Screen Media Films has acquired the US rights to Todd Sklar’s comedy AWFUL NICE, which previously had its world premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. Screen Media President Suzanne Blech announced that they are targeting a Spring 2014 theatrical and VOD release, preceded by a nationwide college tour of event screenings and interactive parties via Sklar’s Range Life outfit.
“We are extremely pleased to work with the AWFUL NICE team in bringing this funny and poignant film to theaters,” said Blech about the acquisition. “We feel audiences will connect in the same way we did with Todd Sklar’s heartfelt story of brothers and the trials and tribulations of their enforced acceptance of life as adults.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Screen Media on this movie” said Sklar. “Truly thrilled by how much they believe in the film and how eager they are to build a release that utilizes our pre-existing network and the audience we’ve built over the years on the road.”
The film, which played to great buzz and sold out crowds at SXSW, centers on estranged brothers Jim (James Pumphrey) and Dave (Alex Rennie) who are forced to travel to Branson together to renovate and flip the lake house they’ve inherited from their just-deceased father. A series of hilarious mishaps and costly misadventures follow as they attempt to restore the dilapidated house and rebuild their strained relationship.
The deal was negotiated by Blech and Seth Needle, Manager of Acquisitions and Marketing, on behalf of Screen Media with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.
AWFUL NICE was written, directed and produced by Sklar, executive produced by Jason Krigsfeld and Joseph Krigsfeld of Brothers K Productions, and also produced by Michael Forstein, Adam Paulsen, Todd Sklar, Maury Steinman, and Brock Williams, with cinematography by Adam Ginsberg and editing by Kamau Bilal. The film stars Alex Rennie (who also co-wrote), James Pumphrey (“High Road”), Christopher Meloni, Brett Gelman (“Go On,” “The Other Guys”), and Keely Hazell, and is based on Sklar’s award winning short film”’92 Skybox Alonso Mourning Rookie Card”, which also starred Rennie and Pumphrey. All three are repped by CAA and Principato Young.