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Screen Media Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Todd Sklar’s comedy Awfully Nice, which had its world premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. The distributor will release the film next spring in conjunction with a VOD release, preceded by a nationwide college tour of event screenings and interactive parties via Sklar’s Range Life outfit, Screen Media president Suzanne Blech announced Tuesday.
The film centers on estranged brothers, played by James Pumphrey and Alex Rennie (who also cowrote the film), who are forced to travel to Branson together to renovate and flip the lake house they’ve inherited from their just-deceased father.
It was written, directed and produced by Sklar, executive produced by Jason Krigsfeld and Joseph Krigsfeld of Brothers K Productions, and also produced by Michael Forstein, Adam Paulsen, Sklar, Maury Steinman and Brock Williams. It also stars Christopher Meloni, Brett Gelman and Keely Hazell and is based on Sklar’s award-winning short film ’92 Skybox Alonso Mourning Rookie Card, which also starred Rennie and Pumphrey. All three are repped by CAA and Principato Young.
The deal was negotiated by Blech and Seth Needle, manager of acquisitions and marketing, on behalf of Screen Media with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.
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