Chris Messina's 'Alex of Venice' Gets U.S. Distribution

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"Alex of Venice"

The "Mindy Project" actor's directorial debut stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Chris Messina's Alex of Venice is going nationwide, thanks to Screen Media Films.

The Mindy Project actor's directorial debut follows the gradual unraveling of a woman’s life after her husband suddenly leaves her with their 10-year-old son and her aging father. It stars Messina, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson, Derek Luke and Katie Nehra.

The title played at the Tribeca, Seattle and San Francisco film festivals, and will continue on the festival circuit with stops at the Deauville, Napa Valley and Hollywood film festivals before hitting theaters and on demand day-and-date in early 2015.

"Alex of Venice features some of the strongest performances we’ve seen in a long time, which speaks highly to Chris’ direction," said Seth Needle, director of acquisitions and marketing at Screen Media, in a statement. "The talent showcased in this terrific film will last with audiences for some time after the credits roll."

"I am thrilled to work with Screen Media on the release of my directorial debut, Alex of Venice," said Messina. "I'm grateful for their passion and commitment to our film and very excited to move ahead with them as our partners."

Alex of Venice was produced by Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell, executive produced by Samantha Housman and Louise Runge and co-produced by Crystal Powell. It features music composition by David Wingo, cinematography by Doug Emmett, editing by Amy McGrath, and co-editing by Brian McGinn.

The deal was negotiated by Suzanne Blech, president at Screen Media, and Needle, with Marc Bortz and Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content on behalf of the filmmakers. The film was made by Electric City Entertainment.

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