EXCLUSIVE: Avi Federgreen’s Indiecan Entertainment launches genre-focused distribution arm, hot on the heels of release of Junta Yamaguchi’s Time Paradox comedy Beyond infinity two minutes.
Red Water Entertainment will serve as a home for genre cinema from around the world, focused on bringing North American audiences high-quality cinema without language or regional barriers.
It will primarily work in the horror, sci-fi, and action genres, but will release films from the broad spectrum that the term “genre” encompasses. “There are a lot of wonderful genre cinemas that never see the light of day in North America, and I’m thrilled to help some of those movies find the audiences they deserve,” Federgreen said.
Red Water’s launch slate includes six different films that will be released at the end of this year. They are by Stefano Lodovichi The guest room (a.k.a Bedroom; Italy), by John Farrelly The sleep experience (Ireland), Carlo Lavagna’s Shadows (Italy/Ireland), Rasmus Merivoo’s Kratt (Estonia), and Xiaofeng Li’s Return to the platform (China), which will be released in Canada and the United States. Canadian feature film by Karen Lam The Curse of Willow Song will be a Canadian version only.
Fees for The guest room were secured by Gaetano Matorino of True Colours, Shadows via Catia Rossi of Vision Distribution, for Kratt with Justyna Koronkiewicz of Media Move and producer Tõnu Hiielaid, and Back to the wharf with Fen Chen of Rediance Films. Negotiations completed The sleep experience and The Curse of Willow Song were dealt with directly with the filmmakers.
The guest room follows Stella, who decides to commit suicide, until a stranger knocks on her door to claim the guest room he has reserved for the night. Surprised but charmed by the man, who seems to know her, she decides to let him in. But when Sandro, the man who broke her heart, joins them at home, things immediately spiral into chaos.
The sleep experience sees two detectives begin an investigation into a disastrous secret military experiment where five prisoners were kept awake for 30 days in a sealed gas chamber.
Shadows follows teenage sisters Alma (Mia Threapleton) and Alex (Lola Petticrew) who live in an old abandoned hotel with their strict mother (Saskia Reeves), who protects them from outside dangers. Over time, a new realization dawns on the two girls, urging them to break the rules and seeming balance in their lives, exposing a disturbing secret.
Kratt follows two town kids, who find instruction on how to build an evil creature when left at their grandmother’s house, while Back to the wharf tells the story of a man guilty of his teenage crime spree who returns to his hometown to uncover the truth about his untold past.
The Curse of Willow Song follows the titular Willow Song fending for herself on the unforgiving streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside after serving arson. As fate seems to conspire against her, she is thrown on a lifeline by a figure from her past.
Red Water will be led by Federgreen as CEO, with the help of longtime Indiecan acquisitions and operations adviser Justin McConnell, as well as Indiecan’s existing acquisitions and support team, as well as a distribution network already established over the past decade.