New York (September 18, 2013) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today that they have acquired North American rights to THE SACRAMENT, a chilling death-cult thriller written, directed and edited by Ti West. Featured in Venice and Toronto, THE SACRAMENT stars AJ Bowen (TheHouse of the Devil), Joe Swanberg (You’re Next) and Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color), and features a star-making performance from Gene Jones as the charismatic cult leader known as “Father.” Magnet and West are frequent collaborators, working together on West’s landmark horror film The House of the Devil, as well The Innkeepers, V/H/S and THE ABCs OF DEATH. THE SACRAMENT was produced and financed by Worldview Entertainment. Eli Roth, Jacob Jaffke, Peter Phok, and Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners produced.
THE SACRAMENT stars Bowen and Swanberg as reporters for VICE Media who journey to a remote Central American compound along with a photographer (Kentucker Audley) hoping to reunite with his sister (Seimetz), who has dropped off the map after struggling with drug addiction. They find an isolated community of true believers devoted to a shadowy but charismatic figure called “Father.” Skeptical at first, the journalists begin to come around to the group’s utopian claims, until things rapidly take a very dark turn.
“We’re incredibly pleased to be furthering our fruitful collaboration with Ti, who continues to be one of the most exciting genre filmmakers working today,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “It is high praise and no understatement to say that THE SACRAMENT is Ti’s best film to date.”
“There is no distributor as dedicated to consistently bringing the highest quality independent films to audiences nationwide, whether it be through theatrical, or video on demand,” said Ti West. “This will be my fifth collaboration with Magnolia Pictures, and I couldn’t be happier. They are the perfect home for a genre bending, confronting film like “THE SACRAMENT.”
Producer Eli Roth said: “I’m thrilled to have Magnolia releasing the film. Ti West made an incredibly smart, tense thriller with riveting performances and Magnet is the perfect distributor to really position this film to cross over with fans and critics alike. The response in Toronto was phenomenal, and we’re thrilled audiences across the country will get to discover what many consider Ti’s best movie.”
The deal was negotiated for Magnet by SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and VP of Acquisitions Peter Van Steemburg with CAA and UTA on behalf of the filmmakers. Magnet is planning a 2014 release.
About Magnet Releasing
Magnet is the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, specializing in films from the vanguard of horror, action, comedy and Asian cinema, and the home of genre classics like Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In, Takeshi Miike’s 13 Assassins, Christopher Smith’s Black Death, Ti West’s The House of the Devil, Andre Ovredal’s Trollhunter, Gareth Edward’s Monsters, Neil Marshall’s sword and sandals bloodbath Centurion, and Tony Jaa’s Ong Bak trilogy to name a few. Recent releases include the terrifying anthologies V/H/S and V/H/S/2, horror anthology The ABCs of Death, Xan Cassavettes’ stylish vampire film Kiss of the Damned, and twisted horror-comedy Bad Milo!. Upcomingreleases include Adrián García Bogliano’s Here Comes the Devil, Israeli thriller Big Bad Wolves, The ABCs of Death 2, sci-fi thriller The Last Days on Mars, and many more.
About Worldview Entertainment
Worldview Entertainment is a leading independent motion picture studio that finances, produces and acquires theatrical quality feature films with budgets up to $50 million for worldwide distribution. The company is backed by a strong capitalization and represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Worldview was founded in 2007 and is based in New York City.
In addition to “The Sacrament,” Worldview Entertainment premiered six films at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival: Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan’s crime thriller, “Devil’s Knot,” starring Academy Award winners Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon which had its world premiere as a Special Presentation; Eli Roth’s highly anticipated return to directing with the horror thriller, “The Green Inferno,” which Open Road picked up at Toronto after premiering in the Midnight Madness section; David Gordon Green’s drama, “Joe,” starring Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan which had its North American premiere as a Special Presentation following its world premiere at the 2013 Venice Film Festival; Guillaume Canet’s crime thriller, “Blood Ties,” starring Academy Award nominee Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and Academy Award nominee James Caan made its North American premiere as a Gala Presentation after making its world premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival; and Jehane Noujaim’s Egyptian revolution documentary “The Square.”
Worldview’s impressive 2013 slate includes two studio co-financing deals: Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s comedy, “Birdman,” with Fox Searchlight and New Regency, starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Academy Award nominee Edward Norton, which completed filming this spring; and Daniel Espinosa’s crime thriller, “Child 44,” with Summit/Lionsgate, starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent Cassel and Jason Clarke, which is currently filming in Prague. This summer the company wrapped production on Kate Barker Froyland’s drama, “Song One” starring Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway; and Zach Braff’s drama, “Wish I Was Here,” starring Braff and Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson. Worldview is re-teaming with David Gordon Green this fall on the drama “Manglehorn,” starring Academy Award winners Al Pacino and Holly Hunter.