Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) has acquired all North American and Latin American distribution rights to Destin Daniel Cretton’s 2013 SXSW Film Festival dual Grand Jury and Audience Award winner SHORT TERM 12. Cinedigm plans to release the film theatrically in late summer with an eye towards awards for the film and its performances.
Short Term 12, Brie Larson and Keith Stanfield, photo by Brett Pawlak
SHORT TERM 12 is the touching and uplifting story of Grace (Brie Larson), a twenty-something social worker who has channeled the demons of her own troubled past into a passion for helping at-risk teens. Her newest ward, Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever), forces Grace to relive her own difficult upbringing just as she and her boyfriend Mason (John Gallagher Jr.) are on the cusp of making a decision that will change their lives. This is writer/director Cretton’s second feature following the 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection I AM NOT A HIPSTER. The film also features Rami Malek and newcomer, Keith Stanfield. Writer/director Cretton spoke with enthusiasm about his new partners, “We all couldn't be more excited to be teaming up with the Cinedigm family to release this movie. I feel very lucky to have found a company that shares our passion and vision for this story, and can't wait for everyone to see the film. “ “ SHORT TERM 12 is an inspiring, beautifully crafted film that represents the best of what American Independent cinema can be,” said Vincent Scordino, Vice President of Theatrical Acquisitions, for Cinedigm. “This is a career-defining performance for Brie Larson and all of us at Cinedigm are supremely excited to share this incredible film with audiences everywhere. This is exactly the kind of film Cinedigm is looking to champion as we expand our theatrical presence.” Scordino negotiated the deal with Traction Media and Cinetic. Traction Media’s Maren Olson and Asher Goldstein produced alongside Joshua Astrachan of Animal Kingdom and independent producer Ron Najor. Executive producers are Frederick W. Green, Douglas Stone, and David Kaplan. Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom co-produced. Animal Kingdom fully financed the feature.