EXCLUSIVE: Vertical Entertainment has continued its function movie funding technique by finishing pre-buy financing and securing North American and UK/Ireland distribution rights to Sam & Kate, a household dramedy starring Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman and Sissy Spacek. The movie from writer-director Darren Le Gallo, additionally starring the previous actor’s son Jake Hoffman and the latter’s daughter Schuyler Fisk, is slated for a theatrical launch on November 11.

Le Gallo’s function directorial debut takes place in a small city within the coronary heart of the nation. Hoffman performs Bill, the larger-than-life father to Sam (Jake Hoffman), who has returned house to deal with his ailing dad. While house, Sam falls for an area girl, Kate (Schuyler Fisk). And on the identical time, Bill begins to fall for her mother, Tina (Spacek). But discovering love is difficult, and for these 4, it’s no completely different. They all should confront their previous with a purpose to make their new love work for the longer term.

Le Gallo produced Sam & Kate alongside Ben Shields Catlin, Orian Williams, Ford Corbett and Volition Media’s Cindy Bru. Executive producers are Bond Group Entertainment’s Amy Adams and Stacy O’Neil, Vertical’s Peter Jarowey, Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin, Ryan Donnell Smith, Emily Salveson, Nathan Klingher, Vanessa Yoa Guo, Volition Media’s Adam Beasley and Michael Jefferson, Bankside’s Stephen Kelliher and Yana Georgiev, Ryan Winterstern, and Caroline Conner. Bankside Films is promoting the movie’s overseas rights.

“We are thrilled to have gotten in early on Sam & Kate, not just for financing however distribution as properly,” mentioned Vertical Entertainment’s Jarowey. “Darren wrote a beautiful script and has introduced it to life with a completely superb solid and manufacturing workforce. It is at the moment in post-production, and we can not wait to share it with moviegoers.”

“It has been a really private and emotional journey to get this venture from script by way of ending manufacturing, which is why we’re so excited to be working with Vertical,” remarked Catlin. “They understood what we have been making an attempt to create from the beginning and got here in aggressively to help Darren’s imaginative and prescient.”


“I’m extremely grateful to Vertical for his or her partnership and collaboration on my first movie and guaranteeing audiences could have the chance to expertise it in theaters,” added Le Gallo. “This has been such a surreal expertise and I’m so humbled and grateful to the superb solid and crew we assembled. I’m trying ahead to it being out on the planet.”

Founded in 2012, Vertical Entertainment has additionally just lately acquired Brad Anderson’s horror Blood, starring Michelle Monaghan and Skeet Ulrich; Chris Naoki Lee’s drama, Dinner Party; the thriller Delia’s Gone, starring Stephan James and Marisa Tomei; Thom Harp’s comedy The Donor Party; Katie Holmes’ Tribeca-premiering romantic drama Alone Together; and the political satire Land of Dreams, staring Sheila Vand, Matt Dillon and extra, which additionally bowed at Tribeca. The firm launched John Patton Ford’s Sundance 2022 pic Emily the Criminal, starring Aubrey Plaza and Theo Rossi, alongside Roadside Attractions on August twelfth.

Peter Jarowey and Tony Piantedosi negotiated the Sam & Kate deal on behalf of Vertical Entertainment, with WME Independent on behalf of the filmmakers.

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