“THE SUICIDE THEORY”
GRAND JURY AWARD
AT L.A.’S 17th DANCES WITH FILMS FESTIVAL
SHOCKING DARKLY COMEDIC NEO-NOIR FILM
IS THE FIRST FOREIGN FILM TO TAKE THE HONORS
The Filmmakers Have Received Three Offers for North American Distribution and Are in Talks for Talent Representation with Remake Rights to the Film which has become a Hot Property
HOLLYWOOD, CA – Hot off winning the Grand Jury Award for THE SUICIDE THEORY at the 17th Annual Dances With Films, in Hollywood, the three-man filmmaking team from Seven8Media was on a whirlwind of meetings with distributors seeking to release the film and with agents and managers for representation. Director/producer Dru Brown and producer-brothers Christian and Jacob McCarty have received three offers to distribute THE SUICIDE THEORY and a solid offer to represent them, individually and as a team.
In addition to receiving three firm offers for distribution in North America, there has been interest in the remake rights to the project from several sources, based on Brown’s stylish direction, the quality of the production and the tour de force performance of Mouzakis in the role of Steven Ray, which agents and producers see as a role ripe for remake by an American box-office star.
THE SUICIDE THEORY’s was produced by Brown and the McCarty brothers along with Dan Macarthur, Melanie Poole and Waynne Videroni with Executive Producers Darwin Brooks and Aaron McCarty.
Brown, the McCarty brothers, and the executive producers, along with the film’s star Steve Mouzakis (I, Frankenstein; Where the Wild Things Are; Darkness Falls) all made the trip to Hollywood from Australia for World Premiere and screenwriter Michael J. Kospiah, who is based in New York, also flew in for the screening. The awards were announced with Brown and the McCarty brothers in attendance to accept the coveted Dances With Films 2014 Grand Jury Award. The award is the top prize for a feature film at the prestigious festival, which has been a Hollywood staple for 17 years now and a gold mine for independent talent. THE SUICIDE THEORY is the first foreign film to win the Grand Jury Award, according to Leslee Scallon, co-founder DWF.
The festival boasts such alumni as Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Alexander Skasgard (True Blood), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland), and John Hawkes (2 x Oscar Nominee).
Touted as “One of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, “An innovator and leader in positioning raw and new talented Directors” by CNN, and “One of the most engaging, forward thinking festivals in the country” by Yahoo.com, the festival is held in high regard in the filmmaking mecca of Los Angeles, where it is known for the exceptional quality of the films it accepts.
Mouzakis is devastating in the role of “Steven Ray,” a hit-man who suffered a personal tragedy and lashes out at the world with brutality and reckless abandon until a chance encounter with a new target named Percival. Acclaimed award-winning stage actor Leon Cain shines in a both humorous and sensitive portrayal of “Percival,” a heartbroken man desperately failing at multiple suicide attempts.
“Our goal with THE SUICIDE THEORY as filmmakers was for it to open doors and land us some meetings in Los Angeles, which is has. We are honored to receive the Grand Jury Award from Dances With Films and thrilled for everybody involved with the film. The feedback from everyone who sees it has been extremely positive and the offers for distribution validate all our efforts. THE SUICIDE THEORY is our calling card, and we are thankful that people respond to the film,” said Brown, director.
In THE SUICIDE THEORY, A heartbroken man, Percival, mysteriously unable to successfully commit suicide hires a demented killer, Steven, to assist him in suicide. Percival believes he is cursed after miraculously surviving several suicide attempts; Steven thinks Percival is desperate and delusional. After Percival miraculously survives several of Steven’s attempts on his life, Steven starts to believe. He attempts to help Percival figure out ways to break the curse, and in the process, they form an unlikely friendship through the common bond of tragedy.