Here’s some news from AFM that we couldn’t be more pleased to share. Last year, we told you about Boston filmmakers Michael and Shawn Rasmussen (writers of John Carpenter’s The Ward), and their new film, Dark Feed. (See our issue with their interview.) It’s just been announced that Grindstone and Lionsgate Home Entertainment have acquired North American rights to Dark Feed, with Recreation Media picking up international rights. Dark Feed is the Rasmussens’ directorial debut and is screening at AFM this week.
The Rasmussens filmed Dark Feed in Massachusetts, using some of the same shooting locations as Shutter Island. The movie follows an indie film production crew shooting in an abandoned psychiatric hospital with a shadowy past. For more information, Like Dark Feed on Facebook, or read the full press release below.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012….. Grindstone Entertainment Group has acquired North American rights and Recreation has acquired international rights to writer/directors Michael Rasmussen and Shawn Rasmussen’s anticipated directorial debut, the horror film DARK FEED. Lionsgate Home Entertainment will distribute in North America. The deals with Grindstone and Recreation were negotiated by Ronna Wallacefrom Eastgate Pictures. The Rasmussen Brothers produced the film along with Glenn Cooper, Roger Danchik and Jon Huberman.
In DARK FEED, a group of young professionals are terrorized while working in an abandoned psychiatric hospital when it appears that insanity is spreading among them like a virus. The Rasmussen Brothers have developed a horror fan base since they wrote the screenplay to the 2010 asylum thriller John Carpenter’s The Ward.
Grindstone Entertainment partner, Stan Wertlieb, commented, “Michael and Shawn Rasmussen are a fresh new talent pool. They know how to scare even the most jaded horror fan! Keep an eye on them.”
Recreation President and CEO Ariel Veneziano, said, “DARK FEED fits right into our strategy of consistently bringing exceptional genre films to the international marketplace.”
“It’s extremely exciting for us to be working with Grindstone and Lionsgate,” said the directors, Michael and Shawn Rasmussen. “Many of the films that have inspired us over the years have come from them. It is an honor to have DARK FEED included in such a library of great horror films.”
Wertlieb and Grindstone’s Christy Cannon negotiated on behalf of Grindstone. Legal negotiations and services for Eastgate were provided by Shelley Surpin of Surpin & Mayersohn, LLP.
DARK FEED was shot in and around Boston, using some of the same buildings featured in Shutter Island. Roger Danchik (Art Director on Session 9) did the production design for the movie, and the film’s haunting original score was created by award winning composer John Kusiak who scored Errol Morris’s recent film TABLOID.
About Recreation Media
Recreation Media is an independent sales company and consulting firm, involved in the worldwide distribution of feature films and television programs. The company’s specialty is to help create value for its clients by uncovering revenue streams from all available sources, expanding their reach in the global marketplace. The company’s feature film label, Recreation, handles international sales of a diverse slate of high-profile theatrical titles.