Dark Star Pictures takes SXSW hit ‘Freeland’ to North America – The Hollywood Reporter


Dark Star Pictures acquired the North American rights to the pot-growing drama Freeland, the SXSW hit starring Krisha Fairchild as a farmer in her sixties.

Written and directed by Mario Furloni and Kate McLean for their first feature film, Freeland sees Fairchild playing Devi, an aging pot grower who has illegally cultivated legendary strains for decades on the isolated farm. But when cannabis is legalized, Devi suddenly finds himself fighting for his survival and that of his workers against well-funded industrialized competitors.

Fairchild was the star of SXSW in 2015, when Trey Edward Shults Krisha, in which she plays the troubled black sheep of a Texan family, won the festival’s grand jury prize. In Freeland, her second feature film, she plays alongside Lily Gladstone (First cow), Frank Mosley (Carnivores), Cameron James Matthews and Michelle Maxson. Laura Heberton (You were sweet and adorable) produced the film.

Dark Star Picked Up Freeland of ICM Partners at the Cannes virtual market last week. The company is planning a late September theatrical release for the film in targeted markets, followed by an all-platform arc in October.

Dark Star chairman Michael Repsch negotiated the deal for Freeland with Charlotte Lichtman of ICM Partners and producer Laura Heberton on behalf of the filmmakers.


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