The Film Arcade Acquires Taylor Schilling's FAMILY
The Film Arcade today announced it has secured the US rights to the hilarious heart-warming comedy, FAMILY, written and directed by Laura Steinel. The film premiered at SXSW 2018 and stars Taylor Schilling ( Netflix's "Orange is the New Black"), Brian Tyree Henry ("Atlanta"), Jessie Ennis (LIFE OF THE PARTY) and newcomer Bryn Vale. Additional cast includes Matt Walsh (HBO's "Veep"), Allison Tolman ("Fargo") and Eric Edelstein (JURASSIC WORLD). FAMILY is set to be released theatrically by The Film Arcade in Spring 2019.
The deal was negotiated between The Law Offices of Greg S. Bernstein on behalf of The Film Arcade and UTA on behalf of the filmmakers.
FAMILY follows an emotionally-stunted aunt (Schilling) tasked with watching her 12-year-old niece (Vale) who finds her life unfurling when the girl runs away to become a "Juggalo" - a super-fan of the group Insane Clown Posse.
FAMILY was produced by Annapurna's Sue Naegle (upcoming THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS) and Kit Giordano (30 MINUTES OR LESS). Executive producers are Laura Steinel, Dan Kaplow (THE INVITED), Taylor Schilling and Jeremy Garelick (THE BREAK-UP) with casting by Amey René.
"We were immediately drawn to the film as it is not only funny, but centers around the importance of self-confidence and acceptance. We are excited to be working with Laura to help bring her fresh and unique voice to audiences around the country," said The Film Arcade's Jason Beck.
FAMILY is the directorial debut for writer Laura Steinel. She was a staff writer on Amazon's cult-comedy "Red Oaks," which was executive produced by Steven Soderbergh and David Gordon Green, and starred Paul Reiser, Richard Kind, Jennifer Grey and Craig Roberts. Additionally, Steinel sold the comedy script WOMEN IN BUSINESS to Fox, which she is attached to direct with Gloria Sanchez and Chernin Entertainment producing.
Taylor Schilling is best known for her role as 'Piper Chapman' on the Netflix original comedy-drama series, "Orange Is the New Black", for which she was nominated for both a Golden Globe Award for "Best Actress" and a Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actress." Schilling's film credits include THE OVERNIGHT, the romantic drama THE LUCKY ONE and the political thriller ARGO.
Emmy Award-nominee Brian Tyree Henry originated the role of 'The General' in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon," for which he received rave reviews. He currently stars alongside Donald Glover in the Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winning and Emmy nominated FX series "Atlanta," which was just renewed for a third season. He received an MTV Movie & TV Award nomination for his work on the show. In 2017, he guest-starred as 'Ricky' on NBC's Golden Globe and Emmy nominated drama "This Is Us," for which he also earned an Emmy nomination.
Jessie Ennis' film credits include New Line Cinema's LIFE OF THE PARTY opposite Melissa McCarthy and Warner Bros' THE HOUSE opposite Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler. Ennis has also appeared in a wide-range of celebrated television series including HBO's "Veep" opposite Julia Luis-Dreyfus, AMC's "Better Call Saul" opposite Bob Odenkirk and Netflix's "Love" opposite Gillian Jacob's and Paul Rust.
Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Allison Tolman is best known for her starring role opposite Billy Bob Thornton in FX's "Fargo". Her other television credits include ABC's "Downward Dog", HBO's "Mosaic", NBC's "Good Girls" and Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine". On the feature side, she has appeared in Taran Killam's KILLING GUNTHER opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, Warner Bros. THE HOUSE opposite Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, Joel Edgerton's THE GIFT opposite Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, Michael Dougherty's KRAMPUS opposite Toni Collette and Adam Scott, and SISTERS BROTHERS opposite John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix.
Steinel is represented by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham; Schilling is represented by The Gersh Agency and 3 Arts Entertainment; Brian Tyree Henry is represented by CAA and JWS Entertainment; Jessie Ennis is represented by UTA and Underground; Walsh is represented by UTA, Artists First and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis; Tolman is represented by UTA, Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham; and Edelstein is represented by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols.