Amplify HQ SXSW, Austin, TX  March 10, 2014 – Amplify has acquired all US rights to director A.J. Edwards’ stunning vision of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood, THE BETTER ANGELS.  Amplify will release the film to theaters this fall, followed by a VOD and home video release in early 2015.

Produced by acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick, THE BETTER ANGELS examines several formative events in young Abraham Lincoln’s life.  Using visual and narrative poetry to express the Lincoln family’s life in the harsh wilderness of Indiana in 1817, the film explores Abraham’s family dynamic, the hardships that shaped him, and the two women who guided him to immortality. Written and directed by Edwards, and beautifully shot in glorious black-and-white, the film stars Diane Kruger, Jason Clarke, Brit Marling, and Wes Bentley.

Edwards, based in Austin, has worked extensively with producer Terrence Malick over the last decade, first as an editor on The New World, then as second-unit director and editor onThe Tree of Life, To The Wonder, and the forthcoming Knight of Cups.  This is his first narrative feature.
“From the first frame of THE BETTER ANGELS, we were struck by the power and originality of A.J.’s vision,” said Amplify’s C.E.O. Logan Mulvey, “and we think audiences will fall in love with the film just as quickly as the whole Amplify team has.”
“I am humbled by the passion Amplify has shown for THE BETTER ANGELS since its premiere,” said writer/director Edwards, “Our team is so glad this great company will be shepherding our film.”
THE BETTER ANGELS was written and directed by A.J. Edwards and produced by Terrence Malick, Nicolas Gonda, Jake DeVito, and Charley Beil. The deal was orchestrated by Cinetic Media and Alan Sacks & Hayden Goldblatt of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC on behalf of the filmmakers and Kent Sanderson on behalf of Amplify.
Amplify is a bi-coastal all-rights distribution company that aims to bring the best in global independent film to theaters and beyond.  Formed in 2014 from a merger of innovative theatrical distributor Variance Films (Sound City, Red Hook Summer, Go For Sisters) and leading digital distributor GoDigital, Amplify uses cutting edge marketing and distribution techniques with a focus on working directly with filmmakers to craft hand-tailored release campaigns for each film.  Led by an executive team comprised of GoDigital’s Logan Mulvey, Variance Films’ Dylan Marchetti, and former Focus Features executive Kent Sanderson, Amplify is financed by Preferred Ventures.  Upcoming Amplify releases include Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem and Stuart Murdoch’s musical God Help The Girl.