Abbolita Films Invests in Canada's Search Engine Films

Tim Nye paid a mid-seven figure for a minority stake in the Canadian distributor.

TORONTO -- Tim Nye's Abbolita Films has taken a minority stake in the indie Canadian distributor Search Engine Films.

The mid-seven-figure investment in John Bain's newly launched shingle aims to beef up Search Engine's distribution operations.

Abbolita Films' Nye has recent film credits like the Sundance 2014 entrant Life After Beth and Life of Crime, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Life After Beth, starring Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan, with Nye executive producing, portrays a young man both elated and terrified when his dead girlfriend returns from the grave.

Bain, who founded Search Engine Films last year after executive stints at Maple Pictures and Lionsgate Films, will be shopping for film titles in Cannes.