Sundance 2012: Fright flick 'Black Rock' bought by LD Distribution
In the fourth Sundance Film Festival deal for sales agent Josh Braun, LD Distribution has bought the girl-power fright film "Black Rock" for more than $1 million with a planned national theatrical release, according to people close to the deal.
LD, a newly formed label teaming financier Mickey Liddell and marketing veteran David Dinerstein, beat out a number of interested parties, including Gold Circle and "Paranormal Activity" producer Jason Blum, IFC, Magnolia, Lionsgate and Weinstein Co., according to a source familiar with the deal. Braun's Submarine Entertainment previously sold the Sundance documentaries "The Queen of Versailles," "Searching For Sugar Man" and "Me at the Zoo."
Clearly inspired by "Deliverance," "Black Rock" stars Katie Aselton (who also directed), Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth as three friends on a reunion camping trip on a remote Maine island. Soon after the women pitch their tents, three soldiers recently discharged from duty show up on a hunting excursion. Let's say they don't end up cooking s'mores over the campfire.
The film was written by indie director Mark Duplass (Sundance darling "The Puffy Chair"), who is married to Aselton.
-- John Horn
Photo: Lake Bell, Katie Aselton and Kate Bosworth in "Black Rock." Credit: Jack Zbuska