“The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” Nominated for a 2014 Independent Spirit Award!

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete  has been nominated for a 2014 Independent Spirit Award in the category of “Best First Screenplay”! Congratulations to Alicia, George Tillman Jr. and Michael Starrbury of Mister & Pete on this nomination!

The Independent Spirit Awards will air on Saturday, March 1st at 10:00PM EST/PST on IFC.  Check local listings.


AFM: 13 Films Launching With Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning’s ‘Very Good Girls’


Newly minted sales-production banner 13 Films is launching at AFM with Naomi Foner’s directorial debut “Very Good Girls,” starring Elizabeth Olsenand Dakota Fanning.

The drama, which debuted at Sundance, will have its debut market screening at AFM. Story centers on two girls who pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school and fall for the same boy. Groundswell Pictures’ Michael London and Norton Herrick’s Herrick Entertainment produced.

Los Angeles-based 13 Films is launching with the goal of acquiring, selling and financing six to eight films a year. The company is positioning itself as a boutique one-stop shop for filmmakers and financing partners.

The company is headed by Tannaz Anisi.

Cuba Gooding Jr.’s ‘Life of a King’ Gets U.S. Distribution


Millennium Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to “Life of a King,” a drama that stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as a chess-playing ex-con.

The film premiered in June at the Los Angeles Film FestivalJake Goldberger directed from a script he co-wrote with David Scott and Dan Wetzel.

Gooding portrays Eugene Brown, an ex-con who founded the Big Chair Chess Club for inner city teenagers in Washington, D.C. The film also stars Malcolm Mays, Richard T. Jones, Paula Jai Parker, Carlton Byrd, LisaGay Hamilton, Dennis Haysbert, Kevin Hendricks, Pepi Sonuga, Jordan Calloway and Rachae Thomas.

Serena Films’ Tatiana Kelly and Animus Films’ Jim Young produced. Millennium is planning an early 2014 release.

Millennium Entertainment’s Tristen Tuckfield negotiated the deal with Dina Kuperstock of CAA.