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PARK CITY, Utah — IFC Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to John Slattery‘s feature directorial debut, God’s Pocket.
While Slattery has directed episodes of AMC’s Mad Men, this marks the actor’s first foray into writing and directing a film. God’s Pocket centers on a gritty, blue-collar neighborhood where a construction “accident” leads to the burial of a body and the truth.
“John Slattery has made a remarkable debut here as a director, proving that he is as talented behind the camera as he is in front of it,” IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring said in a statement. “On behalf of IFC Films and AMC Networks, we are really proud to be releasing this tremendous film and to get the chance to work with John, the producers and this terrific cast.”
Slattery added, “I’m thrilled to be working creatively with IFC and very happy to continue my ongoing and successful relationship with AMC. We’re very proud of this film and excited to partner with IFC Films to bring it to a wide audience.”
God’s Pocket stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks and John Turturro and was co-written by Alex Metcalf.
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Producers on the film include Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord, Slattery, Hoffman and Emily Ziff.
The film premiered Jan. 17 at Eccles Theatre as part of Sundance’s U.S. Dramatic Competition category.
Gersh’s Jay Cohen and attorney Marc Simon repped the filmmakers. Arianna Bocco negotiated on behalf of IFC.
Dean Devlin‘s Electric Entertainment has acquired international rights to God’s Pocket. The film marks the first Sundance acquisition for the company’s international distribution division.
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