Roadside Attractions Acquires THE LAST FULL MEASURE From Foresight Unlimited - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Friday, September 7, 2018

Roadside Attractions Acquires THE LAST FULL MEASURE From Foresight Unlimited

Wide Theatrical Release Planned for Todd Robinson’s Film starring Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Samuel L. Jackson and Ed Harris

LOS ANGELES (September 6, 2018) – Roadside Attractions, a sister company of Lionsgate, has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Todd Robinson’s The Last Full Measure, which recounts an extraordinary, untold story about the heroism of American soldiers in Vietnam.  The film features an all-star cast that is led by Sebastian Stan, Academy Award Winner Christopher Plummer, Academy Award® Winner William Hurt, Academy Award® Nominee Samuel L. Jackson, Academy Award® Nominee Ed Harris, Academy Award® Nominee Peter Fonda, Academy Award® Nominee Diane Ladd, Academy Award® Nominee Amy Madigan, Jeremy Irvine, and Golden Globe® Nominee Bradley Whitford among others.

The acquisition was jointly announced today by Mark Damon of Foresight Unlimited and Roadside Attractions co-founders Howard Cohen & Eric d’Arbeloff.  Roadside Attractions is planning a wide theatrical release in early 2019.

“Todd Robinson’s riveting drama chronicles one man’s sacrifice and valor on the battlefield, and we believe it also highlights an aspect of American patriotism overdue for recognition.  Everyone should know about William Pitsenbarger’s bravery and life, and it’s a privilege to bring this film to theaters where it should be seen,” said Cohen and d’Arbeloff.

Mark Damon, CEO of Foresight Unlimited said: “The Last Full Measure has an emotional impact on people that I’ve rarely seen before. I’m so proud that Roadside Attractions feels the same, and has committed to giving this film the wide release that it deserves.”

The Last Full Measure tells the true story of William Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine), an Air Force medic who saved over sixty men in one of the harshest battles of the Vietnam War. Offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of the combat zone, Pitsenbarger stayed behind to save and defend the lives of his fellow soldiers. Twenty years later, Pitsenbarger’s comrade in arms (William Hurt) and father (Christopher Plummer) seek the help of investigator Scott Huffman (Sebastian Stan) and other surviving veterans of the battle to finally procure him The Congressional Medal of Honor he deserved.

Timothy Scott Bogart, Mark Damon, Nicholas Cafritz, Robert Reed Peterson Shaun Sanghani, Michael Bassick, Adi Cohen, and Lauren Selig produced the film. Executive producers include Clay Pecorin, Russell Geyser, Cesare Fazari, Jessica Martins, Wilson da Silva, Habib H. Paracha, Tamara Birkemoe, Jenna Sanz-Agero, and Sidney Sherman. Foresight Unlimited is handling international sales and produced the film in association with Rainmaker Films, Lightbox Pictures, Provocator, SSS Entertainment, and BCL Finance Group. The deal was negotiated by ICM Partners and Foresight’s Mark Damon, while Roadside Attractions was represented by Cohen.

Most recently, Roadside Attractions partnered with LD Entertainment and Lionsgate on the U.S. distribution rights to the powerful and highly-anticipated family drama Ben Is Back, written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Peter Hedges, and starring Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts and Academy Award® nominee Lucas Hedges.  The film will make its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this month and be released on Dec. 7th.  TIFF will also mark the premiere of Roadside’s Viper Club, starring Matt Bomer and Susan Sarandon, Lola Kirke and Edie Falco to be released on Oct. 26th.
In addition to Last Full Measure, Foresight Unlimited’s slate includes: We Die Young, directed by Academy-Award nominated Lior Geller; and Avi Nesher’s The Other Story, which will make its debut at TIFF in the Contemporary World Cinema section.

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Since its founding in 2003, ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS films have grossed over $300M and garnered nineteen Academy Award® nominations.  Roadside has released such critical and commercial hits as I Can Only Imagine, the highest grossing film in Roadside history and the highest grossing independent film of 2018, as well as Manchester by the Sea,Beatriz at Dinner, Stronger, Love & FriendshipHello My Name is Doris, Mr. Holmes, Love & Mercy, A Most Wanted Man, Dear White People, The Skeleton Twins, All Is Lost, Mud, Winter’s Bone, The Cove, Arbitrage, Margin Call and Super-Size Me. Its upcoming slate includes Lizzie, starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, Jesse Peretz’s romantic comedyJuliet, Naked starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd, Ike Barinholtz’s hilariously dark directorial debut The Oath, starring Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish, Peter Hedges’ Ben Is Back, starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges, and Maryam Keshavarz’s new drama Viper Club, starring Susan Sarandon, Matt Bomer, Lola Kirke, Adepero Oduye, Sheila Vand, and Edie Falco.

Foresight Unlimited is one of the industry’s leading independent film production, sales, and distribution companies.  With a pioneering entertainment career spanning over 50 years, CEO, Mark Damon is considered to be one of the leading authorities on international film financing, distribution and marketing strategies as well as being a successful independent producer. The company’s management group is helmed by President Tamara Birkemoe who oversees all aspects of the company’s slate.

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