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THALE Gets An English-Language Sequel


Screamfest title THALE just completed its theatrical run in last month. It played in Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Denver, New York and Los Angeles. If you were not lucky enough to be in one of these cities to see it on the big screen, you can check it out on iTunes and VOD. It is also available on DVD (Walmart, BestBuy, Amazon etc.) and still in the top of the Amazon charts as of this post.

THALE was released in the US under our Screamfest banner. We're excited to see this English-language sequel. For more info on THALE click here.

Grindstone Acquires Screamfest Alum's Film


Grindstone Acquires Screamfest Alum Matt Eskandari’s “Game of Assassins” (The Gauntlet)

If you missed the premiere at last year's Screamfest, Lionsgate will soon be bringing “Game of Assassins” (formerly titled “The Gauntlet”) your way.

via Variety - MAY 9, 2014 | 10:59AM PT

PARIS– Grindstone Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to Matt Eskandari’s action/horror pic “Game of Assassins” (formerly titled “The Gauntlet”).

The action/horror film stars Bai Ling (“Crank”), Warren Kole (“The Following”) and Dustin Nguyen (“21 Jump St”).

Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release the film, which premiered at Screamfest in October, on all media platforms.

Co-financed by Chinese film production partners and shot in Beijing, “Assassins” follows five strangers who awake in an underground, medieval dungeon.

It’s produced by Wellington Sun, Daniel Wei, Jonathan Shih, Matt Eskandari and Adam Lawson.

“We were impressed by the production value of the film and its intricate and well told story,” said Stan Wertlieb, Grindstone Entertainment’s head of acquisitions. “The filmmakers did a great job balancing action, suspense, and horror with unique real life-characters, something we are always on the lookout for in genre fare.”

Ryan Black and Stan Wertlieb of Grindstone Entertainment brokered the deal with Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures negotiating on behalf of the producers.

Read Variety article

PARLOR VOD and Theatrical Release


Screamfest Horror Film Festival Official Selection, “Anarchy Parlor”
releases on VOD May 12, 2015 and opens in theaters June 19, 2015.


El Segundo, CA (April 30, 2015) – Nolan Gallagher, Founder and CEO of Gravitas Ventures, has announced the acquisition of North American rights to the high production horror film ANARCHY PARLOR, which premiered at the 2014 Screamfest Horror Film Festival. The theatrical release for the film is planned for June 19, 2015 with a pre-theatrical release on VOD May 12, 2015.

ANARCHY PARLOR is a horror film about a mysterious nomad simply known as the “Artist” who practices a dark art form passed down through the generations. He creates much more than tattoos for tourists who visit his Lithuanian Tattoo Parlor. Shot entirely on location in Vilnius Lithuania, ANARCHY PARLOR features two well-known cast members in the tattoo and horror world. Heavily tattooed lead actor Robert LaSardo (Death Race, Nip/Tuck, Human Centipede 3) portrays “The Artist”, and Sara Fabel (well-known Finnish tattoo artist and model) plays his seductive apprentice “Uta”. Anarchy Parlor will be a frighteningly, terrific thrill to the die-hard fans.

ANARCHY PARLOR is written and directed by Kenny Gage (Raze) and Devon Downs. This will be the first in the franchise of a new twist on horror films with the “Artist” an amazingly creepy character that rivals “Jigsaw” in Saw or “Hannibal Lecter” in The Silence of the Lambs. According to Moviepilot, Anarchy Parlor is “a gruesome, gory, blackly funny movie that finds perverse glee in taking all the overused clichés of splatter films and turning them upside-down.”

“Our conceit from the outset was to center the story around the traditional ‘bad guy’ archetype instead of the victims,” said Gage. Downs adds, “Our film is scary, yes, intense, yes, gory, hell yes, but it is also fun!”

ANARCHY PARLOR is produced by Bill Ceresia (Raze), Andrew Pagana (Raze), Thomas Mahoney (Girl in the Photographs), Todd Slater, and Brett Donowho. Executive Producer Tony Distefano for A-Team Entertainment Inc.

Commenting on the company’s acquisition of the film Julie Candelaria, VP of Marketing at Gravitas Ventures, said, “Gravitas is thrilled to work with such talented filmmakers and excited to bring an original horror film such as this to the horror fan audience. With this unique twist and such a talented cast, we know audiences are going to love it.”

The deal for ANARCHY PARLOR was negotiated by Nolan Gallagher, Founder and CEO, Gravitas Ventures and Ben Weiss and Meghan Oliver from Paradigm.


Gravitas Ventures is a leading all rights distributor of independent cinema. Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities across the globe. Working with more than 500 content partners, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands. Recent releases include Sundance smash PING PONG SUMMER with Susan Sarandon, THE LONGEST WEEK starring Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde, and FELONY, starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson. Upcoming titles include: MANNY, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR, BACKSTREET BOYS: SHOW ‘EM WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF and Spike Lee’s DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS. For more information, please check out and @GravitasVOD.