‘A Patch Of Fog’ Clip: Tensions Escalate In Michael Lennox’s Debut Feature – Toronto

EXCLUSIVE: Playing in the Discovery section at the Toronto Film Festival, A Patch Of Fog is billed as a blackly comic modern-day morality tale. The first feature byMichael Lennox, a BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee for his 2014 short Boogaloo And Graham, it stars Boardwalk Empire‘s Stephen Graham and Conleth Hill ofGame Of Thrones. Check out a clip above.

The thriller sees Sandy (Hill), a celebrated novelist and TV personality, find his reputation on the line when he’s caught shoplifting by lonely security guard Robert (Graham). Robert lets Sandy go on the condition that they share a drink after work, but one drink quickly turns into a string of rendez-vous as Robert reveals how desperately lonely he is — and how determined he is to fashion Sandy into the best friend he never had. The clip above shows one of their intense encounters.

Sherlock‘s Lara Pulver also stars. From UK-based production outfit The Fyzz Facility,A Patch Of Fog‘s producers are Robert Jones, Wayne Marc Godfrey and David Gilbery. International sales are being handled by 13 Films and Paradigm is selling domestic rights.



‘A Patch of Fog’ added to Toronto line-up

‘My Name is Emily’ and ‘A Patch of Fog’ added to Toronto line-up

25 Aug 2015 : Seán Brosnan

Simon Fitzmaurice’s road drama ‘My Name is Emily’ and Michael Lennox’ psychological thriller ‘A Patch of Fog’ have both been added to the line-up at Toronto, scheduled to take place from September 10-20.

Both films will play in the Discovery section, which, according to TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey is “ the place where Festival audiences will find the future of filmmaking. You can expect to uncover thrilling new voices, inspiring storytellers and hidden gems among this fantastic showcase of work from some of the most exciting new directors from around the world.”

‘My Name is Emily’ joins Irish films ‘Room’, ‘Brooklyn’, ‘The Lobster’, ’11 Minutes’ while ‘A Patch of Fog’ joins Northern Irish films ‘Being AP’ and ‘High Rise’.

‘My Name is Emily’, which was selected as the Opening Film at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, is written and directed by Simon Fitzmaurice and stars Evanna Lynch (‘Harry Potter’), Michael Smiley (‘The Lobster’, ‘Glassland’) and newcomer George Webster (‘City of Dreamers’, ‘Blood Moon’).

It’s Emily’s 16th birthday and for the first time in her life, doesn’t receive a birthday card from her Dad. After meeting a fellow outsider at her new school, Emily and her ally, Arden, decide to embark on a road trip adventure across Ireland to find her missing father.

Speaking about the selection, writer/director Simon Fitzmaurice said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that My Name is Emily has been selected by TIFF. It’s means a great deal to me and everyone involved in the making of our film. I’m going to try my best to go to the festival!”

The feature is produced by Irish companies Newgrange Pictures and Kennedy Films, the main financier being the Irish Film Board, with other finance from BAI, TV3 and the Irish tax incentive. The film was co-produced with Garagefilm International, Film Väst and Chimney Pot in Sweden and with support from SVT and with Paradox in Norway. The film will be released in Irish cinemas early next year. New York based Visit Films acquired world rights will be representing the film in Toronto.

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Toronto thriller ‘A Patch Of Fog’ gets international sales deal

EXCLUSIVE: LA-based 13 Films picks up Michael Lennox’s Toronto-bound thriller.

Tannaz Anisi’s LA-based 13 Films has boarded international sales rights to Michael Lennox’s UK thriller-drama A Patch Of Fog, which will receive its world premiere in Toronto’s Discovery section.

Lennox was Oscar-nominated and won this year’s BAFTA for short film Boogaloo and Graham.

The director’s feature debut, a neo-noir about a celebrated novelist who finds his reputation on the line when he is caught shoplifting, stars Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire) opposite Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones) and a supporting cast of Lara Pulver (Sherlock), Arsher Ali (Four Lions) and Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones).

