EXCLUSIVE: Good Deed Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to the indie comedy That’s Funny, written, directed by, and starring Alex Grossman. Co-starring Ben Cain (Cruel Summer), Melanie Hutsell (Saturday Night Live), and Nicole Forester (Jack Reacher), the film arrives on Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, and Vudu on November 17 before opening in select theaters December 7.
That’s Funny centers on a middle-aged man (Grossman) so driven to realize his dream of becoming a comedian, he’s missing out on all the beautiful moments already before him. On his journey of transformation, he returns to the competitive world of stand-up comedy that takes him from Los Angeles to his hometown of Flint, Michigan. With humor and vulnerability, ultimately both his act and perspective evolve as he realizes the present moment is the best place to be.
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The pic is Grossman’s second on the heels of Hickey, a coming-of-age comedy released in 2017. The rare creative to have been recognized at Cannes Lions for his work as both a writer and director, he works frequently in commercials and is otherwise known for his work as a stand-up comic. The deal for his latest project was negotiated with Good Deed’s EVP of Acquisitions, Erik Donley.
EXCLUSIVE: Christian Vunipola and Simon Kim have been brought on for roles opposite Caylee Cowan and Alexander Calvert in Double Exposure, the forthcoming indie from writer-director Howard Goldberg.
Set to begin shooting later this year, the film follows a struggling artist (Calvert) grappling with profound guilt stemming from a past love (Cowan). Goldberg will also produce alongside Laura Nickowitz and Julia Verdin.
Previously seen in films like Miguel Wants to Fight, Wildflower and Queenpins, Vunipola has also appeared on CSI: Vegas. Kim has been seen on shows like Station 19 and Citadel, and in films like festival favorite The Adults with Michael Cera. Vunipola is repped by Artists & Representatives and 3 Arts Entertainment; Kim by 3 Arts Entertainment.
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