Phase 4 takes 'Freestyle' for N. America

U.S. boutique indie distributor takes basketball youth drama

LONDON -- U.S. boutique indie distributor Phase 4 has bounced for all North American rights to "Freestyle," Kolton Lee's basketball and music fuelled youth drama.

Carey Fitzgerald's High Point Films struck the deal with Phase 4 as this year's London U.K. Film Focus (LUFF) market gets underway.

Backed by Film London Microwave's low budget funding scheme, Lee's movie mixes basketball moves with the latest music from up-and-coming Grime and R&B artists.

High Point sales and marketing director Elisar Cabrera sealed the deal with Phase 4 vp, strategic development Jessica Labi.

The U.S. banner's recent acquisitions from U.K. shores include "The Freebie" starring Dax Shepherd and action thriller "Dead Man Running" starring Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.

Fitzgerald said: "Their [the Phase 4 team] clear enthusiasm and understanding for the film, combined with an excellent track record among U.S. and Canadian independent distributors, leaves us in no doubt that they will do the best job."

"Freestyle" is co-developed by the U.K. Film Council Development Fund and Microwave, a funding system set up by Film London with BBC Films, with support from Skillset.

Microwave aims to give London-based filmmakers a chance to shoot movies with the emphasis on original ideas, tight scripts and short production schedules.
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