John Slattery's 'Bluebird' Picked Up By Factory 25 in North America
The indie, which also stars Amy Morton, is set to be released in February
Brooklyn-based indie film and music label Factory 25 has acquired North American theatrical rights to the drama Bluebird, starring John Slattery, Amy Morton, Margo Martindale, Adam Driver, Louisa Krause and Emily Meade.
The film marks the directorial debut of Tiny Furniture editor Lance Edmands. Bluebird — which screened at the Tribeca, Provincetown and other festivals, starting in 2013 — won the best actress prize at the 2013 Karlovy Vary film festival.
Bluebird explores the interconnectedness of a small logging town in Maine, showing that even the slightest actions have consequences. Morton plays a local school bus driver who fails to notice a boy sleeping in the back of the bus during her end-of-day inspection. When something happens, she becomes plagued with guilt and is tested further by her husband (Slattery), a local logger preoccupied by the imminent closing of the town paper mill, and the boy's mother, who's trying to take advantage of a delicate situation.
Bluebird will get a theatrical release in New York City on Feb. 27, followed by a theatrical rollout across the country. The film will also be released digitally by Sundance Artist Services on VOD, iTunes, Amazon and other digital outlets.
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"I'm incredibly thrilled to partner with Factory 25. They've helped launch many challenging and influential films by directors I admire, and I couldn't be happier to work with them to bring my personal vision to audiences," Edmands said in a statement. "Together, alongside Sundance Artist Services, we're excited to bring the dark, wintry landscapes of northern Maine to filmgoers across America."
Factory 25 founder Matt Grady added: "I'm happy to work with many Factory 25 alumni again, including director Lance Edmands, producer Kyle Martin and cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes on this visually stunning and gripping film."
Shot on location in Maine, Bluebird was produced Martin, Garrett Fennelly and Alexander Schepsman, with Erika Wasserman, Brad Payne and Lizzie Nastro as co-producers. The film was executive produced by Christine Vachon, Susan Shopmaker, Michael Sackler, Julia Godzinskaya, Emily Wiedemann, Julien Gaubert, Laura Heberton and Andrew Neel.
It was produced in association with Rooks Nest Entertainment, Washington Square Films, NoMoore Productions, Act Zero Films, SeeThink Films, The Van Der Kaay Trust, Killer Films, Idyll, Film i Vast and Svenska Filminstitutet.