The script by John Cairns and Michael McCartney won Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Award for Best Screenplay.

Producers are Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects), Wayne Marc Godfrey (The Survivalist) and David Gilbery (Bone Tomahawk) while development support came from BFI Film Fund and Northern Ireland Screen’s New Talent Focus Scheme. The Fyzz Facility is handling domestic sales.

The film was financed and produced by The Fyzz Facility, with funding from the BFI, Northern Ireland Screen and Goldcrest.

Producer Jones said: “An invitation from such a prestigious festival is a great endorsement for the film and for the talents of Michael and his team.”

13 Films’ Anisi added: “It is an honor to partner with The Fyzz Facility on this enthralling film showcasing one of UK’s most promising filmmakers. Toronto is the ultimate destination to share A Patch Of Fog with both receptive audiences and buyers alike.”


John Swetnam Cannes Pic ‘Spectrum’ Comes Together With Maple Leaf Funding

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EXCLUSIVE: News of splashy deals for finished films, sizzle reels and scripts with talent attachments made on the Croisette will continue to be unveiled for the next few weeks. Here’s one that got done just before the fest market closed. Maple Leaf Films’ Tove Christensen and Michael Wexler agreed to finance and produce Spectrum, a science fiction thriller that John Swetnam will direct. It’s based on his idea and was scripted by Lex Edness. 13 Films’ Tannaz Anisi is handling international rights and Swetnam’s Paradigm reps will broker the domestic deal. Casting on Spectrum is underway for a fall shoot.

After inventing a technology that not only proves the existence of ghosts but can actually see them, a renowned scientist does a final experiment on a human test subject that goes horribly wrong. Decades later, when his son and a group of colleagues discover the secret high-tech laboratory where the experiment took place, they find themselves battling a vengeful force. Swetnam wrote Into The Storm for Warner Bros and Step Up All In; he wrote, produced and directed Breaking Through; and is producing Realm at Relativity, based on the short he wrote and produced.

Christensen and Wexler are producing with Swetnam and his Mad Horse Films, along with VFX wiz Sean Cushing of Cantina Creative, whose recent credits includeFurious 7 and Avengers: Age Of Ultron. The Cannes deal was fueled by a promo reel that Swetnam shot with the help of Cantina. Alexandru Celea will oversee for Mad Horse. Maple Leaf’s films include American Heist with Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody, and the label just wrapped the Jonathan Mostow-directed Hunter’s Prayer with Sam Worthington.

“Everyone from the Greeks to the Aztecs to Thomas Edison tried to glimpse into the next world,” Swetnam said. “Our film will explore this age-old curiosity but with a unique sci-fi lens: What if all those stories we heard as kids were true and we actually had the technology to prove that there’s something else out there? Spectrum will show us that some things are better left unknown.”

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Hayden Christensen horror ‘Untöt’ sells for 13 Films

EXCLUSIVE: 13 Films has sold multiple territories on action horror film Untöt starring Hayden Christensen.

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution will distribute in the UK and Splendid has acquired German and Benelux rights to the story of a Second World War German Army unit that encounters an undead force in a secret weapons facility.

13 Films president Tannaz Anisi also announced further deals in South Korea (Sookie Pictures), the Middle East (Eagle Films), Tanweer (Indonesia), Red Pictures (Malaysia) and South Africa (Ster-Kinekor).

Video game producer-director Kris Renkewitz makes his feature film debut and Greg O’Connor of Solaris Entertainment produces Untöt.

“We are thrilled with the positive response from overseas buyers on Untöt,” said Anisi. “Hayden Christensen has commercial appeal and Renkewitz has crafted a chilling and suspenseful tale which will leave audiences on the edge of their seat once this story is brought to life.”

13 Films’ slate in Cannes includes thriller Every Good Boy Does Fine set to star Michael Nyqvist and Famke Janssen and action film Entry Level that Franck Khalfoun will direct.


Cannes: 13 Films, Brand Inc. Sign Multiple Film Deal

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International sales and finance company 13 Films and film production shingle Brand Inc. Entertainmenthave signed a multi-picture, first-look deal.

