Year-old Cafe Entertainment has obtained $10 million in financing from Horizon Investment Group for a slate of films and has launched urban genre label Foxy Films with hip-hop drama “Cross,” starring Michael Jai White.
Foxy, which will independently finance and produce features in the $3 million-$5 million range, plans to begin production of “Cross” in L.A. in September. White will portray the head of security at a New York club who’s lured into finding his former girlfriend, an R&B singer who goes missing shortly before her new record is to be released.
Cafe CEO Celia Fox will produce, with White (“Spawn,” “Exit Wounds”) co-producing the $5 million pic, written by Michael Stradford. Brent Johnson also will serve as co-producer. Eric Chen will be the action choreographer, and Damon Elliot will compose and produce music for the film and soundtrack.
‘Wide int’l appeal’
“We feel strongly that ‘Cross’ has all the elements needed to make a relatively low-budget film with wide international appeal that will have the look and feel of a studio picture,” Fox said.
Cafe’s first feature, comedy caper “Wasabi Tuna,” has been picked up by Indican for release in August. “Tuna,” centered on a group of friends prepping for the annual West Hollywood Halloween parade, stars Antonio Sabato Jr., Jason London, Tim Meadows, Alexis Arquette and Anna Nicole Smith.
Shingle’s also developing reality skein “Pride High” via a development deal with Lions Gate.