JUSTIN LONG JOINS PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER
LAVENDER SHOOTING IN TORONTO
Toronto, June 8, 2015 – Lavender, which started principal photography recently in and around Toronto, has added Justin Long (The Break-Up, Dodgeball, Jeepers Creepers) to its cast. Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly (Small Town Murder Songs, The Last Exorcism Part II), the film also stars Abbie Cornish, (Limitless, Robocop, Sucker Punch), Diego Klattenhoff (The Blacklist, Homeland, Pacific Rim), and Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County, The Grey).
When a photographer, (Cornish), suffers severe memory loss after a traumatic accident, strange clues amongst her photos suggest she may be responsible for the deaths of family members she never knew she had. Long plays a psychiatrist who helps her recover lost memories, while Klattenhoff and Mulroney play her husband and uncle respectively.
“Lavender is a taut psychological thriller on par with the best the genre has to offer.” says Andrea Iervelino CEO of AMBI Group. “We’re thrilled to have such a talented cast to bolster the subtlety and nuance needed to realize such a suspenseful and engaging film,” says Silvio Muraglia, president of Paradox Studios.
Lavender is co-written by Gass-Donnelly and Colin Frizzell. Gass-Donnelly is producing the film with Dave Valleau (Reasonable Doubt, Capote, Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus) through Valleau’s South Creek Pictures banner.
Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group is co-financing Lavender with Muraglia’s Paradox Studios with additional financing provided by The Movie Network, a division of Bell Media, and Movie Central, the Harold Greenberg Fund and Telefilm Canada. Iervolino, Lady Bacardi and Muraglia are executive producers along with Jennifer Levine, Emily Alden and Tex Antonucci.
AMBI Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of the AMBI Group, is handling international sales, excluding Canada where Pacific Northwest Pictures has distribution rights and will release the film. XYZ Films will handle domestic sales.
Lavender is slated to wrap on June 29, 2015.
AMBI Group is a consortium of vertically integrated film development, production, finance and distribution companies wholly owned and operated by Andrea Lervolino and Monika Gomez del Campo Bacardi, Lady of Bayfield Hall, better known as “Monika Bacardi.”
From offices in Beverly Hills, Europe and Canada, AMBI is dedicated to making and delivering high-end, commercial movies for global audiences. With a mandate to serve as a top-tier supplier of mainstream projects for both the studios and major independent distributors worldwide, AMBI pursues top Hollywood talent and international stars and produces six to eight feature films a year.
AMBI’s burgeoning film slate includes the 3D CGI animated film Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad, featuring the voices of John Cleese, Alec Baldwin, James Franco, Angelica Huston and Heidi Klum; James Franco’s In Dubious Battle, featuring an ensemble cast that includes Franco, Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff, and Sam Shepherd; the sci-fi thriller Rupture (starring Noomi Rapace), which will be produced alongside American Sniper producer Andrew Lazar; the recently wrapped romantic comedy All Roads Lead to Rome, starring Sarah Jessica Parker; Barry Levinson’s acclaimed drama The Humbling, starring Al Pacino; and the sci-fi action thriller Andron: The Black Labyrinth starring Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover.
Paradox Studios, Inc. is a boutique production company that specializes in independent film financing and International co-productions. Their most recent project All Roads Lead to Rome is currently in post-production and starred Sarah Jessica Parker, Raoul Bova, and Paz Vega and was shot in Rome in 2014. Studios produced and financed Reclaim, starring John Cusack, Jacki Weaver, and Ryan Phillippe as well as Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, staring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, which was acquired by IFC Films at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Also produced and financed by Paradox is the Samuel L. Jackson and Dominic Cooper thriller Reasonable Doubt.
Silvio Muraglia is a respected international producer and television executive who possesses extensive knowledge of both the European and the American entertainment industries and film markets, and has served as president of production at Paradox Studios since 2013. He has produced over 20 films over the course of his career.
About South Creek Pictures
Internationally established producer Dave Valleau founded South Creek Pictures in April 2011 with a primary focus to develop and produce high quality feature film and television productions for the global marketplace. Based in Vancouver BC, Valleau brings over 15 years of broad and valuable experience, becoming a partner in Infinity Features where he financed and produced more than 10 feature films over the course of 10 years with budgets totaling over $150,000,000. Capote was the most notable of these films, which was nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and won Best Actor for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance. Other Infinity highlights include runaway independent hit, SAVED! , starring Macaulay Culkin, the box office comedy smash, Just Friends , starring Ryan Reynolds, psychological thriller, Shattered , starring Pierce Brosnan, Maria Bello, and Gerard Butler and Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, starring Heath Ledger.
About Pacific Northwest Pictures
The Vancouver-based company was launched in 2010 and acquires, produces and releases international and Canadian filmed entertainment through all distribution platforms including theatrical, DVD, on demand, cable and broadcast television, and online.
PNP’s recent theatrical releases include Ride written, directed and starring Helen Hunt, Ruba Nadda’s October Gale starring Patricia Clarkson, Scott Speedman and Tim Roth, the Liv Ullmann directed Miss Julie starring Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell and After the Ball, starring Portia Doubleday, Lauren Holly, and Chris Noth. PNP has also released the critically acclaimed Kelly Reichardt feature Night Moves, the Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau starrer A Thousand Times Good Night, the box office standout Le Week-end starring Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan and Cas & Dylan, the directorial debut from Jason Priestley starring Richard Dreyfuss and Tatiana Maslany. pnwpictures.com