Lightning Entertainment Unveils Slate of Seven Titles For AFM

Just ahead of the next week’s American Film Market, sales-production-distribution company Lightning Entertainment is unveiling an ambitious slate of seven titles it is selling.

The seven titles, which range from horror to comedy, will screen at the market, with three making their world debuts. The films include:

– Brake, a thriller starring Stephen Dorff;

Columbus Circle, a thriller starring Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee and Kevin Pollak;

– The Trouble with Bliss, which sees Michael C. Hall leading a cast that includes Peter Fonda and Lucy Liu.

– Bloodwork, a thriller starring Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer;

Also on the slate are the romantic comedy Scents and Sensibility, crime movie Boy Wonder, and the Australian horror movie Wrath.

For two of the films, Bloodwork and Boy Wonder, as well as The Revenant, Lightning has acquired worldwide distribution rights and will be releasing them in the U.S. through their domestic distribution label, Lightning Media. The US release will be via theatrical, VOD, digital and home entertainment channels.

Lightning said it sees a “reinvigorated marketplace” it is hoping to capitalize with the titles, which it also hopes will expand its presence as a domestic distributor.


American Film Market Unveils Slate: Dark Horse & Columbus Circle To Premiere

Good News Selma Blair fans! Two of Selma’s new movies – Dark Horse and Columbus Circle might be coming to a theater near you soon! Columbus Circle is set for world premiere and Dark Horse is scheduled for market premiere at the 32nd American Film Market November 2nd – 9th 2011.

Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 12, 2011 – The 32nd American Film Market (AFM) will screen 395 motion pictures, including 65 world premieres and 295 market premieres, for thousands of buyers and industry professionals from 70 plus countries. Jonathan Wolf, AFM Managing Director and Executive Vice President of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, made the announcement today. The 2011 AFM will take place Nov. 2-9 in Santa Monica, CA.

Films making their World Premieres include A Gang Story, starring Gérard Lanvin and Tchéky Karyo (Gaumont); Bad Karma, starring Ray Liotta, Dominic Purcell and Rhona Mitra (Screen Media); Columbus Circle, starring Selma Blair, Amy Smart, Giovanni Ribisi and Kevin Pollak (Lightning Entertainment); Nobel’s Last Will, starring Malin Crépin, Björn Kjellman and Leif Andrée (Zodiak Rights); Snowflake, the White Gorilla, starring Elsa Pataky and Pere Ponce (Filmax International); Special Forces, starring Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou and Benoit Magimel (StudioCanal); and The Expatriate, starring Aaron Eckhart and Olga Kurylenko (Essential Entertainment).

Among the 295 films set to make their Market Premieres are: A Dangerous Method, starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender (HanWay Films); Albert Nobbs, starring Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska and Aaron Johnson (WestEnd Films); Bernie, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey (Hyde Park International); Dark Horse, starring Justin Bartha, Selma Blair, Mia Farrow, Jordan Gelber and Christopher Walken (Goldcrest Films International); Detachment, starring Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan, Christina Hendricks and Lucy Liu (Celluloid Dreams); Edwin Boyd, starring Scott Speedman, Brian Cox, Kelly Reilly and Kevin Durand (Myriad Pictures); Face to Face, starring Luke Ford, Vince Colosimo, Sigrid Thornton and Matthew Newton (Jinga Films); George Harrison: Living in the Material World, starring Paul McCartney and Terry Gilliam (Exclusive Films International, Limited); Hick, starring Blake Lively, Chloë Grace Moretz, Eddie Redmayne, Alec Baldwin and Juliette Lewis (Content); Killer Joe, starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church, Juno Temple and Gina Gershon (Voltage Pictures); Le Skylab, starring Julie Delpy and Eric Elmosnino (Films Distribution); Loosies, starring Peter Facinelli, Jaimie Alexander, Michael Madsen, Vincent Gallo and Joe Pantoliano (CMG – Cinema Management Group); Lucky, starring Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor, Jeffrey Tambor and Ann-Margret (ICAP Media); and Michael, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Mahie Gill and Purav Bhandare (Fortissimo Films).

For a complete list of the films and the screening schedule, visit This year, 27 films will be presented in 3D. Additionally, 54 plus films not listed in The Film Catalogue will have their world or market premieres during AFM. Those films will be announced by their respective companies on the eve of the market.