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Phase 4 Films Picks Up U.S., Canadian Rights to Matt Johnson's 'The Dirties'

The Slamdance breakout stars Johnson and Owen Williams.

The Dirties Film Still - H 2013
"The Dirties"

Phase 4 Films has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to Matt Johnson’s The Dirties.

The film, which debuted at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival, stars Johnson and Owen Williams from a screenplay written by Johnson, Evan Morgan and Josh Boles.

The Dirties follows two best friends as they film a comedy about killing the bullies in their school. One of them isn't joking.

Phase 4 will release the film this year in theaters and on VOD via its distribution partnership with filmmaker Kevin Smith’s Kevin Smith Movie Club.

The film was produced by Matthew Miller along with Johnson, Morgan and Jared Raab.

The Dirties won the narrative grand jury prize at Slamdance.

Said Smith: "I've always wanted to say this about a movie I made and mean it, but never could. Now, thanks to The Dirties, I can: This is the most important film you will see all year. Matt Johnson has mashed up the found footage film and the faux-documentary genres and crafted the most original, hypnotic and human movie about a monster-in-the-making you will ever see."

Previous films in the Kevin Smith Movie Club include Jordan Galland’s cult hit superhero comedy Alter Egos, a collaboration with Sean Lennon, who acted in and composed music for the film.

Phase 4 Films negotiated the deal with Nate Bolotin and Aram Tertzakian of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers. Johnson is repped by WME, Management 360 and Akin Gump.