Recently we posted that Cargo Films had picked up the rights to distribute Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin’s new film, Free Ride internationally. Now, Phase 4 Films acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to the first film from Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer’s new production company CASM.
This is writer-director Shana Betz’s feature directorial debut and the film stars Anna Paquin, Cam Gigandet, Drea De Matteo, Liana Liberato, Jeff Hephner, Brit Morgan and Ava Acres. Scripted by Betz, the film is produced by Susan Dynner, Cerise Hallam Larkin, Chris Swinney and Paquin, and executive produced by Mark Larkin and Stephen Moyer.
Phase 4 will release the film later this year in theaters and on demand. Set in the 1970s and based on her life story, Betz’s accomplished directorial debut is a provocative crime thriller: Paquin plays a single mother who moves to Florida with her daughters in search of a better life but gets pulled into the high-stakes drug-trade business.
Phase 4′s Barry Meyerowitz says:
“Shana Betz has written and directed a poignant and gripping film anchored by a powerful performance by Anna Paquin,” “We look forward to working with Shana, and the entire cast and producing team to bring this film to audiences.”
Anna Paquin is quoted as saying:
“It’s always very exciting to discover talented writers and directors at the beginning of their careers. Based on the life story of Shana Betz, our writer-director, Free Ride tells an emotionally intense story of survival, and the lengths a mother will go to, to take care of her children,” She further says: “This was a story we felt passionately needed to be told. We are thrilled that Phase 4 is as excited about the film as we are and look forward to working with them.”