Shout! Factory has acquired the giallo thriller, The Editor, for U.S. distribution, the El Rey Network is hosting a RoboCop marathon this weekend, and submissions are now open for The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival.
The Editor: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, Calif. (May 1, 2015) – Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and Kennedy/Brooks, Inc. have entered a picture deal to distribute THE EDITOR in the U.S. Directed and produced by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, this stylish, giallo-inspired horror comedy premiered with critical praise at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled to play at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 1. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and filmmakers Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy.
In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive U.S. distribution rights to THE EDITOR, including broadcast, digital, home entertainment and theatrical for cross-platform releases. Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of this movie on a variety of entertainment distribution platforms and in all packaged media through Shout’s genre label and horror entertainment brand, Scream Factory™.
“The Editor is catnip to horror film geeks and film geeks in general,” said Shout’s Associate Vice President of Acquisitions Jordan Fields. “It’s a superbly crafted, maniacal blend of comedy and horror, where the satire is both broad enough to include the casual fan and precise enough to reward the hardcore fan. There’s a reason Astron-6 has such a rabid following, and we’ll do our best to make sure The Editor finds the massive audience it deserves.”
"We're thrilled to be partnering with Shout Factory for the release of The Editor. Shout has rereleased many of the genre classics that have inspired our work, and they continue to give new and intriguing genre films, like The Babadook and The Battery, a proper release that will appeal to fans. The Editor is our neo-giallo love letter to all things Argento and Fulci, and we feel it will be right at home as part of the Scream Factory catalogue," said filmmakers Matthew Kennedy and Adam Brooks.
A hilarious send-up of classic giallo cinema, THE EDITOR spins the twisted tale of a once-prolific film editor who becomes the prime suspect in a series of murders haunting a seedy 1970s film studio. Rey Ciso was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen. Since a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he’s had to resort to cutting pulp films and trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he’s been editing turn up murdered at the studio, Rey is fingered as the number one suspect. The bodies continue to pile up in this absurdist giallo-thriller as Rey struggles to prove his innocence and learns the sinister truth lurking behind the scenes.
Paz de la Huerta (Boardwalk Empire), Samantha Hill (Bad Meat), Laurence R. Harvey (The ABCs of Death 2), Adam Brooks (Manborg), Matthew Kennedy (Father’s Day), Conor Sweeney (The ABCs of Death 2), Tristan Risk (Dark Continents) and Udo Kier (Borgia, Blade) star in this absurdist throwback to the Italian Giallo.
ASTRON-6 presents A Kennedy/Brooks Inc. Film. THE EDITOR is written by Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks and Conor Sweeney; special effects by Emersen Ziffle, Steven Kostanski and Aftermath FX; featuring music by Claudio Simonetti, Carpenter Brut and Jeremy Gillespie; executive producer, Andria Spring; associate producer, Jerry Wasserman and Kevin Ascolillo II; produced and directed by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy.
The film deal was negotiated by Mette-Marie Katz of XYZ Films and Shout! Factory’s Jordan Fields.
Formed in 2013, Kennedy/Brooks Inc. is the partnership of filmmakers Matthew Kennedy and Adam Brooks of Astron-6 (Father's Day, 2011). The Editor, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, is the first film the duo has produced to date.
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, Broadway cast albums, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com"
RoboCop Marathon: Press Release -- "Join El Rey Network and watch the full RoboCop trilogy, bringing you 15 hours of some of the greatest cyberpunk action films of our time, packed with satire, villains and gore. The RoboCop franchise takes place during the year of 2028, where a Detroit multinational conglomerate OmniCorp, is at the peak of robotic technology. When Alex Murphy – a devoted husband, father and police officer – gets critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees this as a chance to build a part-robot, part-human police officer that is the one-and-only RoboCop. However, there is still a man behind the suit who is determined to fight for what is right and what is wrong. Watch the entire RoboCop trilogy beginning Friday, May 1st starting at 1:30PM ET and concluding on Saturday, May 2nd at 4AM ET. Begin the afternoon with RoboCop (1987), followed by RoboCop 2 (1990), and culminate with RoboCop 3 (1993) and the line-up will restart at 8:45 PM ET.
The films will air in the following order:
“RoboCop (1987)” at 1:30pm ET and 8:45pm ET
Paul Verhoeven’s original film takes us on a journey of a crime-ridden futuristic Detroit. When a crime-fighting robot development goes all wrong, Omni Consumer Products must seek a way to gain back favor when a terminally wounded cop, Alex Murphy (played by Peter Weller), returns to the force as a powerful cyborg reconstructed with a sheet of steel. However, his new crime fighting abilities makes him a target of supervillain Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith).
