Sundance Drama 'Take Me to the River' Acquired by Film Movement

Take Me to the River
Courtesy of Sundance International Film Festival

Logan Miller stars as a teen looking to come out to his conservative extended family in Nebraska.

New York-based indie distributor Film Movement has acquired all North American rights to Sundance drama Take Me to the River.

The film marks Matt Sobel’s directorial debut and centers on Ryder (Logan Miller), an artsy, confident California teen who is heading to Nebraska for a family reunion. Ready to come out to his conservative relatives, he holds off at his mother’s request but nevertheless makes a showy entrance at the cookout with his short shorts and his eye-catching shades. No one seems particularly impressed except his 9-year old cousin Molly, who likes to follow him around. When they go to the barn to look for birds in the rafters and she comes back screaming and inconsolable, Ryder comes under suspicion and, in the process of clearing his name, learns that some family secrets are sometimes better kept hidden.

In addition to Miller, the cast includes Robin Weigert (Deadwood), Josh Hamilton (American Horror Story), Richard Schiff (The West Wing) and Ursula Parker (Louie).

The film, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, will be released theatrically in January 2016.

Cinetic's Linzee Troubh represented the filmmakers, while Michael E. Rosenberg negotiated the deal on behalf of Film Movement.

"We were searching for a partner who wouldn't shy away from a challenging story and are thrilled to find that in Film Movement," Sobel said.

Added Rosenberg: "Matt Sobel’s singular vision and storytelling is an example of the kind of filmmaking we want to champion. We are so pleased to be releasing this film."

In addition to Take Me to the River, Film Movement’s recent acquisitions include the Korean film Sea Fog (Haemoo), directed by Shim Sung-Bo and produced by Bong Joon-Ho. The 12-year-old art house distributor also picked up Debra Tucker Green’s Second Coming, starring Idris Elba and Nadine Marshall, at the Cannes film market in May.