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Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sophie Kennedy Clark and Jacob Lofland are embarking on a post-apocalyptic journey in the first photos from new indie film North, which recently began principal photography in Detroit.
Director Matt Ogens is helming the film, which follows Lofland and Clark’s characters as they venture into the unknown in the wake of cataclysmic events to find family and a hope for the future.
The futuristic coming-of-age story was co-written by Ogens and Kyle Lierman and will be the first movie scored by former Death Cab for Cutie guitarist and founding member Chris Walla. “I’m thrilled to be creating the soundtrack for North,” Walla said in a statement. “Matt’s story and vision are beautifully complex — so many shades of sorrow and joy, fear and hope, and everything in between. It’s an honor to be tasked with the score. I can’t wait to see it, myself.”
The film also marks the first feature film from multi-platform integrated production company Tool of North America. Tool has worked on commercials for Microsoft, Comcast, Ford, ESPN and HBO, among the hundreds of ads the Santa Monica-based company produces each year. Tool has also worked directly with brands like Airbnb, Netflix and Facebook through its in-house digital team. The firm — which also worked on branded content for Hyundai; music videos for Sigur Ros, Linkin Park and Cold War Kids; and interactive productions for Intel and IBM — has been honored at the Emmys, Webbys, DGA Awards and Oscars, and with Cannes Lions.
“We’re thrilled to be launching our first feature film with North, a story centered on teenagers who tackle mammoth challenges head-on,” Tool’s managing director, live action, Oliver Fuselier said.
Integrated content studio Humble, which represents Ogens for commercials and branded content, is also producing North, which is a Mother + Father production in association with 77 Films.
“Matt is such a compelling storyteller and we’re excited to support him on his latest feature project, North, alongside Tool, 77 Films, and the rest of the production team,” Humble founder and president Eric Berkowitz said.
Tool’s Josh Gold and 77 Films’ Jay Thames are producing, with Tool’s Erich Joiner executive producing.
In the first photo, above, Schwarzenegger and Clark’s characters flank Lofland’s character as the three of them stand in a field and stare into the distance. In the second photo, below, Lofland and Clark’s characters examine a flower.
Schwarzenegger is set to appear in this fall’s Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, previously appeared in Stuck in Love and Grown Ups 2, and is represented by Management 360. Lofland will appear in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials this fall and The Free State of Jones next year and previously appeared in Mud and the FX TV series Justified. He’s represented by ICM and Management 360. Clark previously appeared in Philomena and Nymphomaniac and is represented by Gersh.
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