarities in the cases pushes Adkins’ obsession over the top. Barely holding onto his sanity and bound by redemption, Adkins unravels the unspeakable truth behind what happened to his son.
President of IFC Entertainment Jonathan Sehring commented, " STOLEN delivers terrific performances by Josh Lucas and Jon Hamm. We are excited to work with Andy Steinman and Anders Anderson, who have crafted a thriller that will keep audiences guessing until the very end. This is a great movie for our theatrical and VOD platforms."
"We are excited to be partnering with IFC Films on the release of STOLEN," said filmmakers Anders Anderson and Andy Steinman. "We are extremely proud of this film and the spectacular performances given by Jon Hamm, Josh Lucas and the rest of the cast that have transformed our vision into an emotionally impactful thriller."
About the Filmmakers
Anders Anderson, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, made his way to Los Angeles in 2001 as an actor. Attending the Playhouse West Repertory School he started the production company Rileyboy Films which focused on short films and documentaries. Over the course of three years, Rileyboy Films made ten productions in which Anders took on such roles as actor, writer, editor, producer and director. Finding his focus as a producer and director, Anders teamed up with his now business partner, cinematographer and producer Andy Steinman, to begin A2 Entertainment Group.
Andy Steinman, a transplant from a DC suburb to the beaches of San Diego, started his film career while attending UC Santa Barbara and later received his degree in film studies. Subsequently he moved to Los Angeles to attend the American Film Institute where he graduated with a Masters in Cinematography. After shooting several features the intrinsic desire to produce started to take hold. He produced and shot STOLEN under the A2 Entertainment Group banner, which was formed with his business partner Anders Anderson.
About IFC Entertainment
A leader in the independent film industry, IFC Entertainment consists of multiple brands that are devoted to bringing the best of specialty films to the largest possible audience: IFC Films, Festival Direct, IFC Productions, and the IFC Center. IFC Films is a leading distributor of independent film. Its unique day and date distribution model, ’IFC In Theaters,’ makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them simultaneously in theaters as well as on cable’s On Demand platform and through Pay-Per-View, reaching 50 million homes. ’IFC Festival Direct’ features a wide selection of titles acquired from major international film festivals and offers them exclusively through Video on Demand. IFC Productions is a feature film production company that provides financing for select independent film projects. IFC Center is a five screen, state-of-the-art cinema with luxurious seating and HD digital and 35mm projection that shows art-house films in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village. IFC Entertainment’s companies are subsidiaries of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC.