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FilmRise has acquired U.S distribution rights to Elizabeth Wood’s Sundance drama White Girl, the director’s semi-autobiographical story about a hard-partying college girl who falls for a Puerto Rican drug dealer.
Netflix picked up worldwide SVOD rights to the edgy drama in February in a deal pegged at seven figures. Featuring a breakout performance by Morgan Saylor (aka Dana Brody to fans of Homeland), the film centers on a student who is left with a cache of cocaine when her boyfriend (Brian “Sene” Marc) is arrested.
White Girl earned strong reviews following its world premiere Jan. 23. The film, which played in Sundance’s U.S. Dramatic Competition section, marks Wood’s feature directorial debut (she also wrote the screenplay). Justin Bartha, Chris Noth, India Menuez and Adrian Martinez co-star.
Gabriel Nussbaum produced the pic, while Christine Vachon, Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman and David Hinojosa executive produced.
FilmRise will release White Girl in theaters in late summer/early fall. It is unclear when Netflix will release the film on its streaming service.
“We could not be more thrilled to announce our acquisition of this explosive Sundance hit,” FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher said Monday in a statement. “White Girl is a startling film that demands to be experienced in theaters.”
Added Wood: “FilmRise is brave and passionate about my film, and I couldn’t have a better partner to help me bring this wild story to American audiences.”
The deal was negotiated between Fisher and FilmRise’s Max Einhorn. CAA repped the filmmakers.
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