FilmBuff has licensed U.S. distribution rights to Adam Randall's feature debut, the action thriller LEVEL UP. The New York-based distribution company, whose titles include Banksy's EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP and Benson + Moorhead's SPRING, have set an August 26 theatrical release for the film, and will release it on Video-on-Demand September 26. The film was produced by Andrew Orr of Independent, as well as Leo Pearlman, Danny Potts, and acclaimed music film producer Heather Greenwood of Fulwell 73 Productions.
In LEVEL UP, Josh Bowman (ABC's Revenge) plays Matt, a deadbeat gamer, whose girlfriend Anna (Leila Mimmack, HIGH RISE) is kidnapped. Her abductors keep in contact with him by phone, issuing increasingly ludicrous and dangerous challenges he must complete to keep her alive, forcing him to fight his way across London. When he discovers who kidnapped her and why, he learns he is part of a game far larger than himself - but he still has to get her back.
The high concept action thriller shows a hidden, sometimes terrifying - and often outright bizarre - side of London. With its blend of humor, action, and terror; real, flawed human characters; and a city both familiar and unseen; LEVEL UP is a unique and bold piece of British cinema.
Says Randall of the acquisition: "I am delighted that Film Buff will be releasing LEVEL UP theatrically. I'm hugely proud of the film, our unique and often crazed journey into a hidden London. I'm excited to see how American audiences respond to the film."
FilmBuff is an award-winning full-service global sales and distribution company, with a focus on delivering high quality, compelling film and video to targeted audiences. Founded in 2007, FilmBuff consistently introduces audiences to the best in independent film, including Oscar-nominated EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, Sundance Audience Award winner, SENNA, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner THE HOUSE I LIVE IN, Jared Leto's ARTIFACT, Adam Carolla's ROAD HARD, THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY, BURT'S BUZZ, THE INVITATION, SPRING, and many others. Offering a comprehensive array of services and solutions for today's evolving media landscape. FilmBuff partners with creative filmmakers, publishers and brand marketers to reach, engage and inspire viewers around the world. Connect with FilmBuff at www.FilmBuff.com and @FilmBuff.
ABOUT FULWELL 73
Founded in 2007 by Leo Pearlman, Ben Winston and Gabe & Ben Turner, Fulwell 73 quickly established itself as a global leader in film and TV production, with a proven track record in critically acclaimed and commercially successful projects.
Working closely and building long-standing relationships with talent is the cornerstone of the Fulwell brand. This has led to the company producing theatrical feature films such as "One Direction: This is Us" (Sony/Columbia) and "The Class of 92" (Universal). The former taking over $70m at the box office and the latter being the most successful British sports doc of all time. They are currently producing a theatrical feature documentary about Usain Bolt and have enjoyed theatrical releases of numerous scripted features, including: Turnout, Piggy, Guvnors and White Island.
In addition the company produces multiple hours of TV content across a wide variety of genres, including: The Late Late Show with James Corden for CBS. Recently nominated for four Emmys and having broken all online viewing records, the show has redefined late night television in the US and is only the start of the company's plans for overseas productions.
Independent specializes in the development, financing, production and distribution of independent feature films. Led by CEO Luc Roeg, who has over twenty years experience in the film business, Independent has a team of highly motivated and experienced professionals with expertise in project development, production, structured finance, distribution, sales and marketing.
Independent's last production was THE FALLING by upcoming British filmmaker Carol Morley, released int he UK in 2015. Previously, Independent produced John Banville's Booker Prize winning novel THE SEA which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and Tolstoy adaptation BOXING DAY which premiered at the Venice Film Festival. In 2011 Independent produced the critically acclaimed adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, directed by Lynne Ramsay, which had its world premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
Independent also acquires third party rights to manage through its sales and distribution divisions, led by Andrew Orr. Latest titles include Jim Jarmusch's GIMME DANGER the ultimate documentary on Iggy Pop and the Stooges which was in Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Other titles on the current slate include Mat Whitecross's documentary about superband OASIS entitled SUPERSONIC and Thomas Napper's JAWBONE starring Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley, Ian McShane and Johnny Harris - both currently in post-production. Independent also represents Billy O'Brien's I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER starring Max Records and Christopher Lloyd which premiered at SXSW and Rachel Tunnard's ADULT LIFE SKILLS starring Jodie Whittaker which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.