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Twisted Suburban Satire GREENER GRASS lands a trailer!

In a day-glo-colored, bizarro version of suburbia where adults wear braces on their already-straight teeth, everyone drives golf carts, and children magically turn into golden retrievers, soccer moms and best friends Jill (Jocelyn DeBoer) and Lisa (Dawn Luebbe) are locked in a passive aggressive battle-of-the-wills that takes a turn into the sinister when Lisa begins systematically taking over every aspect of Jill’s life—starting with her newborn daughter. Meanwhile, a psycho yoga teacher killer is on the loose, Jill’s husband (Beck Bennett) has developed a curious taste for pool water, and Lisa is pregnant with a soccer ball. That’s just the tip of the gloriously weird iceberg that is the feature debut from writers-directors Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe, a hilariously demented, Stepford Wives-on-acid satire destined to be an instant cult classic.
Starring Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe, Beck Bennett, Neil Casey, Mary Holland, D’Arcy Carden
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AMBI Distribution Announces FRIEDKIN UNCUT – NYC Theatrical Release!

AMBI Distribution, a division of Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Media Group, has set a U.S. theatrical release for director Francesco Zippel’s FRIEDKIN UNCUT opening tomorrow, August 23, 2019 in NY.


FRIEDKIN UNCUT is a Quoiat Films and TaTaTu Production. The film was directed/produced by Francesco Zippel (The Devil and Father Amorth), produced by Federica Paniccia and Andrew Iervolino. TaTaTu acquired rights for North America and the U.K. last September ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.  It will be released in multiple markets in conjunction with Sarah Wexler’s Amor Media and will soon be available on Tatatu following a traditional theatrical & home entertainment release (


FRIEDKIN UNCUT offers insight into the life and artistic journey of William Friedkin, an extraordinary and offbeat director of cult films such as The French Connection, The Exorcist, Sorcerer, Cruising, To Live and Die in L.A. and Killer Joe. For the first time, Friedkin opens up, guiding the audience on a fascinating journey through the themes and stories that have influenced his life and artistic career.


Thanks to a cast of friends and collaborators, including Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Willem Dafoe, Wes Anderson, Matthew McConaughey, Ellen Burstyn, Michael Shannon, and Juno Temple, we discover stories, anecdotes, and discuss what being an artist really means in order to celebrate William Friedkin and the fun and passion for making art.


“The U.S. release of FRIEDKIN UNCUT” marks a special moment in the life of the film” states Francesco Zippel, “I’m happy that the American audience will have the chance to finally listen to the stories, appreciate the humor and witness the artistic genius of one of the most important living directors.”


Andrea Iervolino said: “Audiences will discover this brilliant film and instantly fall in love, which is why we are happy and eager to give it a theatrical release. Friedkin Uncut is a relatable documentary because at its heart, it is about the art of storytelling – a universal concept. Francesco did a masterful job making this movie, telling this story, and bringing in such an amazing stable of Hollywood stars to give it cinematic gravitas.”


About AMBI


AMBI Group is a consortium of vertically integrated film development, production, finance and distribution companies wholly owned and operated by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Gomez del Campo Bacardi, Lady of Bayfield Hall, better known as “Monika Bacardi.”


AMBI operates as one of the industry’s most prolific financing, production and sales companies with the capacity to develop, package, finance, produce and distribute a broad array of films for the worldwide marketplace. Among the films on AMBI’s burgeoning film slate are the father/son stock car racing film “Trading Paint,” starring Two-time Oscar® nominee John Travolta, Shania Twain, Toby Sebastian and Michael Madsen; the romantic drama “Best Day of My Life” starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Renée Zellweger, Common and Simon Baker; Lamborghini biopic “Lamborghini – The Legend” starring Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin; the revenge thriller “Bent” from Academy Award® winner Bobby Moresco, starring Karl Urban, Sofia Vergara and Andy Garcia; the heist movie “Finding Steve McQueen,” starring Travis Fimmel, Rachael Taylor, William Fichtner and Forest Whitaker, directed by Mark Steven Johnson; the Andrea Bocelli biopic “The Music of Silence”, directed by Oscar® nominated Michael Radford and starring Antonio Banderas, Toby Sebastian and Jordi Molla; the psychological thriller “Black Butterfly” starring Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers; the faith based children’s film “Beyond the Sun,” featuring His Holiness Pope Francis; and the 3D, CGI animated family film “Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad” starring Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Heidi Klum, John Cleese, James Franco and Anjelica Huston.


The AMBI movie and television library includes an incredibly diverse portfolio of critical hits, commercial blockbusters and cult favorites such as “Begin Again,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Donnie Darko,” “End of Watch,” “Ides of March,” “Hit & Run,” “Memento,” “The Mexican,” “Parkland,” “Rush,” “Sliding Doors,” “Snitch,” “Undefeated” and “The Way Back,” to name a few.


