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05.10.2012
LIGHTNING ENTERTAINMENT UNVEILS SLATE OF NEW TITLES FOR CANNES

LIGHTNING ENTERTAINMENT UNVEILS SLATE OF NEW TITLES FOR CANNES

‘STRUCK BY LIGHTNING’ written by/starring Chris Colfer

Comedy ‘SERVITUDE’

South African Thriller ‘ONE LAST LOOK’

‘HEAVEN’S DOOR’ starring Charisma Carpenter, Dean Cain and Joanna Cassidy

South African Crime Thriller ‘BLACK SOUTH-EASTER’


Los Angeles, CA (April X 2012) – Dynamic international distribution company Lightning Entertainment has acquired international rights to five feature films and will present the slate of new titles, including the star-studded comedy STRUCK BY LIGHTNING written by and starring Fox’s Glee’s Chris Colfer, to buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Market, it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning Entertainment.

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING will make its market premiere at the Marché du Film following its Tribeca Film Festival world debut where it received an overwhelmingly positive response from the audience and critics alike. SERVITUDE will also make its market premiere with promotional footage being shown for family film HEAVEN’S DOOR and South African thriller ONE LAST LOOK. BLACK SOUTH-EASTER is currently in production.

“We are thrilled to present this eclectic slate of new titles featuring films from across the globe to our buyers at Cannes and we are incredibly excited that both STRUCK BY LIGHTNING and SERVITUDE will be making their market premieres next month,” said Robert Beaumont. “We always look to find films with a unique twist that we can bring to the marketplace, and we feel that these films are right on target,” he continued.


STRUCK BY LIGHTNING is written by and stars Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer from Fox’s popular award-winning TV show, Glee. He stars alongside Rebel Wilson (BRIDESMAIDS), Allison Janney (THE HELP), Christina Hendricks (AMC’s Mad Men), Dermot Mulroney (THE GREY) and Sarah Hyland (ABC’s Modern Family). The smart, irreverent coming-of-age comedy is directed by Brian Dannelly, who previously directed cult comedy SAVED! and was creative producer on the first season of Showtime’s Weeds where he also directed several episodes.

The film tells the tale of seventeen year old Carson Phillips who is determined to make something of himself and blaze a trail beyond his crummy high school, when he is suddenly struck by a bolt of lightning. The incident is the spark to a wickedly funny story about a young man who devises a blackmailing scheme to improve his chances of getting accepted into a top college... but what he accomplishes is much more profound.

The comedy is produced by David Permut, Robert Aguire and Mia Chang, co-produced by Monica Aguirre, Diez Barroso, Steve Longi and Mark Moran and executive produced by Jason Michael Berman, Chris Colfer, Glenn Rigberg and Lawrence Kopeikin.

ICM and Traction Media sold international rights to Lightning Entertainment. The deal was negotiated by Joseph Dickstein, the company’s SVP of Acquisitions, with Richard Guardian serving as a consultant on the film for Lightning.

SERVITUDE is a comedy written by Michael Sparaga (SIDEKICK) and directed by acclaimed music video and comedy film director Warren P. Sonoda whose previous credits include HAM & CHEESE, TEXTUALITY, and UNRIVALED. The film stars Joe Dinicol (the CW’s The L.A. Complex), Enrico Colanton (CBS’ Person of Interest), Dave Foley (HBO’s The Kids in the Hall), Kristen Hager (BBC’s Being Human) and John Bregar (THE ENTITLED). Released theatrically by Alliance Films in Canada earlier this year, the film will make its US debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 29th.

Josh goes in to quit his job waiting tables at Ranch Steakhouse, but is unable to do so as the restaurant is short-staffed for the night. After discovering a secret memo revealing the company’s plans to fire the staff, he rallies his fellow servers and takes over the restaurant for one final, glorious night.

ONE LAST LOOK marks the feature film debut of successful television and commercial director Philip Roberts, who also wrote the script. Currently in post-production, the thriller stars Stephanie Schildknecht (YOUNG LEONARDO) and newcomer Anna Capraro as two gorgeous sisters on a trip through Africa. When Angie disappears, Yasmin accepts the help from a loner musician to find her sister which leads her to the remote farm of a charismatic sculptor, played by Neil Sandilands (Fox’s House). But appearances deceive, and behind the charm and smile is hidden a terrible secret. Lightning holds worldwide rights outside of Africa, with Richard Guardian serving as a consultant on the film.

HEAVEN’S DOOR is a family film starring Charisma Carpenter (upcoming THE EXPENDABLES 2), Dean Cain (OUT OF TIME), Golden Globe winner Joanna Cassidy (HBO’s Six Feet Under) and Edward Herrmann (the WB’s Gilmore Girls), written and directed by Craig Clyde (THE WILD STALLION, A CHRISTMAS WISH). Currently in post-production, the film is produced by Bryce W. Fillmore and Dave Hunter. HEAVEN’S DOOR is a heartwarming tale about a small town girl who discovers a window into Heaven and uses her new found powers to help heal and bolster faith in the small community until she is faced with the ultimate sacrifice. The film is a Hallmark Original Movie which will air in the US at Christmas 2012.

BLACK SOUTH-EASTER is a noir thriller currently shooting in Cape Town, South Africa. The film is written and directed by Carey McKenzie, who makes her feature film debut following her critically acclaimed documentary, ORIGINAL CHILD BOMB. The film is produced by Rachel Young and Tendeka Matatu, whose 2008 film, GANGSTER’S PARADISE: JERUSALEMA, was a critical and box office success, screened at several international film festivals and was the country’s official entry for the Academy Awards. The cast includes Tony Kgoroge (INVICTUS) and Fana Mokoena (MACHINE GUN PREACHER), who have both been cast in the newly announced Justin Chadwick’s LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, as well as Deon Lotz (SKOONHEID), Thomas Gumede (OTELO BURNING) and Zolani Mahola (FRESHLY GROUND). Richard Guardian will serve as a consultant on the film for Lightning.

The film tells the story of an ambitious policeman, Sizwe Miya, who uncovers a poaching scheme by his ex-police-comrade who is now a corrupt crime lord. As a man of integrity, he has no choice but to take a stand against his old colleague.

In addition to the new Cannes slate, Lightning will also be showing buyers promo footage from the comedy THE HOT FLASHES starring Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Virginia Madsen, Camryn Manheim and Wanda Sykes and screening the Australian sci-fi film, 25th REICH starring Jim Knobeloch, Dan Balcaban and Jak Wyld. Lightning will also present the thriller FIVE THIRTEEN starring Tom Sizemore, Taryn Manning, Danny Trejo and James Russo.

ABOUT LIGHTNING ENTERTAINMENT

Lightning Entertainment was established in 2001, with a focus on the worldwide distribution and licensing of independent film products. Its core business is the representation of quality theatrical films, as well as product that has strong commercial value in ancillary markets. Lightning’s notable past films include the smash Sundance hit JUNEBUG, the heartwarming comedy BONNEVILLE starring Joan Allen, Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange, the gangster hit KILL THE IRISHMAN starring Christopher Walken and Ray Stevenson, and the acclaimed drama BEAUTIFUL BOY starring Michael Sheen and Maria Bello. Lightning’s current lineup includes the fast-paced action film BRAKE starring Stephen Dorff, the riveting thriller COLUMBUS CIRCLE starring Selma Blair, Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee and Amy Smart, and the witty dramedy THE TROUBLE WITH BLISS starring Michael C. Hall and Lucy Liu.


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