Announcement was made by 13 Films’ president Tannaz Anisi and Brand Inc. partners Christopher Barish and Jim Valdez.

The pact has 13 Films handling international sales on all the Brand Inc.’s original productions, which cover a range of commercial genres including family, kids, faith, action and holiday films.  Cinedigm will handle all North American distribution rights for the titles under a 12-picture, three-year deal Brand inked in January.

The first film under the partnership is Brand Inc.’s family film “Christmas Switch,” written and directed by Joel Souza.  Pic stars William Baldwin, Denise Richards and Tom Arnold. Cinedigm will release the pic in November.  Anisi is presenting the project to buyers at Cannes.

13 Films is already handling international sales on Brand Inc.’s “Zoey to the Max,” “Little Loopers,” and “Ghost Squad.” All three films will be released in 2015 by Cinedigm.

13 Films’ slate at Cannes also includes the newly announced thriller “Every Good Boy Does Fine,” set to star Michael Nyqvist and Famke Janssen and executive produced by Steve Buscemi, and action film “Entry Level,” produced by Craig Perry, and directed by Franck Khalfoun.

In Cannes, 13 Films is debuting footage for comedy “Chronically Metropolitan,” thriller “Voice From the Stone,” and crime thriller “Manhattan Nocturne.”



Famke Janssen, Michael Nyqvist to Star in Thriller ‘Every Good Boy Does Fine’

By Jeff Sneider on May 5, 2015


Jana Edelbaum and Rachel Cohen will produce the indie movie, which 13 Films will sell at Cannes

Michael Nyqvist (JOHN WICK, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL) and Famke Janssen (X-MEN franchise, TAKEN trilogy) are set to star in the new Hitchcockian thriller EVERY GOOD BOY DOES FINE, it was announced today by producers Jana Edelbaum and Rachel Cohen (THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER & PETE, DIRTY GIRL) of iDeal Partners Film Fund, and Margo Klewans.  Steve Buscemi and Wren Arthur of Olive Productions are Executive Producing.

EVERY GOOD BOY DOES FINE will be directed by emerging Finnish filmmaker AJ Annila (JADE WARRIOR, SAUNA) who makes his English language feature film debut on the project.  13 Films’ Tannaz Anisi is executive producing the thriller and representing international rights.  Slated to start shooting in July this year, Anisi will introduce the film to buyers at the Cannes Film Market.

Producers currently hold US rights.

Written by Jonathan Dees, EVERY GOOD BOY DOES FINE is a taught thriller about a young boy Brian, verging on adolescence, a little angry, and quite possibly a piano prodigy.  But he hates practicing and playing, that is, until he meets music professor, Mr. Anderson.  Elegant, sophisticated, brilliant, Mr. Anderson fixates on Brian and recognizes the untapped potential in the boy.  He becomes Brian’s mentor and the father figure he needs.  If only Brian didn’t increasingly suspect that Mr. Anderson is the serial killer that has been targeting musicians.  A classic cat-and-mouse story, EVERY GOOD DOES FINE is about artistic perfection, unrealized dreams, and the terror that can sometimes come with finding one’s voice.

“We’ve been working hard on this project for several years and are thrilled that it has attracted such a talented group of artists to bring it to life,” said Jana Edelbaum.

“EVERY GOOD BOY DOES FINE is an original, sophisticated script full of suspense which is the perfect fit for helmer AJ Annila who has a unique visual style and loves to experiment with different genres. The producers have assembled a talented cast with Michael Nyqvist and Famke Janssen who both have appeared in successful studio franchises and bring commercial appeal to the project,” said Anisi.

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‘Entry Level’ Staffs Up With Director Franck Khalfoun, ‘Final Destination’ Duo

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April 30, 2015 9:30am

EXCLUSIVE: Craig Perry and Shiela Taylor, the duo behind the Final Destination and American Pie franchises, have set their next film. Action thriller Entry Level will be directed by Franck Khalfoun (Amityville: The Awakening), with an eye on a fall production start. Perry and Taylor of Practical Pictures will produce alongside Tom Butterfield. Casting is underway.

