FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sony Pictures Classics Lands Sundance Sleeper Hit "Land Ho!"
Park City, Utah (January 22, 2014) - Sony Pictures Classics announced this morning that it has secured worldwide rights to Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz's bawdy road trip comedy LAND HO!, which premiered on Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival. SPC plans to release the film nationwide in 2014.
The film is produced by Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy, and Christina Jennings, and executive produced by David Gordon Green, and Julie Parker Benello, Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous, and Wendy Ettinger of Gamechanger Films. LAND HO! is the first film to be financed by Gamechanger, which launched last fall to exclusively finance features directed and co-directed by women.
Starring Paul Eenhoorn (THIS IS MARTIN BONNER) and newcomer Earl Lynn Nelson, LAND HO! follows a pair of retirees who set off to Iceland in an attempt to reclaim their youth through Reykjavik nightclubs, trendy spas, and rugged campsites.
"That rare bird of a movie, fresh and funny and moving, featuring the most memorable two characters you've experienced in a long, long time. We are also so pleased to collaborate with an important new independent company Gamechanger and especially the directorial voice of Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz," said Sony Pictures Classics.
"We are so happy that our first feature out of the gate has found such a great home. Sony Pictures Classics has the same deep respect for filmmakers that we do," adds Gamechanger Films.
"Three days ago we saw the movie with an audience for the first time," said Katz. "Sharing Mitch and Colin's story that afternoon was just the beginning of an incredible journey for all of us."
"We are thrilled to be working with Sony Pictures Classics. Finding ourselves in the same company as Woody Allen, Michael Haneke, Jim Jarmusch, and countless other iconic directors is an incredible honor," Stephens said, adding, "We can't wait to get this party started."
The deal was negotiated by Andrew Herwitz, president of Film Sales Company, and Andre Des Rochers of Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP, on behalf of the filmmakers.
ABOUT SONY PICTURES CLASSICS
Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992, which distributes, produces, and acquires independent films from around the world.
Barker and Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 31 Academy Awards® (27 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 140 Academy Award® nominations (114 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN EDUCATION, CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, and CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.
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For Sony Pictures Classics:
Bebe Lerner (323) 822-4800
Sheri Goldberg (646) 723-3800
For the film at Sundance:
Adam Kersh (917) 771-7021