EXCLUSIVE: Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to Swing, the indie coming-of-age drama set on this planet of elite rowing. Michael Mailer directed and Oscar nominee Michael Shannon stars within the movie, which is getting a fall theatrical platform launch after a deliberate pageant run.
The screenplay is from Vojin Gjaja, a former armor officer within the U.S. Military who was an oarsman at Columbia College. Set in in 1999, it facilities on a bunch of mates and crew teammates of their final 12 months at an Ivy League faculty whose lives are modified without end when an Military veteran (Shannon) takes over as coach of their dysfunctional rowing staff. Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton and Alex MacNicoll additionally star together with Ash Santos, Lilly Krug and David James Elliott.
David James Elliott Joins Michael Shannon & Alexander Ludwig In Rowing Drama ‘Swing’
Daniel Dávila, Lucas Jarach, Gjaja, Robert Ogden Barnum, Frank Buchs, Shannon and Byron Wetzel produced Swing, whose government producers embody Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss, who rowed for Harvard and subsequently Group USA on the 2008 Olympics. The movie was produced by Eightboat Productions and Building Movie in affiliation with Divisadero Footage, Inexperienced Gentle Footage and 120dB Movies.
This deal marks she second tie-up between Mailer and Vertical, which in 2016 launched Mailer’s directorial debut Blind starring Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore and Dylan McDermott.
“We’re excited to have the chance to convey Swing to audiences throughout the nation,” Vertical CEO Peter Jarowey stated. “Swing is a narrative of brotherhood, rivalry and household stress led by the proficient Michael Shannon because the staff’s coach. It’s a pleasure to work with Director Michael Mailer on this movie and share such a poignant story.”
Jarowey and Josh Spector negotiated the deal for Vertical with CAA’s Nick Ogiony on behalf of the filmmakers.
Earlier this month, one other indie rowing pic landed a U.S. deal when writer-director Lauren Hadaway’s Tribeca Movie Pageant winner The Novice was acquired by IFC Movies. That film stars Isabelle Fuhrman as a girl who joins her college’s rowing staff and undertakes an obsessive bodily and psychological journey to make it to the highest varsity boat.