Vision Films, an international sales agent and North American distributor for independent feature films and feature length documentaries, has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) to distribute their new feature film releases across home entertainment platforms in the United States and Canada.
Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO of Vision Films states, “We are so pleased to be joining the SPHE family who has a proven track-record of success in the U.S. and Canadian home entertainment market. Our distribution agreement will be instrumental in the growth of our home entertainment division, further ensuring our role as one of the premier providers of independent films in the marketplace.”
Lise Romanoff, Managing Director/CEO of Vision Films
Vision’s current release slate includes many timely and relevant feature films. As the U.S. historic presidential race continues to heat up, Vision Films is releasing the absorbing political satire, “The Congressman”, exclusively in RedBox on August 9th. Directed by Jared Martin and former Congressman Robert Mrazek, and featuring Treat Williams (“Everwood”), George Hamilton (“Godfather III”), Elizabeth Marvel (“True Grit”) and Ryan Merriman (“Final Destination 3”), exec produced by Nancy Zises, the film deals with ongoing political themes such as sabotage, media manipulation, patriotism and the Pledge of Allegiance.
The thriller “Desiree”, based on the best-selling cult novel Dermaphoria by Craig Clevenger, will be released September 27th and centers on a chemist caught in a cat-and-mouse game after creating a recreational drug that the syndicate desires. Starring Ron Perlman (“Hellboy”) and Walton Goggins (“The Hateful Eight”), the film is being described as “Memento” meets “Breaking Bad”.
From executive producer Mel Brooks comes his son Nicholas Brooks’ directorial debut, “Sam. Sam” a comedy about a womanizer who must learn how to value women by mysteriously becoming one himself. Starring Natalie Knepp (“The Night Before”), Sean Kleier (“The Intern”), Morgan Fairchild (“Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2”) and Stacy Keach (“Nebraska”), the film will be available in October across all DVD and VOD platforms.
“The Standoff” follows eight teens competing to win a new car with an all-star Disney Channel and Nickelodeon cast. Starring Olivia Holt (“I Didn’t Do It”), who is currently featured as Hollywood’s new rising star, Ryan McCartan (“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “Liv and Maddie”), Alex Wolf (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”), McKaley Miller (“Scream Queens”) and YouTube sensations Vanessa & Veronica Merrill (“Jane the Virgin”).
Halloween and family offerings include ”The Hybrid Family” about two young teenaged siblings who are vampire-part-witch hybrids, starring Paul Sorvino (“Goodfellas”), Carolyn Hennesy (“General Hospital”), Mojean Aria (“The Bronx Bull”), Leanne Agmon (“Blue Bloods”), and directed by Tony Randel. ”Nessie & Me” stars Michael Pare (“Eddie and the Cruisers”) and Toni Hudson (“Places in the Heart”)and is about a hero that is a very misunderstood sea monster.
Two films are offered for the holidays as well, ”A Doggone Christmas”directed by Jim Wynorski and starring Dominique Swain, Rib Hillis, Lauren Parkinson and YouTube sensation “Just Jesse” the Jack Russell Terrier (17 million fans) and “A Miracle On Christmas Lake” an inspirational story about loss and regaining hope, starring Siobhan Williams (“Forsaken”, “Flicka”), Will Sasso (“Three Stooges”, “MADtv”) and directed by John Kissack.
When asked about the future of the Vision Films’ DVD and VOD label, Romanoff stated, “Vision Films has an eye towards acquiring top-notch independent feature films that entertain and inspire audiences. Good old fashioned feel-good movies will never go out of style.”
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About Sydney Levine:
Sydney Levine is an executive of longstanding in the international film business. She is a writer of the popular blog on international film business, SydneysBuzz which also has run on Indiewire, IMDbPro and IMDb since 2008 when Amazon acquired her twenty-five year old company FilmFinders. In 1988 Sydney created FilmFinders, the industry’s first database of worldwide features used by distributors, sales agents and festival programmers acquiring features. It became industry standard for organizing and tracking the rights-buying activities of the film business and was adopted by the Cannes Marché and developed into what today is called Cinando.com. She and her partner, Peter Belsito continue to provide consulting and strategic planning for producers, national film organizations and other educational initiatives in international film business at Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Germany's Deutsche Welle Akademie, Talents in Berlin, Sarajevo, and Guadalajara, EICTV the international film school in Los Banos, Cuba, Chapman University, UCLA Extension, Vilnius University, et. al. She organizes, moderates and participates in panel discussions on the international film business, as well as producing white paper research and reports on SydneysBuzz.com. Sydney works with the markets in Cannes and Berlin in administering buyers’ data for North America, Latin America and Asia and gives tours of the market to newcomers. She opens the Cannes Shorts Corner with a presentation on The International Film Circuit for shorts. She has currently completed a book about Latin American Film Financing published in Spanish by the Guadalajara University Press. The English version on the Iberoamerican Film Business will be published in the fall of 2016.
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