Suzanne Blech, President at Screen Media Films, has announced that they have acquired Worldwide rights to “ALEX OF VENICE”, the directorial debut of Chris Messina, who also stars in the film along with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson, Derek Luke, and Katie Nehra. The drama previously played at the Tribeca, Seattle, and San Francisco Film Festivals, and is scheduled to continue on the festival circuit with stops at the Deauville, Napa Valley and Hollywood Film Festivals, before hitting theaters and on demand day-and-date in the first half of 2015.
In ALEX OF VENICE, workaholic environmental attorney, Alex Vedder (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), is forced to reinvent herself after her husband (Chris Messina) suddenly leaves the family. Dealing with an aging father (Don Johnson) who still aspires to succeed as an actor, an eccentric sister (Katie Nehra) and an extremely shy son (Sklar Gaertner), Alex is bombarded with everything from the mundane to hilariously catastrophic events without a shoulder to lean on. Realizing she will thrive with or without her husband, Alex discovers her hidden vulnerability as well as her inner strength as she fights to keep her family intact in the midst of the most demanding and important case of her career.
Seth Needle, Director of Acquisitions & Marketing, at Screen Media said: “ALEX OF VENICE features some of the strongest performances we’ve seen in a long time, which speaks highly to Chris’ direction. The talent showcased in this terrific film will last with audiences for some time after the credits roll.”
“I am thrilled to work with Screen Media on the release of my directorial debut, ALEX OF VENICE,” said Chris Messina. “I’m grateful for their passion and commitment to our film and very excited to move ahead with them as our partners.”
ALEX OF VENICE is directed by Chris Messina, produced by Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell, executive produced by Samantha Housman and Louise Runge, co-produced by Crystal Powell, with music composition by David Wingo, cinematography by Doug Emmett, editing by Amy McGrath, and co-editing by Brian McGinn. For more information, please go to www.twitter.com/alexofvenice or www.facebook.com/alexofvenice.
The deal was negotiated by Suzanne Blech, President, and Seth Needle, Director of Acquisitions & Marketing, at Screen Media, with Marc Bortz and Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content on behalf of the filmmakers. The film was made by Electric City Entertainment, who previously produced “Half Nelson,” “Blue Valentine,” “The Place Beyond the Pines,” and have Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes” due in theaters this Christmas.