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IFC Midnight Takes U.S. Rights to Evan Kelly's Directoral Debut The Corridor

New York, NY – November 21, 2011 – IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to first-time director Evan Kelly’s sci-fi thriller THE CORRIDOR. The film, with a screenplay by Josh MacDonald, (FAITH, FRAUD AND MINIMUM WAGE) stars Stephen Chambers, James Gilbert (THE TUDORS, SAW 6) and David Patrick Flemming. Craig Cameron (TOUCH AND GO) and Mike Masters (REEL ZOMBIES) produced the project, which was shot in Halifax, Nova Scotia with funding from Telefilm Canada and Nova Scotia Film.

THE CORRIDOR won both the Gold Audience Choice award for Best Canadian Film and AMD award for screenplay at Fantasia 2011. The film also won Best Feature at the Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival. Chambers was additionally the recipient of the Best Actor award at Tulsa International Film Festival.

In THE CORRIDOR, Tyler Crawley’s mother has recently passed away, and she’s taken a piece of her son’s mind with her. Tyler has had a complete breakdown. When his friends try to help, one of them finds himself with a knife through his hand, landing him in an institution. Now, nearly one year after his mother’s death, he is being released. In an attempt to rebuild lost friendships, Tyler’s friends arrange for a weekend getaway at his mother’s old country house. There they will scatter her ashes, bond and heal. Things spiral into hell when the group encounter something in the woods nearby, an energy field of some sort, a corridor possibly between dimensions, or something else. They don’t know what it is, but standing inside it makes them feel damn good. Stronger, smarter, healthier than they’ve ever felt. It also kicks a sting into their senses. Their hearing, vision, smell and taste sharpen, but also something else. The corridor has given them a window into each others’ minds, and with that, into each other’s jealousies, resentments, fears and neurosis. Tempers flare. Confusion builds. Violence explodes, again and again. Terrifyingly random acts begin to occur.

Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: "THE CORRIDOR is crafty and fun horror sci-fi thriller that we think is a perfect addition to our IFC Midnight slate.  We’re thrilled to be in business with Evan Kelly, Mike Masters and our friends at XYZ Films."

Noted Masters: “As a longtime genre supporter, I’ve always been a big fan of IFC Midnight and we’re pleased to join their already strong lineup.”

The deal for the film was negotiated by Jeff Deutchman, Director of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

IFC Midnight is a sister division to IFC Films and Sundance Selects, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks, Inc.

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), Johnnie To’s Hong Kong revenge thriller Vengeance, and James Gunn’s Super starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page and Kevin Bacon. Upcoming IFC Midnight releases includeAlexandre Courtes THE INCIDENT and Adrian and Romero Garcia Bogliano’s PENUMBRA. IFC Midnight is a sister division to Sundance Selects and IFC Films, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks, Inc.

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