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The genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, Magnet Releasing, has picked up the North American rights to Sundance action-comedy First Date.
The feature, which premiered in the fest’s NEXT section, centers on a shy teen (Tyson Brown) who is conned into buying a shady ‘65 Chrysler ahead of his eagerly anticipated first date with his longtime crush, Kelsey (Shelby Duclos), which is interrupted by a relentless series of mishaps and crimes.
Writer-directors Manuel Crosby and Darren Knapp made their feature debut with movie, which also stars Jesse Janzen, Nicole Berry, Samuel Ademola, Ryan Quinn Adams, Angela Barber, Dave Reimer, Jake Howard, Samantha Laurenti, Scott Noble, Leah Finity, Josh Fesler, and Brandon Krau.
Said Crosby and Knapp, “It’s a dream come true for us to be working with a company that truly fosters and supports independent filmmakers.” Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles added: “Manuel Crosby and Darren Knapp have managed the rare feat of bringing a fresh take to both the action and comedy genres. First Date is sure to be the first film of many for this talented duo.”
Magnet is planning a release for later this year.
Visit Films, which also debuted feature Superior at this year’s Sundance, was behind the First Date, with Crosby, Knapp, Brandon Kraus, Lucky McKee and Charles Horak acting as producers.
The deal was negotiated by Visit Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
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