Drafthouse Films acquires CHEAP THRILLS


There have only been three films announced at this year’s SXSW at Buzz films. That means so many people are talking about them that the festival opens up new screening for the film to be screened. One of those films is CHEAP THRILLS directed by E.L. Katz. That very film has been picked up for distribution by Alamo Drafthouse films! Read the press release below:





AUSTIN, TX – March 11th, 2013 – Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, in partnership with Snoot Entertainment, acquired US distribution rights to the twisted dark comedy thriller Cheap Thrills following its world premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. The directorial debut from E.L. Katz stars Pat Healy (Compliance) as a recently fired father facing eviction who agrees to take on an escalating series of insane challenges in exchange for cash payments from a rich couple with a twisted sense of humor. The film also stars David Koechner (Anchorman 2), Sara Paxton (The Innkeepers), Ethan Embry (Empire Records)and was penned by Trent Haaga (Deadgirl) and David Chirchirillo. A VOD and theatrical release in a minimum of 20 markets is planned.


The film debuted as part of SXSW’s Midnight section where it received praise from critics and thrilled audiences with its unique blend of social morality play, visceral brutality and razor sharp wit. “Class warfare comes perversely home in Cheap Thrills,” says Peter Martin of Twitch Film adding that it is “a fiendish, fierce, and funny morality tale about the true value of money.” James Rocchi at MSN Movies wrote that the filmis “cynical, amoral, tense and superbly shot and performed.”


“We are always in search of smart genre fare with defined characters and powerful performances. And we found it in Katz’s uniquely disturbing, funny, and remarkably thrilling film,” says Drafthouse Films founder & CEO Tim League, “we are proud to welcome Cheap Thrills to our roster and we are anxious to unleash it upon unsuspecting audiences.”


Cheap Thrills is the darkest of comedies and the smartest of thrillers, and we’re beyond excited to have a chance to work on this amazing film with Drafthouse Films,” adds Keith Calder, president of Snoot Entertainment.
Producer Travis Stevens says, “Drafthouse Films is a company that built its name on releasing high quality, f’d up genre films. These are exactly the types of films we make. Eager to unleash the lunacy of Evan Katz’s directorial debut on to the world with them.”


Gabriel Cowan of New Artists Alliance adds “This all star team is sure to find every messed up degenerate that will enjoy this disturbing, hilarious directorial debut”


The deal was negotiated by Tim League and James Emanuel Shapiro on behalf of Drafthouse Films and Josh Braun and David Koh of Submarine on behalf of the film’s producers.


Cheap Thrills is available for festival and museum bookings now until August, 2013. Please contact Jon Stobezki, Festival Coordinator at jon.stobezki@drafthouse.com. For theatrical bookings contact Sumyi Khong Antonson, VP of Marketing and Distribution at sumyi.antonson@drafthouse.com.


For more information on Cheap Thrills and Drafthouse Films:





About Cheap Thrills

Recently fired and facing eviction, a new dad has his life turned upside down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to financial security… but at a price.


About Drafthouse Films

Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is a curated brand of provocative, visionary and artfully unusual films new and old from around the world. Following the earnestly simple motto of “sharing the films we love with widest audience possible,” Drafthouse Films debuted in 2010 with the theatrical release of Four Lions which was named of Time Magazine’s “Top 10 Films Of The Year.” The 2012 release slate includes the acclaimed Best Foreign Language Oscar®) Bullhead, the internationally celebrated Danish comedy Klown (currently slated for a Warner Bros/Todd Phillips produced US remake), Quentin Dupieux’s Sundance 2012 favorite Wrong, the 40th anniversary restoration of landmark Australian thriller Wake In Fright, the Werner Herzog/Errol Morris produced documentary The Act Of Killing, Fantastic Fest 2012 Audience Award winner I Declare War and together with producing partners Magnolia Pictures and Timpson Films, the much-anticipated anthology horror film The ABC’s Of Death featuring 26 different directors that Fangoria calls, “a stunning roll call of some of the most exciting names in horror across the world.” Drafthouse Films distributes films theatrically, through home video, VOD and their direct-to-consumer platforms integrating into the ever-growing Alamo Drafthouse entertainment lifestyle brand, which along with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas includes: Mondo, the collectible art boutique; Fantastic Fest, the largest international genre film festival in the US; and the pop culture website Badass Digest.


About E.L. Katz

Director E.L. Katz has worked as a writer with such distinguished filmmakers as Sam Raimi, Peter Block (producer of the Saw films), Adam Wingard, Jaume Balaguero, and Paco Plaza. Cheap Thrills is his directorial debut.


About SnowFort Pictures

Snowfort Pictures returns to SXSW with two films this year: Cheap Thrills and the comedic monster mayhem flick Big Ass Spider! produced with Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures Group. Upcoming productions include Jodorowsky’s Dune (an international co-production with Germany’s Koch Media and France’s Camera One), the arthouse action film American Muscle (produced with Paradise City Pictures’ Jeffrey Giles and Michael Lurie) and Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch’s Starry Eyes, an occult tale set in Hollywood.


About Snoot Entertainment

Snoot Entertainment is a motion picture production company founded by Keith Calder and Jessica Wu in February 2004 to develop, finance and produce entertaining independent films across all genres. Snoot recently completed the award-winning Adam Wingard directed horror film You’re Next, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 where Lionsgate acquired domestic rights. Lionsgate is planning a wide release in August 2013. Snoot also recently produced the Morgan Spurlock documentary, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, which was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically Summer 2011. The company has also produced the award-winning audience favorite documentary Thunder Soul, the martial-arts action film Bunraku, and the intense horror film Undocumented. Snoot’s first release was the 3D animated science-fiction film Battle For Terra. In addition, Calder produced All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Wackness, The Key Man, and Peep World through Snoot’s subsidiary company Occupant Films, which he co-founded in 2005. Snoot is also an investor in the commercial production company Warpaint LLC, co-founded with Academy-Award nominated documentary director Morgan Spurlock.

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