Benjamin Hurley wrote the script for Entry Level, which centers on a young man who mysteriously awakens in a super high-security office building and is forced by a mysterious stranger to complete a strictly timed series of dangerous tasks that will implicate him in a deadly crime with global consequences.

Said Khalfoun, whose credits also include 2012’s Maniac: “Entry Level is a suspenseful thriller with exhilarating action revolving around global espionage and the battle for secrets which are ultimately responsible for either maintaining global stability or total global destruction.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with a director of Franck’s caliber to bring this terrific thriller to the big screen,” said Perry. Added Taylor: “We are overjoyed to join forces with Franck. His talents are an ideal match for this thinking-man’s actioner.”

Tannaz Anisi’s 13 Films is handling international sales on the project and will present it to buyers at the Cannes Film Market next month. Paradigm is handling North American rights.


Constantin acquires Extortion

EXCLUSIVE: 13 Films licenses Germany and all German-speaking rights in all media to Constantin Film.

13 Films has licensed Germany and all German-speaking rights in all media to Constantin Film for Extortionstarring Frank Grillo and Ving Rhames.

Phil Volken is scheduled to commence production on his directorial debut in Puerto Rico this month and produces with Alina Shraybman.

Extortion centres on a doctor and his family who fall foul of local fishermen in the Bahamas after a joyride leaves them stranded on an island.

Rounding out the cast are Jake McLaughlin, Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi from Captain Phillips and Nicky Whalen.

13 Films president Tannaz Anisi and her team handle worldwide rights.

“Constantin is one of the leading independent distributors in Germany and as such, is the perfect partner to releaseExtortion to German audiences,” said Anisi. “I look forward to collaborating with them on what promises to be a very entertaining and action-packed film as production starts this month,” said Anisi.

The sales slate includes action-horor Untot to star Hayden Christensen; Chronically Metropolitan with Shiloh Fernandez, Chris Noth, Mary-Louise Parker and Ashley Benson; and supernatural thriller Voice From The Stonewith Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones.


Berlin: Hayden Christensen Sets Sights on Action-Horror Title ‘Untot’ (Exclusive)


by Pamela McClintock 2/4/2015 10:30am PST
Star Wars actor Hayden Christensen has set his sights on Untot, a period action-horror film set during World War II.

Kris Renkewitz, a director and producer in the video game and comic book space, is directing the project for producer Greg O’Connor of Solaris Entertainment (Warrior), and is set to begin shooting in New York in March from his original script. Tannaz Anisi’s 13 Films is introducing Untot to foreign buyers this week at Berlin’s European Film Market.

Untot — which means “undead” in German — revolves around an elite military unit commanded by Lt. Fredrick Hank (Christensen). Set in December 1944, the unit is dropped behind enemy lines in the mountains of Poland in order to destroy a secret Nazi weapons facility. But when they encounter something they’ve never been trained for, they must face their greatest fears.

“Kris has already proven himself as a master visual artist with his successful career as a video game director. I’m thrilled to support his first foray into the medium of cinema with Untot. He has written a haunting, edge-of-your-seat, action-packed script filled with supernatural elements and I can’t wait to see his creative vision realized on screen,” said O’Connor, who holds U.S. rights.

Renkewitz’s credits include working on the popular Marvel Comics’ The West Coast Avengers, Iron Man/War Machine and Daredevil, as well as for DC Comics’ The Flash, The Justice League and Superboy. His video game directing credits include Tomb Raider, Ghostbusters and 007: Tomorrow Never Dies.

He owns and operates an animation and VFX production studio, Renketwitz Studios, whose past projects include Halo, League of Legends, Prince of Persia, Mad Max and Resident Evil.

“Renkewitz is a director to watch who has written a unique, high-concept horror film,” Anisi said. “And with Hayden Christensen attached as the lead, this will surely be a big draw for buyers at Berlin.”

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