Highland Film Group Locks Domestic and Multiple International Deals for "Wash Me in the River"

Los Angeles • March 2021


Starring Robert De Niro, John Malkovich, And Jack Huston

The Avenue will release in North America in Spring of 2022

Highland Film Group announced today that the company has secured multiple distribution deals for the new action-thriller Wash Me in the River, directed by Randall Emmett (Midnight in the Switchgrass) from a script by Adam Taylor Barker and Chris Sivertson. The stellar cast includes two-time Academy Award® Winner Robert De Niro (The Irishman, Taxi Driver), two-time Academy Award® nominee John Malkovich (Deepwater Horizon, Being John Malkovich), Jack Huston (American Hustle, Kill Your Darlings), Quavo (FX’s “Atlanta,” ABC’s “Black-ish”), and Willa Fitzgerald (Warner Bros.’ The Goldfinch, USA Network’s “Dare Me”).

Highland Film Group’s stand-alone distribution arm, The Avenue will distribute the movie in North America in partnership with Paramount Home Entertainment that will handle Blu-ray™, DVD, VOD, and Digital rights. JJ Caruth, President of Domestic Marketing & Distribution of The Avenue, announced that the domestic theatrical release is planned for the Spring of 2022.

In addition to the domestic deal, Highland Film Group has secured multiple international all rights deals for key territories, including Germany (Capelight), France (Studio Canal), UK (Signature), Spain (Inopia), Middle East (Eagle Films), Eastern Europe and Russia (Daro), Australia and New Zealand (Madman), Japan (Happinet), Benelux (Premiere TV), Italy (Italian International Film), India (PictureWorks), Taiwan (MovieCloud), South Africa (FilmFinity), Greece (Spentzos Films), and Portugal (Lusomundo).

The film, which recently wrapped principal photography in Puerto Rico, tells the story of a recovering opioid addict seeking revenge on the dealers responsible for selling the drugs that resulted in his fiancé's death. Two cops are hot on his trail.

"The market response to the film has been remarkable! Randall has directed a very commercial and artistic film that our buyers have fully embraced. Our trusted international partners had their eyes on the film for some time now, so being able to wrap principal photography with such a stellar cast amid the pandemic is something we are very proud of," said Highland Film Group CEO Arianne Fraser. "Locking up domestic and significant international distribution for the film demonstrates the appetite for films with powerful storylines and strong performances from proven talent. We are just delighted by the film’s reception in the marketplace," continued Highland Film Group COO Delphine Perrier.

“We are thrilled to release Randall’s sophomore film and to establish him as an exciting, new director,” said Caruth.

Wash Me in the River is produced by Emmett/Furla's Emmett, George Furla, Tim Sullivan, and Chad Verdi.

Highland Film Group's diversified production and sales slate includes Edward Drake’s Gasoline Alley, starring Bruce Willis, Luke Wilson, and Devon Sawa; Herbert James Winterstern’ Supercell, starring Alec Baldwin; Renny Harlin's The Refuge; Mark Neveldine's Panama starring Cole Hauser and Mel Gibson; Andrew Baird's One Way starring Colson' Machine Gun Kelly' Baker, Travis Fimmel, and Kevin Bacon; Louise Linton's Me You Madness, starring Ed Westwick and Linton; and Dimitri Logothetis' Jiu Jitsu starring Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage, Tony Jaa and Frank Grillo released in the US by Highland Film Group's stand-alone distribution banner, The Avenue, in November 2020.

ABOUT THE AVENUE

Launched in 2020, The Avenue is HFG's US distribution division and handles all aspects of distribution, from theatrical through home entertainment to television/SVOD. The Avenue is dedicated to partnering with filmmakers and leading them into innovative ways of marketing and distribution so their stories can reach the widest audience. The Avenue has also signed an agreement with Paramount Home Entertainment to handle Blu-ray™, DVD, VOD, and Digital distribution. Films released under The Avenue label will be a combination of film titles from Highland Film Group as well as third-party acquisitions. The first feature film title released under the new stand-alone distribution banner is the martial arts sci-fi film Jiu Jitsu starring Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas) and Frank Grillo (Boss Level, Avengers: Endgame). The film was released in November 2020.