Gravitas Ventures announced today that they have acquired U.S. VOD rights to JUG FACE, the tense horror-thriller that was written and directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle. The film was produced by Andrew van den Houten ("Funeral Kings," 'The Woman") and Robert Tonino ('Home Movie," "Ghoul") for Modernciné, and stars Lauren Ashley Carter ("The Woman"), Sean Bridgers ("Deadwood"), Sean Young ("Blade Runner"), Larry Fessenden ("I Sell the Dead") and Daniel Manche ("The Girl Next Door"). The film was executive produced by Lucky McKee, Arrien Schiltkamp and Loren Semmens. JUG FACE won the Slamdance Grand Prize Screenwriting Award in 2011 and debuted as a Special Screening selection at this year's festival. The film is slated for a July Pre-Theatrical VOD premiere, followed by a national theatrical roll out.
Ada, her family and a small isolated backwoods community worship a mysterious pit. The pit has the power to heal and protect all who honor it but at a deadly price...it demands an occasional sacrifice. The pit communicates through the local potter who, while in a trance, crafts ceramic jugs that carry the face of a person to be sacrificed to the entity that lives within it. Ada has a secret about the latest jug face that she's determined to keep hidden but the pit demands a Sacrifice and unleashes an evil onto the community until it gets who it really wants.
The deal for the U.S. VOD rights was negotiated by Gravitas Ventures' Nolan Gallagher and Andrew van den Houten, President of Modernciné.
"Modernciné is proud to be pairing with Gravitas to release this incredibly original film by Chad Crawford Kinkle. Gravitas understands how to release into the digital marketplace better than most distributors in the business. We are confident that our theatrical release in conjunction with their heightened VOD release will give this unique film a chance to find a very large audience," said Modernciné's van den Houten.
"We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Modernciné team on the undeniably unique JUG FACE. As longtime fans of horror films that break the mold, we are happy to follow the Pit's wishes and bring JUG FACE to a mass VOD audience," said Gravitas' Nolan Gallagher.
Additional rights have yet to be assigned and will be announced shortly. T.C. Rice will be working for Modernciné booking the film theatrically in U.S. markets.