NEW YORK, NY– AUGUST 2, 2022– IFC Films announced today that it is acquiring the North American rights to writer and director Jim Mahoney’s (Klaus) comedy BAR FIGHT!, starring comedic powerhouses Melissa Fumero (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Robot Chicken”), Luka Jones (“Shrill”), and Julian Gant (“Call Me Kat,” Real Steel). IFC Films is planning a day and date release release on November 11, 2022.
There’s only one way to settle the score after a break-up and for Nina (Melissa Fumero) and Allen (Luka Jones) it’s a turf war for their favorite local bar. Lines have been drawn and with the help of Nina’s best friend Chelsea (Rachel Bloom) it’s going to be a winner takes all affair. The drinks are free flowing, the competition is fierce, and games are out-of-this-world crazy. With the bar on the line, this BAR FIGHT! is going to become a battle for the ages.
BAR FIGHT! is presented by Particular Crowd and Ingenious Media. The film was produced by Sarah Gabriel and Marc Goldberg of Signature Films, and James Harris and Mark Lane of Tea Shop Productions, with executive producers Tomás Yankelevich, Peter Bevan, and Mariana Sanjurjo from Particular Crowd and Simon Williams and Jamie Jessop from Ingenious Media.
Director Jim Mahoney said of the acquisition, “I’m so thrilled IFC is distributing our crazy lil’ movie! A huge thank you to Signature Films and Particular Crowd for their endless support, my invaluable crew for their skill and tenacity, and an absolute dream of a cast for truly bringing BAR FIGHT to life. I can’t wait for the world to see the madness we’ve created.”
The deal for the film was negotiated by IFC Films’ Adam Koehler with Andrew Nerger of Signature Entertainment on behalf of the production. Signature Entertainment is handling international sales.
Signature Films is behind Dean Craig’s upcoming The Estate with Academy® Award-nominees Toni Collette and Kathleen Turner, and Anna Faris; the Ryan Philippe actioner One Shot; the Haley Bennett romance She is Love; and the forthcoming actioner Traphouse starring Dave Bautista.
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ABOUT IFC FILMS
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) and digital platforms.
Current and upcoming releases include Andrew Seman’s RESURRECTION, Jeff Baena’s SPIN ME ROUND, OFFICIAL COMPETITION from Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn, Clarie Denis’ BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE, Andrea Arnold’s first documentary COW, Jacques Audiard’s PARIS 13TH DISTRICT, and the Venice Golden Lion award-winner, HAPPENING, directed by Audrey Diwan. Some of the company’s successes over the years have included BOYHOOD, THE DEATH OF STALIN, FRANCES HA, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN, THE BABADOOK, TOUCHING THE VOID, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS, CHE, SUMMER HOURS, ANTICHRIST, IN THE LOOP, JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK, TINY FURNITURE, and CARLOS. IFC Films has worked with established and breakout filmmakers, including Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Miranda July, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noé, Todd Solondz, Cristian Mungiu, Susanne Bier, Olivier Assayas, Jim McKay, Larry Fessenden, Paul Dano, Gregg Araki, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, Abdellatif Kechiche, Kore-eda Hirokazu, Abbas Kiarostami, Alfonso Cuaron, Noah Baumbach, Lena Dunham, Ethan Hawke and many more. IFC Films is a sister label to IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.
ABOUT SIGNATURE ENTERTAINMENT
Signature Films is the production arm of Signature Entertainment, which was founded in 2011 by Marc Goldberg and has become one of the leading distribution companies in the UK with an ever-growing presence across the globe.
With offices in Los Angeles, Signature Films focuses on storytellers, filmmakers, and properties that emphasize both creativity and commercial potential. With a team of avid film lovers on board, the company brings expertise in production, distribution, finance and working with A-list talent. Signature Films boasts a diverse slate of films such as: 2018’s Final Score starring Dave Bautista and Pierce Brosnan; Bafta award winner Paul Andrew Williams’ revenge thriller Bull; the Ryan Philippe actioner One Shot; the Haley Bennett romance She is Love; the forthcoming actioner Traphouse starring Dave Bautista; and Dean Craig’s upcoming The Estate with Academy® Award-nominee Toni Collette and Anna Faris.
Signature Entertainment, has released over 1,000 films in the UK and over 200 films internationally. Recent releases include: A Rainy Day in New York starring Timothée Chalamet; the number 1 UK box-office hit Honest Thief; horror breakout hits Relic and Possessor; festival darling The Peanut Butter Falcon with Shia LaBeouf; sci-fi hit Synchronic with Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan; and the Sam Neill comedy Rams. Signature’s upcoming slate includes: the recently announced Freelance starring John Cena and Phillip Noyces; the Pierce Brosnan action film Fast Charlie; the Liam Neeson-led thrillers The Ice Road and Blacklight; and many more.