'Black Irish' is good to go Anywhere


NEW YORK -- New indie distributor Anywhere Road acquired all domestic rights to its sophomore release, "Black Irish," starring Michael Angarano, Brendan Gleeson and Melissa Leo.

Writer-director Brad Gann's feature debut follows the trials of an Irish-American family in South Boston. Angarano ("Snow Angels") portrays a teen struggling with an emotionally distant father (Gleeson, of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"), a pregnant, unwed sister (Emily Van Camp), a bullying brother (Tom Guiry) and a mother (Leo) who wants him to join the priesthood.

Anywhere Road will release the film Sept. 28 in New York and Boston, followed by a national rollout through the fall. The company's first pickup, the Brazilian musical drama "Antonia" (jointly acquired with Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment), will hit theaters Aug. 17.

The film was produced by Gann, J. Todd Harris, Kelly Crean, Jeffrey Orenstein and Mark Donadio. Gann's credits include the screenplay for the football drama "Invincible," starring Mark Wahlberg.

The deal was negotiated by Harris on behalf of the filmmakers with Anywhere Road president Robert Ogden Barnum and executive vp Kaiser Wahab.