Client Stéfano Gallo and Scooping Owl Pictures featured in this Playback article, highlighting the distribution strategy for the soon to be released feature film......Cold Deck.
The film: Poker ace Bobby Locke (played by Gallo) is stuck in a dead-end job and struggling to pay for his mother’s medical care, when an opportunity to take part in a high-stakes poker game presents itself. Locke and his friend attempt to stage a heist but are foiled by the dealer (played by Robert Knepper), who plots a bloody revenge.
Production/distribution credits: The film is produced through Gallo’s Toronto-based company Scooping Owl Productions, along with Sudden Storm Entertainment and Ezeqial Productions. Filmed in Toronto over the course of a month in October 2014, Cold Deck is being distributed by Raven Banner in Canada, while Screen Media holds the international rights to the film and will be handling distribution in the U.S. and globally. Zack Bernbaum directs the feature, which is co-written by Gallo and Jason Lapeyre.
Theatrical: The film is being released theatrically on Dec. 4 at both Toronto’s Carlton Cinema and Los Angeles’ Laemmle NoHo theatre, with a confirmed week-long run which may be extended pending performance. Toronto and L.A. are the film’s main markets, said Gallo, adding that “a lot of movies are doing themselves a disservice these days by not having a theatrical [release].”
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Excerpt of feature article from Playback Online, Nov. 26, 2015.......
Roughly eight years ago, Rhombus Media principal Niv Fichman decided he wanted the prodco to focus on a new development strategy.
While continuing to pursue work with A-list Canadian directorial talent, Rhombus was going to focus on developing relationships with talented emerging filmmakers. This year, the dividends on that strategy have paid out significantly, with Rhombus bringing an astounding five projects to the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.....
Excerpt of Hollywood Reporter Article by Etan Vlessing -
11/2/2015 11:47am PSTSamuel Goldwyn Films has picked up the U.S. rights to the Canadian indie war thriller Hyena Road, by director Paul Gross.
Samuel Goldwyn plans a 2016 release for the film about Canadian troops fighting the war in Afghanistan after it debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Hyena Road follows three men caught up in modern warfare — an intelligence officer (Gross) overseeing construction of a supply road in Taliban territory, a sniper, played by Rossif Sutherland, and a local Afghan warrior who has left war behind, but gets pulled back into battle to settle a personal score.
The film's cast includes Christine Horne, Allan Hawco and Clark Johnson. "I was very impressed by Paul’s work here — as a writer-director-star. Not only did he deliver quite a performance, he also realistically depicted the bravery of troops serving, and very beautifully illustrated the many uncertainties of war," Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films said Monday in a statement. Gross wrote and directed Hyena Road, while also producing with Niv Fichman. The film is executive produced by Victor Loewy, Frank Siracusa, Mirwais Alizai, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth.
Hyena Road is a Rhombus Media and Triple 7 Films production, in association with Buffalo Gal Pictures. WTFilms is handling international sales.
The U.S. deal was negotiated by Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films, Tristen Tuckfield of CAA, and by Fichman and Jordan Nahmias for the filmmakers.