Jena Malone (The Neon Demon, The Hunger Games), Mark Patton (Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street), Cooper Koch (Hulu’s Less Than Zero, Starz’ “Power Book II: Ghost”), and newcomer Jose Colõn have wrapped filming on SWALLOWED, a new queer midnight movie from three-time Sundance alumni Carter Smith (The Ruins, Jamie Marks is Dead).
Shot under the radar with a small production footprint in rural Maine, the film is a story of friendship and small-town alienation that follows two best friends on their final night together, as it spirals into a backwoods nightmare of drugs, bugs and horrific intimacy.
SWALLOWED is a spiritual successor to Smith’s beloved short film Bugcrush, which won a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2006.
“SWALLOWED is the movie I wish I’d had as a horror-loving queer kid growing up in rural Maine – with all the blood, sweat and tears of a classic midnight movie,” said writer/director/producer Carther Smith in a statement.
Smith wrote, directed and produced on behalf of his company All The Dead Boys, along with Witchcraft Motion Picture Company’s producers Ross O’Connor (Premature) and Noah Lang (The Climb).
Smith is represented by ICM and most recently directed Into The Dark: Midnight Kiss for Blumhouse Productions, which premiered on Hulu. He also previously directed The Ruins for DreamWorks Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment, as well as the independent film Jamie Marks is Dead, which premiered at Sundance in 2014.
Jena Malone is represented by The Gersh Agency, and Cooper Koch is represented by Innovative Artists and Silver Lining Entertainment. The film is being presented to US buyers at Venice by ICM, and is currently available for foreign rights.
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