Tony’s Sunday Spotlight: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – July 6, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) -One of the best reviewed films of the year, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” is a sensitive portrait of a high school student who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl.
He, however, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
The film stars Thomas Mann, R.J. Cyler and Olivia Cooke and is based on the best-selling novel by Jesse Andrews. “Me, Earl and the Dying Girl” walked away with both the Dramatic Award and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this year. The film has accumulated a total of 11 awards from various film festivals around the country.
In January 2015, Fox Searchlight Pictures partnered with Indian Paintbrush for worldwide distribution of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” which received a standing ovation following its Sundance Film Festival debut.
“We are so thrilled to be a part of this film – the movie completely floored us and stole our hearts. The response at the festival has been extraordinary. The performances are honest and relatable and the film is smart, funny and original,” Fox Searchlight representatives said.
“On behalf of the filmmaking team, we are thrilled to be partnering with Fox Searchlight. For a film that was such a personal labor of love, I am delighted to find partners who have embraced the film which such enthusiasm,” said director Gomez-Rejon.
The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford, and Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Ray Strache, and Indian Paintbrush’s Peter McPartlin and Deborah Wettstein, who represented the filmmakers, and Alexis Garcia from WME who represented the film.