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DRAFTHOUSE FILMS RAISES THE STAKES WITH "CHEAP THRILLS" IN SELECT THEATERS MARCH 21


 

AUSTIN, TX - December 17, 2013 - Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announces the theatrical release of the dark comic thriller Cheap Thrills in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, and additional topmarkets on Friday, March 21, 2014 with a platform release throughout Spring.

Cheap Thrills was acquired by Drafthouse Films, in partnership with Snoot Entertainment, following its world premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival where it won the "Midnighters Audience Award." The directorial debut from E.L. Katz, Cheap Thrills, has been hailed as "a black comic masterpiece....brilliant and furious piece of filmmaking" (Drew McWeeny, HitFix) while First Showing says Cheap Thrills is "a dynamite charge of fun."

Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry, Empire Records). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner, Anchorman 2) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton, The Inkeepers). The couple engages the two friends in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple's twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap thrills.

For theatrical bookings contact Sumyi Khong Antonson, VP of Marketing and Distribution at sumyi.antonson@drafthouse.com.

For festival bookings contact Jon Stobezki, Festival Director at jon.stobezki@drafthouse.com.

 

For more information on Cheap Thrills and Drafthouse Films:

http://drafthousefilms.com/film/cheap-thrills http://drafthousefilms.com

http://twitter.com/drafthousefilms http://facebook.com/drafthousefilms

For Alamo Drafthouse & Drafthouse Films Media Requests:

CONTACT: Brandy Fons

PHONE: (310) 809-8882

E-MAIL: brandy@fonspr.com

 

About Drafthouse Films

Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world. Following the earnestly simple motto of "sharing the films we love with widest audience possible," Drafthouse Films debuted in 2010 with the theatrical release of Four Lions, which was named one of Time Magazine's "Top 10 Films Of The Year." The company's second release BULLHEAD was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar® in 2012, followed by internationally celebrated Danish comedy KLOWN, which was slated for a Warner Bros/Todd Phillips produced US remake. The release of groundbreaking documentary THE ACT OF KILLING, produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog won top prizes at festivals worldwide and earned the year's strongest box office opening for a documentary in 2013.

The 2014 slate includes the SXSW Midnight Audience Award black comedy/thriller CHEAP THRILLS, Ben Wheatley's "psychedelic trip into magic and madness" A FIELD IN ENGLAND, the Netherlands' official 2014 Oscar® entry BORGMAN, Japanese auteur Sion Sono's Toronto International Film Festival Audience Award-winning WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL, Cannes 2013 official selection NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN and Ari Folman's epic sci-fi animated/live-action hybrid THE CONGRESS starring Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, and Jon Hamm.

Drafthouse Films distributes films theatrically, through home video, VOD and their direct-to-consumer platforms integrating into the ever-growing Alamo Drafthouse entertainment lifestyle brand, which along with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas includes: Mondo, the collectible art boutique; Fantastic Fest, the largest international genre film festival in the US; and the pop culture website Badass Digest.

 

About E.L. Katz

Director E.L. Katz has worked as a writer with such distinguished filmmakers as Sam Raimi, Peter Block (producer of the Saw films), Adam Wingard, Jaume Balaguero, and Paco Plaza. Cheap Thrills is his directorial debut.

About SnowFort Pictures

Snowfort Pictures returns to SXSW with two films this year: Cheap Thrills and the comedic monster mayhem flick Big Ass Spider! produced with Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures Group. Upcoming productions include Jodorowsky's Dune (an international co-production with Germany's Koch Media and France's Camera One), the arthouse action film American Muscle (produced with Paradise City Pictures' Jeffrey Giles and Michael Lurie) and Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch's Starry Eyes, an occult tale set in Hollywood.

About Snoot Entertainment

Snoot Entertainment is a motion picture production company founded by Keith Calder and Jessica Wu in February 2004 to develop, finance and produce entertaining independent films across all genres. Snoot recently re-teamed with director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett for the action thriller THE GUEST, starring Dan Stevens and Maika Monroe. The film will premiere at Sundance 2014. Their prior collaboration with Wingard and Barrett, the award-winning horror film YOU'RE NEXT, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 where Lionsgate acquired domestic rights for a wide theatrical release in August of 2013. Snoot is also currently in production on Charlie Kaufman's stop-motion animated feature film ANOMALISA and Riley Stearns' FAULTS.

Snoot also produced the Morgan Spurlock documentary, THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD, which was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, the award-winning audience favorite documentary THUNDER SOUL, the martial-arts action film BUNRAKU, and the intense horror film UNDOCUMENTED. Snoot's first release was the 3D animated science-fiction film BATTLE FOR TERRA. In addition, Calder produced ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE, THE WACKNESS, THE KEY MAN, and PEEP WORLD through Snoot's subsidiary company Occupant Films, which he co-founded in 2005.

Snoot is also an investor in the digital distribution startup VHX and the commercial production company Warpaint LLC, co-founded with Academy-Award nominated documentary director Morgan Spurlock.