Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, has acquired global rights to indie thriller SHEPARD, which stars Greg Proops (“Whose Line is it Anyway?”), Will Beinbrink (It: Chapter Two), Kurt Krause (“American Crime”), Kareem Grimes (“All American”), Paulina Alvarez (“Party of Five”) and Ashley Nicole Williams (“Motherland: Fort Salem”). Directed by Jourdan McClure and written by Philip Landa, producing partners in Dull Boy Films, SHEPARD will be available on both cable and internet demand platforms on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
At the behest of his social worker (Proops), bullied 17-year-old Ray (Krause) moves in with his Aunt (Thea Gill, “Queer as Folk”) and cousin Kim (Alvarez) for his latest shot at a normal life. But for Ray, every new home placement is the same; getting tormented for being the weird, new kid. The one bright spot in this new town is his biology teacher, Mr. Dwyer (Grimes), who encourages Ray to look to the future. Unfortunately, Kim’s boyfriend Eric (Reed Michael Campbell) views Ray as an ever-increasing rival for Kim’s attention and frames him for stealing booze from a liquor store. Just as Ray is about to be beaten by a baseball bat-wielding store clerk (Galen Howard, “Brooklyn 99”), a stranger cold-cocks the clerk. Ray is thunderstruck. This stranger is just the kind of guy Ray wishes he could be; a man of action with no regrets. And this dangerous, mysterious man, Shepard (Beinbrink), sees something in Ray. He sympathizes with the struggles and pain Ray has experienced. An odd friendship forms, but Shepard is leading Ray down a violent path of vengeance from which there can be no return.
“At its core, Shepard is a cautionary tale about being so desperate for help that you place your trust in the wrong person and then a bad situation turns disastrous in a flash,” said Landa.
“Shepard was an opportunity to play in a different space which was both creatively rewarding and fun,” McClure added.
“Shepard is the type of film you don’t see coming. Jourdan and Philip did an exceptional job at creating something fresh and full of energy that audiences are really going to enjoy,” said Brett Rogalsky, Acquisitions Coordinator at Gravitas Ventures.
Director Jourdan McClure (Children of Sorrow) and Writer Philip Landa (Outrighteous) are represented by Zero Gravity Management. John Paladino is the Executive Producer. Brett Rogalsky from Gravitas Ventures negotiated the deal with Tiffany Boyle at Ramo Law on behalf of the filmmaking team.
Dull Boy Films is a Beverly Hills, CA-based production company developing material with an eye toward the darker, ironic, and comedic aspects of the human experience.
Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company, is a leading all rights distributor of independent feature films and documentaries. Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities across the globe. Working with talented directors and producers, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films into over a hundred million homes in North America – over one billion homes worldwide. Recent releases include Armstrong, directed by David Fairhead; Above the Shadows starring Olivia Thirlby, Megan Fox and Jim Gaffigan; The River and the Wall, directed by Ben Masters; Score: A Film Music Documentary; California Typewriter; Legion of Brothers; Katie Holmes’ feature directorial debut; All We Had, Colin Hanks’ All Things Must Pass; and Being Evel from Academy Award-winning director Daniel Junge and producer Johnny Knoxville.
Red Arrow Studios is one of the world’s leading creators and distributors of entertainment content. Red Arrow Studios is comprised of 20 production companies in seven territories, including 10 companies based in the United States; world-leading multi-platform digital network Studio71, based in six countries; and global film and TV distributors Red Arrow Studios International and Gravitas Ventures.
The group’s significant output includes scripted, non-scripted and formatted content and IP, from TV and film to short-form and branded content, made for an array of global networks and platforms. Red Arrow Studios is part of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, one of Europe’s leading media groups.
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