Hannover House picks up 'Girlfriend'

Film's cast includes Amanda Plummer, Jackson Rathbone

Girlfriend -- Film Review

"Girlfriend," another movie that had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, has just found a home.

Hannover House has acquired North American rights to the indie drama, which marks writer-director Justin Lerner's feature debut.

The distributor, the entertainment division of Target Development Group, plans to release the film, which stars Evan Sneider, an actor with Down syndrome, before the end of the year. The supporting cast includes Amanda Plummer, Jackson Rathbone and Shannon Woodward.

The film was produced by by the Beverly Hills-based Wayne/Lauren Film Co. in association with Jackson Rathbone and Patch Mackenzie's PatchMo Entertainment. Producers are Lerner, Jerad Anderson, Kristina Lauren Anderson and Shaun O’Banion.

"We see in 'Girlfriend' a groundbreaking story told with skill and sensitivity. This is also a movie that comes with layers of identifiable audiences, one of which has, until now, never properly been represented on the big screen," Hannover House president Fred Shefte said.

The deal was negotiated by Shefte and Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group, with attorney Erin McPherson representing the filmmakers.