Andrea Iervolino has produced, funded and distributed over 60 feature films including “The Merchant of Venice” and “The Humbling.” He is considered one of the youngest and most accomplished entrepreneurs in the film industry and was the recipient of the coveted Mimmo Rotella Award for his contributions to the Italian cinema industry – presented to him at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, alongside fellow recipients Al Pacino and Barry Levinson. Iervolino was most recently the recipient of a special award from Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on behalf of the Lazio Federation of Ontario distinguishing himself in both the Italian-Canadian community and Canadian society at large. He also the Ambassador of Italian Cinema in the World for the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF).


The prestigious University of Pisa commissioned and published a biographical book based on Iervolino’s life titled “Da Cassino Ad Holliwood”.


Renowned for her passion of modern art and love of photography and movies, Monika Bacardi is a highly successful businesswoman who is now committed to producing films, through AMBI, on top of her numerous philanthropic activities.


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Cinedigm Announces Release Dates for Horror Films KARMA AND GOTHIC HARVEST

Cinedigm has announced that it will release horror picture KARMA on demand, digital, and DVD on October 1, 2019 and GOTHIC HARVEST on demand and digital on October 15, 2019, with a DVD release to follow on November 5. KARMA, which is directed by Nick Simon (The Girl in the PhotographsTruth or Dare) and written/produced by the team behind the I Spit on Your Grave franchise, the film debuted on SyFy Network as part of their 10th annual “31 Days of Halloween” programming last fall.

In the film, a young college grad has trouble making ends meet and accepts a job evicting delinquent tenants. As a result, he soon finds himself at odds with a karma demon who stalks him at every turn.  Co-starring are Mandella Van Peebles (Jigsaw), Brytni Sarpy (Truth or Dare), Kanoa Goo (A Letter to Momo), and Tim Russ (Spaceballs).

GOTHIC HARVEST Written by Chris Kobin (2001 Maniacs), the film reunites horror icons Lin Shaye (Insidious and Ouija franchises) and Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects, Texas Chainsaw franchise), who previously starred together in Kobin’s 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams.

GOTHIC HARVEST tells the chilling tale of four co-eds who head to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. When one of them disappears after connecting with a charming local, her friends race to find her before she falls victim to a sadistic Southern family plagued by a centuries-old voodoo curse. Rounding out the cast are Ashley Hamilton (Beethoven’s 2ndIron Man 3), also making his directorial debut; Abbie Gayle (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back); Carol Sutton (Ray); Ashton Leigh (“Ambitions”); Thomas Francis Murphy (Jeepers Creepers III); Tanyell Waivers(Ma); and rising star Sofia Mattsson (“General Hospital”).

The 25th Anniversary of The Swan Princess is here!

In 1994, Princess Odette, Prince Derek, Jean-Bob the frog and Speed the turtle were introduced, capturing the hearts of children worldwide. Though pitted against major animated films like The Lion King during its release, The Swan Princess went on to become the #1 selling home entertainment (VHS!) in the US, originally selling 20 million copies. And, amongst the industry shift to computer-based animation, The Swan Princess has made its mark in history as the last fully hand drawn, hand painted film released in theaters. The franchise has also continued to endear audiences and engage new fans with 9 follow up films since the original.

If you guys want, we’ve been asked to possibly cover the film more. Some of you have been blowing up the mail and socials about it. Win me over on this one, people.

WHAT DEATH LEAVES BEHIND – in the tradition of STIR OF ECHOES and GET OUT – out in September

Acclaimed “Hitchcockian Journey”* What Death Leaves Behind Will receive a theatrical release across North America this September and October via Artist Rights Distribution.

Following the premiere in Los Angeles on September 11, the multi-award winner will open in other markets including Ohio, San Diego, New York, Tennessee, Florida, DC and Philadelphia.

Directed by Scott A. Hamilton, and scripted by Hamilton, Chad Morton, Nico Giampietro, and Rachel K. Ofori, What Death Leaves Behind tells of a man who, after a kidney transplant, experiences reoccurring nightmares he believes to be visions of his donor’s violent murder, sending him on a dark path of vengeance, leading to an unbearable truth.

Christopher Mann, Vincent Young, Erin O’Brien, Johnny Alonso, Alexandra Tydings, Shaira Barton, Amanda Diaz, Kelly Dowdle, and Khalil McMillan star in a Scott A.Hamilton film.

What Death Leaves Behind, from Artist Rights Distribution and Smash Entertainment, in theaters nationally this fall.


Archibald’s Next Big Thing Starring Tony Hale lands a trailer!

