Phase 4 Films Acquires High School Comedy 'Bindlestiffs' for Kevin Smith's Banner
Phase 4 Films has acquired its first film for Kevin Smith's banner, Kevin Smith's SModcast Pictures Presents.
The company has snagged U.S. and Canadian rights to Andrew Edison's high school comedy Bindlestiffs, which made its premiere at this year's Slamdance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best feature narrative. Phase 4 Films plans to release the film, written by Edison and Luke Loftin, in June, tied to Q&A sessions and a theatrical tour.
Bindlestiffs centers on three smart-mouthed high school virgins, suspended from school on a graffiti charge, who flee to the inner city to live out the plot of The Catcher in the Rye.
“Bindlestiffs is the perfect first film for us to release under our new partnership with Kevin Smith,” said Berry Meyerowitz, president and CEO of Phase 4 Films. “It is raunchy, outrageous and shockingly funny, and showcases the immense talents of Andrew Edison and Luke Loftin. The support that we and Kevin will bring to the film will expose it to millions of fans and help turn it into a classic.”
"SModcast Pictures Presents is ecstatic about our first feature,” said Smith, “a ballsy high school comedy that was conceived by real, live high schoolers (who are actually way funnier than the 20-something adults who usually play teens in movies. This mind-bendingly original and gut-bustingly hysterical first film is so confidently made and one-of-a-kind, I cannot wait to stand on a stage beside the Bindlestiffs boys andsmell the room after the audience has pissed themselves laughing at their debut film."
Through a deal with Phase 4 and SModcast Pictures, Phase 4 receives exclusive rights to exhibit and distribute up to 12 films each year under Smith's banner. Four films will be released theatrically per year.
The Bindlestiffs deal was negotiated by Phase 4's Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe with WME Global and Caliber Media.