Cannes: 'Amanda Knox' Director Rod Blackhurst to Helm 'Blood for Dust' (Exclusive)

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Credit: Rod Blackhurst

IFT is repping sales on the “southern-soaked” dramatic thriller.

Rod Blackhurst, best known for the Emmy-nominated Netflix doc Amanda Knox, is set to direct “southern-soaked” dramatic thriller Blood for Dust, coming from the Witchcraft Motion Picture Company, the new studio from Union Entertainment Group and Heart of Darkness Pictures. International Film Trust (IFT) is financing and repping international sales in Cannes.

Written by David Ebeltoft (Here Alone), Blood for Dust is set in the early 1990s and follows a traveling salesman drowning in the myth of the American dream who finds himself on a desperate mission after reconnecting with an old colleague.

Noah Haeussner will produce for UEG/Heart of Darkness alongside Witchcraft’s Noah Lang. Haeussner most recently produced Arctic, starring Mads Mikkelsen, which premiered at Cannes last year and was released domestically by Bleecker Street.

Blackhurst is also known for the Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award winner Here Alone and is currently in preproduction on The White Room for Amblin Partners.

The filmmakers will begin casting with a spring 2020 start date targeted. Blackhurst is repped by The Gotham Group and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, while Ebeltoft is represented by Dobre Films. Ramo Law represents Union Entertainment Group and Heart of Darkness Pictures.

IFT will also be in Cannes premiering To The Stars, fresh from its competition debut at Sundance.