DreamWorks Animation’s Archibald’s Next Big Thing premieres Friday, September 6th!  From the creative mind of two-time Emmy® Award winner Tony Hale, Archibald’s Next Big Thing follows the adventures of Archibald Strutter, a chicken who ‘yes-ands’ his way through life. Though living in the moment often leads him astray, Archibald always finds his way back home to an egg-shaped house he shares with his three siblings, Sage, Finley, and Loy, and his trusty sidekick, Bea. Archibald’s Next Big Thing is a fresh comedy about the importance of being present and celebrating the journey, not just the destination. With each twist and turn, this gangly, happy chicken shows everyone around him how important it is to get out of your comfort zone and see the best in everyone and every situation.

BALLOON Wins HollyShorts Grand Prix

A modern fairytale exploring gender through the lens of the superhero myth, BALLOON questions how we raise boys when our concept of masculinity is toxic. For fourteen-year-old Sam, surviving junior high means staying below radar. But that becomes impossible after he becomes the target of the school’s next viral video. He’s pressured to “hit back,” but Sam isn’t so sure-even if he does have super powers.

“SQUADRON 303: The Battle of Britain” and “DAUNTLESS,” starring Judd Nelson and C. Thomas Howell lands trailers!

Based on Arkady Fiedler’s bestseller, Squadron 303 relates the true story of the Polish pilots who were heroes in the Battle of Britain. Jan Zumbach is recovering from a plane crash in a sanatorium when WWII breaks out. The Nazi onslaught forces him to escape from occupied Poland. A similar fate awaits the heroic flight instructor, Witold Urbanowicz. Both make their way to Great Britain and carry on the fight against the Nazi Luftwaffe. Quickly, their heroism and skill catch the attention of commanders, and an elite, Polish fighter squadron is created: Squadron 303. At first they are underestimated and mocked, but thanks to the outstanding patriotism and bravery of its members, the squadron quickly wins respect.

By June 1942, the Japanese Navy has swept across the Pacific. In an effort to change the course of the war, a United States carrier group is positioned off the coast of Midway, tasked with springing a trap on the enemy. During this pivotal battle, the two-man crew of a U.S. Navy dive bomber is forced to ditch into the sea. Set adrift, the men look toward their comrades for rescue; namely the ragtag crew of an amphibious aircraft, who are sent to search for survivors. Lost in the vast openness of the Pacific, with days passing and the chance of rescue fading, the men are forced to face their own mortality.

70s Grindhouse Homage MOMO: THE MISSOURI MONSTER Arrives September 20th on DVD and VOD from Small Town Monsters

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Small Town Monsters has announced the September 20th DVD and VOD release of Seth Breedlove’s docudrama MOMO: The Missouri Monster.  The latest title to crawl forth from the production powerhouse behind last year’s best-selling documentary On the Trail of BigfootMOMO: The Missouri Monster seeks to tell the true, and truly strange story of the Missouri Monster. The hair-covered, three-toed monstrosity was said to have prowled the forests of Star Hill, near Louisiana, Missouri during the summer of 1972 where it was spotted by terrified citizens for weeks.  The film will be available nationwide on DVD, as well as Vimeo OnDemand, Amazon Instant Video, and VIDI Space.
The case gained national media attention during the ’70s and remains one of the largest tourist draws for the tiny town on the banks of the Mississippi River. The latest release from Small Town Monsters and director Seth Breedlove, MOMO: The Missouri Monster is told in both narrative and documentary form. The narrative sections appear as a lost b-movie from the 1970s, inspired by Breedlove’s lifelong fascination with grindhouse movies and creature features. The horror film depicts the widely accepted details of the MOMO legend and is eventually contradicted and corrected by the actual survivors who lived through the events.  Breedlove describes MOMO: The Missouri Monster as “Rashomon meets Creature from Black Lake or The Legend of Boggy Creek“.
The film stars Adam Duggan and Sara Heddleston, as well as Animal Planet’s Cliff Barackman and James “Bobo” Fay with special appearances by Janet Jay and Elizabeth Saint (Ghosts of Shepherdstown).
Ahead of the national video release, a midnight premiere is scheduled at the Kentucky Theater in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, September 6th with cast and crew in attendance. The premiere will coincide with Cryptid-Con, a cryptozoology and paranormal convention celebrating its third year and featuring a number of renowned authors, television personalities, and speakers.  On Friday, September 13th, the Canton Palace Theatre in Canton, OH will play host to the Ohio Premiere of MOMO with cast and crew in attendance. Finally, on September 20th, as MOMO hits audiences nationwide, the Missouri Monster will storm the State Theater in Point Pleasant, WV as part of the kickoff for the annual Mothman Festival.

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