'Winter' gets on IFC's calendar


NEW YORK -- IFC Entertainment has picked up all North American rights to Larry Fessenden's eco-horror thriller "The Last Winter" for its IFC First Take day-and-date release program.

The acclaimed feature, which premiered in the fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, features Ron Perlman, James LeGros, Connie Britton, Kevin Corrigan, Jamie Harrold and Fessenden as members of a remote Alaskan oil-hunting team haunted by an unseen presence, which may or may not come from their imaginations.

"Winter" will be given a platform theatrical release and a simultaneous VOD release in mid-September. The film screens todayfri and Sunday at Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival.

The film was produced by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte ("thirteen," "Laurel Canyon"). Writer-director Fessenden's credits include the arty horror films "Wendigo" and "Habit." He has produced many genre films through his Glass Eye Pix production co., which handled production duties on "Winter" with Anidote Films.

IFC vp acquisitions and productions Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Sarah Lash from Cinetic Media, who represented the filmmakers.