“RoboCop 2 (1990)” at 3:45pm ET and 11:00pm ET
In Irvin Kershner’s own rendition, a new narcotic called “Nuke” corrupts the streets after a successful deployment of the Robocop Law Enforcement Unit. Controlled by evil leader Cain (Tom Noonan), the menace grows bigger and bigger, pushing Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) to his limits. After the OCP’s failed attempts to replicate the first successful unit, a corrupt businesswoman (Belinda Bauer) uses Cain as her subject to manifest a new cyborg, ultimately hoping to disparage Robocop.
“RoboCop 3 (1993)” at 6:30pm ET and 1:45am ET
With the city of Detroit in a state of turmoil and decline, Omni Consumer Products is struggling to create their newest project, Delta City, in hopes to replace the now rotting city. Unfortunately, the inhabitants have no intention in leaving the city, ultimately displeasing the company. OCP decides to force the citizens to abandon their homes by employing a ruthless army to harass and attack them. As an underground resistance ignites, Robocop (Robert John Burke) must decide where his loyalty lies to saves the day once more.
About El Rey Network
El Rey Network is a 24-hour English language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network unites the most culturally diverse generation in history through fearless, badass and original content that awakens the renegade in everyone. The network's action-packed content is anchored by original signature dramas, feature films, grindhouse genre, cult classic action, and horror/sci-fi. El Rey Network LLC (www.elreynetwork.com) is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc."
The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival: Press Release -- "(New York City, N.Y.) April 9, 2015 - And so it begins. The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival has opened its call for submissions for its fourth spectacular year honoring the literary world's most visionary author Philip K. Dick. The highly-anticipated five-day event will touch down on The Big Apple from January 14-17, 2016 and will screen at the superb Tribeca Cinemas for a second year in a row. The festival returns after a maximum sold out 2015 event and major recognition from high-profile news media including a prime segment on NBC New York/COZI TV's News 4 New York at 7 and articles and listings in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Time Out New York and Metro New York. With many more exciting announcements in the months ahead, 2016 will surely be #PKDFestNYC's biggest and brightest year yet!
To submit the coolest, most original and exciting science fiction and fantastic films, please visit the festival's website at http://www.thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com or the Withoutabox page at https://www.withoutabox.com/login/9016. Deadlines include June 15, 2015 (Early Bird Deadline), September 15, 2015 (Regular Deadline), December 1, 2015 (Late Deadline) and December 7, 2015 (WAB Extended Deadline).
The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival has thrilled its attendees with entertaining and visually captivating themes which have made the event a favorable and continued success. For more information, please visit the festival's Twitter page at twitter.com/PhilipKDickFest (tweet the hashtag #PKDFestNYC) and the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ThePhilipKDickFilmFestival. Check out the festival's NBC New York/COZI TV's News 4 New York at 7 segment appearance at http:// www.nbcnewyork.com/on-air/as-seen-on/288485941.html.
About The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival:
The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival is New York City's first and only festival of its kind and is organized by individuals and filmmakers who understand the difficulties and challenges of telling a unique story in a corporate environment. With extremely successful 2012-2015 festivals, a 2013 international event in Lille, France and endless screening events the festival is only beginning its vision of honoring the legacy of the great Philip K. Dick. With the presence of accomplished directors, writers, producers and industry leaders who best represent the goals of the festival and original voices and enhanced visions in works submitted, this is a festival created by filmmakers for filmmakers.
About Philip K. Dick:
"Reality is whatever refuses to go away when I stop believing in it." - Philip K. Dick
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was one of the 20th century's most profound novelists and writers within the science fiction community. His exploration, analysis and beliefs led to the publishings of 44 novels and 121 short stories. Dick's enormous library of works led to several successful film developments including Blade Runner (1982), Total Recall (1990), Minority Report (2002), Paycheck (2003), A Scanner Darkly (2006), 2012 Festival "Best Science Fiction Feature" Award winner Radio Free Albemuth (2010), The Adjustment Bureau (2011) and Total Recall (2012). Dick's enormously effective views comprised of technological advancements, fictional universes, virtual realities and human mutation foresaw an exaggerated version of the current state of government and contemporary life. Though he is gone in the physical form his philosophies live on in the techniques applied to modern stories and films and generate large displays of appreciation and understanding."