Sundance: FilmRise Takes North American Rights to 'Dayveon'
Amman Abbasi's debut feature follows a boy in rural Arkansas who joins a gang.
FilmRise has acquired North American rights to coming-of-age story Dayveon.
Amman Abbasi, 28-year-old Pakistani-American writer-director from Little Rock, Ark., makes his feature directorial debut with the film. The story centers on 13-year-old Dayveon (newcomer Devin Blackmon), who is mourning the death of his older brother and spends his days roaming around his rural Arkansas town. When Dayveon falls in with a local gang, he becomes increasingly drawn to the camaraderie and violence of their world.
"I feel privileged to have been able to share Dayveon with audiences in Sundance and am now excited for the next step of the film’s journey with FilmRise, a distributor who is committed to bringing this film to both theatrical and digital audiences using their distribution resources and expanding team," said Abbasi.
Dayveon, which premiered at Sundance on Jan. 19, is produced by Abbasi, Lachion Buckingham and Alexander Uhlmann, and executive produced by David Gordon Green, Jody Hill, Danny McBride, Brandon James, Lisa Muskat, James Schamus, Joe Pirro, Todd Remis, Isaiah Smallman, and Barlow Jacobs.
FilmRise is setting the film for theatrical release slated in late Spring. Ryan Kampe of Visit Films negotiated the deal with FilmRise.
"Amman's debut is a master class in form, style and how raw humanity can be portrayed on screen," added Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise. "This is an important statement on society and a cinematic experience we are privileged to bring to a larger audience.”