MoviePass Films and NEON Pact on Two-Picture Deal, Duo to partner on co-release of Sundance and Cannes Award-winning films MONSTERS AND MEN and BORDER
MoviePass Films, a joint venture between MoviePass Inc. corporate parent Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: HMNY) and Emmett Furla Oasis (EFO) Films, and NEON, the award-winning independent distribution company behind such films as I, Tonya and Ingrid Goes West, have reached an agreement whereby MoviePass Films will invest in and partner to co-release NEON’s next two pictures: Reinaldo Marcus Green’s Sundance award-winner Monsters and Men and Ali Abassi’s Cannes award-winner Border, both of which will open in U.S. theaters in the fall.
The partnership will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the New York City premiere of Monsters and Men, ahead of the picture’s New York and Los Angeles limited opening this Thursday, Sept. 27. The poignant drama, written and directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, and starring John David Washington and newcomers Anthony Ramos and Kelvin Harrison Jr., won the Sundance Special Jury Prize for Outstanding First Feature this year. The film will be available at theaters nationwide in mid-October.
The partnership will continue later this calendar year with the release of Border, Ali Abassi’s stunning love story that took home the Top Prize in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard sidebar this year. Border, which will have its stateside theatrical release in the fourth quarter, was recently selected as Sweden’s entry for best foreign-language film at this year’s 91st Academy Awards by the Swedish Film Institute.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with these acquisitions and being in business with an industry-leader such as NEON,” said MoviePass Films Chairman Ted Farnsworth and Co-CEO Randall Emmett. “These films are high-caliber, prestige titles and great fits for the MoviePass Films banner.”
MoviePass Films sister company MoviePass, the nation’s premier movie theater subscription service, will make Monsters and Men and Border available to subscribers as “Bonus Movies,” which will not count toward their monthly in-theater movie allotment. MoviePass subscribers will also have a chance to attend the films’ red-carpet premieres and receive other special perks throughout the duration of the partnership. Moviefone, which is also owned by HMNY, will also support each release.
NEON remarked, “We are so happy to find a partner in MoviePass that shares our passion in supporting theatrical releases.”
MoviePass Films is quickly ramping up its co-financing, co-production and co-acquisition business, having just wrapped production on the Bruce Willis-starring 10 Minutes Gone, and is finalizing other co-productions and co-acquisitions.
The MoviePass Films/NEON deal was inked by Zac Bright, MoviePass Films’ newly minted President of Acquisitions, and NEON’s SVP of Acquisitions & Production, Jeff Deutchman.