Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to Helen Hunt’s “RIDE”, which stars Hunt, Brenton Thwaites, Luke Wilson, and David Zayas. President Suzanne Blech will release the film in theaters nationwide in Q2 2015.
This is Hunt’s second directorial effort following “Then She Found Me” in 2007, which was sold at the Toronto International Film Festival that year and went on to win the Audience Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival. Hunt was nominated for a second Academy Award in 2012 for her work in “The Sessions,” following her win in 1998 for Best Actress in “As Good as It Gets.”
In RIDE, when an editor from The New Yorker magazine (Helen Hunt) follows her son (Brenton Thwaites) to LA after he drops out of college to surf and find himself, she ends up being the one thrust into a sea change of self-discovery. In this comedy, she befriends a limo driver (David Zayas) rediscovers her sexuality with a younger surf instructor (Luke Wilson) and begins to heal her fractured relationship with her son and herself.
“I made this movie for mothers, sons, fathers, daughters, surfers and people who fall apart and come back together,” said writer/director/producer/actress Hunt. “Screen Media is the perfect place to get RIDE to its audience. We’re so excited to partner with them.”
“Professionally, the opportunity to work with Helen and her producing team was something we absolutely wanted to make happen after we first started tracking the film,” said Blech. “Personally, I intimately identified with the mother’s journey in RIDE and hope audiences will associate with Helen’s vision as much as I did.”
RIDE is written and directed by Helen Hunt, produced by Helen Hunt, Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder, Greg Little, and Moon Blauner, executive produced by Louise Runge, Samantha Housman, Matthew Carnahan, Robert Beaumont, Kevin Iwashina, Roxanne Fie Anderson, Elizabeth Stillwell, Bruce Bendell, Michael Paesano and Eric Alini, with music composition by Julian Wass, cinematography by Jas Shelton, and editing by William Yeh. The film stars Helen Hunt, Brenton Thwaites, Luke Wilson, and David Zayas. For more information, please go to https://twitter.com/RIDEmovie and https://www.facebook.com/ridethemovie.com.
The water photography in RIDE was done by renowned, world-famous water cameraman Sonny Miller. This was his last film and it is dedicated to him.
The deal was negotiated by Suzanne Blech, President, Screen Media, and Seth Needle, Director of Acquisitions & Marketing, at Screen Media, with CAA and Preferred Content on behalf of the filmmakers. The film was financed by Sandbar Pictures, Abandon Features, Big Block Ventures and @TheMovies Entertainment. UltraMedia is handling foreign sales.