Netflix and Amazon Video have both swept Park City in search for premium projects. YouTube, Vimeo, and various virtual reality companies are also among them, but in a stronger marketing and branding position than anything.
This year, Gunpowder & Sky (G&S)joins the big two digital streamers in acquisiton land. The company has picked up North American and key International territory rights to comedy “The Little Hours” from “I Heart Huckabees” writer/director and Sundance Film Festival-regular Jeff Baena (pictured left).
“I was blown away by the Gunpowder & Sky team’s infectious passion and unique vision for how to unleash this film. It’s refreshing to find a distribution partner on the same wavelength and exciting to explore a legitimate theatrical model,” said Baena.
G&S acquired FilmBuff late last year to evolve the brand into its sales and distribution arm. The company has shared plans to use the team’s expertise in licensing and distributing digital and traditional formats as it scales into a modern-day studio. “The Little Hours” marks the company’s first acquisition to be announced from a major film festival.
“I wasn’t sure it would be possible, but we managed to find the most outrageous & irreverent film at Sundance, which happens to be written and directed by an amazing talent in Jeff, with killer performances by some of the most hilarious established and up-and-coming film actors,” said Van Toffler, CEO of Gunpowder & Sky.
“The Little Hours” was adapted from 14th-century novelist Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron” about a group of Italian nuns and their struggles to honor the vow of celibacy with an all-star cast line-up of Hollywood actors including Alison Brie (“Community”), Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”), and Kate Micucci (“Scrubs”) and comedians John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon, among others.
Returning Sundance producer Liz Destro (“Joshy”) produced the film with along with actress Aubrey Plaza. Starstream Media, Bow and Arrow Entertainment, Foton Pictures and Exhibit executive produced.