Gravitas Ventures Acquires Gritty Teen Thriller AS NIGHT COMES

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ACCLAIMED COMING-OF-AGE FEATURE (FORMERLY TITLED MISCHIEF NIGHT)
AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA ON MULTIPLE VOD
PLATFORMS DECEMBER 5, 2014

Hollywood, CA – Illuminate Pictures has secured a VOD deal with distribution powerhouse Gravitas Ventures for its high school thriller As Night Comes, formerly titled Mischief Night.

The film will be available in an estimated 100 million homes throughout the United States and Canada on December 5, 2014, via Gravitas Ventures.

“Gravitas Ventures is a dominant force in the world of cutting-edge VOD distribution,” said Illuminate Pictures partner Richard Zelniker who directed, produced and co-wrote the high school film. “We’re excited to be involved in the tipping point of film distribution, where a film made for disaffected teens will be available directly to them, via their preferred channel of consumption.”

As Night Comes follows troubled new kid, Sean Holloway, who falls in with a group of teenage outcasts called ‘The Misfits,’ under the wing of its charismatic leader, Ricky. On the eve of Halloween, Ricky’s anarchist plan for revenge spirals out of control, culminating in brutal
violence, and ultimately Sean’s fight for survival and freedom.

Zelniker describes As Night Comes as “a dark, gritty look into the turbulent underworld of high school rebellion. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and every angsty teenager’s fantasy.”

The film features an ensemble cast starring Luke Baines (The Ever After, The Possession of Michael King), Myko Oliver (Castle, Sam & Cat), Evanne Friedmann (iCarly), Stacia Hitt (Neighbors) and Jesse Kove (Mind’s Eye, Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan). Kove also served as a producer of the film along with Illuminate Pictures partner’s Zelniker and Chris Monte. Zelniker co-wrote the screenplay with a then 16-year-old Ryan Koehn.

As Night Comes will also receive a limited theatrical release in Los Angeles prior to its December 5 VOD distribution.

The deal was negotiated by Frederic Demey of OZO Films on behalf of Illuminate Pictures, and Mia Bruno and Chad Miller of Gravitas Ventures. This marks the first completed feature film from Illuminate Pictures’ slate of diverse projects.
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