Cold Iron Pictures and The Film Arcade to finance and produce Lake Bell’s comedy



LOS ANGELES (March 23, 2016) – What’s the Point? (And Other Fair Questions About Marriage) written and to be directed by Lake Bell will commence production next month in Los Angeles.   The comedy stars Bell (In a World…, No Escape) and Ed Helms (The Hangover, Vacation) and will be financed by Cold Iron Pictures and The Film Arcade. 


The film will be Bell’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed In A World…, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 earning Bell the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Bell received several nominations and awards including an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best First Screenplay.  Produced by Bell (More Films), Jett Steiger (Ways & Means), Miranda Bailey and Amanda Marshall (Cold Iron Pictures) with executive producers Jason Beck and Andy Bohn (The Film Arcade). What’s the Point? is an ensemblecomedy investigating the concept that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew. 


“Supporting female filmmakers is incredibly important to us and we are so excited to produce Lake’s follow-up to the fantastic In A World…,” said Miranda Bailey.


UTA Independent Film Group and Jamie Afifi at Ziffren Brittenham negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers with The Film Arcade, which was represented by attorney Greg S. Bernstein.

Bell is repped by UTA, The Burstein Company and attorneys P.J. Shapiro and Jamie Afifi.  Helms is repped by UTA, Principato-Young and attorney Ira Schreck.

About Cold Iron Pictures 

Cold Iron Pictures is a film production and financing company based in Los Angeles.  The company recently produced Swiss Army Manstarring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe, Marielle Heller’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl starring Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgård and Bel Powley, and Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind starring Richard Gere.  The company is in post-production on the political dramaOppenheimer Strategies, starring Richard Gere, Michael Sheen, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Steve Buscemi as well as Mike Birbiglia’sDon’t Think Twice starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs and Birbiglia.  Previously, Bailey produced James Gunn’s Super and executive produced Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale.


About The Film Arcade

The Film Arcade is an independent film distribution company that recently released Josh Mond’s James White starring Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon, Jim Strouse’s People Places Things starring Jemaine Clement, and Unexpected written and directed by Kris Swanberg and starring Cobie Smulders and Anders Holms.  Previous films include Song One starring Anne Hathaway, A.C.O.D. starring Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins and Amy Poehler, and Jill Soloway’s Afternoon Delight starring Kathryn Hahn, Jane Lynch and Juno Temple.  The Film Arcade recently financed Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice starring Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs and Birbiglia. The film will be released later this year.


About Ways & Means

Ways & Means is an award winning creative studio based in Los Angeles — currently in post production on Super Dark Times, the feature debut of director Kevin Phillips. Last year the company premiered short films at both Cannes and SXSW in addition to producing branded content for Levi’s, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Jimmy Choo and LACMA.