LIGHTNING ENTERTAINMENT TO DELIVER “PREGGOLAND” AT AMERICAN FILM MARKET
Lightning Entertainment Picks up International Sales Rights to Jacob Tierney’s “Preggoland,” Starring Academy Award® Nominee James Caan, Sonja Bennett, Danny Trejo, Paul Campbell, and Laura Harris
Los Angeles, CA – October 29, 2014 – It was announced today that Lightning Entertainment has acquired international sales rights to the Toronto International Film Festival World Premiere comedy “Preggoland,” starring Oscar® nominee James Caan (“The Godfather,” “Misery,” “Elf”), Sonja Bennett (“YPF,” “Elegy,” “Where The Truth Lies”), Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Machete Kills”), Paul Campbell (“Play the Game,” “88 Minutes,” “Severed”), and Laura Harris (“The Faculty,” “Severance,” “A Mighty Wind”). The announcement was made by Lightning Entertainment EVP & General Manager Ken DuBow.
Directed by Jacob Tierney (“The Trotsky,” “Good Neighbours”) and written by Sonja Bennett, “Preggoland” is a comedy about our societal obsession with babies and the lengths we’ll go to be part of a club. Producers are Kevin Eastwood (“Fido”), Dylan Collingwood (“Cole”) and Robert Mitchell.
At 35, Ruth (Bennett) hasn’t changed much since high school. She’s still partying in parking lots, working as a cashier in a supermarket, and living in her father’s basement. When Ruth gets drunk at a friend’s baby shower and ruins it with her juvenile antics, her old high school cronies – who are now all married with children – suggest she might want to find some friends her own mental age. Ruth is devastated.
Just when Ruth hits rock bottom, she runs into her friends who mistakenly think she’s pregnant. Ruth is inexplicably welcomed back into the group – she is one of them now. Not only that but people give up their seat on the bus for her, she gets unlimited breaks at work, and her grandchild-obsessed father (James Caan) approves of her for the first time in her life.
Although Ruth has every intention of coming clean… she soon finds herself addicted to the smack called attention. Her lies begin to balloon until there are twins in her belly.
With the help of Pedro (Danny Trejo), the hapless Mexican janitor at her store, Ruth must tackle ultrasounds, Lamaze classes, and dating with a secret the size of a basketball stuffed under her shirt.
The film is making its market debut at American Film Market. Mongrel Media will release theatrically in Canada in 2015.
Acquisitions and Sales Consultant Richard S. Guardian and Joseph Dickstein, SVP of Lighting Entertainment, negotiated the deal to handle international sales rights for the film with the film’s producers.
“Preggoland” adds to Lightning’s international sales slate, which includes horror/thrillers “Indigenous,” “Dark House,” “The Pack,” and dramatic thriller “Ask Me Anything” (starring Britt Robertson).
About Lightning Entertainment:
Established in 2001 and based in Beverly Hills, CA, Lightning Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment company specializing in the international sales, licensing, representation, marketing and distribution of premier independent content in all available media. With a strong presence at major international film markets and established relationships with key distributors in global territories, Lightning focuses on monetizing superior films theatrically and in ancillary markets including home entertainment, television, emerging media, and video-on-demand & digital platforms. The company represents one of the largest libraries of high-quality pictures in today’s independent marketplace.
Lightning Entertainment distributes films of every genre in the United States and Canada, boasting a remarkable presence on both in-store and digital shelf space. Their distribution arm reaches all available nationwide home entertainment platforms including (but not limited to) Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Redbox, Netflix, iTunes, Google Play, Hulu, Xbox, Sony Playstation, Amazon, Vudu, and most major video-on-demand cable providers. Lightning Entertainment’s domestic distribution branch features the ability to adaptively generate domestic revenue in a rapidly changing industry.