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IFC, MPI acquire Jessica Alba pic

Companies will jointly release 'An Invisible Sign'

IFC Films and MPI have teamed to acquire North American rights to the Jessica Alba drama “An Invisible Sign.”

The distribs will jointly release the pic in theaters and on VOD during the second quarter.

Marilyn Agrelo directed from a script by Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis, who adapted Aimee Bender’s book “An Invisible Sign of My Own.”

Pic stars Alba as a math teacher who must help her students through their own crises. Bailee Madison (“Just Go With It”) plays the younger version of Alba’s character, a lonely girl who finds salvation in math after her father becomes ill. Chris Messina, J.K. Simmons and Sonia Braga co-star.

Jana Edelbaum and Lynette Howell produced along with Falk and Ellis, while Katie Mustard and Rebecca Rivo co-produced. Exec producers include Justin Berfield, Jason Felts, Michael Lesser, Rachel Cohen, Daniel Crown and Stephen Hays.

In an effort to help reach young female auds, the Museum of Mathematics has teamed with Edelbaum’s iDeal Partners to coordinate outreach efforts, and Bill and Melinda Gates’ Get Schooled Foundation is exploring opportunities to get involved.

IFC head of acquisitions Arianna Bocco and MPI’s Greg Newman negotiated the deal, while Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.

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