Blue Fox Buys ‘Orca’, Talks Release of ‘Jane’, Funding Platform (Exclusive) | News

Los Angeles-based Blue Fox Entertainment added Sahar Mosayebi’s Iranian swimmer drama orca and its growing sales at Cannes.

The Iranian drama follows a woman who survives a horrific attack by her ex-husband and finds solace as an endurance swimmer, eventually overcoming political and religious obstacles in a bid to swim farther than anyone else has. before with hands tied. Taraneh Alidoosti, whose credits include the Sellerstars with the star Mahtab Keramati.

Tala Motazedi wrote the orca script and Tahoora Abolghassemi, Ahmed Al Baker, Luca Bercovici and Mahtab Keramati are the producers. Blue Fox Entertainment will distribute in North America through a limited release of the platform in early 2023 after company founder James Huntsman brokers the deal with UTA Independent.

The Cannes slate overseen by Executive Vice President of International Sales and Acquisitions Lisa Gutberlet also includes an American young adult thriller Joan, with Madelaine Petsch from Riverdale and Chloe Bailey. Blue Fox will release the film theatrically in the fall in the US in an innovative day-and-date model with a geo-blocked premium TVoD window set up by Creator+ producers to capitalize on Petsch’s social media following. and other actors. (Blue Fox is releasing a French romance eiffel in North America on June 3.)

Sales list includes Jim Gaffigan comedy SXSW Linoleumdrama A winter with Julian Dennison, Minnie Driver and James Rolleston, and coming-of-age drama signs of love, with Hopper Penn and Dylan Penn.

The company recently acquired Crossroad Lending and formed digital film financing center Blue Fox Financing, a transactional digital platform led by Patrick Rizzotti to help generate cash flow on independent films and connect filmmakers to a base data from film and television lenders and funders.

“For many filmmakers in the independent space, even though they have made many films, international financing, distribution and sales are still a foreign language to them,” said Huntsman, who added that the platform form would mainly manage third-party titles.

Blue Fox does not seek to invest in and own the content, but may choose to join us as a distributor or sales agent in some cases. Since launch, around 18 titles are on board.

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