Octane Entertainment Launches Female-Focused Division FAB (Exclusive)

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The new sales and acquisition label will focus entirely on films directed for, about and by women.

Octane Entertainment has launched a new sales and acquisitions division, FAB, which will focus entirely on films directed For, About and By women.

At AFM, the company will showcase the first six films under its new brand: the coming-of-age comedy Lady-Like, crime drama MDMA, the survival thriller Rust Creek, the fantasy-drama Beautiful Darkness, horror title The Ranger and the mystery thriller Silencio.

“It is no secret that not only are women disproportionally represented above-the-line but below-the-line as well,” said Kristen Bedno, director of sales and marketing at Octane, who created the FAB label. “By creating a film brand that recognizes the unique perspective that females bring to the creative process, we plan to showcase that talent and provide the international film audience with exceptional content created from a diverse female standpoint on a never-before-seen scale.”

Octane will be actively looking for titles for its new FAB label at AFM, and hopes to create a home for content “powered by the voice of female filmmakers, and those who identify as female.”

Stephanie Simbari stars in Lady-Like, as a blunt but introverted college student in this coming-of-age comedy from Brent Craft. The Angie Wang-directed MDMA stars Annie Q. as Angie, a 19-year-old co-ed who, in the 1990s, became one of the largest distributors of ecstasy on the West Coast. In Jen McGowan's Rust Creek, Hermione Corfield plays an overachieving college student who gets stranded in the Kentucky forest and has to defend herself against the harsh elements and a band of ruthless outlaws. Andy Delaney's Beautiful Darkness stars Chloe Sevigny, Matthew Broderick and Aiden Turner in a tale of a young girl who literally cannot see or hear her mother. Jenn Wexler's chiller The Ranger follows a group of teen punks on the run from a deranged park ranger. In Silencio, from director Lorena Villarreal, a mother embarks on a quest to Mexico to find a mysterious stone she believes will save her son's life. Octane will be shopping all titles under the FAB label at AFM this week.

A version of this story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's Oct. 31 daily issue at the American Film Market.